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Correct translation for the light switch for a website

I'm looking for the correct translation for a website (http://www.configurator.simonurmet.com/). I'd like to refer to the whole object, I don't need the name of each part for now. The "whole ...
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Question regarding English in an old maths book

I'm currently working through an old British maths book, released around 1910, on the whole the language is quite manageable however I've reached a part of the text where there's talk of circles and ...
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What's the meaning of “figurative meaning”?

What does figurative meaning mean? What is the difference compared to literal meaning?
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What does intergeneric writing mean?

What is intergeneric writing? I have did a google search to no avail. I am interested in this type of 'genre', or something that I could search to draw more knowledge for.
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What does ' My stomach turned to water mean '?

I found this in to kill a mockingbird, but I am not sure in what light it means. I understand it is a metaphor. But what is he trying to say here?
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semantic difference for the forms: “x of y” vs. “x of the y” vs. “y x”

As a non-native speaker, I have a problem understanding the difference in meaning of the following forms: "… of …" "… of the …" "… …" To be more specific, let me give some instances: "theory of ...
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Meaning of 'subject to spells'?

The noise had ceased, and everything was quiet. Then she sat down on the side of her bed, and, feeling faint--she was subject to spells--("I told you that when I came, didn't I, Rosie?" "Yes'm, ...
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Word for politicians truth, really a lie

What is the word for something that is said but isnt true, but because it is said it is believed (by the masses) to be true and is never then undone easily? Often used by point scoring, or wriggling, ...
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multiplicands:factors::addends:______?

When two multiplicands are multiplied, we get a product. But when we factorize the product, we split it into factors. Similarly, when we add two addends, we get a sum. What do we call the resulting ...
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What does “Towards Reference” phrase mean?

I wrote a conference paper about technical requirements of mesh networks in smart grids. Originally I named it "Engineering Requirements for Mesh Networks in Smart Grids", but a reviewer changed its ...
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A word for the feeling that only last a few moments

I'm searching for a word if you guys can help me find it.. It is the moment when for ex: you are just about to jump out of an airplane (with parachute x) ) or when the song hits THAT great note.. Or ...
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Idiom or phrase meaning

I can not find the meaning of this phrase: perished of fits. What does it mean? It is an idiom? Thanks for help and understanding.
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for the greater good [on hold]

In a sentence: "We arrive after a fraught journey, which I undertake begrudgingly, for the greater good, since I am clearly not the maddest person in the bus," what does "for the greater good" mean in ...
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What does “to give a buck about” mean?

What does the expression to give a buck about mean? I could not find the definition of that expression in my dictionaries. I think it shows a lack of interest about something. Am I wrong?
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Why the correct answer is Choice(A), not (C)

The___of companies that now take orders over their Web sites us remarkable. A. Diversify B. Diverse C. Diversity D. Diversion
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It is to the feminine as the hug of a bear is to the scratch of--well;--anything with claws

"A man's sense of humor is a barbarous and a cruel thing, Miss Innes," he admitted. "It is to the feminine as the hug of a bear is to the scratch of--well;--anything with claws. Is that you, Thomas? ...
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What is the meaning of the term brevity? Read on please [on hold]

I sent a short email to someone. They responded "Hi, Thanks for the note. Sorry for brevity. I'm in transit from ****** to home." Does the term brevity mean short or brief? In other words sorry for ...
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Struck vs Stricken

Is struck or stricken correct in these sentences? The house was stricken / struck by lightning. The house had been stricken / struck by lightning. He was stricken / struck by grief, cancer, etc. ...
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What does “We're taking one for the team” mean?

I was looking at the Send Your Enemies Glitter website, and there is a headline saying We're taking one for the team, this shit gets on everything. What does "We're taking one for the team" mean ...
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The meaning of “be based in”

When a company says: "All applicants must be based in the UK.", what does it mean? In which aspects should we be based on the UK?
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What are the differences of store(n.) and storage(n.)?

Store ex: The store's inventory has to be entered manually into the database. Storage ex: Storage closet is where you will find all our office supplies.
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What does “the look of” mean in this context?

The following phrase has been taken from Wikipedia's computer science style guides (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Computer_science/Manual_of_style#Code_samples): 'Samples of ...
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I have problem understanding a financial language

In financial articles, what is meant by "Revenue (of a company) of $120 million beats by 3 million"? Beats whom?
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How widespread is the use of the term 'sidemeat'?

