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Is the word “constraint” used appropriately in my sentence? [on hold]

I have some imperial equations to estimate seepage from irrigation canals. In these equations some coefficients have been used . These coefficients are based on soil type. Unfortunately there is no ...
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“Code of Alabama” usage in this sentence

From Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus’s office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an unsullied Code of Alabama. Isn’t ...
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“neither/nor” in a sentence

I was wondering if the use of "neither/nor" is correct and comprehensible in the sentence: Moreover, most probably neither was the snake linked to Cleopatra because of the erotic association nor the ...
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What does “lift their skirts … and grab the eyeglasses right off someone's face” mean?

From Gavin De Becker, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence (1998): "That's true," she said. "Every day I have to predict what the kids will do, and I succeed for ...
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why does meet sometimes mean first time and sometimes not

If I say "I will go to this place and meet this person" then I suppose it doesn't necessarily mean meeting them for the first time. But if you say it's nice to meet somebody, that always seems to ...
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GRE Sentence Completion -2

It comes as no surprise that societies have codes of behavior; the character of the codes, on the other hand, can often be _________ . A) predictable B) unexpected C) admirable D) explicit E) ...
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he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish

I'm a non English language user, but I saw this sentence in a book: He had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. If i was the writer of that sentence, I think I would use something ...
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GRE Sentence Completion Question

Select the two answer choices that, when used to complete the sentence, fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole and produce completed sentences that are alike in meaning. As my eyesight began ...
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“piecemeal” (about a theatre prop)

I'm translating an American article on a theatre production that is really challenging for a non-native speaker. Here's a passage describing one of the props, a car: Indeed, the set, by Maria ...
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induces a shudder of disbelief in some areas

Does "The idea of Carl André’s bricks still induces a shudder of disbelief in some areas of the British press." mean "The idea of Carl André’s bricks still makes people not to trust some areas of ...
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to adjust a red to a blue

Does "to adjust a red to a blue" mean to change the color of an object from blue to red"? Context: ‘So when the 1960s came along, I was feeling split, schizophrenic; the war, what was happening to ...
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How to understand “cat's evening wear”?

I really had a difficult time to understand this. It comes from a book I am reading, and it is used to describe a concept the author speaks highly of. Does it mean that something is very special? Or ...
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“which is no more”

Beyond its farther edge the Alppain glow burned blue just over the horizon. “But that terrible blue glare on the opposite side is exactly like the eye of fate. It accuses us, and demands what ...
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what does “cool with a k” mean? [on hold]

"silicon valley" season 2 episode 8, about 7-8 minute, Ehrlich says to Monica: cool with a k. what does this mean?
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visual evidence of a world-view in dislocated shards

What does "jagged Lines" imply here? Does "visual evidence of a world-view in dislocated shards" mean that all these images, that the writer can remember of the world war scenes, are only a few parts ...
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meaning of company in this sentence

FOUR I paid the taxi off on Pepper Drive, in front of a house where there was company, and walked back up the curving hill of La Verne Terrace to Steiner's house behind its shrubbery. It is the ...
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and then only poignantly so

Am I right about the meaning of "and then only poignantly so" in the quote below? I think it means "... except the hope for life itself, which it would be a very sad and upsetting feeling too" The ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “all the more impressive”?

Vestager has a reputation for toughness, stemming from her time as economics minister and deputy prime minister in Denmark. She managed to push through the Radikale Venstre party’s centrist agenda ...
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… moral conscience about those in the new cities

Does "a moral conscience about those in the new cities" mean: To feel guilty about the workers in new cities To make the workers in new cities feel guilty To feel responsible about the workers in ...
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“latter” and “confident expansion”

I have a couple of questions about the following passage: Kant explained that through a free-play between intuitive imagination and conceptual understanding, especially if mediated by feeling, we ...
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Could someone please give me a helping hand to explain or paraphrase the expressions in bold?

The expressions in bold below are incomprehensible to me. Could you please paraphrase or explain them so that they could be easily understood. Blockquote The literature on the Roosevelt era is ...
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they would be moved to terror at the gods’ indifference [closed]

Does "they would be moved to terror at the gods’ indifference" mean "they would be frightened of the indifference of gods"? Context: Aristotle acknowledged that art was imitation but justified ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “has some teeth to it”?

I know the phrase "has some teeth to it" refers to something that cuts and/or takes hold of something. It's used a lot in arguments / discussion of topics where serious / good counterpoints are used, ...
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Meaning of “even while” in “even while we marvel at it” [closed]

In this context, does "even while" mean "even though" and "whereas" or "when"? Context: The lengths we go to in order to perceive, measure and even predict ‘reality’ reflects a deep desire to ...
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using of designate in this context [closed]

Can I use designate with as in the context? Current cities compete to designate its urban municipal as smart city.
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What does “the greatest translation in any language” mean?

