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Usage of diffuse vs. defuse

I often hear phrases such as "infantry were sent in to diffuse/defuse the situation," and I am never quite sure which people are saying, and which is correct. Both seem to make sense. To me (a ...
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A word for reading something thoroughly until one understands it well?

I was wondering if there was one word in English for "to read something thoroughly until one understands it well"? I am trying to translate a word which has this meaning in Chinese. Thanks.
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Please explain the meaning of the word “distance” in the sentence

Distance sometimes lets you know who's worth keeping and who's worth letting go Unless the distance is playing games with the vision and its all a mirage, a vagueness of a dream
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Usage of the word “curious” in the meaning of peculiar: always correct or only as 'artistic' form? [closed]

To me the word "curious" would be something you can be i.e. I am curious what tomorrow will bring I recently read a text of a student I was supervising which used it as follows A curious ...
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2answers
39 views

Ignition - Does it connect to emotions? [closed]

Just wanted to ask if in your opinion the word "ignition" can connect to emotions in some way (like boosting emotions), or if it's too far... Thanks!
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5answers
86 views

Is there a word that conveys this concept?

The concept being: Lethargy or apathy caused by a continuous cycle of dissatisfaction caused by disinterest from exposure. The best way I can think to elaborate is to describe it as a state where you ...
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1answer
44 views

Displaying two things scaled differently - ratio?

If got a picture that displays things. As thing A is alot bigger than thing B, I have downsized A. Not mentioning this size adjustment may confuse viewers and transport a wrong message. How can I tell ...
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1answer
21 views

Analysis of Cost Efficiency - Economics of?

I'm in search for a title that says: You can exspect to read about how economic efficient different things are when compared against each other. As I need a noun, grabing the word economical and ...
0
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2answers
65 views

WHat would be a proper alternative word or phrase for “Social Network” but have the same impact or meaning as it? [closed]

What people normally first think in my opinion when they hear "social network". What else could you say apart from social network.
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1answer
85 views

Mob/Riot/Protest?

There are three words that I know that refer to groups of people in the public: mob, riot and protest. What is the difference between these words? Are there other words with similar meanings? Also, ...
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3answers
86 views

Relatively to each other — less awkward word?

I'm rating the performance of things in different dimensions on a scale, e.g. [--, -, 0, +, ++]. This ranking only describes the relative performance in one dimension, without referring to other ...
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7answers
194 views

Appropriate word for smile

I'm looking for an appropriate word for a certain kind of a smile. Are you in love with that girl' asked she with a grin on her face. I have used the word grin but I guess grin is a broad ...
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3answers
103 views

Is there a word that means the trait asking a question out of skepticism in hopes of finding the truth?

There are many synonyms for asking a question. Is there one that means or implies that the person asking the question is skeptical and hopes to find the truth? It'd have to be in the form of a trait. ...
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2answers
269 views

Are the words 'innuendo' and 'insinuation' different in meaning?

According to the dictionary the two words are synonymous to each other but I think there is a subtle difference in meaning between the two words that I do not find in the dictionary. I thought of ...
3
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1answer
87 views

go there vs go up there

What is the difference between 'go up there' and 'go there'? Examples: The boys want to go up there. He didn't want to go there. Are they interchangeable in the above examples?
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1answer
51 views

Meaning of the word “brook” in Rise Against song “Lanterns”

The song lyrics are here, with the following: The black brook calls It sings a chorus While the gathering swells The flames grow tall Right before us As drums keep pounding And the masses now are ...
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2answers
705 views

Difference between the use of “supplier”, “vendor”, “provider”

Which is the difference between the use of supplier, vendor, provider? The way I see it, they are complete synonyms. Am I right?
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3answers
795 views

“Explain” versus “Explicate”

Is there a difference in meaning between the words 'explain' and 'explicate', or are they interchangeable? It seems that explicate is just a very formal (pretentious?) version of explain, that is ...
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Is there any difference between “a few relatives” and “a few relations”?

In the following sentence I prefer saying relatives but I am unable to explain why. It's going to be a small wedding. Only a few friends and relatives have been invited On doing research I ...
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2answers
844 views

Difference between contract and catch [a disease]

What could be the difference between contracting a disease and catching a disease? I know there isn't any big difference. However, it looks like there are some diseases you can both catch and ...
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3answers
92 views

Swim into the water [closed]

Is it correct to say "I swim into the water" as a synonym of "I dive"? Thank you
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1answer
102 views

Preference vs Favoritism

Could anyone please explain the subtle difference between preference and favoritism? Both of them basically give the same meaning, but there is something more than that in it. Can someone point that ...
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3answers
146 views

What's the meaning of 90-plus?

