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Haptic Feedback vs. Force Feedback

Is there a difference in Haptic Feedback and Force Feedback? I use it in the context of a surface, e. g. a touch device, that vibrates or moves quickly if it is touched or pressed with a force ...
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Can I use “prompted with sth.”?

I am writing a software manual. Can I use the phrase You will be prompted with a dialog. I found some uses of this form and it, for me, means that I will be shown the dialog, a bit like You will ...
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what does the phrase “a real word” mean?

I'm interested in how a word becomes "a real word" in English, and what constitutes that "real word" when it exists. Twentyfive questions appear in the list of questions already asked on this forum ...
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What's the meaning of the word “pastoral” in this context?

Iford Manor has been described as one of the most stunning concert venues in the West Country. Throughout high summer, Iford Arts stages an internationally renowned festival in a breathtakingly ...
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The difference between 'to reverberate' , 'to resonate' and 'to resound'

In my book, I came across this sentence: "The revolution of 1848 reverberated throughout Europe, resulting in a series of revolutions, most powerfully in..." Because the subject is the history ...
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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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In this sentence, what parts of speech are the words 'next' and 'last'?

Could someone please tell me what the word 'next' and 'last' are? I mean the word class. 'it's your turn next ish' 'I read the letters last ish' Thank you!
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Screaming darkness

What does "screaming darkness" mean? The context is as follows: Now the wind was rushing past him, carrying with it loose pieces of clothing, sheets of paper, food from the kitchen, anything ...
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What is the difference between “equate” and “identify”?

http://the-difference-between.com/identify/equate What is difference between "equate something with something" and "identify something with something"?
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What does “wildin'” mean?

In Rihanna's song "FourFiveSeconds", this line is sung in the chorus: 'Now I'm four, five seconds from wildin'...' I searched on Google for the definition of "wildin'" and got this: wildin' ...
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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) UK - Meaning

My question is simple (hope not too simple): Why this organization has chosen this name? - DISCLOSURE AND BARRING SERVICE https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disclosure_and_Barring_Service DBS enables ...
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What does a keen sense of awareness mean?

Would you consider it a compliment is someone says you have a keen sense of awareness
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Additional meaning of the word “fletcher”

I am translating English wiki for Habitica game into Russian, and I am not sure what the word "fletchers" means in the following context (the article about contributor titles): "Title: Fletchers; ...
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Transgendered vs. Transgender

In the 1990s the preferred umbrella term used by and about people who weren't in alignment with their birth gender was "transgendered." Despite the fact this was grammatically correct and didn't have ...
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Is it correct to say “big kind hands”?

Is the arrangement of adjective correct in the sentence below? The man’s face was in a shade when big kind hands lifted me up and held me. Also, is the sentence easy to understand? (The man with ...
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Questions about meanings and usage of “deez nuts”

Please note, I did check the Urban Dictionary, and also Stack Exchange. What was meant by the OP in What is the origin of “Best.Boyfriend.Ever”? “What can I say but :/ omg deez nuts.” What ...
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What does bi-weekly mean? [duplicate]

I was confused while looking for the meaning of bi-weekly. Is it twice per week or once per two weeks?
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What does it exactly mean to be educated and uneducated? [on hold]

Could you please explain what it means to be an educated person and an uneducated person?
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Refined Definition of Missive

My grandmother 1883 - 1980 insisted that a "missive" was a HAND CARRIED message or letter. I don't find this distinction in modern thinking. Any ideas?
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Usage of face, confront and encounter

I'm confused with the usage of 3 words : face, confront and encounter. I found that face is used in general condition. However, I can't distinguish rest of the two words. In what circumstances these ...
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'When going to school…', 'When I went to school…' What is the difference?

What is the difference between these two sentences in meaning? When going to school, I wore necklaces with starfish pendants." and When I went to school, I wore necklaces with starfish ...
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Tower of Babel, what is the meaning of the following verse?

What is the meaning of the following verse from Bernie Taupin's Tower of Babel as sung by Elton John on the album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy? Those hungry hunters Tracking down the ...
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What word is used when I have to say “I ________ the page in two parts”? [migrated]

Two words I know are: Split and Tear. But I want to know the exact word for this. For example what word will we use when I _______ a page from my notebook? Or when I ________ the envelope to get the ...
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Can't understand a 'but' word usage [Daniel Defoe] [on hold]

Can someone please explain me why Daniel Defoe uses a 'but' word literally everywhere? (See photos, last string in both occasions). Thanks a lot for your answers!
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Why is an actor sometimes called 'ham'?

