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“…myriad of movement …” Correct or not?

I have a line in a poem using "myriad" as: a myriad of movement the maze will flaunt. Is this correct? If not, what would you suggest?
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What is the meaning of “Scale” here?

I've already asked question about this word on English stack exchange What is synonyme of "scale"? But I guess there is some other meaning of it. What does it mean in this case? In a lot ...
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Operating System Concept, A Translation is need?

Who can translate the following sentence in a simple manner? Between garbage collections free space will build up, which cannot be reclaimed until the next time the garbage collector runs. This ...
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The word naughty is taken with a pinch of salt always. Why? [on hold]

Although the word naughty has three different connotations unfortunately whenever it is used for an adult specially for a female it is viewed with someone of a weak virtue. 2 informal Mildly rude ...
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“improve upon” another party's design - meaning?

My supervisor in Japan is currently translating my CV from English into Japanese, however she has asked me to reword one sentence (in English) as to her its meaning is not what I intended it to be. ...
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When “that” is used as a conjunction, does the resulting subordinate clause mean something like a gerund?

I knew that it was true. I heard that they were coming to town. That he drank was well known. Do the subordinate clauses "that it was true," "that they were coming to town," and "that ...
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what's the meaning of “Closing the Circle”

I saw this title at the end of an article (I'd guess meaning conclusion?) What is the meaning of Closing the Circle? Does in mean, in conclusion?
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Meaning of this Samuel Johnson quote

"The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality and instead of thinking how things may be to see them as they are." - Samuel Johnson
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Is there a word for this emotion? Resentment over someone's good fortune without wanting it - Not quite jealousy/envy

What is the word to describe this? I was reading up about the differences between jealousy and envy and this doesn't seem to fit either, when you don't actually want what the other person has, nor do ...
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The meaning of “feedback”

I am confused about the word feedback. Because I saw one website My feedback means the feedback I got from others. But when I saw this website title 3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your ...
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Question about the origin of 'as long as' meaning 'on condition that'

According to dictionaries 'as long as' means "during a period of time", (as long as you live), but it also means "on the condition that" (I will attend the conference as long as I can arrive on ...
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using of word “manifest” [on hold]

Can I use the "manifest" word as fallowing: Stigma is manifested through the assertion of the activated self identity of people without disabilities?
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What do these figurative descriptions mean?

I am a English learner and went to see The Revenant. But I found I cannot understand this movie at all, so I googled for a movie review of this movie, however I only found more confusion in this ...
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What's the difference between public and private venues? [on hold]

I'm trying to understand what's the exact meaning of public and private venues. From what I understand, a public venue would allow anyone to go to an event, and a private one would require you to be ...
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“Several suggestions have been offered for adoption by the panel”, who will adopt the suggestions?

I have a sentence Several suggestions have been offered for adoption by the panel. My question is, is the panel supposed to adopt the suggestions, or the panel offered those suggestions?
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What's the definition for real estate in neighbourhoods that add value to people’s societal activities and social life?

In Dutch we know 'Maatschappelijk Vastgoed' but I can't find the right translation to English. If the phenomenon even exists at all in other countries. I'm looking for a word that summarizes the ...
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What is “corrective discipline”?

What does "corrective discipline" mean in the following passage? Though the pleasure which works of art give us must not be confused with other pleasures that we enjoy, it is related to all of ...
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Is there an online site or API that provides definitive, uncensored translations of internet slang words?

I am a computer scientist studying on sentiment analysis. I need to retrieve uncensored translations of internet slang words such as wtf, lmfao. There are some websites that provide translations for ...
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Context on using available vs accessible

Consider the following two sentences: 1) Please put the medicine in the living room so that it is available to everyone. 2) Please put the medicine in the living room so that it is accessible for ...
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“Nervous” vs. “anxious”

Are these words interchangeable? When would you use one over the other? For example, is it correct to say you "feel nervous" or "feel anxious"? Is it correct to say you are an "anxious person" or a ...
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Meaning of this Ben Jonson quote

Many men believe not themselves what they would persuade others; and less do the things which they would impose on others, but least of all know what they themselves most confidently boast.
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Meaning of “would be” in “announced that he would be leaving Google” [migrated]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Bloch What I can understand: I will leave google. I would leave google. What's the meanning of: would + be + verb-ing
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Why isn't there a word for the super-type of people and businesses?

I was originally framing this question as a search for the 'right word' but the site's suggestions pointed me to a previous question that was almost identical. So I'll turn the question around and ...
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Why is “envy” is considred a sin while “envious” is a rather desirable attribute?

We have two similar words in envy and jealousy. The American Heritage Dic. defines them as below. jealousy: A jealous attitude or disposition. Close vigilance. envy: n. pl. en·vies ...
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What is a trope, and how does it differ from a metaphor?

