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Questions tagged [meaning]

This tag is for questions related to definitions and nuances of meaning of a word or phrase.

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Invocation or evocation?

The context is a report from antiquity of a priest summoning a daimon. I'd like to know if I should write 'evocation' or 'invocation' in the blank in the following sentence or if, in fact, both are ...
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What is the meaning of to 'gain one's ends'?

I was reading a paragraph which quoted Johann Von Goethe. It said: The only means to gain one’s ends with people are force and cunning. Love also, they say; but that is to wait for sunshine, and ...
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What is considered a statement?

Hello benevolent linguists There are quite many answers to type of statements or meanings of specific statments but I don't quite understand the meaning of "a statement" itself and what is considered ...
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How to use the word total properly?

Hey guys which one of the following sentence makes sense the most? • The numbers were great and totalled 95% • The numbers were great and totalled to 95% • The numbers were great and totalled up to ...
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What does “philoso-fugal” mean?

What does "philoso-fugal" mean in the following sentence? "It seems to me that a consideration of Malick’s art demands that we take seriously the idea that film is less an illustration of ...
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What are the naunces of the placement of 'be' in the following two sentences?

I'm translating a bit of dialogue (from Japanese to English, in case anyone was wondering) in which Character A is speaking to character B. The two possible translations I came up with are: "There’...
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When referring to the word “sensitive” what does having a greater sensitivity mean?

This might sound a bit confusing, so let me specify. John is more sensitive to food than Louise Does this sentence mean John is able to taste more food, and therefor has a larger range of food, or ...
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What's this idiom or proverb? Please help!

You want to give a criticism to someone, but you cannot because you’re not close to them, but you give that criticism to someone else and hope the other person understands.” I will explain more so ...
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Word for the river emptiyng into the ocean

In Portuguese we have the word "desaguar", which would roughly translate to "to release water" but is almost exclusively used to mean the offloading of water by a river into another body of water. We ...
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Should vs Will?

What is the difference, if any, between the following: the building materials should be stored on pallets the building materials will be stored on pallets
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Does the word “append” work for when one inserts something at the beginning of something else? [on hold]

For example, does putting one's initials before the name of a copied document count as "appending" one's initials to the name of the document? I know there is a word called "prepend," but it is ...
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what may “micro-specifications of task” be referring to in that sentence? [on hold]

A society of rootless, atomised individuals, produced by the modern workplace’s need for mobility of labour and micro-specification of task, is a fearful society.
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Simplifying a sentence

The logistics were those of a very large army, which indeed it was, battalions of extras and theatrical performers for the biggest sound set ever conceived. Could someone simplify this sentence ...
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Is it still a horizon if it is where the buildings meet the sky?

The general definition for horizon is that it's the line where the sky appears to meet the earth's surface. But what if I'm on the outskirts of a city, and behind me it's the city, or maybe just a ...
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Word which sounds the opposite of its meaning - i.e. antonym of onomatopoeia

Decomplexify! Definition: To rid of complexity; to simplify. Now, a word which sounds like its own meaning is an onomatopoeia. But, what is a word (like decomplexify) which sounds (to me) like the ...
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Is whisky wine?

I have talked about “is whisky wine?” with a Chinese guy. To my knowledge, wine is sth made from grapes, but whisky is not. However, in his concept, wine is equal to alcoholic drink. Rum is wine, ...
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what does this sentence “tend to get some meaning to them it turns out” mean?

I am learning this course Stanford CS224N: natural language processing with Deep Learning. The professor is saying ... it'd be exactly the same vector space just sort of rotate around your new ...
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What's the difference between a spouse and an espoused partner?

I was looking at the Wikipedia article about Julian Assange, and was confused about this particular information: Spouse(s): Teresa Doe (married 1989; divorced 1999) Partner(s): Sarah ...
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A word's different meanings in a sentence

The image of God is one thing, and that which is contemplated in the image is another. I'm not sure but it seems the two "image" in the sentence have different meanings from each other. in my opinion ...
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What does “is its own” mean here?

In general I do not understand the usage of "is its own" in a sentence. A sentence containing "is its own" immediately becomes unclear to me. For example what does "is its own" mean in the following ...
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what does “killed and went away” mean?

I am learning this course Stanford CS224N: natural language processing with Deep Learning. The professor is saying on the one hand, whenever you see these pictures you should hold onto your ...
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I have some question about college [on hold]

I am making a research article. It is about college. I have six question, please help me. Thank you very much! What did you think of college in your point ? What did you do in your college life ? ...
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Is 'Another Europe is possible' correct English? [on hold]

Given that we don't have a second Europe, I thought it should be something like 'A different Europe is possible'. Or does this sentence have the same meaning?
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what does “hold onto your wallet” mean?

I am learning this course Stanford CS224N: natural language processing with Deep Learning. The professor is saying on the one hand, whenever you see these pictures you should hold onto your ...
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What does the quote “Only a fool see fools” mean? [on hold]

What does the quote "Only a fool see fools" mean?? I just can't actually grasp the idea....
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What time or which time?

