Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

This tag is for questions about the meaning of a longer passage of English. A SPECIFIC CONCERN must be emphasized.

2
votes
3answers
108 views

How can I counteract the meaning of “only” changing due to verb modifier?

How can I counteract the meaning of "only" changing due to verb modifier? "Only" has a different meaning if there is a modifier to the verb. I want to make "I only strive towards success," mean the ...
0
votes
1answer
18 views

Made promises made

I just found this article but I don't understand this sentence: "He has made the theme of promises made, promises kept the anthem of his re-election effort." https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/06/us/...
1
vote
1answer
49 views

who made some mistakes in this context?

I am reading Arthur's Teacher Trouble. I am not sure of who made some mistakes: Mr. Ratburn made some mistakes with correcting their papers, or Francine misspelled some words in her test. Could anyone ...
0
votes
1answer
62 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

The meaning of Only more so

What is the exact meaning of only more so. A sentence I read in the book Then we bought a pizza and brought it back to his apartment,which was your standard Divorced Guy Pad,only more so. ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

The correct meaning of “hoist” and “float”

There is an excerpt from the book Shoe Dog by Phil Knight: Woodell and his twenty frat brothers were hoisting a float down to the Millrace, a stream that wound through campus. They were trying to ...
0
votes
3answers
41 views

Meaning of 'fall foliage'? [on hold]

There is the sentence in the book which includes words like fall foliage angle. What is the intention of the author in the highlighted sentence. What the author wants to convey in this line from Phil ...
0
votes
0answers
15 views

The meaning of “definitively”

The meaning of definitively is "in a way that is not able to be changed or improved". So, in the light of the definition of definitively, how is the following use of definitively supposed to be ...
4
votes
2answers
893 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
44 views

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 ...
7
votes
6answers
5k views

Peaceably vs. Peacefully

What is the difference between "peaceably" and "peacefully"? I found the word "peaceably" in the following text: Where the access and use of light or air to and for any building have been ...
-2
votes
1answer
72 views

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 ...
-1
votes
2answers
56 views

Words in a song: “How every mouth sings of what it's without so we all sing of love”

It is from Iron and Wine song "Innocent bones". As a non native English speaker, I struggle to understand the exact meaning. It is thoroughly a grammatical question. Does it mean that, because ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

What does the phrase “pin in” mean here? [on hold]

Here is a sentence from a racer game: You will need a sixth sense for knowing when to feather the throttle and when to pin in. Is it just about increasing or decreasing the speed of a car?
0
votes
0answers
44 views

“If it were a quote, it would be apposite.” what does “quote” mean here?

This line comes from That Mitchell and Webb Look: You've come to the right place, this is a gift shop. This is what I was thinking. What were you looking for? The sort of thing that, ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

Efficient way to describe someone employed but not at the place you're talking about [on hold]

The context I'm describing a particular type of school: privately-owned, a very specific subject taught, and along with the actual employees of the school, there are "coaches" who currently work ...
5
votes
5answers
9k views

What is the meaning of “ought not”?

Consider this example: A few strong branches over water reach for what they ought not reach. Which of the meanings comes closest to “ought not” in this sentence? Is it “doesn't have to”, “should ...
0
votes
1answer
160 views

and, or usage in sentence

I just came across this sentence - "Scientists have long believed that comets and, or a type of very primitive meteorite called carbonaceous chondrites were the sources of early Earth's volatile ...
0
votes
2answers
213 views

What does this phrase (“..for who knows which ideas now considered …might one day upset the prevailing paradigm”) mean?

The following sentence is a GRE style text-completion sentence, where you must fill in each blank from only one of three enlisted options. It is telling that some scientific ideas that were once (i)...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

The difference of “stocking shelves with goods from far away” and “also shipped in from abroad” within the context?

I didn't quite understand the sentence below. This is from a piece on import being harmful for the economy of a country because it decreases the number of job opportunities. Isn't stocking shelves ...
0
votes
1answer
28 views

What does “mechanical parts” mean here?

In the IEEE essay "A New Standard for Quality Requirements", the author, Jørgen Bøegh, says; We needed to model systems that comprise communicating computer systems, and we wanted to include ...
2
votes
4answers
10k views

What did “your mom did a number on you” mean in Seinfeld?

I remember one episode on Seinfeld, a girl said "did your mother do a number on you" when they were talking about breaking up or not. This is the sentence reported from the transcript: LISI: Boy,...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

What is the meaning of “it gives us nothing at all to say”? [on hold]

Would you please help me with this sentence: It gives us nothing at all to say when the object of potential regret is the decision not to have kids What does "it gives us nothing at all to say" ...
0
votes
3answers
36 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
130 views

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; ...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

What is the meaning of “wearing one's learning lightly”?

We are even farther removed from the unfocused newspaper reviews published in England between the turn of the 20th century and the eve of World War II, at a time when newsprint was dirt-cheap and ...
0
votes
1answer
24 views

“Available from” plus date meaning?

