This tag is for questions related to definitions and nuances of meaning of a word or phrase.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (5)

0
votes
3answers
50 views

When an author lets you decide what happened?

Is there a word to describe when an Author doesn't fully explain a particular scenario, and leaves it rather ambiguous, so that the reader may decide what happened? SPOILERS (Mouseover) So yeah... ...
1
vote
3answers
62 views

Does the word “wizardry” have negative connotations?

The Free Dictionary defines wizardry as The art, skill, or practice of a wizard; sorcery. The first part certainly sounds positive, but then the word sorcery is cited as a synonym. This ...
1
vote
2answers
41 views

What does “dish” mean in this context?

In this article about male friendships, there are two references to "dish": "Well, what do you have for me?" Dish, she meant – like maybe some of that marital strife. and: "What do you got ...
0
votes
2answers
22 views

What does absent fraud mean?

I came across the phrase absent fraud in this article. I searched for its meaning on Google but didn't find anything. What does absent fraud mean? I can’t help but empathize with an employee ...
-2
votes
0answers
15 views

“Happens” or “Happened” [migrated]

Two sentences which are given below. which sentence should be correct while conversion? One problem happens, whenever i go to market. One problem is happened, whenever i go to market.
1
vote
4answers
124 views

Indian English use of “only” for emphasis

In my dialect of English (American West Coast), the word only exclusively means exclusively. I've worked with folks from Southern India for a while (and used to live abroad in Dubai), and it seems to ...
1
vote
3answers
47 views

Usage of “keenly aware of”

Need help on right usage of "keenly aware of", what are the similar expressions? Can I say: strongly aware of ? thanks
-2
votes
1answer
27 views

misguided wager, clearing an exit corridor with and otehr expressions - meaning

Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/obama-white-house-lost-ukraine-093000155.html Please, help me with the words in bold. I can't seem to get what those expressions mean. No one wants to say ...
0
votes
2answers
36 views

When to use “compatible”, when “incompatible”

I am pulling my hair out on this one! I say... "My explosive is compatible with power supply X" to mean that it works, as required. "My explosive is compatible with salt water" to mean that it does ...
0
votes
2answers
48 views

I'm looking for a word that is the noun-form of “poorly-constructed” and ends with the -ation suffiix

I'm going for some alliteration in a paper I'm writing discussing the history and once-current state of a particular navy, and one of the three things I want to talk about is the possibility of ...
2
votes
3answers
58 views

What's the meaning of “in the spirit of”?

The following is a passage from this article: In the spirit of full disclosure, the texter in question turned out to be my editor at Salon. (Hi, Sarah!) She has not texted me again. What does in ...
1
vote
1answer
33 views

Difference between a “self-serving individual” and “self-centered individual”

Is being "self-serving" the same as being "self-centered"? While looking for an answer to this question, I saw this previous question on the difference between "selfish" and "self-centered". I ...
0
votes
1answer
29 views

what's the meaning of“to be a best approximate”? [on hold]

what's the meaning of"to be a best approximate"? e.g. the coincidence of state and nation is a best approximate, and nowhere more approximate than at their edges, where the offi cial presumption is ...
1
vote
5answers
75 views

“Feared” or “Scared”

There are two sentences which are given below. i want to ascertain difference and meaning of both sentences. I am not scared of you. I am not feared of you.
1
vote
1answer
62 views

How to understand 'flatter to deceive'?

How should you understand the expression: "flatter to deceive"? The Oxford Dictionaries defines flatter to deceive as: Appear promising but ultimately disappoint. Which is all nice and ...
-1
votes
1answer
32 views

labour v.s. labourer

What's the difference between them when I mean "worker"? In other word, which one below is right? Companies can barely find young labours in an ageing society. Companies can barely find young ...
0
votes
3answers
18 views

…if to a reduced degree - meaning, usage

Even so, many of the original advantages of stored programs (such as enhanced security and reduction in network traffic) still apply, if to a reduced degree. The use of stored programs is still ...
0
votes
2answers
41 views

What does it mean to say you are doing something “over the next 3 weeks”?

What does it mean to say "over the next 3 weeks"?
1
vote
5answers
77 views

What is the word for “the way a word sounds to your ear”?

I do not mean "Phonaesthetics" or euphony or cacophony which carry a value judgement. Words have an audio 'pattern', mostly unique and different from other words. This is the unique audio ...
0
votes
0answers
15 views

Nation experiencing [on hold]

Could you explain please, what does phrase nation experiencing mean? Example: "This relaxed routine is increasingly out of step with a nation experiencing one of the most amazingly quick changes in ...
0
votes
1answer
34 views

Origin of the word kowtow? [on hold]

l think it has its origin from the Akan people of Ghana because the Akans have a similar word which means to bow or lay prostrate for a higher person or an authority.
0
votes
0answers
51 views

what do you mean by “opening out like a fan”? [on hold]

What is the meaning of "opening out like a fan from the shores"? This sentence is from the ad introducing a city for future travelers.
1
vote
2answers
198 views

What's the difference between “dissatisfied” and “unsatisfied”?

Is there a clear-cut difference between dissatisfied and unsatisfied?
1
vote
1answer
46 views

Can 'trains' be used as a synonym for 'postponement'

Was solving a cryptic crossword clue recently which reads Coaches for postponement (6) The answer is 'trains' obvious from coaches , but dont get the postponement reference. The solution ...
5
votes
3answers
191 views

Limp and Hobble

I have a problem with the word "limp" and "hobble". I do not know which word is appropriately used when it comes to context because I do not know how the words differ from each other. Can we use them ...
2
votes
3answers
50 views

Variations in meaning between “Last week” vs. “The last week” vs “The last n weeks”?

