Questions tagged [meaning-in-context]

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Long Sentence: “…I have come to demand of any really “great” book…”

Yet, as an adult, I have come to demand of any really “great” book a self-consciousness about the tenuous nature of representations of reality, a critical contextualization of florid detail, and a ...
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Using the adjective “specific” as suffix

are the following structures interchangeable ?? 1- This course is more specific to engineering. 2- It is more of an engineering-specific course.
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Using “to” instead of “and”

I read the following sentence in an essay: The number of visitors to France is approximately between 8 and 10 million each year. Can I replace "and" with "to", as follows: The ...
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adapted very slowly to any real evidence of feminine achievement

I'd appreciate some elaboration on the part in bold: Hutton had to modify some of these views when George Eliot appeared on the scene, and he might have modified them sooner if he had understood Jane ...
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philosophical modes

I don't understand what the author means by "philosophical modes" here. Could you exemplify what it refers to? Hutton agreed with Lewes that "feminine ability has found for itself a far ...
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the apparent exception was readily seen to be charmingly and ineffectually disguising her true womanhood

I don't understand the part in italic. I'd appreciate some clarification on this. When Lewes turns, in a rather whimsical way, to specific writers, he can only discern the combinations of Sentiment ...
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correct usage of the word “dislodge” and context of use

When someone accidentally stepped on a charging cable and the charger gets unplugged from the socket. Can you say "you dislodged the charger from the socket?" If this is not the correct ...
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What might 'unhooped oceans' mean in this passage of Melville?

I came across the word in question in the following passage from Moby-Dick: Now, to any one not fully acquainted with the ways of the leviathans, it might seem an absurdly hopeless task thus to seek ...
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the product that he could dismiss the question of “expressing feeling in written words” as the merest trick of the literate

I'm translating an English book into my native language. I've come across a sentence which I can't seem to understand (the part in bold). I'd appreciate it if you could clarify it for me. Reference: A ...
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using the right word - dismantle or disassembling a fitted object

I am confused about using dismantling and disassembling when it comes to furniture like door or chair. Can we say we dismantle a door or disassemble a door or simply broke them apart,pull it out or ...
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Difference between “lift” and “lift off” in Feynman Lectures

Here's Figure 4.1: And an excerpt from the Feynman Lectures on Physics Chapter 4.2: A very simple weight-lifting is shown in Fig. 4-1. This machine lifts three units "strong". We place ...
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what is difference between “on” and “about”? [duplicate]

which preposition is more suitable to use and why ? 1-To find more information about the available scholarship. 2-To find more information on the available scholarship.
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Meaning of some words

The closing decades of an artist’s life do not generally make the biographer’s heart beat faster, but Claude Monet is one of a handful of painters who bucks the pattern of an irrelevant old age. While ...
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the usage of 'will be'

I saw this sentence in a supplementary book: "The food will be a couple of minutes" I was wondering if I can use will be in other situations? Like, when a landlord is trying to renovate a ...
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Meaning of “the bolts that held his face together”

What does “bolts” mean here? I used to crouch down into the seat and hold my coat in front of my face when I sensed a frightening scene coming, peeking through the buttonhole to find out when it was ...
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What does mean by “to step aboard by [someone]”?

I know that "aboard" is a preposition as well as an adverb. It denotes: on or onto a ship, aircraft, bus, or train: Cambridge Dictionary Example sentence: The ship sank, killing 155 ...
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I can't understand this sentence

I read an English text. In this text I came across a sentence that I can't understand it as a complete sentence: "In this context and who can argue against the ethos of closer observation of what ...
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meaning of “numbling”

It will be almost a month since you wrote to me and you have possibly forgotten your state of mind (I doubt it though). You seem the same as always, and being you, hate every minute of it. Don’t! ...
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The deel away wi ye all ye English Pudding boys ken ye nae

"[on the collapse of Ayr Bank] Englishmen of course suspected a plot by those canny Scots. ‘The deel away wi ye all ye English Pudding boys ken ye nae that Paper is lighter of digestion than Gold’...
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Meaning of “running stationary radar down”

I heard this in a true crime show. The whole quote goes like this: (He's a police officer btw) At approximately 10 pm, I was sitting here running stationary radar down towards the Circle K. So what ...
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What is the meaning of the word “authority” in this context?

Here is an excerpt from the book called I’m right and You’re an idiot. We need scientists to become more political because pure evidence—facts, figures and flowcharts—cannot form an adequate basis ...
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What is meant by the word “triage” in this context? [closed]

I don't understand what triage means at a site I encountered here: TOOLS FOR DETECTION, TRACEABILITY, TRIAGE AND INDIVIDUAL MONITORING OF VICTIMS TOXI-triage project addresses the operational, ...
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meaning of '' with her one gets a fresh start, this time is the one that counts''

Nature is impersonal,impartial,and indifferent. she does not give opinions, or make judgements; she can't be wheedled,bullied, or fooled;she does not get angry or disappointed;she doesn't praise or ...
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see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because

Kamala Harris said in her victory speech as follows: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they've never seen it before. ...
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Pun on words: how to quickly and accurately understand pun in a sentence?