I came across the word 'ham' in an article which was used to refer to an actor. I referred the dictionary. But I was unclear of the fact that how can it be used to refer to an actor?
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Can a government censorship body be called a “watchdog”?

In a recent article, The Guardian calls Roskomnadzor an « online watchdog ». Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications) ...
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Envy vs jealousy - has the meaning changed?

When I was at school (in the 80's) I learnt that jealousy and envy meant different things: you are jealous if you think someone will take what you have, you are envious if you want what they have. In ...
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“Criticism” vs. “critique”

What is the difference in meaning between criticism and critique?
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What is the definition of definition?

Does a definition need to provide a unique or near-unique description or can non-unique descriptions also be categorized as definitions? For example: Is the statement "An apple is a fruit" a ...
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How can we use a verb consummate [on hold]

How can we use this verb? In which situation is used a verb consummate?
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Meaning of “look as far off now as they did them”

"Well, Tormance is a big place. But I have an infallible rule, Corpang. As I come from the south, I always go due north." "That will take us to Lichstorm." Maskull gazed at the ...
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How to properly say 'number of people'?

THE SITUATION: In an online form I need to know how many people book a service. EXAMPLE: Type of service - ... Date - ... Number of people - ... THE QUESTION: What is the proper way to ask it? ...
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Difference between “now” and “right now”

Is there any difference between the two following sentences? We can't connect to Outlook right now. We can't connect to Outlook now.
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Is there a single word (or expression) used to describe a person who does their job only when their boss is watching?

"Quick the boss is coming, we need to look busy" Is there a single word (or expression) to describe a person who only does their job while someone (the boss/manager) is watching, but who does ...
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Is there a word for the payment to someone who attends a meeting?

I'm looking for a word that describes the wage given to someone (a committee member) for attending the meetings/sessions of the committee. I've done some research and have seen this question Is there ...
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For computer science, are the files corrupted or corrupt?

Computer files: Are they "corrupt" or "corrupted"? I feel they could be both. What is the standard?
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What exactly does it mean for something to be “Visually Kinaesthetic”?

I came across this term but I'm not sure what it means exactly, I can't think of any examples that this phrase would make sense with.
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Question tags — “did you” vs. “didn't you”

Typically, when we ask for confirmation/denial of a statement, we say something like the following: We turn left here, don't we? You have a cat, don't you? We've met before, haven't we? ...
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What does “too on the nose” mean?

What does "too on the nose" mean, especially as applied to art? I use the expression but struggle to explicitly articulate what I mean. My best attempt is that I use it to refer to film, music, etc. ...
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What is meant by “mercy your ears”?

Setup I'm asking this question because of a song lyric that I'm trying to make sense of: Lean my direction and mercy your ears Obviously, lyrics often do not follow the rules of grammar, and ...
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Is “cause” instead of “because” becoming Standard English?

Nowadays, I'm seeing a drastic increase in usage of cause in place of because, especially in written English. People are in such a hurry, that a statement like below passes off like Standard English: ...
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Is this correct to say “a large group of crowd(s)”

Crowd means a large number of persons gathered together, however I've found some examples in which this expression is used "a large group of crowd". In the future, these flying drones may be seen ...
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What does 'on the curve' mean?

Mike Birbiglia said about George W.Bush: "He is the first president we've elected on the curve". ("What I should've said was nothing" show) Google wasn't helpful, couldn't find 'on the curve' in ...
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How do you get from the literal meaning of “all bets are off” to the idiom?

Most everyone knows what the common turn of phrase all bets are off means: "anything can happen." But all idioms have to start from somewhere, and the question I'm wondering is how did this one start. ...
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What is the difference between “illness” and “disease”?

Are there any differences when those words are used? By whom they are used? Google n-gram All English English fiction: I would guess that "illness" is rather a term which is used in spoken ...
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What is the difference in meaning between 'nonchalant' and 'insouciant'?

OED defines them as: nonchalant adjective (of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm insouciant adjective showing ...
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How best to use the word “best”?

The word best means: Best: of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality It seems that we only use best for the top highest quality of a certain thing. For example, there are ...
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Does name + “boss” mean something?

One of my colleagues in Britain keeps addressing me as "Armen boss" in mails and skype. Like, Hi, Armen boss. Can you please verify...? I am in no conceivable way his boss and our relationship ...
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When the boss is a way?

I came across a picture that was meant to be funny, but puzzled me instead: http://www.searchquotes.com/sof/images/picture_quotes/31525_20131204_091308_christmas07.jpg "When the boss is a way work ...
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How to describe this fact with an independent clause?

In fact, with more time being left to myself, I started to read books I had aspired to read when I was in high school. I mean I had more time for leisure, so I spent them on books. My usage ...