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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.

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Zeal vs. Zest. Am I Using them Correctly Here?

Hello beautiful people, I'm writing a poem and I want to make sure I'm using "zeal" and "zest" correctly. To give context, it's about a storyteller (being I) retelling a story of a man who is giving ...
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Unfrosted light bulb

In Catch-22 there is following passage (my emphasis): The unfrosted light bulb overhead was swinging crazily on its loose wire, and the jumbled black shadows kept swirling and bobbing chaotically, ...
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Does “that's fair” indicate disagreement in a conversation?

If I argued with my friends and he texted me, "I got you. Yeah, that's fair." Does he mean he actually disagrees with me?
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What's the meaning of "when they later rated the work'' and ''moving objects around within the frame'' in this context?

With the originals, volunteers'eyes tended to stay longer on certain places in the image, but with the altered versions, they would flit across a piece more rapidly. As a result, the volunteers ...
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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 ...
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Is it common to use “A” and “B” to represent something during talking?

E.g. I would like to say "Lets call (someone from some department) A, and (someone from some department) B. A and B are....". Is it common to do it in English?
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What does “apathy on matters African” mean?

"America’s apathy on matters African is one reason such initiatives have slowed of late." What does "apathy on matters African" mean?
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Mystical oriental kitten

In this article https://aeon.co/ideas/tidying-up-is-not-joyful-but-another-misuse-of-eastern-ideas what does this sentence mean? "Which, to be clear, they are. Poor old Confucius features in these ...
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Does 'evinced' make sense in this context?

Is this sentence correct, and if so, does the word evinced make sense here? An aura of gloom and doom had also settled over the City, evinced by a fusion of dirt, ash, building debris, and ...
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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 ...
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Plain good sense [closed]

I am not a native speaker and i want to translate an article.. Can you please tell me What does " she is full of plain good sense" mean? Is plain here an adjective?
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What does “more than intended with” mean here?

"China's rulers reveal more than intended with clunky propaganda about their accountability." What does "more than intended with" mean here?
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what does “getting faded” mean?

I saw this sentence in NCIS tv series : The night is young. Let's get faded what does this mean? night is young and let's get faded thanks
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Ambiguity of a phrase in the Java specification documentation

I have met the following text in the Java Specification Lines are terminated by the ASCII characters CR, or LF, or CR LF. The two characters CR immediately followed by LF are counted as one line ...
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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 ...
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What does “step back” imply here?

"The aim would be to block investment in only the most sensitive industries, such as defence, police it rigorously in important ones, such as technology, and otherwise step back." What does "...
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Can't make sense of a paragraph from Lovecraft

I decided to start reading some work of Lovecraft.  Reading The Beast in the Cave, I got stuck at the first paragraph I encountered: The horrible conclusion which had been gradually obtruding ...
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What does “sort toward” means in this sentence? [closed]

Challenge is the fastest track to growth, especially if we can sort toward coaching.
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“A servile propaganda operation”: is the “propaganda operation” collocation leveraged proper in this context?

[...] has ever had at his disposal—a servile propaganda operation.1 I was looking at some ngram for collocations with propaganda and there are many more results with campaign and machine for instance ...
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Is 'broad and narrow features' metaphorical?

When I say broad features and narrow features, are the "broad" and "narrow" here metaphors for "general" and "specific" or do they mean "big" and "small"? Supposing broad features of the American ...
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Can anyone help me understand the meaning of “crystallized thought”?

I want to get the meaning of the following sentence: if a program is crystallized thought, ... Does it mean a well-planned program or well-made one? Thanks
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Use of the word ‘circumambulate’

Is this a correct usage of the word circumambulate? “I circumambulated the building before finally entering.” Thank you in advance for any help.
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What does “as has” mean here? [closed]

"In Britain the price of a new drug for cystic fibrosis has provoked fury, as has the government’s refusal to pay it." What does "as has" mean here?
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What does “as…as” mean here?

Even as legalistic an institution as the EU ought to be able to find a way around snags such as this. Can anyone restructure the sentence to simpler ones as it is not clear for me? For example, ...
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What is meant by “mushroom grandeur” in this context?

What is meant by "mushroom grandeur" in this context? Is it metaphorically means instant, like how mushroom blooms? "What do you think of that?'' asked his expressive little eyes, when something ...
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What does the given sentence mean here?

