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The term "a measuring cast" goes far back in English usage and evidently originated in connection with the game of bowls. Robert Nares, A Glossary or Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to Customs, Proverbs, &c. (1825) has this entry for the term: A MEASURING CAST, met. from the game at bowles. A cast of one bowl so like to that of ...


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By itself, the sentence doesn't make a whole lot of sense (it seems intuitive that peace treaties follow hostility, and that seems redundant), so your confusion is understandable. Whenever that happens, you have to look at the entire paragraph for context which will help explain it. Your paragraph is discussing the validity of peace treaties: when they are ...


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The phrasing is ambiguous. I believe the author intended to say that he wanted to terminate the session when a browser using Ajax was closed. So, a sentence such as this leaves no room for confusion: But I want to terminate the session as soon as [a/the] browser using Ajax is closed by the user However, if did intend to say that he wanted to terminate ...


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As you surmise, it is ambiguous. The best solution to rewriting the sentence is to make the use of Ajax explicit, with "use Ajax to..." But I want to terminate the session as soon as user uses Ajax to close the browser. But I want to use Ajax to terminate the session as soon as user closes the browser. Unless it is the session or the browser ...


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Use like if you are highlighting something the two have in common. Use unlike if you are contrasting them. In your case, you are contrasting Xbox and Playstation, so go with your first attempt (I'll ignore the pedant's objection that neither can play Halo): Unlike Xbox, Playstation can't play Halo. If you are concerned about the double negative, ...


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What might be better terms to describe the orders of a chronologically and reverse chronologically sorted list in layman's terms? Sorted by date, most recent first. Reverse sorted by date, oldest first.


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"We will show that retrieving a document marked by pure chance as relevant is unlikely." Or, "We will show that* it is unlikely that a document marked as relevant by pure chance will be retrieved." *optional Or, "We will show that is is unlikely to retrieve a document marked by pure chance as relevant." More clarity is achieved by putting "marked" and ...


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They all mean the same, which is "I have no pending commits to provide". In part, your confusion comes from the fact that the question is asked of multiple parties simultaneously, none of whom can immediately answer it. The question is "are there any pending commits?" - well, I don't know, because I can only speak for myself unless I've already checked with ...


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No, the term “special needs” does not usually only refer to severe mental disability. The broadest definition (from ODO) is: (In the context of children at school) particular educational requirements resulting from learning difficulties, physical disability, or emotional and behavioural difficulties: "the absorption of children with special needs ...


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In historical international usage, largely superseded by modern law, the shedding of blood, or at least the use of force to achieve an end, such as the conquest of a territory, or the successful defense of a territory, was often seen to confirm ownership in a case where it might otherwise be doubtful. Or that the result of combat (and bloodshed on both ...


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Short Answer Looking at the surrounding text in Hale’s original (from your source link), the term measuring cast appears to equate rather literally to the more contemporary expression sighting shot. It is an act whose purpose is at least partly to test the environment for future acts. Here, ‘measuring’ means ‘experimental’, ‘testing’ or ‘probing’. ‘A ...



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