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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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foundation, cornerstone, pillar difference

Civil engineering as a profession is centuries old and has long been necessary for the functioning of modern government. As long as people need to get to school or work, civil engineers will continue ...
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What should one understand from February 18 at night?

1) First hours of February 18 (12 am to 5 am) or 2) Last hours of February 18 (8pm to 11:59)
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What is the British meaning of the word, “bloody?”

What does bloody mean in the British language? I hear it used all the time but I do not know the meaning of the word, "bloody."
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What does “get your hunt on” mean?

I searched everywhere but could not find the meaning or even a right pattern for this phrase to fit in. Does it simply mean something like "go hunting"? and why can't I find anything about it? Thanks ...
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What is the difference between a “Stating a Problem” and a “Asking a Question”?

Engineer here. I have seen posts where the OP states a problem, and it is closed as being unclear. As an engineer, I've been trained to "State the Problem." A question does not necessarily need to be ...
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What kind of event is “Benefit Ball”?

Here is the sentence: He talked about his wine collection and the people he had seen at the latest benefit ball.
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Translation or interpretation [on hold]

"The man who assaulted her late daughter." How can we translate "late daughter"?
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“That counts here” meaning

There is definition of "That counts here" in online vocabularies like Merriam Webster? I can't find it. Usage example it is specifically the usage pattern in the code from the outside layer that ...
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What does the word “suggestion” mean?

I was recently speaking about a design challenge. This person felt that a side table was required and while I felt no side table was required, I said a shelf could also be used. This person then said ...
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what's different of 1/3 meter and 1/3 of meter? [on hold]

It's a word problem in math: a snail is climbing a 3 meter tree, it claims 1/3 of meter daily. I was thinking that's 1/3 meter, so I solved as it will need 9 days to climbing to the top of the ...
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The meaning of word earned [on hold]

The meaning of word earned in this sentence: "Ashton lifted Gillian up and earned her to the kitchen"
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What's the right word for something that doesn't sum to 100%?

Suppose I have a pie chart with segments that don't sum to 100%. Would I call this a "partial" pie chart? An "incomplete" pie chart? Is there a better word to use for this? Thanks!
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What is “closing costs”? [on hold]

They want to make a counter at $750,000 asking price, but to go for 70% of closing costs. Are you okay if we don't get the closing costs? It is related to real estate...I don't know what they are ...
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What does 'I hit it' mean?

I heard in a speech a phrase,'I hit it', what does it mean? The phrase is out of the mouth of a speaker, who said to the audience that he envied them for they are very young and have a glorious future....
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Explanations for multiple-choice questions on a past standardized test

This is one of those "paired passages" on a past SAT. I would like answers and explanations to two of the questions. (Of course, one question involves Passage 1 and the other passage involves Passage ...
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What does “Seize the day, by the throat” mean?

I don't know the meaning of "Seize the day, by the throat". Can anybody help me?
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What does “media time” mean here? [on hold]

"He has offered to hold elections, but the demonstrators want a fairer election law and more media time for the opposition." What does "media time" mean here?
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Would you help me understand the exact meaning, please?

The green movement is sometimes criticized for downplaying the cost of going green. Just as food movements have sometimes acted unaware of the difficulty of a working-class family negotiating not ...
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Unless you are trying to do … or something dumb. Is this an insult? [on hold]

Someone said that to me and I dont know is this an insult and he mean me or a third person talk ?
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What does “run the place” mean here? [on hold]

"Virginia's state government seemed unable to find anyone to run the place who has not either applied boot polish to his face while at college or been accused of sexual assault. " What do "run the ...
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What is the difference between “so” and “really”?

I read an email. Then I started asking myself "What's the difference between so and really?" I couldn't answer my own question with my background knowledge.
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grammatic sense “with” or “in” a choice of colours [on hold]

Is it grammatically correct to say "with a choice of colours" or "in a choice of colours"
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What's a word that means deflect blame?

I'm looking for a word that means someone is redirecting the blame or attention of something. I have a feeling it starts with an "a" or "i", but I'm not sure. By the way, it's not "divert", I already ...
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Push back meaning? [on hold]

What's the literally meaning of push back against? Could please provide a definition and a sentence?
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Is 'finance' or 'financial' correct for a job title?

If I am the leader of the finance team at my workplace, should I be the Finance Support Lead or the Financial Support Lead? Which is the appropriate word choice in this title?
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What word means “devoid of character”? [closed]

A word that means devoid of character in someones personality.
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Can “no-fault” be used as a noun?

