broadcast: Word of the day for October 17, 2017

broadcast , v :
(transitive) To transmit a message or signal through radio waves or electronic means.
(transitive) To transmit a message over a wide area; specifically, to send an email in a single transmission to a (typically large) number of people.
(intransitive) To appear as a performer, presenter, or speaker in a broadcast programme.
(transitive, agriculture, horticulture, archaic) To sow seeds over a wide area.

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chasma: Word of the day for October 15, 2017

chasma , n :
(astronomy, geology) A long, narrow, steep-sided depression on a planet (often other than Earth), a moon, or another body in the Solar System.
(astronomy, obsolete, rare) An aurora.
Obsolete form of chasm.
The Cassini–Huygens space probe was launched on this day 20 years ago in 1997 to study the planet Saturn. During its closest approach to the moon Tethys on 24 September 2005, it photographed the Ithaca Chasma, one of the longer valleys in the Solar System. The mission was brought to an end on 15 September 2017 by having the probe make a controlled descent into Saturn’s atmosphere.

scruple: Word of the day for October 14, 2017

scruple , n :
(obsolete) A weight of twenty grains or one third of a dram, in England about 1.3 grams (symbol: ℈).
(obsolete) Hence, a very small quantity; a particle.
(obsolete) A doubt or uncertainty concerning a matter of fact; intellectual perplexity.
Hesitation to act from the difficulty of determining what is right or expedient; doubt, hesitation or unwillingness due to motives of conscience.
A Hebrew unit of time equal to 1⁄1080 hour.

surrey: Word of the day for October 11, 2017

surrey , n :
(historical) A light horse-drawn carriage with forward-facing seats accommodating two or four people, popular in the United States; a motorized carriage of similar design.
The musical film Oklahoma! featuring songs by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, including “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top”, premiered on this day in 1955.