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“Inter-”, “multi-”, “cross-”, “trans-” in relation to disciplines

In academia the words inter-discipline, multi-discipline, trans-discipline, or cross-discipline are used to describe a type of combination between different disciplines or the uniqueness of a field. ...
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Meaning of ‘draw out’

I’m translating an English novel into Italian but I’m stuck on the meaning of one sentence and I was wondering if you could help me: Why—his voice seemed to draw out soft and subtle, it penetrated ...
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Do these sentences mean the same thing?

Do these sentences all mean the same thing? You are not great because you know many things. You are great not because you know many things. You are great for another reason. As another example, ...
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What's the difference between “I'm happy” and “I have a happy heart”?

What's the difference? Could you say that romantically? About an infant?
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Paradox ? I never understand this clearly

The sentence: I want to finish this game but wish it never ends. Also if possible can you explain what makes a sentence a paradox exactly ?
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What is the meaning of 'though'?

Okay, of course I've used different popular online dictionaries and the translation makes sense in the most cases. Sometimes I find usages of 'though' where I don't get the meaning of the word. ...
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'Preciseness' and 'Precision'

Ok, by my current understanding of the two words, the sentence: The preciseness of this precision is very definite Is grammatically correct. Correct me if I'm wrong, and if so; what is the ...
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be intended to vs intend to

I see a lot of examples of be intended to and intend to. Both of them mean plan to do. Some examples: Selling was my game and I intended to be a winner. The ban is intended to be permanent. ...
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Rephrasing “the Lord's our Banner”

How to rephrase "the Lord's our Banner" for kids to understand referring to the story of Moses praying for Joshua to win the battle in Exodus 17:10-15. I am thinking of "God gives us victory" or "He ...
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Using the word 'option' meaning 'a variable', not 'an alternative'

There are two meanings of the word 'option', that I have encountered: A variable that takes one of the multiple possible values. (e.g. "You should set the resolution option to 'default'") An ...
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Words starting with “touch”

There are several words in English starting with touch, such as touchwood, touchstone, touchline, ect. (a list can be found here : http://www.scrabblefinder.com/starts-with/touch/ ) I would like to ...
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Barkeeper, or bartender? How to address them?

I dunno if I'm right about the meaning of these words. What do you call the person who owns a bar, or a pub? And the person who serves you with drinks at the counter? [As the two may not be ...
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could you explain the below sentence about reporting?

"Half-yearly reporting included in overall project management costs" a report about the costs of the overall management of the project? or something else? thanks in advance
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“While standing” vs. “stood”

Original: I didn't react to her pessimism ,and tolerated her pessimism. I didn't react to and tolerated her pessimism I didn't react to while I was tolerating her pessimism. Would you tell me if ...
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What's the difference between “the one thing” and “the thing”?

Could anyone help to tell the difference between these two sentences: "That's the thing I want to do" and "That's the one thing I want to do" Thanks
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Help me with understanding the meaning of “apparent” in this sentence

There are reasons for denying that the relationship between recalled sensations and sensory imagery are what is responsible for apparent possibility of imagined sensations.
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the meaning of “pretty happening”

What does "they're pretty happening" mean in the following sentence? “These soccer players, they’re pretty happening,” the men’s designer Todd Snyder said. “David Beckham really set the bar. He paved ...
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What does this rapper mean by “swagger on super”?

In a song called "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea, she raps: "Swagger on super, I can't shop at no department" What does she mean by "swagger on super"? If you know this catchy hip hop already, please help me ...
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Difference between “at that time” / “that time”

What's the difference between at that time / that time? When I faced the issue previously, at that time John helped us to resolve it. When I faced the issue previously, that time John helped us ...
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meaning of “survived the Constitution”

waht's the meaning of "survived the Constitution" in this phrase Moreover, of this list only “the never-ending appeals to the people by competing public officials” survived the Constitution
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what's the meaning of “However touching may be an interest so tender”

what's the meaning of "However touching may be an interest so tender" in this passage Authorities . . . will tell us: ‘What is at the bottom the goal of your efforts, the motive of your work, the ...
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Is there difference between acne and pimples?

As title says: Is there difference between acne and pimples? As far as I know "acne" is skin condition, meaning that there are number of various "pimple" types on and under the skin.
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Is “morality in conduct of ..”" a natural expression?

Which one is better? There is a deep gap between morality in personal conduct of the officials and the public expectation for it. vs. There is a deep gap between the behavior of the ...
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Without vs before

In order to answer a question I have to take a look at a document that is not with me by the time that question was raised. Which of the below sentences is more suitable to express that idea? I ...
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Can we say “in common sense way”?

"To understand this principle in common-sense way...." I heard a German teacher using "common-sense" this way, I think it is a little bit odd. Suppose I want to retain his idea, and modify the ...
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Difference between 'meant by' and 'meant with'?