Similarly between "Last month" and "The last month". Last week implies, at some point during the previous week. Not inclusive of the current week. What exactly does the last week mean? Is that ...
-5
votes
1answer
43 views

The term “No problems” meaning? [on hold]

For example you send an email to an acquaintance or friend. "I've been busy. Recovering from unexpected surgery. My recovery is going well. I will send information on that hobby, could email it soon. ...
3
votes
1answer
82 views

What lexical relationship lies between the days of the week?

I'm confused, What is the lexical relationship between "Monday" and "Tuesday"? I mean is the relationship hyponymy, prototypes, polysemy, homophones, metonymy etc?
1
vote
1answer
46 views

What does “as good as any out there” mean? [on hold]

I don't how to interpret the following sentence: "Her research seems about as good as any out there." What does that mean? Is 'her research' just average, better than average or the best ever ...
1
vote
1answer
54 views

To have a game in hand

I have come across the expression game in hand in an article on England Premier League, as follows: Third-place City has a game in hand but the surprise result against Sunderland, coupled with ...
0
votes
4answers
77 views

meaning of the expression “wet flannel”

I would like to know what is the meaning of the expression "wet flannel" referred to a person or personality trait. I have seen it mentioned here: ...
0
votes
2answers
40 views

Spendthrift vs Thrifty - origins

I have always been curious to understand the origin of these two seemingly similar words. Looking at them for the first time, I thought they were synonyms, but ever since I learnt their meanings, ...
1
vote
2answers
127 views

Is there any difference between “student” or “pupil”? [duplicate]

I am a little bit confused, when somebody told me that a student is the same as a pupil. Would it be correct, if I said "He is a pupil of MBA."? Which of the following expressions is the most ...
0
votes
3answers
79 views

What is the word to describe something that has hidden meaning?

I'm writing an essay (yay) on I'm the King of the Castle, by Susan Hill. I am trying to explain how the description of the atmosphere may have hidden meanings (e.g. the fact that Warings is a ...
0
votes
1answer
38 views

Check out of, check into - meaning [on hold]

When you are editing a stored program, check it out of the source control system and load the checked-out copy into the MySQL Query Browser or other tool. When you are satisfied with your ...
-5
votes
1answer
56 views

Did I get wrong what she said with ' If you could be my everything.. '? [on hold]

After I asked my girlfriend that why she doubts to start again to this relationship, she answered: "Because if you could be my everything, i would not let him come close to me, in the first place". ...
0
votes
2answers
61 views

find something gone or find something has gone

Are both of them right? Next morning when you wake up, you find your kidney has gone. Next morning when you wake up, you find your kidney gone. If they are all right, what's the difference?
0
votes
2answers
42 views

The meaning of “…Identity between”

There is this sentence which I can't work out the meaning. "They have a unique identity between language and thought that means they cannot conceptualize a lie. This also means that deception, ...
1
vote
4answers
52 views

Can't come up with the correct sentence

I have some trouble coming up with the right sentence for a form input where I'm asking a user's first and last name. What I'm actually trying to say is that the name the user is filling in will be ...
0
votes
1answer
34 views

meaning of Republic [closed]

I've been thinking what might be the real meaning of the word Republic? As far as I know the prefix re- gives the base word the meaning of again; as in renew, replace, reclaim. I am wondering what ...
1
vote
3answers
60 views

Is the definition of browser generally poor? [on hold]

In regards to this question on meta Stackoverflow I had a look at what definitions one find for "browser". My definition of to browse is in short looking for information or things of interest. In ...
0
votes
2answers
38 views

What is meant by “if only…”?

Does it mean something like I wish? If only I had time to do this. If only I could do this.
1
vote
3answers
186 views

What does it mean to speak with “mock deference”?

I can find many instances of this expression, especially in descriptions of characters' lines in written dialog, but I can't find any mention to the expression itself. I understand that deference ...
-1
votes
2answers
22 views

what's the meaning of “since” [on hold]

what's the meaning of "since" in this phrase: The territory in which these Albanian merchants traditionally traded was since divided
4
votes
2answers
97 views

Which is longer: snooze, nap, kip, 40 winks or siesta?

How long is a snooze? My boyfriend will invariable take an afternoon snooze which might last anything up to two hours. A nap on the other hand, can be short, quick or even long, and sometimes they are ...
7
votes
5answers
842 views

Meaning of “that friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end”

Can someone explain the meaning of this quotation? That friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end.
0
votes
1answer
76 views

“Life is short. Work somewhere awesome.” Is it ambiguous?

At a company some HR person put a label on the wall with a slogan: "Life is short Work somewhere awesome " /+ Name of the company The question is: May this label sound conversational? Like I ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

Different meanings of blow [closed]

As' blow' has many different meanings, I always forget which meaning in sentences, like: 'They blew into the charcoal until it glowed red. ' I think that the original meaning is not match, and I ...
0
votes
4answers
42 views

A question about “common stake”

What does common stake in the sentence below mean? Does it mean a common role? Such overgeneralized beliefs will also be resistant to change, because individuals develop a common stake in their ...
1
vote
4answers
68 views

meaning of “yet” “as if”

I don't understand the second part of this sentence: The Berlin Congress of 1878 and the first set of frontiers drawn on maps ignored key components of local life, and yet they were drawn as ...