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The meaning of the phrase “to delay the time to occurrence of mood episodes”

I'm not exactly sure what this phrase mean: "the purpose of _ is to delay the time to occurrence of mood episodes ..." My guess is that it means that _ increases the amount of time between episodes.
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Is “torque guard” the correct translation of “Drehmomentwächter”?

A Drehmomentwächter ist a device the gives a signal when the torque exerted by a motor is above a certain amount. Example: A motor closes a valve, but there's a branch (or your arm!) in the way so ...
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Short idiomatic word for “low-complexity” [closed]

I am looking for suggestions to convert "low-complexity" (in the context of computations or a program) into a simple, short idiomatic word or adjective (not "simple"). [EDIT] It is meant to be used in ...
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Synonyms for “having a property”

When writing a mathematical text one often wants to express that a certain object has a certain property, i.e.: "Object A has property X." Since this formulation gets boring if used too many times, ...
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What are these containers called?

The german term is Absetzmulde (Image search). They look like this: Image source: Sirch GmbH There are varios different styles of bulk goods containers that can be easily loaded on/off a truck, but ...
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Best word to describe assesing value of a project

I am a web developer, I often work with clients who like to know how much my work will cost them. The problem is - I am not a native English speaker and I need to tell them that I evaluated the price ...
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Blood - Bloods - pluralisation

Why is it that the plural of 'blood' is 'blood' in normal usage but 'bloods' (e.g. 'I'll be taking some bloods') is acceptable in a medical context? Are there any words with similar pluralisation ...
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What is the opposite of a “crown” (in the topographical sense)?

Streets are “crowned” (meaning slightly convex) to drain rainwater away from the center of the road and into the gutter. What would you call a surface that is slightly concave?
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What is the blurring of pixels for fidelity called?

In most computer graphic design, when detailed images are drawn at the pixel-level the pixels are blurred with those next to them to make the border look more natural and less pixelated. I know in ...
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Is the verb “cast” in acting, metalworking and programming the same verb?

An actor is "cast" in a role: Jane Lee is cast as "Jo Smith". A sculpture is "cast" in bronze: molten bronze is poured into a mould. A variable is "cast" as a certain type of information in ...
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Short phrase for providing and taking care of technical aspects of an event

I'm translating a local company site into English and I'm struggling to find a nice and compact way to describe one of the company's services. Basically, if you are an organizer of an event of some ...
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What's a less-artificial-sounding word for “up-to-date” and “up-to-date-ness”?

I'm describing a software design in a proposal document of mine, and I want to express my intention of the design being up-to-date, taking into consideration existing publications and available ...
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Adjective of having multiple “arms” in technical/engineering context

Imagine an object, which has multiple 'slots', which are used to connect that object with other objects. Except that these are not inward pointing slots but the counter parts called 'tangs' (according ...
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Another term for “zero-sum game” [closed]

Rock-paper-scissors is a zero-sum game, however I remember a different phrase that means essentially the same thing - when each member of a group of objects has exactly balanced strengths and ...
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What do you call it when A cannot alter B above A?

There's only one true example I can give without going off the idea and this example is quite "techy", so I'm sorry for those who possibly won't understand the principle. I'm certainly not being ...
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Word for “letter or letter-like character”?

Is there a word for a "letter or letter-like character" in a writing system? With that I mean a grapheme that is not a number, punctuation, special symbol or space, but a letter (alphabet), ...
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What do you call something that reads and writes files?

In programming, it's common to write a class that both reads and writes files. What do you call this type of thing? Is it a file handler? A file parser? A file provider? A file streamer? How about a ...
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Article usage in technical texts: a unique and other cases

Sometimes I write technical texts and wonder which article I should use before adjectives like unique, so-called and given, as English is a foreign language for me. For example, why it is there is ...
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Alternatives to use technical protocol terms as verb in a sentence

I find it much easier to say: I can RDP to your computer Please SFTP the files to me than to say: I can use the RDP (protocol) to establish a connection to your computer Please ...
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Does “unrenamed” mean “not yet renamed”?

I am writing a software and the following description cannot be more than 15-20 characters long. I need to concisely say “files that have not been renamed”. I think “unrenamed files” works, ...
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What should I do when two clauses that must be in parenthesis sit next to each other in my sentence?

I'm writing my thesis dissertation and in the results section I'm showing my results with this sentence: A small correlation between hit position and time was found for SS2 ($r=-0.143, ...
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Download here or there?

I have the following technical instructions for our software product: Go to ~/directory Download here [link to the file] Execute the following command: [command] Should I use here or there in the ...
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What is the antonym of 'virtual machine'?

What is the antonym of 'virtual machine'? A virtual machine (VM) is a piece of software pretending to be a piece of hardware. There can be virtual servers, virtual desktops... I googled around a ...
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Differences between “methods”, “methodologies” and “paradigms”

I'm writing some internal documentation, which I cannot share, in which I outline several ways to accomplish a task. For example, updating software may be accomplished by: Send a list of what the ...
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Word For the Process of Finding Return on Investment

I am told that if I invest $20 in this Apple Stock, in one years time there is a: 10% chance I'll get back $25 10% chance I'll get back $20 30% chance I'll get back $15 50% chance I'll get back $10 ...
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Is EndDate higher, or later than StartDate?

