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What does “seam” mean?

As you know "seam" has several different definitions in English. But I can't understand its meaning in this context: How to deal with seams a. There is no seam. We've finessed the seam so ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase across the long

What is the meaning of the phrase "across the long"
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How would you interepret the statement below? [on hold]

Your assignment will need to be completed within 48 hours after receiving this email. What exactly do they mean by within 48 hours? If I received the email on 16th February 2016 at 2:00pm and I sent ...
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What do you call someone who always needs to be mentally or physically active? [duplicate]

What do you call a person that can't just relax, someone who always needs to be working or taking a class or working out? Someone who can sit still in one place but only if they are working on ...
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Why “no quarter” means “no mercy”? [on hold]

As far as I know, "quarter" means half of half of something. Why "no quarter" means "no mercy"?
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Difference between “till” and “until” [on hold]

I have a question. What's the difference between till and until?
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What are “legacy brands”?

Does the phrase "Legacy brands" just mean "companies that are inherited from generation to generation" or there is another particular meaning? Here is the context: The writer is wanting to know what ...
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What does “render” mean in this sentence?

What does "render" mean in this sentense? Most programs are tedious to write in the bare language, whereas just about any task can be rendered simple by the use of good libraries.
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what does “within the next year” mean? and this accuracy will be greater than 90% in the end of 2017?

"Quadmetrics Inc. says it can predict with greater than 90% accuracy the likelihood that a company will be breached within the next year." the text above is from WSJ (Cybersecurity Startup ...
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How do you call someone who fits in but is still different from others? [on hold]

I am curious if there's a word for a person who apparently fits in easely but still remains different from other - he thinks differently then the mass, or has different interests than the mass and ...
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Singular of staff

Staff can be composed of directors, employees, contractors and other contingents. Can any give me a word that will describe all of these types of people? Colleague doesn't work as that's when talking ...
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What is the difference between ‘popular’ and ‘famous’?

popular liked, admired, or enjoyed by many people or by a particular person or group and famous known about by many people. Oxford Learners Dictionary When should we use popular ...
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What is the meaning of “Scale” here?

I've already asked question about this word on English stack exchange What is synonyme of "scale"? But I guess there is some other meaning of it. What does it mean in this case? In a ...
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What is the difference between “etiquette”, “courtesy”, and “manners”?

I found this link explained the difference between "etiquette" and "courtesy", as following the rules and being kind to others. The answer regarded "etiquette" is similar with "manners" If this ...
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Operating System Concept, A Translation is need? [on hold]

Who can translate the following sentence in a simple manner? Between garbage collections free space will build up, which cannot be reclaimed until the next time the garbage collector runs. This ...
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The word naughty is taken with a pinch of salt always. Why? [on hold]

Although the word naughty has three different connotations unfortunately whenever it is used for an adult specially for a female it is viewed with someone of a weak virtue. 2 informal Mildly rude ...
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“improve upon” another party's design - meaning?

My supervisor in Japan is currently translating my CV from English into Japanese, however she has asked me to reword one sentence (in English) as to her its meaning is not what I intended it to be. ...
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When “that” is used as a conjunction, does the resulting subordinate clause mean something like a gerund?

I knew that it was true. I heard that they were coming to town. That he drank was well known. Do the subordinate clauses "that it was true," "that they were coming to town," and "that ...
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Meaning of this Samuel Johnson quote [on hold]

"The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality and instead of thinking how things may be to see them as they are." - Samuel Johnson
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The meaning of “feedback”

I am confused about the word feedback. Because I saw one website My feedback means the feedback I got from others. But when I saw this website title 3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your ...
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using of word “manifest” [on hold]

Can I use the "manifest" word as fallowing: Stigma is manifested through the assertion of the activated self identity of people without disabilities?
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What do these figurative descriptions mean? [on hold]

I am a English learner and went to see The Revenant. But I found I cannot understand this movie at all, so I googled for a movie review of this movie, however I only found more confusion in this ...
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“Several suggestions have been offered for adoption by the panel”, who will adopt the suggestions?

I have a sentence Several suggestions have been offered for adoption by the panel. My question is, is the panel supposed to adopt the suggestions, or the panel offered those suggestions?
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What's the difference between public and private venues? [on hold]

I'm trying to understand what's the exact meaning of public and private venues. From what I understand, a public venue would allow anyone to go to an event, and a private one would require you to be ...
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Is there an online site or API that provides definitive, uncensored translations of internet slang words?

I am a computer scientist studying on sentiment analysis. I need to retrieve uncensored translations of internet slang words such as wtf, lmfao. There are some websites that provide translations for ...
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Question about the origin of 'as long as' meaning 'on condition that'

According to dictionaries 'as long as' means "during a period of time", (as long as you live), but it also means "on the condition that" (I will attend the conference as long as I can arrive on ...
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Meaning of “would be” in “announced that he would be leaving Google” [migrated]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Bloch What I can understand: I will leave google. I would leave google. What's the meanning of: would + be + verb-ing
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Why isn't there a word for the super-type of people and businesses?

