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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 16th June 2024
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sidereal (adjective) sy-DEER-i-al

Relating to the stars.

Men can do nothing without the make-believe of a beginning. Even science, the strict measurer, is obliged to start with a make-believe unit, and must fix on a point in the stars' unceasing journey when his sidereal clock shall pretend that time is at Nought.

George Eliot, Daniel Deronda. Amazon

Dim and wonderful is the vision I have conjured up in my mind of life spreading slowly from this little seed bed of the solar system throughout the inanimate vastness of sidereal space.

H. G. Wells, War of the Worlds. Amazon

It is his only known longcase clock and records sidereal time, based on the rotation of the earth in relation to the stars.

Maev Kennedy, The Guardian, 7 May 2003. Guardian

In addition to having taught Spanish and Latin grammar, he served for 40 years as the cable editor at El Diario de La Paz, a job that involved "reconstructing and completing in indigenous prose the news of the world that we caught as it flew through sidereal space on shortwaves or in Morse code."

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times, 22 November 2005, New York Times
reviewing Gabriel García Márquez's Memories of My Melancholy Whores. Amazon

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