In technical documentation, where you have two variables, StartDate and EndDate, how do you say that the EndDate must come after StartDate? Do you use the lower-higher or sooner-later comparison? Or ...
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Modern Term for Right/Secondary Click

In order to access secondary functions in a graphical interface (such as a context menu), users often have to "right click" an object on the screen. Some variations of this terminology I have seen ...
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Single word to describe some tasks performed sequentially

I'm searching for a single word to describe a session made of independent tasks performed sequentially. For example when you go to a medical center (this is the context where it has to be used then ...
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What word is appropriate for a single-width slice of the third axis of data?

We have easy go-to terms for the X and Y axis, as row and column, respectively. However, I have never heard a similar term applying in the Z axis. Does such exist? Cell is not appropriate, as as cell ...
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Is there any scenario where one would use 'in the server' rather than 'on the server'?

My sentence is 'The user should be created on the server.' OR 'The user should be created in the server.' I usually use 'on' in all cases but I am wondering if the act of creation is better described ...
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Pronunciation of “SUS” in “Stainless Steel SUS 304”

How do engineers and the like who are native speakers of English pronounce “SUS” (stainless steel)? Like the verb “suss”? Like “SOS” (mayday) but with “U”?
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“Must Not” or “May Not” - which is the most correct

I work in the IT industry and often read software and standards specifications that start with a section with definitions for certain words used in the document. Recently I came across the following ...
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What is the meaning of 'probe' in the Linux command 'modprobe'?

My understanding of modprobe is that it is a command to load kernel modules. Based on this, I'm wondering what the meaning of word probe is in general English?
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Capitalization of Technical Terms/Proper Nouns

There are several technical terms for which I am struggling with the capitalization, such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Controller Area Network (CAN) Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) Advanced ...
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What's the name of the action for opening a lock with an RF card?

We're constantly bombarded with new gadgets in our everyday life. Lately, hotels are moving away from ordinary locks and towards card keys. Some of them simply slide into a small slot in the lock, ...
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Dissecting an English sentence using a pattern

I am trying to make a script that can dissect an English sentence. The problem is, I have no idea how to dissect an English sentence when the words are not familiar. I know what the nouns, verbs, etc ...
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How to write correctly in a heading the genus and species name of a microorganism? [closed]

I have a question regarding how to write correctly the name of a microorganism in the title of my thesis when using letters in uppercase: Option A: ...BLAH...BLAH... ESCHERICHIA COLI ...
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Synonyms for multiplexing and demultiplexing

I have developed a software mechanism which operates on a certain kind of software entities which are called interfaces. If you want technical details about the mechanism you can read this post on ...
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Due by, due on, due for - what's the difference?

When someone says "I need x by Friday", I usually take it to mean they want x in their hands when Friday begins. However, when that same person says "I need x on Friday", I understand them to mean ...
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A term for making self-serving decisions that end up benefiting all

There's a term, perhaps a technical term, for when individuals make decisions that are self-serving only, but on a large scale, the combine decisions made in a self-serving manner happen to bring ...
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Usage of “w.r.t.” in academic papers [closed]

Is it possible to use the abbreviation "w.r.t." in academic papers?
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Single word for expressing “those which I am dependent on”

Is there any single (or near to single) word for expressing those which I am dependent on? I am searching for a dual term to dependent - the other side of the dependency. Something like the ...
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Need a word for 'spiderfy' or confirmation that spiderfy is OK to use in Technical Documentation

Question Is spiderfy a word? Is it OK to use in technical documentation for software? Is there a better alternative? Context I'm using the Google Maps API and there is this concept that many ...
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Singular and plural mess-up for an algorithm

How do I define a term and then use it in singular or plural context? Here is the problem: I am looking for a word which would collectively define the parameter setting for all the parameters in an ...
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Why Linux command called tee [closed]

I've tried to find etymology of Linux command tee that splits standard output onto two another outputs. Have anyone reference on this history or word origin?
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Does the word 'incrementation' exist?

An example: "To increment a variable makes an incrementation". One language wiki says it does, while MS Word and several dictionaries say there is no such word.
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How to specify that search should be between two dates in technical specification

I'm writing an integration manual that specifies how to use our WCF service for mobile messages and responses. The part in question needs to specify that the search results will be filtered between ...
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“Automation” versus “automatization” [closed]

I would like to characterize the action of making a process go automatically instead of doing it manually. The context is computer programming. A programmer may type in 10 pieces of code with only a ...
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Is there a difference between “disc” and “disk” for naming digital storage media?

I thought that a disc was a disc, and it is sometimes spelled disk. I now have got an indication that those two are not the same thing. In this answer on Graphic Design, I wrote floppy disc in the ...
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English of Modern Technology [closed]

English is a dynamic, fast evolving language. Many new technological terms and expressions have been recently added to the language. My question is where to find good resources (books, forums, etc) to ...