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DIfference between 'cause' and 'causation'? [on hold]

I think they mean the same, but still is there a difference between them?
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Could “Give in” mean “Hand over”?

Give in = hand in but does give in = hand over? and which of them are equal? and what's the differences?
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Asking about the meaning of a phrase: a point of useful application

I came across the phrase that I was not so sure of the meaning: a point of useful application, which appeared in the context as follows. Shafts are a common method used to transmit power from a motor ...
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What does the prefix iso- mean in “isolate”?

My question is referring to the prefix iso- and its meaning in the word isolate. My question is, if the prefix means equal, how does that make sense in the word isolate?
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What is the etymology of “gatefold”?

What does the word "gatefold" mean? Sure, I know what it is (the whole internet is very eager to tell me what it is), but where does it come from? The "gate" part that is, I can guess the "fold" ...
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What would “I forgot my keys” mean in this situation? [duplicate]

If you were at the door and found out that you had forgotten your keys you might say: "I have forgotten my keys" .. but what would it mean if you said I forgot my keys instead?
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What does “bright topaz denizens of a world of green” mean

Here is the extract from a poem "Aunt Jennifer's tigers" by Adrienne Rich- Aunt Jennifer's tigers prance across a screen bright topaz denizens of a world of green. They do not fear the men beneath ...
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What does “I chap easily” mean?

I remember hearing this line in an old American comedy TV program A guy starts kissing his boss's hand because he gave him a promotion, and the boss says "be careful (or was it, Stop it, I think, but ...
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It was the freshest movie for a long time

In a listening of my English course book there is this sentence: "It was the freshest movie for a long time". A film critic is talking about the best movies in the last ten years. For example: For me ...
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Meaning of 'insider hiring' [on hold]

there is an article about hiring. http://www.haaretz.com/misc/iphone-article/.premium-1.637980 one of the headers is 'Insider hiring'. what does it exactly mean? hiring someone you know? does it have ...
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Is it inflammable or flammable? [duplicate]

You sometimes see on tank trucks or petrol tankers carrying gas or oil or other liquids that catch fire quickly the word inflammable painted in bold red on them.Should not the correct word be ...
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using word “Responsive” correctly? [on hold]

I wrote this sentence for my report, but I am not fully comfortable in using "responsive". Can any one check and point out the mistakes? Various constraints relating RGB cameras were found to be ...
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Word for development or improvement in art

In human race you call evolution to upgrade mankind, in technology innovation , how about the art work? how u call it? from painting to graphic design
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To be stoked on/about/ to do something [on hold]

What's the difference, if any, between these: I'm stoked on going there I'm stoked about going there I'm stoked to go there What's the most common?
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How to punctuate the following sentence? [on hold]

The sentence: Set in Italy and England, the story is both a romance and a critique of English society at the beginning of the 20th century. It is from ...
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Levelized in“ levelized cost of energy” [on hold]

I have read the one report with title of Lazard's levelized cost of energy analysys. Is there any one to tell what is the meaning of "levelized" in "levelized cost of energy"? Tnx
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Harry Potter strange question [on hold]

In Harry Potter 6 when Dumbledore went to visit Tom Riddle for the first time he said: "How do you do, Tom?" and Tom answered "Don't" What does this "Don't" mean? I can't understand.
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What does “you happen to be on” mean in the context? [on hold]

Here is a sentence from the Rework book written by Jason Fred: "When you're really tired, it always seems easier to plow down whatever bad path you happen to be on instead of reconsidering the ...
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Non-repudiable vs non-refutable vs non-reputable in computer security

In computer security there is a concept known as: non-repudiation "Non-repudiation refers to a state of affairs where the purported maker of a statement will not be able to successfully challenge the ...
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Clarification on sarcasm/type of personality-stumped

I am hoping to get some help. I have always been told that I am the most sarcastic person people have ever met. After 20 years, I decided to dive a little deeper to see if I fit the definition. It ...
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Is this usage of “account for” correct?

Can "account for" mean "take into consideration", such as in the sentence "I forgot to account for the time it would take to drive here, so I'm late"? Oddly, I couldn't find such usage in any ...
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A “cold opening” like by Saturday Night Live [on hold]

I could not find it on my favorite translator dict.leo.org, so I ask the resident AI, what is a cold opening, as found in many titles of Saturday Night Live episodes on your favorite video clip ...
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How would you label someone that generates ruses?

Someone who constantly tells lies can be labeled as a liar. Is there a word that describes someone as a person that constantly uses ruses(sp?)? I found that in the definition, if you go to the old ...
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Is “I cannot best you” valid sentence? [on hold]

In video game "Skyrim" enemy warriors some times cry I cannot best you! and run away. Is "I cannot best you" valid sentence? Does it mean: "I cannot defeat you"? Can I ask question: "Can you ...
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What does “sunset” mean when used as a verb? [duplicate]

There was the following quote from Adam B. Schiff, Democrat Representative on President Obama’s request for a formal authorization of Congress to fight the Islamic State in New York Times article ...
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“Nothing but” + adjective? [on hold]

Can "nothing but" be used before an adjective? E.g.: I'm nothing but certain we will win.
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What does “All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat” mean? [duplicate]

I don't understand this sentence: All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat. What does it mean? Can a scar be a bath of heat?
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Does name + “boss” mean something?

