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What does “less than unity” mean in the following context…?

It's about wind power. Here is the context : "Few topics generate more controversy than capacity credits for wind plant. The capacity credit of any power plant may be defined as a measure of the ...
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What are the differences between “pass a message and ”forward a message"

Claudia (my former school teacher) is hired as a professor in Department X of a university. Claudia speaks English. I dialed her office number but again was redirected to the enquiry center of that ...
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“She do not look like” [duplicate]

I have heard this phrase in "True Detective". What's the background? (It was used by police detective, 2nd episode, the dialog in a car.) update: Because of the discussion, I found that scene and ...
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What does “track each other” mean in the following context?

Here is the full paragraph : You might ask, if gain controls the proportion of color at all IRE levels, why do I need to make a whole series of measurements, wouldn't just one do? The answer is ...
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Does the word zealous have an implicit religious connotation? [duplicate]

Earlier today I was describing someone to a friend. I said, "I never realized how zealous he was." I meant for the meaning of zealous here to be religiously zealous. Without an adverb, I would ...
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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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What's the meaning of “there is not a good reference for”?

This is the context : "For most projectors however, including SONY projectors that have been used for a few months, or more and the bulb has aged, there is not a good reference for use in calibrating ...
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Why did he say “Abe is to blame for Yukawa's death.”?

I am reading this news http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/24/world/isis-japan-hostages/index.html Played over Saturday's picture, the voice of a person claiming to be Goto says in English that Abe is ...
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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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Is “for reasons of moderation” gibberish?

I noticed the following sentence on an otherwise brilliant website: This question was removed from English Language & Usage Stack Exchange for reasons of moderation. ...
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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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Is saying “back to back” an AmE or BrE usage [duplicate]

I have been often intrigued by the phrase "back-to-back". Referring to "back" is reminiscent of the rear of the human body. I usually hear- back-to-back meetings
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What does “eat the peppers” refer to in the Quantum of Solace?

While watching the movie called "Quantum of Solace" I found the line "That's why I eat the peppers" hard to understand (I guess it's a joke ...) Is there any special meaning to it? Get in. Are ...
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The so-what-ishness

What is the meaning of 'the so-what-ishness' in the following sentence? 'What makes it so irksome is the so-what-ishness of this rather brandnew restaurant.'
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Meaning of “virtue of impartiality” in this context

“Well, I-I’ll have you know that I live by the virtue of impartiality, and as such, am unable to have particularly intimate relationships with people!” What is the meaning of "virtue of impartiality" ...
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Does this “look out for” and “look in for” make sense?

He looks out for all the possible support he can gain from the villagers, and at the same time looks in for inner courage that will prepares him for the worst result. (He wants to be elected by ...
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“He is the only one who can see the door to my soul” came across this in marriage invitation, I can't understand it, help please [closed]

"He is the only one who can see the door to my soul" came across this in marriage invitation, what does it mean door to my soul EDIT This was what I found and my confusion was this ...
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What does “to put things into prospective” mean? [closed]

Note that it's prospective, not perspective. I'm reading a blog post and found below paragraph. It is impossible to resist the urge of exploring in-memory OLTP Engine (code name Hekaton) ...
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What does “what has changed with” means here?

What has changed with this tragedy is people’s willingness to recognize that religion really does make people do terrible things. This is from the latest New Republic, the author means that as ...
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Meaning of 'Some nose puts the bulls on me tomorrow..'

"It don't make any difference," he said. "I'm washed up anyway. Some nose puts the bulls on me tomorrow, next week, what the hell? I just didn't like your map, pal. A nose means a person, I ...
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Any other meaning in the word 'strip'? [closed]

Across the street somebody had delirium tremens in the front yard and a mixed quartet tore what was left of the night into small strips and did what they could to make the strips miserable. While ...
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fattening light

What do you think the author Kevin Barry meant when he says fattening light in this given context: It was by now a hysterical downpour, with great sheets of water steaming down from Mweelrea, and ...
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Another use of the word “given”? [closed]

This is a video from the content producer "JonTron". I noticed, at around 8:12, he says the following: "You get a barrel, you run with said barrel, you throw barrel at given thing, you run back, you ...
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Is it normal to say “greater extreme”?

Some animals have taken cooperation to even greater extreme. (BBC documentary, journey of life) I doubt that “extreme” is subject to comparison with other extreme. An extreme is a polar point. ...
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Meaning of by way of and start over

This is from a novel by Upton Sinclair, King Coal, 1917: He was given the use of the building, by way of start over the saloons, which had to pay a heavy rental to the company. He spoke about a ...
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meaning of 'under the fedora'

"It's under the fedora. Wanta run down and look at it with me?" A police asks his private detective friend to come along to the murder site to take a look. (from 'Killer in the rain' by Raymond ...
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What does “get out there” mean?

