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What is the meaning of imaginotransference?

Books may look like nothing more than words on a page, but they are actually an infinitely complex imaginotransference technology that translates odd, inky squiggles into pictures inside your head....
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Meaning of a sentence from an article [on hold]

"Brexit will not arrest globalization, certainly not its economic processes." What does that sentence mean?
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What does “nine while nine” mean?

In "Nine While Nine" by The Sisters of Mercy there is this line: Nine while nine and I'm waiting for the train... What does "nine while nine" actually mean? I've never encountered anything ...
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“Replace John with Andrew” which of this name is to be trashed [duplicate]

Greeting to all in this room, Please help with this statement. "Replace John with Andrew" which one becomes trashed among John and Andrew?
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The meaning of the sentence, “Nick grimaced, dealt trash for the sixth hand in a row”

"Nick grimaced, dealt trash for the sixth hand in a row" I got this sentence from my friend who is preparing an English language test. The question asks for the meaning of the sentence without any ...
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Does the following sentence make any sense? I think it is not written fluently. Am I right?any idea to improve it? [on hold]

ranked 3rd in the first stage of the 4th olympiad of mechanical engineering among top mechanical engineering students of universities of east zone of my country and achieving qualification for the ...
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Does “feel myself” have a vulgar meaning? [on hold]

I know there's a question here Russian speakers and “I feel myself to be …” with corresponding answer pointing out that the colloquial meaning of "to feel oneself" means to touch oneself in order to ...
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Klick vs Kilometer

Is is correct to use the word Klick instead of Kilometer in the following sentences? It's about 50 klicks to the next gas station. The US is about 25000 klicks from India by air.
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What's is the meaning of this sentence ? [on hold]

I guess we will meet soon at some part if the work no
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Does “has been employed” imply they still are employed? [migrated]

Mr. Smith has been employed by our company as engineer since 1st March 2015. Does this mean Mr. Smith is still being employed by the company?
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does this sentence sound right? [on hold]

"I read this novel four times in Arabic and now it’s the English edition turn"
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what does “'We're in the stickiest situation since Sticky the Stick Insect got stuck on a sticky bun.” [on hold]

What does We're in the stickiest situation since Sticky the Stick Insect got stuck on a sticky bun. mean in plain english?
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Might “any more than” mean something like “neither… nor…”?

While translating something I came across this sentence: "However, they were not registered with the health-insurance in 1910, any more than they were in 1911?" As far as I understand from the ...
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Extremely loud and incredibly close [on hold]

What does this quote mean: "It's not like we were actually burying him, anyway"
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Is “spot” the same as “pip” in the context of playing cards? [on hold]

There are not 365 spots on a deck of cards. On a standard deck there are 220 (4×(1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10)), since the face cards do not contain spots. To come up with 365, one would have to assume ...
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Correct meaning name for record label [on hold]

I wonder on name for my record label. I wanna to name my music record label by country name (Germany or Japan for exemple). I would like to name it in way: "It's German/Japanese music record label ...
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meaning of “the field of the fullers”

Accursed be the Sea-folk, and accursed be all they who traffic with them. And as for him who for love's sake forsook God, and so lieth here with his leman slain by God's judgment, take up his body and ...
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Meaning of “out of an interest”

In the following YouTube video, (4:35) entitled: Master Craftsman, Nathie Katzoff | HUMAN, I heard I didn't get into this out of an interest in capitalism. I got into it out of an interest in ...
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How can I use phrase “Running Amok” , can I use “My running amok”?

I want to use "running amok" like "my running amok". Is that right or not? I want to use this phrase literary. Like "my running amok" or "my amok run" or "my run amok" etc. Please correct me.
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what does “at best minimally successful” mean

I think it means "just barely meeting the targets and that's it! nothing more than that", or does it mean that somebody did such a great job that successful is too small to describe it? I'm a bit ...
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“Video sniffing's form of parasitical subversion”

The following context is about sniffing CCTV's. What does "Video sniffing’s form of parasitical subversion" mean? And what is its difference from " tapping into live feeds"? Nicholas Whybrow, Art ...
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what's the difference between overrun and infest

( Our kitchen is overrun with cockroaches - The barn was infested with rat ) what's the difference between overrun and infest in those examples and if they mean the same which one is more used in ...
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Is it semantically correct to use the word 'ahead' when referring to moving in time?

