New words – 1 September 2014September 1, 2014
raingarden noun a planted sunken area of garden that absorbs rainwater runoff from roofs, drives, etc.
Financial incentives drove up numbers of green roofs in Germany 19-fold in just 12 years. In Melbourne, Australia, a five-year scheme is establishing 10,000 “raingardens” — flower and vegetable beds underlain with sandy soil to help water filter away.
[www.telegraph.co.uk 03 January 2014]
greenhouse noun the part of a car that includes the roof and windows
While the production version carries over many cues from the concept [version of the car], the higher-set greenhouse from the Impreza reveals the truth: There’s no new platform beneath that flared bodywork.
[Car and Driver (US automotive magazine) Jan 2014]
frost-quake noun an earthquake-like phenomenon brought on by extreme cold. It is caused by the expansion of moisture in the ground as it freezes, leading to the sudden release of energy and an accompanying loud boom.
In fact, they are merely hearing the after-effects of the frost quakes – or cryoseism – which are more commonly found on a glacier in the polar regions.
[www.dailymail.co.uk 05 January 2014]