(especially of a process or organization) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential.”the nascent space industry”synonyms:just beginning, budding, developing, growing, embryonic, incipient, young, in its infancy, fledgling, evolving, emergent, emerging, rising, dawning, advancing, burgeoning;rarenaissant”the nascent economic recovery”
CHEMISTRY(chiefly of hydrogen) freshly generated in a reactive form.
early 17th century: from Latin nascent- ‘being born’, from the verb nasci .
the process of growth or increase, typically by the gradual accumulation of additional layers or matter.”the accretion of sediments in coastal mangroves” · “the growing accretion of central government authority”
accumulation · collecting · gathering · amassing · cumulation · accrual · growth · formation · enlargement · increase · gain · augmentation · rise · mushrooming · snowballing · amassment thing formed or added by gradual growth or increase.” the city has a historic core surrounded by recent accretions” · “about one-third of California was built up by accretions”
addition · extension · growth · appendage · add-on · supplement astronomy the coming together and cohesion of matter under the influence of gravitation to form larger bodies
early 17th century: from Latin accretio(n-), from accrescere ‘become larger’ ( see accrete).
The letters signified by the signal ( . . . — . . . ) prescribed by the International Radiotelegraphic Convention of 1908 for use by ships in distress.
SOS was chosen as the universal distress signal because this combination of three dots followed by three dashes followed by three dots (…—…), was easy to send and easily recognized, especially since they were usually sent as a nine-character signal, which stood out against the background of three-character Morse Code letters.
The letters themselves are meaningless. SOS does not stand for Save Our Souls, Save Our Ship, Stop Other Signals, or Sure Of Sinking.
1: a: of or relating to the alphabet b : alphabetically arranged 2: rudimentary
Did You Know?
The history of abecedarian is as simple as ABC—literally. The term’s Late Latin ancestor, abecedārius (which meant “alphabetical”), was created as a combination of the letters A, B, C, and D, plus the adjective suffix -arius; you can hear the echo of that origin in the pronunciation of the English term (think “ABC-darian”). In its oldest documented English uses in the early 1600s, abecedarian was a noun meaning “one learning the rudiments of something”; it specifically referred to someone who was learning the alphabet. The adjective began appearing in English texts a few decades after the noun.
Examples of ABECEDARIAN
The children recited an abecedarian chant,
beginning with “A is for apple” and ending with “Z is for
“Aficionados of Sue
Grafton’s popular detective novels starring Kinsey Millhone will not be
disappointed by S is for
Silence, Grafton’s 19th book in her abecedarian series launched in 1982 with A is for Alibi.”
— Jan Collins, The State (Columbia, South
Carolina), 11 Dec. 2005
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