What's the meaning of 90-plus? More than 90? If so, please tell me more ways to say "more than 90". Thank you!
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3answers
80 views

What do people normally call a glass walled lab or room? [closed]

I remember reading Dan Brown's the Lost Symbol and coming across a word that was used to call one of Katherine lab/research rooms. I can't remember what it is, and this really bugs me. Does anyone ...
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1answer
60 views

Why is “violent” a synonym of “impetuous”? [closed]

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, impetuous can be defined succinctly as "without thought or reason; controlled by emotion rather than thought". However, violent is listed as a synonym, ...
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1answer
70 views

Replacement for the phrase “Online Represence”

I'm writing a CV. I have a section which I've currently named "Online Presence" in which I give details of my online accounts like twitter, linkedin, github, stackexchange etc. But the phrase "Online ...
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4answers
280 views

Remaining particles after making coffee or tea

When we make coffee or tea, there are particles that remain at the bottom of the jar. Is it right to call them 'rudiments' or is there another term for this?
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3answers
95 views

Are derived class and deriving class interchangeable terms? [closed]

Consider the following statement that I quoted from Inheritance and Derived Classes (C# vs Java) You can extend the functionality of an existing class by creating a new class that derives from ...
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2answers
270 views

Looking for possible words to describe certain meanings [closed]

In order to come up with a good company name in the field of Information Technology, I'm working on compiling two groups of words. First: Words that have similar meaning to: improvement, doing ...
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1answer
294 views

Are “rescind”, “repeal”, and “annul” perfect synonyms?

What are the best places to use these three verbs: rescind repeal annul Are these all exactly similar in meaning, or are they supposed to be used for different purposes?
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1answer
139 views

Why is it a mosquito *bite*?

I don't understand, why you would call it a bite, when a mosquito "bites" you. I'm fine with saying "bite" to a wound produced by a tick or other insects that actually have a mouth or something ...
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2answers
294 views

More precise word or phrase for neutral connotation of racism

Racism in the dictionary means a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own ...
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1answer
1k views

Underlie, Underlay, Underlying and Underlaying

What is the difference between "underlay", "underlie" and their present continuous forms (and adjectives) "underlying" and "underlaying"? And what is the right word to say something like: The ...
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1answer
1k views

“Perhaps” versus “probably” [closed]

Can I say Perhaps the most natural option is to... instead of The most natural option is probably to... Do these two sentences have the same meaning? Generally speaking, should I prefer ...
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1answer
337 views

Is there a difference between “opt” and “choose”?

Could you give examples where one is better suited than the other one? Or are they completely synonymous? (I'm not a native speaker.) Update: I'm writing a piece software documentation and I wonder ...
2
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1answer
539 views

Is “pal” too informal when the other person is much older than me? [closed]

I have an online friend (here on StackExchange) and I happen to know that he is significantly "more experienced", he's a professor while I'm a student, and his contribution here is larger than mine. ...
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3answers
4k views

Homeland vs Motherland vs Fatherland

What is the distinction between homeland, motherland and fatherland? Is there any difference in meaning of such terms? When it comes to connotations are there any differences, except for the ...
2
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5answers
303 views

How can you distinguish between different meanings of the verb “to know” in English?

I work in an industrial setting. Today I had a conversation with my coworkers in which we discussed that another group knew that our group has requirements that they were not going to meet based on ...
4
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2answers
334 views

“had me a blast” - what use of “have” is it?

Reading the Summer love lyrics, the lyrics go as follows: "summer love, had me a blast". I know that "have a blast" means to enjoy etc. But I do not think I could say "it has me a blast".
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1answer
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What is the difference between “synergistic” and “synergetic”?

What is the difference between "synergistic" and "synergetic"? I believe they both speak of the cooperation of multiple things to produce an output, but how do they differ?
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2answers
423 views

Can supper and dinner be used interchangeably? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Lunch” vs. “dinner” vs. “supper” — times and meanings? Wikipedia states that the words supper and dinner can be used interchangeably. But I am not thoroughly convinced ...
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5answers
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What is the difference between “rooster” vs. “cock” and “hen” vs. “chicken”?

When I was small and started to study English, I had pictures labelled cock, hen and chicken. Now when I search the net for pictures for showing to my children, I see the same pictures, but this ...
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1answer
4k views

What does “evaluate” mean when used in Mathematical problems? [closed]

When solving Mathematical problems, I usually come across with titles like: Evaluate the expression below. Evaluate this: ∜[(log2(48 / 3) + 1)2 - 9] Evaluate the following integral. When I ...
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5answers
409 views

What is the word for “a series of two related works”?

Here dilogy is defined as "a series of two related works". I can't shake off the feeling that there is a more commonly used word for this. Is there? If yes, what is it?
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1answer
176 views

Meaning and synonyms of 'toll' in 'death toll' [closed]

As a foreign locutor..., the word toll seems weird in the following sentence in The New York Times: Death Toll Rises From Wind and Flooding Automatic translations do not help very much : ...
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1answer
442 views

“Pro-attitude” Definition

What does the word pro-attitude mean in the following sentence: Intentions are pro-attitudes, directed towards some future state of affairs. reference I couldn't find this word in the ...
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2answers
521 views

Can't understand the meaning of “flogged” in this sentence

There are products to be flogged and, Ms. Barberich added, “stars to be made.” What does it mean by flogged here? I got these synonym: struck, propelled, electrical, beaten, flogged, chastised ...
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2answers
88 views

Can I say “peerless mission?”

My friends are telling me that calling a mission peerless - a unique mission - is not correct. Is that true? I thought that unique is very much equivalent to peerless.
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4answers
665 views

“Ideal” vs “archetype” vs “role model” vs “prototype”

While learning synonyms, I encountered these words. I'm trying to understand the nuances between them. From my understanding:- Role model is someone whom you admire or try to emulate (generally a ...
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3answers
3k views

Difference between venture and adventure [closed]

Is there any difference between usage of words venture and adventure? Is venture a short form usage of adventure?