In a games' description I found the following sentence: In this game, you will find mazes within mazes: your route to the screen determining the route you trace across it. This is a puzzle game ...
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On explaining weird applications of something in a scientific/technical context

I'm going to write a paper on weird and unusual applications of tool A. Is there any appropriate term/single word or idiomatic phrase to point to such odd applications in the scientific context? ...
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What's the meaning of 'otherwise' in this sentence? [closed]

What's the meaning of otherwise in this sentence? Even a fifteen-minute burst of light in otherwise sustained darkness can reset an animal's circadian rhythm.
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Working abroad,I build realtionships

This is my sentance While working all over the globe, I build relationships with people from many different cultures. I want to emphasize cultural awareness I have attained. How to formulate?
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What does “has… been” mean?

"India and Pakistan are so often at odds that there is a tendency to shrug off their spats, but not since their most recent, full-blown war in 1971 has the risk of escalation been so high." Can anyone ...
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What does “India-Pak. tensions: Have reasonably decent news from both countries, says Trump ” mean? [closed]

Can someone please explain what the phrase above means? Here what does reasonably decent news mean?
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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?
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What is the difference in meaning between these four constructions?

It is usual that some adverbs can be used in different positions in a sentence, which causes a change in meaning. And this can be difficult for a non-native speaker to understand. Here is an example ...
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What's the meaning of “Not that you'd know it.”

I watched a documentary about Dholes, the Asiatic wild dog. It says "Dholes are deadly hunters. Not that you'd know it." I'd like to know what "Not that you'd know it" mean?
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When is it appropriate to refer to a pickle slice as a pickle?

For example, you may say "No pickles" on a burger order but if a pickle must strictly mean an intact pickled cucumber, then you could never ask for "No pickles" as no common burger has multiple whole ...
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What does “The training camp in [X] was deep inside ” mean?

The training camp in Balakot was deep inside Can someone please explain what the phrase above means? Here what does deep inside mean?
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What is western persimmon?

I saw western persimmon in Leaves of Grass by the 19th-century American writer Walt Whitman. If you google it, you realize that American persimmon is also called common persimmon and eastern persimmon....
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What would the phrase 'modern currents of thought' mean?

I am preparing for an exam in which one of the criteria to judge candidates is: Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study ...
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Why does a Californian utility spark wildfires? [closed]

"PG&E, a Californian utility, was forced into bankruptcy protection in January after insurers and creditors fled when they concluded that it could be on the hook for billion-dollar liabilities ...
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Meaning of 'calcination' figuratively [closed]

I'd like to know the meaning of 'calcination' here: Chinese civilization is one of the world’s ancient calcinations. From advantour.com
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What does “highlights & lowlights” mean? [closed]

I am invited for an HR interview. and the interviewer asked me to prepare myself for the below question: Prepare yourself to give examples of your highlights & lowlights at work i am wondering, ...
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What does “led by the US pressed [X]” mean?

Below is the headline of a newspaper The international community led by the US pressed Pakistan to deny safe haven to terror groups operating from its soil and bring the perpetrators of the Pulwama ...
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“Go before the numbers build”

In Mark Ravenhill's The Cane, there is a line which I think it's a slang, but I can't find any references on the net. Please help me: Maureen: Which is why I’ve invited the Head here today. I want ...
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What's the meaning of “exposure ” in this context?

From a reading test on IELTS PTE Online titled "Allergy Testing, A person does not become allergic to a particular substance until after the first exposure. However, in some cases, even trace ...
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Can I drop the “one” in this sentence?

“I think immigration is becoming a national issue and ONE that will need to be addressed by all parties in the fall.” If I drop the “ONE”,will it cause any difference of the meaning?
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What is “The Evil Organization”?

Recently I clicked on a "hot" topic from Information Security.SE titled... Buying a “Used” Router A number of times the term "Evil Organization" came up in the comments. As in... The Evil ...
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Is it right to say that a product has been “proofed” by its company?

I saw a company (in germany) advertise its product by saying that it is "Proofed by [company name]". Is that right? I was a little confused, i can imagine that it is "right", but it is common to say ...
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What does ''to'' mean in this context?

The Helpline was set up ten years ago by the Students Union and it aims to provide new students to the university with a service that they can use if they need information about practical areas of ...
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meaning of “a priori” [closed]

I am reading an article, but a sentence confuses me. On one side, novels and films are opposed as “words” and “images,” agreed to be irreducible, untranslatable, a priori entities by most ...
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Can “removal” mean to move **to** a different place in contexts other than furniture, etc.?

The OLD includes the following meaning for the noun "removal" in British English: an act of taking furniture, etc. from one house to another Is the use of this noun with a similar meaning in ...