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Difference between Interoperability and Interaction

Is there any difference between those two terms: 'Interaction' and 'Interoperability'?
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Treatment vs Management

What is the difference in meaning between management and treatment? Is the word "treatment" just a medical term or can we use it in another situations? i.e in order to say "I want to relieve his ...
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Conclusion VS Summary [on hold]

In the scientific papers it is very common to see words like abstract, summary and conclusion. What is the difference between those words and how we can use them correctly?
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the meaning of “this far”

what does" this far" mean? is it a synonym for"thus far"? and what does it mean in this example:" Oh I guess we made it, Or at least we made it this far, And it all looks smooth from here."?
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Does “candlelight” mean “compare side by side”?

Some of my colleagues use the word "candlelight" to mean "directly compare similar things". A specific example is comparing two lines on a line chart like this: "We can use this chart to ...
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In what context can the phrase “good for you” sound genuine and not sarcastic? [on hold]

It seems that certain expressions no matter how one tries to say them, will always sound sarcastic. The expression good for you is one of these. An example of this: During the show American Idol, a ...
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What's the meaning of “pillage and plunder”? [on hold]

In the last episode of "Once Upon a Time" (S04E04 - The Apprentice) there was this dialog: Girl: Well, I don't pillage and plunder on the first date, just so you know. Man: Well, that's because ...
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Am I making jokes when I speak “please don't miss me” [migrated]

Last time I expressed the idea "don't pass me" I used the phrase: Please don't miss me. I want to use the meaning of "miss" in this sentence: It would be just his luck to miss the last boat. It ...
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To what extent do 'earn income' and 'generate income' differ? [on hold]

I've had a short search on this but may have overlooked an easily-accessible source that differentiates the two. They don't seem synonymous, but I can't yet point to a definition of the two. To me, ...
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“… and then Judah decides to eliminate his mistress.” Is it correct to use “eliminate” for “kill”? [on hold]

In a review for the 1989 film "Crimes and Misdemeanors" a critic says: "...and after his mistress has been eliminated, Judah decides..." meaning "has been killed". I always thought of "eliminate" as ...
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How to use “sous vide” in a sentence

First, I'm not sure if sous vide is a trademark or just a cooking method like boil or fry. How should I use sous vide in a sentence when writing a recipe?
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what does “I think it was par for the course” mean [on hold]

In an interview ElonMusk says the following about steve jobs(http://www.freshdialogues.com/2013/02/25/elon-musk-on-steve-jobs-innovation-critics-transcript/). I think it was par for the course ...
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“As if it weren't bad enough”: meaning and subjunctive mood?

This is a sentence from a preface of book: As if it weren’t bad enough that I wrote my first book during our first year of marriage, I wrote this book during our first year of parenthood. Although ...
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Does the word “comparatively” require two operands?

Comparatively is similar to relatively. When using relatively it is common that you are comparing against general knowledge or an aforementioned entity(ies). When using comparatively, do you need ...
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“All but” - what does it mean? [duplicate]

I actually have a very naive question. When someone says All but five people have left the town. What does it actually mean? Have 5 people left the town or has everyone else left, with only 5 ...
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Is “Needless to say” ever worth saying? [on hold]

I get a weird twinge in my stomach when ever I have the urge to write "Needless to say." If it's needless to say, it would seem stupid to say it. Am I right? Am I wrong?
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“Would you like some coffee?” “Thank you!” - In this context, does “thank you” mean “yes, please” or “no, thank you”?

The OED defines "thank you" as a polite expression used when acknowledging a gift, service, or compliment, or accepting or refusing an offer. ...
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On the tray - what does that mean? [on hold]

What does "on the tray" mean in the Sandra song, "On The Tray"? Sandra - On The Tray Lyrics Once in a year I'm looking back counting my rounds Time after time it's been so hard holding my ...
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Is there a way to say “It Starts With You”? [on hold]

I'm looking to try to find a phrase or a much more simpler way to say "It Starts With You". Is there any other way? Even if it's in another language!
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Life as these little kids know it [on hold]

I have taken some photographs of some poor innocent kids, and want to create an album. Can I title it as "Life as these little kids know it"... any suggestions please.
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isolate vs. isolated

I'm doing research paper and I want to write a sentence like We wanted to compare two groups isolated. A colleague told me to write isolate, without d. I just checked, this is an actual ...
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Contentious Vs. Controversial

Are the words contentious and controversial synonymous AND interchangeable? or is there some difference in some contexts or in emphasis? For example, take this sentence I found in an excerpt from a ...
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“Preliminary Considerations”

In my thesis I have a part where I provide all the algorithms which I have developed. I want to introduce this part with a chapter containing the literature review regarding these algorithms, ...
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What's the difference in meaning between “evidence” and “proof”?

What's the difference between "evidence" and "proof"? I've noticed that the word "evidence" is often used in English as if it meant proof. For example, ...there is evidence of human existence in ...
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What is it called, when a situation is described in a complicated way instead of a simple one?

