/spəɡɛtifɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun mass noun Physics The process by which (in some theories) an object would be stretched and ripped apart by gravitational forces on falling into a black hole. ‘The extreme tidal forces would stretch the observer head to foot; this effect is called spaghettification.’
According to advertising legend, scientific contemplation of spaghettification may have begun on Wednesdays in Boston, Massachusetts.
/ˈvʌɪn(ə)l/ noun 1 mass noun Synthetic resin or plastic consisting of polyvinyl chloride or a related polymer, used for wallpapers and other covering materials and for gramophone records. 1.1 Vinyl used as the standard material for records. 1.2 count noun A vinyl record. 2 Chemistry as modifier Of or denoting the unsaturated hydrocarbon radical —CH=CH₂, derived from ethylene by removal of a hydrogen atom.
Origin Mid 19th century from Latin vinum ‘wine’ + -yl.
Calvin calmly sipped his well-aged wine while listening to his treasured vinyl, spinning at exactly 33⅓ revolutions per minute on his precise turntable. He actually had no clue there was an etymological link between his recorded music and expensive wine.
/stɛnˈtɔːrɪəs/ adjective (of a person’s voice) loud and powerful.
Origin Early 17th century from Greek Stentōr, the name of a herald in the Trojan War.
Sid sought senatorial office. He developed a stentorious delivery for his campaign speech-making. People at the back of the crowd appreciated it. Those at the front wished he had simply used a microphone and speakers.