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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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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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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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“Thought is a thread, and the raconteur is a spinner of yarns"

“Thought is a thread, and the raconteur is a spinner of yarns" What does this metaphor mean and what is the origin? I know it is an ancient one, but couldn't find anything else! Is it obsolete now?
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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 does psychogrammatic mean?

In a recent interview, that Mark Levin had with Victor Davis Hanson, Hanson uses the word psycho-grammatic in reference to how Donald Trump ran his campaign. My Oxford dictionary does not recognise ...
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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 does it mean to abase and abound

The oxford online dictionary defines the word abound as follows: abound: Exist in large numbers or amounts. abound in/with Have in large numbers or amounts. but, today I came across the ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “to mop and mow”?

I am trying to translate into French the poetic text "The Firstborn", by British author Laurie Lee, a text about the birth of his (second) daughter – Jesse/Jessy – on 30th September 1963. He writes: ...
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“Stack” vs. “pile” vs. “heap” of paper

What is the difference between stack, pile or heap of something, let it be for example paper? CS+IT people might tend to use the word heap, because there is a widely known datastructure by that name. ...
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This guy's alright in my book, because he used the word “rapscallion”. Meaning

This guy's alright in my book, because he used the word "rapscallion". Source What it means by alright in my book?
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Meaning of 'otherwise' and its use [closed]

Sentence Ex 1. Amir Khan has done so many fantastic films and entertained viewers with his acting skills and perfections. But at the starting of his career, he chose some horrific subjects 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 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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“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'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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Translation or interpretation [on hold]

"The man who assaulted her late daughter." How can we translate "late daughter"?
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An inconsistency in Julian Grenfell's 'Into Battle'

Grenfell's First World War poem Into Battle contains this verse : The blackbird sings to him: "Brother, brother, If this be the last song you shall sing, Sing well, for you may not sing ...
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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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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'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 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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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 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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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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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 are the differences between “what is with”, “what is up with” and “what is wrong with”?

I am watching the drama called Friends at the moment and many times actors used to say one of them. I think it seems like that those expressions are little bit similar to each other. Please, tell me ...
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A sentence from The Economist that I don't understand

Here is a sentence from the magazine The Economist that I don't understand. Fully 5.8m more Americans are in work than in December of that year, when the Federal Reserve began raising interest ...
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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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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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Can “to punt something” mean “not to do something”?

Somewhere, I picked up the use of “to punt something” (or “to punt on something”) to mean “choosing not to do something” or “choosing not to do something now”. Examples: The weather looks bad, let’...
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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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I'm getting a job (meaning)

I'm trying to understand the meaning of I'm getting a job but I can't. I know that it doesn't mean I'm looking for a job nor I got a job. I want to understand the meaning of it because I saw a few ...
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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 does “to which it is a party” mean in this sentence?

I have a statement here, and I dont get the meaning exactly: Each of the Members agrees to make an annual report to the International Labour Office on the measures which it has taken to give ...
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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 does 'element' mean in the military context?

I came across this usage when reading New York's Bloodiest Week from AMERICAN HERITAGE, an article on the 1863 draft riot in NY city, The mob was to make its last stand on the East Side. Five ...
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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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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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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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“National Forward published”

I'd like to know the meaning of "National Forward published". I have seen it in codes and regulation context, such as those found by this search, and couldn't understand it.
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What does “to spit a rat” mean?

I know what spit means, and I know what rat means, but what does to spit a rat mean? I was unable to find any idiomatic meaning in the dictionaries either in the entry for rat or spit. The literal ...
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What does the phrase “touch space” mean?

Recently some of my colleagues has started using the phrase "touch space" a lot, for example in sentences like "I just called you to touch space", or "I will touch space with him tomorrow". I can ...
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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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Is there a word like “compersion” that isn't just for romantic/sexual situations?

I just saw the word "compersion" for the first time, and love it: A feeling of joy when a loved one invests in and takes pleasure from another romantic or sexual relationship. Is there a word ...
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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 ...