How to say in English, when one describes the matter in a more complicated manner than it is. For instance, one has two options, A and B; and either of them has to be accepted. One want to say the ...
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Meaning of “I'm going to have to let you go now”

I got a call from my company and I heard as follows: Sorry, we are going to have to let you go now. Can anyone tell me what does this means.
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Why 'aye aye sir' instead of 'yes sir' in naval response?

From Wikipedia, I know Aye aye sir is used in a naval response. I want know the origin of why Aye aye sir is used here? Another question: when I saw TV series A Song of Ice and Fire, I found Aye is ...
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On the Existence of the Word 'Grousily'

Is 'grousily' a word? I would like to use it in a sentence to mean 'grumpily, as if in imitation of a rumpled grouse' but don't think it's okay because of how I couldn't find it in either OS X's ...
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Founder or co founder? [duplicate]

I created a website one year ago and a friend joined me on the project seven months later. So i worked one year on it and he worked four months. I searched on many website to understand the ...
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Movable Type vs. WordPress [on hold]

Is the name of the blogging platform 'WordPress' word play? Does it have any additional meaning for a native English speaker? For example, the name of the blogging platform 'Movable Type' refers to ...
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Subject of investigation vs. Object of investigation? [duplicate]

which of the following is better: "He is the subject of our current investigation." "He is the object of our current investigation."
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“I'm dry” meaning “Would you buy me a drink?” What semantic or rhetorical term describes such usage?

Instead of saying "Could I have some water, please?" a visitor says "I am thirsty". The host understands it perfectly and says "Let me get you something to drink. What would you like?" or at a ...
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What's the meaning of “by string of” in logic

I don't know the meaning of "by string of" in following sentence Infer by string of IF-THEN statements found in the following Source: Knowledge Management in the Intelligence Enterprise
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Validate or Ratify?

Is there a clear difference between the "validation" or "ratification" of a document.? I came across a document that stated "Form for the Validation & Ratification of...." I thought that to ...
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what's the meaning of “to accept H k” [on hold]

i don't know what stands for "k" in "to accept H k" D is a collection of data H1, H2, ... Hn explains D “best” Therefore, accepts H k
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What is the meaning of “it is to…” [on hold]

What is the meaning of it is to in the following: It is to the Director [of Central Intelligence] that the assistant first turns to learn the facts in a crisis and for analysis of events, and ...
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Rhetoric: 'Anyone that believes _____, must be _______.'

Is there a specific name for rhetoric that follows this general form? 'Anyone that _____, (is a, must be, etc.) _______.' I seem to recall that the above was a specific type of rhetoric pointed out ...
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Is “It (North Korea) had a deep bench of (brutal madmen)” a common English phrase?

New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz Report (October 10) runs an article under the title, “North Korean government reassures citizens “It had deep bench of brutal madmen.” It begins with the following passage: ...
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What is a word that describes hurting people without meaning to?

What is a word that describes a person who hurts people without meaning to? As in not intentionally.
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Word that describes exploration coupled with transformation?

Is there a verb that combines the sense of explore as well as transforming that which you are exploring? For instance, if I want to describe an explorer who also changed the lands he visited, is there ...
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What's the difference between “dissatisfied” and “unsatisfied”?

Is there a clear-cut difference between dissatisfied and unsatisfied?
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Wholistic vs holistic

This reference states: The two words "wholistic" and "holistic" have very different meanings, but there is some confusion and they are often used in an incorrect manner. The two words have very ...
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What is the origin of “Indian Summer” and is it offensive?

I am discussing San Francisco's "Indian Summer" and happen to be surrounded by people from India (the country). As I was speaking I got terribly uncomfortable thinking I was offending someone, (there ...
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Does “absent friends” have definite association with deceased family/friends?

Having gotten married this year and acting as best man for my brother, one of the responsibilities for speeches was a toast "to absent friends". With some of our family no longer being alive, for us ...
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What does a single letter “J” mean in emailing?

Today is Halloween. After a successful party, many conversations have been going on in my company's email box. The end of one email said "Till next time J". I had no idea what "J" meant in this ...
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Can you use “say” to refer to things on the internet?

When referring to something you read on the internet, can you use "say?" For example, can you say, "he said it on a forum" when speaking about a message someone posted. Or does say only refer to ...
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“Unregister” vs “Deregister”

The concept of "undoing a registration" is widely used in my line of work. While most dictionaries define unregister as the proper verb for it, several widely used and highly considered sources also ...
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What does the phrase “it is up to us to flesh it out” mean?

What does the phrase "it is up to us to flesh it out" mean? Can you suggest any synonyms?
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“Money for rope” … meaning and derivation?

I was listening to John Lennon's song "Gimme Some Truth" just now, and in it there's a recurring line: ". . . money for rope." I never thought about it much before, but it strikes me this has ...
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When using online dictionaries to verify word meanings, do different geographical regions turn to different dictionaries?

Does anyone have a good map of which online dictionary will most likely apply to a given English speaking community?