All outputs from Cambridge Dictionary, Merriem Webster Dictionary and others like oxforddictionaries state it as an adjective. My question is can it be used as a noun? If yes, could you provide ...
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“What would you with the king?” -From the book “Eats, Shoots and Leaves”

In the book Eats, Shoots and Leaves, in order to show how punctuation changes meaning and can be used for jokes, it says: Instead of “What would you with the king?” you can have someone say in ...
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homonym, do words such as Conviction, Commitment, Dissipation fit as homonyms also?

With the strong assumption that a word like "right" is a homonym, do words such as Conviction, Commitment, Dissipation fit as homonyms also? Or is there some core to the varied definitions and usages ...
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“You are all {so/such} wonderful friends.” Which is more correct?

In a kangarou English exam, one of the questions asked you to fill in a blank space in a sentence: You are all ......... wonderful friends What is more correct to use to fill in the blank space, "...
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to the entirety of which

I need help understanding the meaning of :"to the entirety of which" "Such diarylamines are described, for example, in WO 2015/042337, to the entirety of which reference is hereby made"
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We don't know and love

In the sentence: "And all the ones we don't know and love, this is for them to." "Don't" appleis to both verbs "to know" and "to love", or only to "to know"? I mean, they are dedicating (sentence is ...
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Push back meaning [on hold]

What is the literary meaning of push back? Because when I went through this article I found this sentence “ the Trump administration pushed back against the legislation “? Could plz provide me a ...
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What does it mean to say that a river “drains” a city? [on hold]

When someone says that a river drains a city, for example: The river Thames drains the whole of Greater London. What does it mean?
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The opposite of "to peel? A word for removing a valuable center?

An antonym for peel would be to unpeel, to put the skin back on. I am not looking for that, but rather, for something that extracts and retains whatever is valuable or central or essential or edible ...
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Does “parody” imply a mocking or satirical intent?

When garnishing my cake, I attempted to parody your style of blending the glaze and frosting together with melted butter. Is this a correct usage of the word parody given that there is no mocking or ...
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What does “FRANCE TO PLACE” mean?

From Pat Hobby, Putative Father by F. Scott Fitzgerald: He searched the orange pages frantically. Below the form sheets, the past performances, the endless oracles for endless racetracks, his eye ...
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Can anyone name and interpret the upside down cursive e with flair in attached image?

On 20 Mar 1718/19 a scribe wrote in the Lancashire, Church of England, Bishops' Transcripts "20 Thomas Son to Þe late Rever M.ɚ Ogden". This is a burial record. As best I can interpret it, it reads ...
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Which sentence is correct “I have had dinner.” or “I have eaten dinner.”? [on hold]

Is there any difference between these two sentences? I have had dinner. I have eaten dinner. Or both sentences have the same meaning.
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“I wish I won the lottery”, standard or not?

Having read some threads on another English learners site, I noticed that there was a disagreement as to whether "I wish I won the lottery" is correct or not. Some mention it is perfectly normal and ...
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Privilege vs Prerogative

In Barchester Towers, Trollope writes The clergymen of the city and neighbourhood, though very well inclined to promote High Church principles, privileges, and prerogatives, had never ...
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Meaning of “accept […] on […]”

In the book "The Twenty Years' Crisis" by E. H. Carr, written in 1939, I read [men] accept the judgment of history on the past. After checking OED and Merriam-Webster here and here, I still do not ...
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what does “get a fist in your face” mean? [on hold]

i heard it in a musical and the full sentence was "Keep it up, get a fist in your face". can anyone explain this to me? Thanks a lot!!!
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What does “90m-strong” mean here?

"Goumin, a pet-services portal, says China has 73.5m cat- or dog-owners, a group approaching the size of the 90m-strong Communist Party." What does "90m-strong" mean here? Thanks.
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What does a humbling experience mean?

What does Sir Kazuo Ishiguro mean by a humbling experience in the following? ”Humbling" in this context cannot mean "something makes him feel insignificant or inferior" as some dictionaries define, ...
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“Forgive me?” “Not at all.”

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius and Remus have the following conversation: “Remus!” Pettigrew squeaked, turning to Lupin instead, writhing imploringly in front of him. “You don’...
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What does “modem” mean here? [closed]

This is his attitude toward general literature; as evinced by his cautious disparagement of mellowed, broadly representative books, in favour of modem, locally American, and potentially ephemeral ...
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What is the definition of “lasslorn”? [closed]

This word has been in occasional use since at least the early 17th century, when Shakespeare used it in The Tempest: “To make cold nymphs chaste crowns; and thy broom-groves, Whose shadow the ...
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A word for someone obsessed with luxury [closed]

A word starts with 's' and means someone obsessed with luxury living
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What is the meaning of “hollowing” in this sentence?

What is the meaning of hollowing in this sentence? Mr Haldane: “Jobs were effectively taken by machines of various types, there was a hollowing out of the jobs market, and that left a lot of ...