"In 1713, Alexander Pope began his translation of the Iliad, a work that took him seven years to complete and that literary critic Samuel Johnson, Pope's contemporary, pronounced the greatest ...
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Choosing the correct title for a paragraph

I first went to Harrow in the summer term. The school possessed the biggest swimming-bath I had ever seen. It was more like the bend of a river than a bath, and it had two bridges across it. We ...
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objects of knowledge

What are "objects of knowledge" here? I know it is talking about the school of thought that believes one can not distinguish between objects and our perception of them, but why "objects of knowledge"? ...
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What does “hot out” mean in “Why we get cranky when it's hot out”? [closed]

Ok, I found the sentence Why we get cranky when it's hot out on the internet, but I'm not sure what the word "hot out" mean? Does it mean "hot out there"?
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one cannot distinguish between objects of knowledge and objects as one perceives them

Does the bold sentence mean one cannot distinguish between "objects of knowledge" and "objects as one perceives them" or Perceiving objects, one cannot distinguish between "objects of ...
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“Rejoicing”, “glorious”, and “sinuous”

Do "Rejoicing", "glorious", and "sinuous" all go to "scientists"? That is, "scientists enjoying the beauty of computer images , evolving colour patterns and multidimensional topologies, and order ...
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“surely not?” & “the Mind of God”

What does "surely not?" mean here? Does "the Mind of God" mean: a. our thought about god or b. God's intelligence (the intelligence that belongs to god, what is going on in god's mind) Context: ...
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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

In the poem Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Walt Whitman, it seems to me the narrator is crossing a passage with a ferry. But doesn't the title literally mean he is crossing the ferry itself?
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Is calling someone a “Poopy Head” offensive? [closed]

Recently I followed a meta discussion where one called another who was complaining about lots of different things a "ranting Poopy Head" and I was asking myself if that comment should be flagged as ...
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in another oxymoron

I can not understand the meaning of the bold sentence, specifically its "in another oxymoron" part. Help please! The principle that any dynamic system can be measured lies at the heart of Chaos ...
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infinity equals infinity equals infinity

I do not understand the bold part of the paragraph found below. Can anyone help please? the Russian mathematician Ludwig Phillip Cantor demonstrated that there are an infinite number of numbers just ...
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What does “wont to suppose” mean? [closed]

Here is the source: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1910/06/medical-education-in-america/306088/#disqus_thread "Our teachers were men of fine character, devoted to the duties of their ...
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more than a normal share of oddball mystics beat a path to their doors

Does this sentence: "Indeed, as physicists will sometimes wearily attest, more than a normal share of oddball mystics beat a path to their doors, hoping to find evidence at last that the universe ...
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taking evident private delight [migrated]

What does "taking evident private delight" mean? Does it mean "To have a feeling of delight"? Does "treasure" refer to precious pieces displayed in science museums? Context: Viewers are free to ...
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grief about the routeless nature of existence

Does "grief" here mean "sadness"? (sadness of the fact that the nature of existence has no pattern or map?) The presentation of randomised collections – often in the style of the wunderkammer, the ...
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“Tate Thames Dig”

"Tate Thames Dig" is the title of a work by Mark Dion at the Tate gallery. http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/dion-tate-thames-dig-t07669 What does this title mean? I know the history behind the ...
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Does “individual” imply “one”?

Einstein said: The individual feels the futility of human desires and aims and the sublimity and marvelous order that reveal themselves both in nature and in the world of thought. Does here ...
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still resonates with delight at the marvels of creation

What does the bold part mean? Haeckel’s fabulously illustrated book Art Forms in Nature still resonates with delight at the marvels of creation. Art and Science, by Sîan Ede
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meaning of 'with' in legal settlement with?

The NFL could be set to ban helmets. The chairman of the National Football League’s Health and Safety Advisory Commission thinks American football could ban helmets in the future, as experts say ...
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What does “set” mean in “The NFL could be set to ban helmets”? [closed]

What does "set" mean in the following: The NFL could be set to ban helmets. I don't even know if it is verb or noun. PS I not a native English speaker. Thank you.
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…, as the Marxist critic Herbert Marcuse has proposed [closed]

Two questions regarding the following paragraph: First question: Which meaning is grammatically true for the first bold lines? (My problem is to know what the sentence "as the Marxist critic Herbert ...
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a work of art represents both more and less than a simulacrum of pleasure

I still have problem with the meaning of the first sentence of this paragraph, although I think I have got closer to its real meaning. Am I right with this interpretation? My understanding: "Much ...
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Not able to understand the context for “such a reading on the basis of political unity would be inaccurate”

I am an English learner, Could you explain the below statement because i am struggling to understand the context. Considering that such groups have various definitions of separatism and have ...
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anxiety or anguish?

As a psychoanalyst and translator, I've always been challenged with the translation of Freud's complete work from English to Portuguese, my native language. One point of translation contention, ...
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Does “value-maker” here imply “artist”?

Does "the value-maker" in the following imply "the artist"? Much like a work of science, a work of art represents a simulacrum of pleasure – it is foregrounded by the values relative to the ...