I was originally framing this question as a search for the 'right word' but the site's suggestions pointed me to a previous question that was almost identical. So I'll turn the question around and ...
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Meaning of this Ben Jonson quote

Many men believe not themselves what they would persuade others; and less do the things which they would impose on others, but least of all know what they themselves most confidently boast.
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Why is “envy” is considred a sin while “envious” is a rather desirable attribute?

We have two similar words in envy and jealousy. The American Heritage Dic. defines them as below. jealousy: A jealous attitude or disposition. Close vigilance. envy: n. pl. en·vies ...
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Meaning of `put defeat behind`

Often I encounter with the following constraction in some articles Someone put defeat behind him Don't undestand the meaning of this whole phrase. Does it mean that someone succeed or failed?
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bumped vs faced [migrated]

Can anybody say me difference between BUMPED and FACED PS I heard in conversation: Yesterday I bumped with my friend. Does it make sense? In meaning he met his friend accidentally. Thanks! ...
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Label word for someone? [on hold]

What would you call a person that causes harm to you( not physical) destroying your property and then is offended when you call them out on this? Not sure what word to use for their label.
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Blazing in his eyes

The following passage is taken from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I cannot understand exactly what the phrase 'blazing in his eyes' mean. What is the subject of the verb 'blaze'? ...
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Meaning of “False Positive” [on hold]

My question title itself is self explanatory. Can any explain what "false positive" means? I got this word usage from one of my clients in bug report. Can anyone explain with usage in layman's ...
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What does “a bit of a tartar” mean?

Recently, a woman I know who lives in England (OK, she's my fiancee, if you want to know), wrote to me and described someone she knows as "a bit of a tartar". Now in context it seemed like a friendly ...
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What is “school annex”? [on hold]

Could you please explain what does the following expression mean: school annex I saw a building with this title on the front. However, I cannot figure out what it is exactly, and how does it ...
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Does “The UK” mean the state or its citizens?

When I have expressed criticism towards the UK government saying The EU policy is crystal clear ... The UK as usual in their bizarre anti freedom ways and I got an (obviously) UK citizen pissed ...
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to be riddled with something vs to teem with something

I'd like to ask how verbs 'to be riddled with something' (idiom) and 'to teem with something' (phrasal verb) overlap each other and can we replace with one another in the same sentence? For example: ...
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I was set up in a sting [on hold]

I read someone's story and she said: "Then I was set up in a sting by the same woman who got me started. I was wondering what has just happened !! .. What is she implying ? I couldn't understand by ...
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Fun + Challenging =?

I am looking for a single word that can be used to describe an activity (e.g., work or studies) that is both “fun” and “challenging”. Words I have tried include “intriguing”, “fascinating”, ...
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What did Terry Pratchett mean by “avec”?

Terry Pratchett used in his disc world novels the word "avec" as a common food ingredient for french (in his books named "quirmian" or "Quirm" for the country) food. Excerpt from "Snuff" by Terry ...
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What is potass?

I'm reading The Four Feathers by A.E.W.Mason, it contains a reference to a beverage consumed by one of the characters:- It would have been strange, after all, he thought, if he had not been able ...
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for + period of time + present continuous/past perfect tense [on hold]

What is the difference between (1) I've taken antibiotics for 10 weeks. (2) I've been taking antibiotics for 10 weeks. (3) I'm taking antibiotics for 10 weeks. (4) I take antibiotics for 10 weeks. ...
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What does “Of such” mean in this context?

I do not know what "of such" means in the following quotation: “Of such great powers or beings there may be conceivably a survival . . . a survival of a hugely remote period when . . . ...
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What does “Take care sweets” mean?

A good friend wrote me an email and at the end she added Take care sweets. I guess it's something good, but not sure what is the exact meaning. I searched a little bit what does that mean and didn't ...
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What does “Retail politics” mean? Is it an established political term?

I come across the word, “retail (oriented) politics” in an article under the title, “All presidential politics is local” in Conway Daily Sun (December 23, 2015), which contained the following ...
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Meaning of “to have seconds” [closed]

I'm watching Futurama now, and on episode s1e7 there is Zoidberg's quote I cannot understand nor find out the explanation. The dialog is: Amy Wong: Is this salt water? Bender: It's salt with ...
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Keeping my soul and my senses apart [on hold]

Trying to translate a famous song. Something's gotten hold of my heart Keeping my soul and my senses apart What is the meaning of "senses" here? Is it "mind, clear state of mind" or ...
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Usage of “Sufferer” in Diseases and Disorders

So I've recently seen a few people use the word "sufferer" to describe themselves having a certain mental disorder. I know that a person thinking that they are suffering a certain disorder may be ...