In Grapes of Wrath (1937) John Steinbeck uses the term sidemeat, sometimes hyphenated side-meat. The OED confirms this is North American (I have never heard it used in Britain), and refers to salt ...
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Please let me know the meaning wise difference for below two [on hold]

Could you Please let me know the meaning wise difference for below two. I am going to play cricket. and I am going to go play cricket. Thanks, Ali
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“Their ”Is being used in the below sentence for whom? Please reply fast [on hold]

Mental-health practitioners whose clients kill themselves can face stigma from "their colleagues".Whose Colleagues ,their own or the client?
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What is the difference between “specialist” and “expert”? [on hold]

What is the difference between "specialist" and "expert"? I want to know the difference in detail
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Does informative ever mean gossipy?

My copy of "Chambers Dictionary Of Synonyms and Antonyms" lists the following synonyms for informative: informative adj. chatty, communicative, constructive, educational, enlightening, ...
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Meaning of the “-o-rama” suffix [duplicate]

What is the origin of the "-o-rama" suffix (such as in "app-o-rama" referenced by the Wall Street Journal), and how can this suffix be clearly defined?
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Different words for educational problems [on hold]

What is the difference between the following words (terms) in a context of education (online education in particular)? Quiz Exercise Assignment Problem Question Which one is more proper to use as ...
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Open/start/begin

What verbs (open/start/begin or any other verbs) are used to describe the opening timings of office, bank, school and market? For example: Schools open/start/begin at 8:00am Offices ...
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When Harry met Sally - idiomatic expression

In the 1989 movie "When Harry met Sally" the expression: When X met Y Has some other meaning other than the obvious one, or there's a hidden idiomatic expression or a pun?
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Word that describes both skills and experience together

What is an English word that means together a combination of both experience and innate skills? I thought of the word talent but it conveys much more about skills than experience. I am looking for a ...
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What does 'Pick any metric you want' mean? [closed]

I am studying the CNN Student news and i get a difficult sentence to me. Obama said "Pick any metric you want. America`s resurgence is real." and i don't know what that sentence mean. especially, ...
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What does “zazzy” mean? [on hold]

In The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon calls one of his cats "zazzles" and says it's because he is so "zazzy", which makes everyone laugh. I didn't get the joke, though. I looked the word up in the ...
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Computer Science: When we say spawn a process, why use spawn? [on hold]

In many docs, such as in http server. We often see "spawn xx processes". The definition of spawn as a verb is 1. (of a fish, frog, mollusk, crustacean, etc.) release or deposit eggs. "the ...
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take off (meaning in context) [migrated]

what's the meaning of "take off" in this context: "She started ballet when she was young. She took off. Then progressively she started other types of dances." Does it mean, she took a break or does ...
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Martini, Extra Dirty

This expression is from the show "True Detective" (Session 1 Episode 6) A guy buys a woman a drink when they have just met, then she asks waiter to "martini, extra dirty". This is the first time I've ...
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About lyrics of “There's No Business Like Show Business” [on hold]

I am learning about lyrics of "there's no business like show business'. http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/e/ethel_merman/theres_no_business_like_show_business_lyrics.html Everything about it is ...
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Someone who talks in circle [on hold]

Someone who talks in circles to try to confuse you so you don't figure out their lies and empty promises
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A single word to define “leave in state of ignorance”

What is a good word that describes the act of purposefully leaving someone else in a state of ignorance with the goal of benefiting from their, well, ignorance?
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Putting on weight, gaining weight, getting fat [closed]

Which is the correct sentence or what is difference among the following sentences? My friend is putting on weight. My friend is gaining weight. My friend is getting fat.
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“What's been up?” meaning [closed]

I want to know what exactly "what's been up ?" means cause I think it's pretty confusing with "what's up ?". I think it's not exactly the same expression ?
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“Put on” makeup and “apply” make up [closed]

What is difference between "put on" makeup and "apply" makeup? please explain with some sentences.
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What does “pitting folk” mean? [closed]

This is from the Economist (Jan 3, 2015). (You can see the full article here - ...
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Using “word” to mean “okay” [duplicate]

I tutored an American exchange student in Finland last year and occasionally he, on Facebook, would say something like "word thank you" or simply "word" and he said it means "okay". I was curious and ...
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what does “I am not feeling up for it” mean? when can you use this?

What does actually "I am not feeling up for it" mean? Is it ok to use this phrase when somebody ask you to do lunch sometime and you actually do not want to go but want to be polite? If you ...
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What does idiom “ thick in the head ” mean? [closed]

My understanding is that: thick in the head ... means inflexible, but I was told it means stupid. Since inflexible doesn't mean stupid all the time, what is the precise meaning of thick in ...
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What does it mean?please reply fast [closed]

“Postings and transfers are in the public domain;" when Indian diplomats go, the dates are announced and when they leave Sri Lanka", "the dates are available". The dates are in public domain of all ...
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Does being described as a “Whirling Dervish” have a positive or negative connotation? [closed]

In an email I received from an extended family member, she remarked that she had "heard through the grapevine" that I was quite the "home-making whirling dervish." This person and I have a (distant ...