One of my colleagues in Britain keeps addressing me as "Armen boss" in mails and skype. Like, Hi, Armen boss. Can you please verify...? I am in no conceivable way his boss and our relationship ...
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What is the difference between “mincing” and “grinding”?

What, if any, are essential differences between mincing and grinding? I tend to associate mincing with soft foods (other materials?) such as meat. In particular, Merriam Webster has the following ...
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does the slogan “furniture made by makers” make sense? [on hold]

I am working on a slogan for a new furniture website that will feature furniture made by different individual makers and English isn't my first language, so I was wondering if this slogan made sense: ...
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“I don't agree totally” vs. “I don't totally agree” vs. “I totally don't agree”

What is the difference between the following? I don't agree with him totally. I don't totally agree with him. I totally don't agree with him. I'm puzzled at the meaning of negative ...
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Difference between destroyed, terminated and suspended [closed]

I'm a mobile app developer. I have experience in android and iOS app development. In android,there is a state called destroyed and in iOS,there is a state called suspended. Both states have same ...
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Is there any negative connotation to the word SpoonTalk or Spoon [on hold]

This is my first question here. It is not exactly related to English usage. -- Providing more details as suggested by John-- I am currently building a Software product and have named it SpoonTalk. ...
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 Is that sentence formation is correct? [on hold]

I wonder that following sentence is correct way to use? Suresh asks to hold PPC Executive hiring from today.
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Need help understanding sentence with term “over constraining”

"We do not believe in over constraining the team beyond its capacity." I'm having trouble understanding the above. What does "over constraining" mean? I found this but I don't see how those ...
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What does “hype job” mean?

There was the following passage in February 25 Washington Post Style section article that came under the headline, “The heights of Hype”: “Mr. (Neely) Tucker uses historical documents and ...
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Difference in meaning verb vs verb+up in specific examples [on hold]

What is the difference in meaning between these(I am not sure if they are all gramatically correct): "He slides to me" vs "He slides up to me" "He builds something" vs "He builds up something" "He ...
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'Say what you want' in one word or meaning? [closed]

How can you say.. 'Say what you want' in either one word or meaning? Thank you very much
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What is the meaning of tidy soul?

It is said [10] that whilst distilling nitric and sulfuric acids in his kitchen, Christian Friedrich Schönbein spilt his reaction mixture and mopped it up with a cotton apron... Clearly, a ...
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The meaning of phrase “Approach Synopsis” [on hold]

When I read some book, I saw the phrase: "Approach Synopsis". This phrase used in headlines, always. For example: 6.1 Approach Synopsis 6.2 Approach Synopsis etc. What does this phrase? Could ...
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How to reply a question like this: “We are not doing this, correct?” [duplicate]

My first reply to my boss for this question was " Yes, you are correct. We are not doing this" . Can I also reply this way, "No, we are not doing this." ? Are these two replies both correct? If so, ...
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When do we use 'enterprise' to mean 'company'

What is the difference between a company and an enterprise? The cambridge dictionary defines an enterprise as 'a business', and gives an example, 'a commercial enterprise', Oxford defines it, among ...
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Meaning of “make cupcake” [closed]

Could you please explain the meaning when someone says "He/She makes cupcakes"? It is definitely not about small cupcakes. I think it could be some kind of slang phrase. Thank you! Upd: UD says that ...
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Can “paraxial” mean “axis-parallel”?

The Wiktionary lists under the meanings of paraxial: (mathematics) Parallel to one or more axes of the coordinate system paraxial rectangle The respective information was added ...
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What does “yet for” mean in following sentence? [closed]

These facilities will have the lowest environmental impact yet for an Apple data centre.
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What is difference between sadness and sorrow?

What is the difference between sadness and sorrow? I researched a lot on internet but the results literally show the same meaning. If both sadness and sorrow are different, what are their usage?
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meaning of 'greasy dangers'

"....and I'm hungry, and I don't like to eat alone, and I'd be glad to have you face the greasy dangers of a meal at the Finn's with me.” It's a part of 'Nightmare Town' by Dashiell Hammett (1924). I ...
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Meaning of 'sunlines'

He was a man of perhaps forty five, and his face was thick featured, phlegmatic, with sunlines around small light eyes — the face of a deliberate man. Nightmare Town Stories By Dashiell ...
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When to use “we are meant to be”?

I am Korean living in Seoul. I wanted to look up an expression which I can interpret 인연, Korean word describes the relationship meant to be. This expression is often used by men for pick up lines even ...
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Is there a (possible archaic) definition of “permitted” that does not imply “permission”?

I recently came across this question, about an oddity from Lord of the Rings. The question is asking about this passage: “I would ask one thing before we go,” said Frodo, “a thing which I often ...