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Question about meaning of “Object” in the Declaration of Independence

Referring to this: "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, ...
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Is the word “comparator” widely used outside of IT and computing — say, in statistics?

I came across the word “comparator” in the report of International Monetary Fund under the title, “Can women save Japan?” (WP/12/248) co-authored by Chad Steinberg and Masao Nakane “Japan has FLP ...
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Passivity as a passive activity?

I was reading "A fault in our stars" by John Green and he did something rather interesting. The scene is one in which the mother wants her child to attend support group. All the child wants to do is ...
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Can the term “G-Man” be used to describe a Government official who is not an FBI agent?

Earlier today I was doing Merl Reagle's crossword and one of the clues was "Fraud fighting Fed." The answer turned out to be "T-Man," being short for "Treasury Man." So, this got me thinking... ...
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Is “Civic Virtue” related to moral in this context?

I came across this phrase: "While no relationship was found between altruism and intention to leave both the organization and the current job, sportsmanship, civic virtue and helping others emerged ...
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What does absent fraud mean? [duplicate]

I came across the phrase absent fraud in this article. I searched for its meaning on Google but didn't find anything. What does absent fraud mean? I can’t help but empathize with an employee ...
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What does a series of dots (elipses) mean after a sentence?

For example you send an email to a acquaintance or friend. "I've been busy. Recovering from unexpected surgery. My recovery is going well. I will send information on that hobby to you soon. Hope ...
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Survey vs. Questionnaire?

What is the difference between a survey and a questionnaire? Which word would be more appropriate in a report?
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Relationship between Juxtaposition, Oxymoron, and Paradox [closed]

Explain the definition and relationship between "juxtaposition", "oxymoron", and "paradox". I'm supposed to apply this to Romeo and Juliet too, so any examples including them would be appreciated. ...
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159 views

“Active” or “activated”?

Is there a difference between an active state and activated state? For example, if I activate an item, will it become active or activated? Does it depend on the context? How?
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meaning of action flag

What is the meaning of "an action flag" in the sentence below? ...your name has an action flag on it, which is directing me to transfer you immediately to the consul general's chief ...
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A song by Dr. Dre [closed]

Consider the following text: Bitches ain't shit but hoes and tricks. Lick on these nuts and suck the dick. Get the fuck out after you're done. And I hope in my ride to make a quick run. I am ...
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Meaning of “In a medium” [closed]

What is the meaning of “in a medium” in the following sentence? A major objective in a heat transfer problem is to determine the temperature distribution in a medium resulting from imposed ...
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Opposite of expanded?

I am looking for the word to use when saying the opposite of expanded/expand/expansion etc... Here is an example of how I want to use the word: In the summer the wood expanded, now it is winter ...
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Difference in usage of terms “company” and “firm”

In a meaning of officially registered and bounded business unit. Like "Microsoft" or "Apple" or "ZARA" or copy shop round the corner. In some books on management/entrepreneurship authors use both ...
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What happened to the “knee”?

When describing bends in piping, joints, and in many other contexts the word "elbow" is used. You go to the hardware store and you see 90 degree elbows. The word elbow is used everywhere. Why not ...
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Meaning and etymology of “Hat-trick” and “Brace”

We all know that in the footballing world, when someone scores 3 goals, they call it a Hat-trick and when two, a Brace. I was wondering how these words are related to numbers 3 and 2? Is there any ...
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What do you call someone who lives for himself?

What do you call someone who lives for himself? If someone lives his life solely to achieve his own life goals and not want to associate his life with others', what would you call him? I know some of ...
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Is there a difference between “political science” and “political sciences”?

I am doing a research about research disciplines. I found it confusing and surprising that there are two ways to refer to "political science(s)" Google: "political science" returns 26 million ...
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Can we use “dynamism” as a noun for describing the amount of change and changeability?

According to dictionaries, one of the meanings of the word dynamic is: a system with continuous change http://www.thefreedictionary.com/dynamic http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamic ...
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Is the term “ice cream” considered one word or two?

My question is a little broader than the title and applies to a term which is described by more than one "word". Is the term (in this case "ice cream") one word, or two? Based on my research, the ...
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One word for accepting the punishment or consequence for one's wrong doing

The title is the question and the word starts with a "C". It exactly follows the given definition. I just can't remember the word. Any help is deeply appreciated.
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Is there the word “ideotechnical” in English? [closed]

There's a word that I don’t understand the meaning of even in my mother tongue and cannot find in any dictionary — ideotechnical/idiotechnical — not even sure which one. I would appreciate it if ...
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Is calling a homosexual person “gay” offensive?

My native language is German but I’ve been watching a lot of TV in English. During a conversation about the English language, a question about the term gay came up. Is calling a homosexual person gay ...
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What is the term for the double consecutive use of a word with stress on one of the words to alter its severity?