I am considering applying for a job, which is a one-year post. Contract duration in the Job announcement reads "available from September 2019 for 12 months". Does it mean that the candidate is ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

What does “ I doubt we’ve heard the last word on quality models.” mean?

I read this sentence in the IEEE essay "A New Standard for Quality Requirements". In the article, the author, Jørgen Bøegh, says; Indeed, researchers have proposed several quality models with ...
1
vote
3answers
48 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
43 views

What does “See it styled” mean?

I browsed a watch website and there's a section for an image gallery and the title "See it styled". The images in the gallery depict the watch worn by different people in different situations. The ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

What does 'housing dedicated' mean in context of microprocessors?

So, recently I came across an article, which reads: With the newer FPGAs housing dedicated processors, it is worth exploring how applications currently implemented solely on ECUs can be ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

Reconcile - Is this the better word to use in a finance context?

Let's reconcile these transactions Reconcile, in the finance sector, is a pretty common term to describe: Payment reconciliation is the process of checking your bank statements against your ...
0
votes
1answer
28 views

Can object be omitted in participial construction?

"Hyperfocus requires willpower and mental energy to activate, drawing from the limited supply we have to make it through the day." In this sentence, I think the things that are drawn from the limited ...
0
votes
1answer
143 views

All vs There Exist

If one is asked a question such as "choose all forms of data that apply?", and in the options there exists possible anwsers that denote large groups of data sets, but only a subset of that large group ...
0
votes
0answers
16 views

meaning of 'should be' depending on the context

In the conclusion of the paper I read, I found the sentence like the below. "In sum, a more cost-efficient regulatory approach to Chinese PE can be expected, which should be an important part of a ...
1
vote
1answer
31 views

What is the context of the word “order” in a title of a group? [closed]

I've been wondering what the context of the word "order" in say, Order of the Phoenix, The Order, Order of the Sightless Eye, etc. is? Is it order as in, command? Or.. as an opposite of chaos? Thank ...
27
votes
5answers
5k views

What is the word for reserving something for yourself before others do? [duplicate]

In English-speaking TV shows, characters sometimes say something similar to dips to say to other people they are taking something for themselves before others do. Neither Google, Wiktionary or Urban ...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

Meaning of “soft and warm” when refers to a person

I'm doing a translation from english and I'm struggling to understand the first part of the sentence: "She’s soft and warm, unmistakably alive." Context: her boyfriend thought she was dead, but it ...
1
vote
1answer
42 views

Which words are modified by “so long forgotten” in this sentence?

In the main hall a bar with a real brass rail was set up, and stocked with gins and liquors and with cordials so long forgotten that most of his female guests were too young to know one from another. ...
8
votes
3answers
3k views

What does poking with a stick mean?

Please see the context from this blog of Joel Spolsky: Since you have to poke at Windows Calculator with a stick, it doesn't have to be as fast as Excel. What does he mean by poking with a stick ...
1
vote
3answers
9k views

What does “living inside your own head” mean in this paragraph?

Can you explain for me the expression "living inside your own head" in this paragraph? The practice of living in the moment while being aware of reality is a good and natural state of mind, but ...
-1
votes
0answers
65 views

Do you have a quarter? (Cigarette)

I was watching a tv show and a guy asked another guy "Do you have a quarter?" which meant "Do you have a cigarette?" Why was quarter used in the meaning of a cigarette?
34
votes
4answers
8k views

Meaning of “He's got more bottle than a milkman”

I was watching a game of snooker the other day and heard one of the commentators say "This player has got more bottle than a milkman" after a particularly good shot. What does this mean and how could ...
0
votes
0answers
23 views

meaning of these 2 sentences

The context is: “Planning, as alluded to earlier, came late to the adoption of formal reasoning. Its heritage lay in architecture and surveying, which were craft activities.” As I have no ...
0
votes
1answer
14 views

Can someone elaborate the following sentence for me, specially the bold part?

Reactions to German Idealism, especially those of the neo-Kantians, logical positivists and Bertrand Russell, were also instrumental in the founding of analytic philosophy, which today reveals and ...
4
votes
1answer
547 views

an one “no not” to eat

But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an ...
2
votes
1answer
43 views

The difference between “talk to” or “talk with ” [duplicate]

Could please help me to figure out the difference between talk to or talk with someone? Thanks a lot for help))
0
votes
2answers
50 views

What does “back up” mean in this dialog?

It's from a lecture. Professor: So I wanted to discuss a few other terms here ... actually, some, uh, some ideas about how we manage our resources. Let’s talk about what that …what that means. If we ...
0
votes
2answers
65 views

What does “jaw-breaking” mean?

"India’s prime minister has promised a "jaw-breaking response" to the killing of 40 Indian paramilitary police." What does “jaw-breaking response” mean?
0
votes
1answer
36 views

What does the word “reading” mean in the following sentence?

What does the word "reading" mean in the following sentence? The book is not necessary reading, therefore, for those who already feel the full force of the modern demand for rationality, and are ...