EDIT: As in the questions title, is it semantically correct to use sentences such as "the concert was moved ahead in time as the stage was no longer available". To me, this makes sense, but is ...
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What does 'cover off' mean? 10067

10067 I have looked at 'cover off' threads but their answers don't fit my example. In James Titcombe's book about the Morecambe Bay baby scandal (where 30 babies died because of communication ...
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Can you help me find 2 inappropriate responses to this question? [on hold]

Q. You are in a bookstore and the bookseller says, "How are you doing?" Which two ways should you not respond? 1) I am great. 2) I'm terrible. 3) I'm not bad. 4) I'm fine, thank you. 5) I'...
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How can a person chime? [on hold]

I'd be glad if anyone can explain to me the usage of "chime" in the context of a person saying something. How does that come out if chiming means the sound of a bell? For instance: 'Well' Lisa ...
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Absolute Integrity

An employee is habitually unauthorised absent. He was punished earlier also.Now again he is unauthorised absent.Whether a charge sheet can be issued that the employee failed to maintain "Absolute ...
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The difference between Related and Relating [on hold]

I would be very happy if you can explain me the difference between related and relating?
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Weekend/Weekends [migrated]

I would be very happy if you help me to make clear some difficulties in using 'weekend'! What is the difference between a weekend, the weekend, weekends (can we say the weekends?)
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What does it mean: “to write in large box letters”? [on hold]

in this sentence: ask everyone to write in large box letters.
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Is the word “bonsai” used both as a noun and a verb?

Is it common to use the word "bonsai" as a verb as in the following passage? And what does it mean? If you've ever crammed into the back of a Toyota with one or more males over the age of seven, ...
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What does it mean “they had going in to the project” in this sentence?

Mind mapping builds a common mind about current reality and thus decreases people's allegiance to the solutions they had going in to the project. Thanks
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Does 'to prove' necessitate truth?

If I prove something, does it have to be true? I can structure the question more convolutedly: Does successfully proving something depend on the credulity of the audience, or the truth of the ...
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What does proferred mean as to whether funding is proferred? [closed]

I've seen it in an environment as to whether funding is proferred by the govt or not for certain requests.
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Help understanding a sentence from “The Screwtape Letters” by C. S. Lewis [migrated]

The trouble about argument is that it moves the whole struggle onto the Enemy's own ground. He can argue too; whereas in really practical propaganda of the kind I am suggesting He has been shown for ...
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What does “a fish in a never ending bowl” supposed to mean? [closed]

What does "A fish in a never ending bowl" supposed to mean?
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What do sentences without adjectival complements refer to?

This event is very exciting. This event is very exciting to me. "To me" is an adjectival complement to "exciting," so the two sentences can't be the same. However, if that's the case, what ...
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“Occurs to me” or “Occurred to me”? [migrated]

The question is in the title. Which one is correct? And if they're both correct, how do they differ? Especially when you're teaching a concept and say: The first thing that "occurs to me" is... ...
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Things have been crazy busy meaning? [closed]

What is the meaning for this sentence "Things have been crazy busy" ?
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How to analysis the statement's structure?(Dynamic SQL can be downright painful to deal with.) [closed]

The statement, as put on the answer title, was cited from the mybatis office website.It puzzles me very much. As understood as me, it express that "Dynamic SQL can be to deal with painful downright",...
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Merchant of Venice [closed]

I don not think i have a clear understanding of Portia's speech "the quality of mercy is not starin'd" Is her speech convincing?
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The special meaning of “Cupcake” [closed]

Does "cupcake" has any other meaning pointing a kind of person? Please help me. I guess 2 cupcakes = 2 persons falling in love with each other? Is that right?
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The rate will be paid once the job is completed to our acceptance level [closed]

The rate will be paid once the job is completed to our acceptance level - is this sentence grammatically correct?
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How to put emphasis on a chapter [closed]

In one chapter I have been discussing previous work of my colleagues with one approach. Then, in the next one, I want to emphasize that a totally different approach is employed. My sentence is: ...
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Difference between star (verb) and starring [migrated]

Definition from the dictionary: star - (of a movie, play, or other show) have (someone) as a principal performer. Ok, sometimes I meet this word, used as follows: The movie stars Dustin ...
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Can a fact be 'biased'? [closed]

Apropos of this baffling exchange I had with a right-wing 'Brexit' supporter on on Twitter yesterday I'd like to know if my definition of a fact ('a thing that is known or proven to be true') is ...
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What is a gift called that is given to you to possess and keep but can be taken back at any time?

I have this gift that was given to me as a present for my birthday, but was informed that is not mine permanently but to keep until my friend wants it back. What is that kind of gift called?
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What is the difference between error, mistake and fault? [closed]

What is the difference between error, mistake and fault? When i hear error it always reminds me something related to computer maybe...
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“Artists Take on Architecture”

"Psycho Buildings: Artists Take on Architecture" is the title of an exhibition. Does it mean "artists' understanding of architecture"? Thus, is "take" here a noun? If so, wasn't it better to say "...
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Definition of paradigm, abstraction and metaphor

UNIX based operating systems uses the concept of paradigm to identify everything from files, folders, hard drives, networking interfaces as files. Also it uses the concept of abstraction to reduce ...