Reaching the bottom of a case I was intrigued to read in The world this week (October 24th) that Brazilian police had raided a senator’s home and discovered about $5,000 wedged between his buttocks. ...
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Possible negative connotation question on constructed word

I'm a native Spanish speaker. A long time ago, I came out with the name Phonify for a product related to mobile services, text messaging, etc. It came as a good name in Spanish as it is easy to ...
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it seems we'll get the paper over the line

My supervisor wrote an email: ''We've got feedback on how our journal paper went. It seems quite helpful feedback, in that it seems we'll get the paper over the line.'' Could anyone tell me what he ...
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meaning of “take the worst yourself”

Farewell; Charles sends you his best love, and Edward his worst. If you think the distinction improper, you may take the worst yourself. He will write to you when he gets back to his ship, and in the ...
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How do I make stronger connection between the sentences

I am writing a book and the audience could easily get confused and assume the meaning differently. Below is my effort to explain what is GraphQL to the audience: GraphQL is a language-independent ...
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What is the meaning of “commonwealth” in this context?

Here is an excerpt from the book called I’m right and You’re an Idiot. You don’t choose what you believe; you believe what you believe because you are furnished with the kinds of evidence that impel ...
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What does “worm of yellow convicts” mean?

I am working on the translation of this story by Stephen Crane, "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets", and in the very beginning he describes a fight which everyone around stops to watch. This is ...
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meaning of “stock” in this context

It was a pleasant evening; Charles found it remarkably so, but I cannot tell why, unless the absence of Miss Terry, towards whom his conscience reproaches him with being now perfectly indifferent, was ...
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not sure if “as” in the sentence's context i have written can be approved

I was wondering if someone could lend me a hand with the following- The customer service gave me your number as the driver making deliveries. In the above sentence, what is 'as ...' referring to? ...
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meaning '' the written characters'' in contex

what does that mean''written character'' in this contex? Strangers bearing gifts(trip tips): Beware what you offer your host. Pass up chrysanthemums in argentina(they denote funerals), clocks in China ...
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meaning of ''bearing gifts'' in context

what does ''bearing gifts'' mean? forexample, you are going to travel to a county, your friends might tell you, take some some bearing gifts for your host.
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What does the sentence “I lit a cigarette that tasted like a plumber's handkerchief” mean? [closed]

In what way does a plumber's handkerchief taste like a cigarette?
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What does this clause mean?

What does this clause "...because vocabulary is not the same thing as feeling and plot is light-years from the truth as it is understood by the mind and the heart" mean? I am confused by the ...
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Usage of 'morbid' and 'morbidity' in non-medical contexts

I have a question about the liberty we can take in using the word 'morbid'. Generally speaking, what I understand the word to mean in a medical context is a state of sickliness. That's just how the ...
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What is the exact meaning of “call” resounding in the US media [duplicate]

After the election, I hear, to me, new usages of 'call'. AP called Arizona for Biden The results are too close to call. In first look, I rendered it as 'announce' something. But I see this is ...
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What does “controversial” mean here? [closed]

i.e., "The new agricultural reforms gave way to controversy." Does it mean that the public unanimously disagree with the reforms, or they disagree within themselves as to the subject matter?
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the last battle that counts [closed]

What is the exact meaning of "the last thing that counts" in the following passage? It is from the book “Persian Gulf Command” by Ashley Jackson, p. 346. It was a question of robbing Peter ...
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What does the phrase “scientific studies of statistically significant samples of people” mean exactly?

"And we would urge the reader to do the same, while pointing to scientific studies of statistically significant samples of people that suggest Smith is right: the Easterlin Paradox, for example, ...
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meaning of “account” in this context

As an example of the risk of this pursuit of novelty, Waters told me a story of working as a junior ad planner on the Milky Bar chocolate account, which had for many years used the well-loved Milky ...
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“I wish you wouldn't drink so much” vs. “I wish you didn't drink so much.” [duplicate]

Where is the difference in meaning of these two sentences? "I wish you wouldn't drink so much" vs. "I wish you didn't drink so much."
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How to make use of someone's quote or image in my LinkedIn post (and mention him/her)?

I would like to repost a cartoon via link of a well-known cartoonist in my LinkedIn post and make a short comment based on that. I'd like to say that I really admire his work, because he/she can ...
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Meaning of “for” in “For the very nature” [duplicate]

Could you please help me analyze the meaning of this sentence? If the order of Western historicism is disturbed in the colonial state of emergency, even more deeply disturbed is the social and ...
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rolled far to the westward

What is the exact meaning of "rolled far to the westward" in the following passage? It is from the book “Persian Gulf Command” by Ashley Jackson, p288. Churchill wrote to Brooke on 1 ...
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Is “destroying passions” a good thing in this paragraph?

All passions have a phase when they are merely disastrous, in which they draw their victims down by weight of stupidity – and a later, very much later one in which they marry the spirit, ‘spiritualize’...
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Meaning of “it's like moist black velvet.” (From The Most Dangerous Game)

"Can't see it," remarked Rainsford, trying to peer through the dank tropical night that was palpable as it pressed its thick warm blackness in upon the yacht. "You've good eyes," ...
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beyond the scope of mere charity

What is the exact meaning of "beyond the scope of mere charity" in the following passage? It is from the book “Persian Gulf Command” by Ashley Jackson, p. 241. The passage is about the ...

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