If Hong Bo wants his new product to be successful worldwide, he must get out there and really peddle it. What does “get out there” mean in this context?
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Meaning of “broken” in a phrase “broken hallelujah”

What does "broken" mean in a phrase "broken hallelujah"? E.g. in Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah song? "it's cold and it's a broken hallelujah" In my opinion, the best match from the dictionary is ...
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What does “beyond giddy” mean?

I recently came across the following sentence: Their bond was that of two best friends who were beyond giddy to be getting married. What does beyond giddy mean in this context?
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Peace among countries or between countries?

A more comprehensive research program would look for historical cases of stable peace between countries that are not democracies, or between states only one of which is a democracy. Stable ...
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Can I say that someone creates a tendency?

The lectures on Big data have received positive responses not only from MIS students, but also from students of other majors, even triggering a tendency of technology learning. I have ...
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Which does 'your affection in the least diminished by…' mean? (1778 November, US)

Original Source. Source: p 168, The Portable John Adams, by John Adams AA to JA [Braintree, 12-23 November 1778] 1 cannot charge myself with any deficiency in this perticular as I have ...
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Why did Abigail Adams write 'all' twice? (1778 November, US)

Original Source. Source: pp 168-169, The Portable John Adams, by John Adams AA to JA [Braintree, 12-23 November 1778] I will not finish the sentence, my Heart denies the justice of the ...
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What does Abigail Adams mean by 'Score of misfortune' (1778 November, US)?

Original Source. Google Source: p 168, The Portable John Adams, by John Adams AA to JA [Braintree, 12-23 November 1778] I have taken up my pen again to relieve the anxiety of a Heart too ...
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Meaning of the phrase “treats of” in the title of chapter 1 of Oliver Twist [closed]

The title of chapter 1 of Oliver Twist is as follow: "Treats of the place where Oliver Twist was born...". What is the exact meaning of the plural word "treats"? I assume it means something like ...
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“It worked for me in high school and it's been a reflex ever since”? [closed]

A: Just go out with me one time. If you are miserable, I will never hint at the subject again. B: I don't think it's smart. A: I know that I am an asshole. It worked for me in high school, ...
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Her eyes ate me [closed]

I sipped my drink. I like an effect as well as the next fellow. Her eyes ate me. It's from 'Red Wind' by Raymond Chandler. Seemingly well-known phrase, but what exactly it mean? The narrator was ...
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Any omitted word in this sentence?

The dark guy took a week to fall down. He stumbled, caught himself, waved one arm, stumbled again. His hat fell off, and then he hit the floor with his face. After he hit it he might have been ...
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“in the year to November” meaning?

The Economist often describes economic statistics like this: published on Jan 27th 2000 MONEY AND INTEREST RATES Britain's broad money-supply growth edged up to 3.6% in the year to December" I ...
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on pain of their lives to suffer nobody to pass out?

I faced difficulty understanding the sentence below; (He) charged his domestics on pain of their lives to suffer nobody to pass out. I found that the phrase "charge someone on pain of" means ...
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Can I say “awaken me from my naive view”?

I found out that the same product tended to mean different things for different people. For one person, a lipstick brought confidence. For another, it was just a simple pigment. This experience ...
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What is a stationary?

There's a hipster shop concept generator that combines regions with nouns and offers them jokingly as hipster shop concepts. Like "Have you visited this new Swiss cheese and German beer store?" ...
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Meaning of 'quite at home being home'

I read this in a novel, it was written like this: 'I sensed that after four decades of motel living he wasn't quite at home being home.' Is it some sort of expression and can there be any alternatives ...
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Does “the sober magic wand” make sense?

Although later I was forced to accept the fact that fairy tale's magic wand which can literally change the whole world in a second was a fiction, I was never conjured to quit my exploitation to seek ...
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Meaning of 'reciprocate' [closed]

I want to know its meaning in the context glitter reciprocated in my bag what does it mean here? Since in the mathematical terms , it meand the inverse. But here, it sounds a bit weird to me. Can't ...
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Is the use of “acquainted with” correct here?

Accidentally, I was acquainted with a NGO called Liren University, which was dedicated to providing a universal education for youths on liberal arts. I do not know how to describe this sort of ...
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People with similar traits

I am curious as to whether there is a noun or some other, more suitable expression for that group of people which shares my personality type. I often use 'people with same traits or personality'.
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“The other side” to refer to the afterlife

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to "the other side." Now you can take this one of two ways. Either the chicken simply wants to arrive on the other side of the road, or he is suicidal and ...
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What's the meaning of groupies and throwing stars in this paragraph from Rework by Jason Fried? [closed]

I don't understand the meaning of groupies and throwing stars means in this paragraph from Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson: A lot of companies post help-wanted ads seeking "rock ...
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Is it appropriate to use “too beautiful to become real” here? [closed]

As for those planning to work in the field of MIS, this kind of training was too beautiful to become real. I thought"too beautiful to become real" is better used as an hyperbole. I see a house, it ...