Is there a difference in meaning or usage between 'meant by' and 'meant with'? Many questions about meanings with this tag have the wording 'What is meant by...?'. In the text I am currently reading ...
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“Disclaimer” vs. “disclosure”

What is the difference between disclaimer and disclosure, and when is it appropriate to use each? Often I see (especially on answers on SE) comments like: "Disclaimer: I work for company that makes ...
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“for which” usage

I am writing comments to my algorithm and I used this sentence to describe one variable. But I am not entirely sure if it makes sense and if I used commas right. id of node, for which, program is ...
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What is the difference between “Distribution Worker” and “Distributing Worker”?

I cannot differentiate when I should use a noun like "distribution" as an adjective to another noun, or when should I use an "-ing" participle as an adjective. Could you please clarify the differences ...
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What does it mean when you say “ you, there” in English?

I was watching Titanic the movie today. Someone came out of a room and saw another person and said with anger : you there? DOES IT MEAN " I AM HAPPYYOU ARE HERE" OR " I AM SURPRISED YOU ARE HERE" ? ...
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antiquarian (adjective) misuse re: dictionary definition

multiple choice ... "antiquarian book" refers to: 1. an antique book about anything 2. any age book about old books 3. a book about people who deal in old books 4. a book in the antiquar language or ...
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Does using the phrase “operational state” imply that the referenced “thing” is inanimate?

Can it also be used while referring to animate "things"?
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Can I ask a question?

Does it have the phrase: be independent from sb I've looked for some documents but I couldn't find it. Is there anyone who can help me ?
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Information unavailable to the audience

What is it called when a character knows something the audience doesn't? For example, if the character was stating something obvious like "today is your birthday", saying it only to inform the ...
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What's the meaning of the word “spitters” in The Chemical Worker's Song?

Amongst the different versions of this song (Known by various names including "The Chemical Worker's Song", "Process Man" and "The ICI Song") that are floating around, there seem to be two variations ...
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What does “circumstantial consequence” mean?

How can of the phrase "circumstantial consequence" be explained? I vaguely understand the probable meaning, but it doesn't quite come into focus. Is it something like (unintended) side effect?
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Why does switch take a noun in the plural?

Why do we say "We switched locations." or "We switched phones." instead of "We switched location?" or "We switched phone?" Are there any other verbs that take the noun in the plural?
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Is there a proper name for saying something like “stack'em”?

Is there a proper name for saying something like stack'em instead of stack them or any other "'em" in place of "them"? Is it slang or something to do with dialect? UPDATE It is a ...
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“b'ile over” seemingly incorrect spelling?

"There's no pleasin' her, nohow, no matter how you try! I wouldn't stay if 'twa'n't for the wages and the folks at home what's needin' 'em. But some day--some day I shall jest b'ile over; and when I ...
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A tight hair of hern?

"Yes. If she'd just let that tight hair of hern all out loose and careless-like, as it used ter be, and wear the sort of bunnits with posies in 'em, and the kind o' dresses all lace and white ...
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What does “ be upon mental” mean?

What does " be upon mental" mean? For example in this sentence: "we Both must be upon our mental". Is it somehow about being crazy? It's a story in verse; it refers to Grimm's Fairy Tales. ...
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What is the difference between “matter-containing media” and “matter”?

I'm reading the english wikipedia entry titled "Radiation". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiation you can find the word in the first paragraph, or by searching. so... What is the difference between ...
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Use of the word “definitive edition”

Can I use the phrase "definitive edition" to explain that a product has the most up-to-date and highest quality in the field as opposite to mean "last edition of the same series"? Thank you for your ...
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The meaning of “Alexis” in Pope's Second Pastoral

"Alexis" comes from Greek, meaning "to help, defend." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexis_(given_name) Alexander Pope seems to use it in a different sense. His Second Pastoral is entitled Summer ...
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“Do you want” vs “Do you not want”

I recently came across a funny picture with these questions: Do you want som drugs? No Do you not want some drugs? Presumably the answear is supposed to be "no" since you always say no to drugs, ...
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What is the meaning of ''until the shine wears off''?

I love the songs Lost! and Lost? (well, it's the same song but in different versions) by Coldplay. In these songs, we can hear: I just got lost Every river that I tried to cross Every ...
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meaning of “Winner quote” - best “saying” or best “offer”?

Since the word "quote" can be understood as "saying" and also as "offer" I have the following question. If you hear someone saying "that's a winner quote", what would you understand? Would most people ...
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How does one parse 'woe betide'?

How would one parse the sentence 'Woe betide anyone wearing the wrong colour'! 'Betide' is clearly the main verb, meaning 'happen'; as in 'they waited wondering what might betide'. But clearly ...
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Meaning of “quantify” in a dating context

Someone said: "You can always quantify things", as in "* Internet and all that stuff is just that. People are people and you can always quantify things." I'm Dutch/American, but am having a really ...
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1 or 2 word synonym of “fill in the blank”

That is, to fill in a gap or blank. For instance, to fill a pothole. Patch comes to mind. Nothing else really.