What is the term when a word is used consecutively twice, with intentional stress placed on the first word, as a means to alter the severity of the word's meaning? I am not referring to a past ...
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Who is the authority — scientists, or linguists — on the definitions of everyday words referring to types of animals? [closed]

For instance, biologists these days like to say that the word "dinosaur" is inclusive of modern birds, since birds are descended from dinosaurs. This is consistant with biologists' tendency to ...
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How do you say the coming week in the weekend?

Now it is on Saturday(25 May 2013), how do you say the coming week(the week from 27th-)? Next week or is it already this week? Is there any other ways to say the coming week?
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In real estate, what is a split plan? [closed]

I'm looking through house listings and keep coming across "split plan." This is not a synonym of "split level," because the houses are pretty flat. What is a "split plan" house?
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What is the meaning of “down-level”

What does the word down-level mean? I read an article here and it says: But the versions for some browsers (like IE 10) aren't within those ranges any more. Therefore, ASP.NET sees them as ...
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Difference between “jargon” and “technical terms”

Each subject matter has its own set of terms called jargon which is expressed in its particular grammatical rules. Technical terminology or Term of Art is the specialized vocabulary of any specialized ...
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Difference between ‘“folder” and “directory”

What is the difference between folder and directory in the context of computer science?
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Is there a term for a married couple who have the same christian and surname?

My wife and I share the abbreviated form of our name - Alex derived from Alexandra and Alexander respectively. As we are married, we have the same christian and surname when used in the short form. ...
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“Release”, “free”, or “delete allocated memory”?

release the allocated memory. free the allocated memory. delete the allocated memory. What are the differences between them?
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Is this the right meaning of this sentence? [closed]

I am trying to find an original way to say "Conquer the Justice". Looking on the dictionary, I found that "storm" not only means something like a tempest but also to "conquer with weapons". Supposing ...
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What does 'on-premises' mean?

Here is the example sentence. Windows Azure Caching was developed from an on-premises Caching solution that shipped with Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server. What does 'on-premises' ...
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Intonation and the changing of meaning

Two questions with the same words can have somewhat different meanings. For example, I could ask Do you want to go to the zoo or the museum? with my intonation/pitch rising after zoo, or Do ...
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deep roll of blue at the tops

I want some help with my question about the meaning of “deep roll of blue at the tops”: "The men were dressed in blue, of the same shade as their hats, and wore well-polished boots with a deep ...
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Correct order and terminology for meals in the day [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lunch vs. dinner vs. supper — times and meanings? I know there are copious amounts of debates on this matter but is there actually one definitive answer for the order of ...
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Is “default” used for “a value used when nothing has been explicitly set” outside of IT world?

In a discussion at another question, rajah9 mentioned that default is used to mean to fail to repay a loan, but that in the computer world we now use it to mean a value used when no value has been ...
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Symphonic vs. symphony

Is there any clear line between a symphony and symphonic? For long, I thought that a symphony was simply a "song" played by a symphonic orchestra. Then I realized that more often than not, the ...
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“Regress” vs. “retrogress”

What do each of them mean exactly? Is either (or both) the opposite of "progress"? Could someone please explain the difference? To add some context: When I look up the definitions I see the ...
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What is “narrative nonfiction”, exactly? Isn't every nonfiction narrative?

I came across the term “narrative nonfiction” in the New York Times article titled “What should children read?” (November 22). It seems to be a journalist’s and book editors’ favorite jargon from the ...
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Meaning of “reach out to somebody”

The dictionary explains this as: To show somebody that you are interested in them and/or want to help them The explanation indicates the subject of the sentence is the one that offers help, but ...
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Are camp followers prostitutes?

My own understanding of the term camp followers was that it was synonymous with prostitutes who followed armies around plying their trade. However, according to Wikipedia: Camp-follower is a term ...
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What's the meaning of boilerplate in programming?

I am not very clear about the word boilerplate when it comes to programming. How is it different to other similar terms such as template and prototype? I would appreciate some examples that clearly ...
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What are the differences among ‘Hurricane,’ ‘Super storm,’ and ‘Typhoon’?

In this morning’s (November 2nd) live-video report of New York Times, the caster asked a guest commentator if the tropical storm Sandy can be classified as a hurricane because there are many others ...
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Correct? “We make no prescriptions …”

Can I use "We make no prescriptions about ..."? This dictionary doesn't give any definition of the word "prescription" apart from Medical or Legal jargon.
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What does “run’n’gun” mean?

I found the term "run’n’gun" in an article about video games. What does it mean in that context?
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What is the difference between “revenue” and “income”? [closed]

It seems that revenue and income have the same meaning. However, they seem to be used differently. What is the difference between them? When should we use one and not the other?
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Is there a name for this method of writing that includes pictograms?

I've seen people write (usually in a humorous way) a 'code-like' message where parts of words are replaced with a pictogram that sounds like that word-part. E.G.: (eyeball) (tin can)(rope knot) ...