Strictly speaking, when referring to one or more of a definite set of values, the word 'which' should be employed. When referring to one or more of an unknown or infinate set of values, the word 'what'...
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what does “get to something” mean?

I am learning this course Stanford CS224N: natural language processing with Deep Learning. The professor is saying if you start getting into more technical and scientific English, it's easy to ...
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from Tuesday up to Friday

It may be simple, but does this include Friday or not? I would say not, and would phrase it like "from Tuesday up to and including Friday". What do you think?
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What did Darwin mean by 'squib' here?

Some day after the publication of The Origin of Species, Darwin wrote to someone: I have received in a Manchester newspaper rather a good squib, showing that I have proved might is right and ...
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My question is about the use of “lest” + “should have + past participle” in the sentence provided below

I have while reading Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' stumbled upon a sentence which has ever since been puzzling my mind and I have not been able to penetrate the grammar used. Here goes the sentence: "I ...
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What is the meaning of "byzantine conduit? [on hold]

This dialogue is from the movie: Waking Life (2001) Creation seems to come out of imperfection. It seems to come out of a striving and a frustration. This is where, I think, language came from. I ...
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What is the meaning of “dangerously harmless”? [on hold]

I was reading an article where a young man is described as "dangerously harmless". There was no context in which to place the term. What does this mean? It seems that the words in this pair should be ...
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the meaning of “thick” [on hold]

Feral horses, belonging to my grandfather, ran wild over thick banks of water hemlock, and there were more than a few rattlesnakes. I was told it is like "thick forest", so thick does not modify ...
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A word / term for people who criticize others' behavior while exempting themselves from the same criticism

During gym class, we were doing a workout video. This is what happened: Two girls start screaming at someone to keep their back straight. The thing is that they are not even keeping their backs ...
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Meaning of “There isn't one” [on hold]

I recently stumbled on a song's lyrics in which the 1st line says: The great truth is there isn't one Given the rest of the lyrics, I think the author meant that no great truth exists at all. Yet, ...
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'WE are the most precious person in the world' or 'WE are the most precious persons in the world' [duplicate]

maybe it is simple qusetion. I just make that like 'you're precious in the world' person? persons? people? but, i confused. . pls help me
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Is it correct to say "25% of New Zeland's native plant species ARE BE FOUND there? [closed]

I need to complete a text. Is it ok to say 25% of New Zeland's native plant species ARE be found there. Is ARE ok? Which word would you write if not?
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Meaning of “Stock Configuration” Car [on hold]

What is the meaning of "stock configuration" in the context of cars? Is it more like "base/entry level model" or like "a standard configuration" (possibly one of standard configurations)? Is the ...
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What does “spokes” mean in this context?

As far as I know and have checked a few dictionaries and done some research, spoke is either a verb, past tense of speak, or a noun which has a few meanings such as the metal bars on a bicycle wheel; ...
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Meaning in context of “belong”

While reading The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene, I don't fully understand the meaning of "belong" in these lines: The stranger had left his book behind. It lay under his rocking-chair: a ...
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What does this paragraph mean? so difficult to understand? [closed]

The sole question for determination in this case is legal: Do the averments made by the pursuer in her pleading, if true, disclose a cause of action? I need not re-state the particular facts. The ...
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Does Stockholm syndrome only apply to kidnapping condition?

I mean there should be an implication of meaning that someone(kidnapper) first treats you badly, then suddenly changes his attitude to treat less badly. This sudden change makes the object(hostage) ...
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what is the meaning of this---“could you have been dreaming” [closed]

what is the meaning of this sentence---``" could you have been dreaming?
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How to describe a customer's business

Which sentence is the most relevant for your point of view: A client has a retail business consisting of lots of shops distributed all over the world. A client has a retail business that includes ...
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What does “allot on/upon” mean? [on hold]

In Oxford Dictionary, under 'allot', it says that to give time, money, tasks, etc. to somebody/something as a share of what is available Then, what does "I have been allotting upon going." mean? ...
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Re-pair or repair a pair of things

Is there a way to distinguish between repairing something in the sense of fixing it vs. "re-pairing" something in the sense of regrouping things together. For example a wireless keyboard and its usb ...
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What is the meaning of DISTINGUISHED in a given context?

Excerpt from the book "A friend of ours was talking to a theatrical agent who was not particularly distinguished for the range of choice of his vocabulary." I have consulted the online Merriam ...
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How to call articles, online courses, educational videos with one phrase?

I want to write a sentence "You can put any ... on our platform". ... is a phrase that would mean articles, online courses, educational videos, etc. 1) What would be the appropriate phrase? 2.1) Is "...
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meaning of “ghetto kids” [closed]

I'm going to translate the following sentence into a language in which there may not be an exact equivalent for the word 'ghetto'. He taught ghetto kids in New York's public school system. (...
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Is this sentence grammaritcally correct? [closed]

There are published procedures. Should I say "spreaded"?