The synonym of trope is defined as metaphor, but there seem to be some other implications when using the word trope that metaphor does not have. Can anyone explain this simply and sensibly?
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Meaning of `put defeat behind`

Often I encounter with the following constraction in some articles Someone put defeat behind him Don't undestand the meaning of this whole phrase. Does it mean that someone succeed or failed?
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bumped vs faced [migrated]

Can anybody say me difference between BUMPED and FACED PS I heard in conversation: Yesterday I bumped with my friend. Does it make sense? In meaning he met his friend accidentally. Thanks! ...
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What is potass?

I'm reading The Four Feathers by A.E.W.Mason, it contains a reference to a beverage consumed by one of the characters:- It would have been strange, after all, he thought, if he had not been able ...
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Label word for someone? [on hold]

What would you call a person that causes harm to you( not physical) destroying your property and then is offended when you call them out on this? Not sure what word to use for their label.
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Differences between “atomic bomb” and “nuclear weapon”

What differences are there between "atomic bomb" and "nuclear weapon"? Is "atomic" only used when using talking about nuclear fission, whereas "nuclear" can mean either fission or fusion, as claimed ...
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Blazing in his eyes

The following passage is taken from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I cannot understand exactly what the phrase 'blazing in his eyes' mean. What is the subject of the verb 'blaze'? ...
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What does “a bit of a tartar” mean?

Recently, a woman I know who lives in England (OK, she's my fiancee, if you want to know), wrote to me and described someone she knows as "a bit of a tartar". Now in context it seemed like a friendly ...
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Explicit vs Specific

Recently I asked on the personal productivity Stack Exchange Is there specifically a reason why there isn't an ADHD tag? The context here, being that people with ADHD have issues with productivity, ...
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Semantic difference between “spectator”, “beholder”, “observer” and “viewer”

As I understand it (not being a native speaker), a beholder has a more active relation to the scene or object he is beholding. It is "in the eye of the beholder", but not in the eye of the spectator ...
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What is the difference between valorization and commercialization of education?

What is the difference between valorization and commercialization? And what do precisely each of these words mean, when applied to education? valorize to enhance or try to enhance the price, ...
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Meaning of “False Positive” [on hold]

My question title itself is self explanatory. Can any explain what "false positive" means? I got this word usage from one of my clients in bug report. Can anyone explain with usage in layman's ...
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What is the difference between “perpetrator” and “transgressor”? [on hold]

I don't quite understand when one might be applied, but not the other. Also, is anyone who committed a transgression a transgressor, or might they also be perpetrators? Does it make a difference? ...
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for + period of time + present continuous/past perfect tense [on hold]

What is the difference between (1) I've taken antibiotics for 10 weeks. (2) I've been taking antibiotics for 10 weeks. (3) I'm taking antibiotics for 10 weeks. (4) I take antibiotics for 10 weeks. ...
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What is “school annex”? [on hold]

Could you please explain what does the following expression mean: school annex I saw a building with this title on the front. However, I cannot figure out what it is exactly, and how does it ...
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Does “The UK” mean the state or its citizens?

When I have expressed criticism towards the UK government saying The EU policy is crystal clear ... The UK as usual in their bizarre anti freedom ways and I got an (obviously) UK citizen pissed ...
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to be riddled with something vs to teem with something

I'd like to ask how verbs 'to be riddled with something' (idiom) and 'to teem with something' (phrasal verb) overlap each other and can we replace with one another in the same sentence? For example: ...
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Fun + Challenging =?

I am looking for a single word that can be used to describe an activity (e.g., work or studies) that is both “fun” and “challenging”. Words I have tried include “intriguing”, “fascinating”, ...
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Meaning of “double dose”

What is the meaning of double dose? For example, I wish for you a double dose of health. Is it used in everyday English? What are its synonyms?
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I was set up in a sting [on hold]

I read someone's story and she said: "Then I was set up in a sting by the same woman who got me started. I was wondering what has just happened !! .. What is she implying ? I couldn't understand by ...
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What did Terry Pratchett mean by “avec”?

Terry Pratchett used in his disc world novels the word "avec" as a common food ingredient for french (in his books named "quirmian" or "Quirm" for the country) food. Excerpt from "Snuff" by Terry ...
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Meaning of the sentence, “she is the kind of lawyer most skilled at finding reasons not to do things”

I have read a passage from wikileak: AIT/T has had regular contact with Tsai Ing-wen on economic, political and cross-Strait issues (ref B). She is a savvy insider on formulating and ...
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What is the exact meaning of “You've got yourself a deal”? Is it only an American slang?

I came across the phrase, ‘got yourself a deal’ being introduced as a vulgar American English by a character in Jeffery Archer’s, fiction “The Fourth Estate.” In the scene Keith Townsend, Australian ...
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What does “The man that once did sell the lion’s skin While the beast liv’d was killed with hunting him” mean?

I came across the following sentence in the context of four professional men discussing a plot to retrieve their lost $1 million, swindled from them by a nouveau riche American banker in Jeffery ...
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What does “doing press” mean in the following context?

From this scan of Paul we were able to turn him into a 3D printable figure. Some of you may already have seen photos of the figure. Paul had them with him whilst doing press for the 'Hope For ...