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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 does “consound” mean?

Hello and happy holidays. While reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, I came across the expression "consound it" in Huck's dialogue parts. "Consound it, Tom Sawyer, you're just old pie, 'longside ...
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Sentences start with Of

What is the meaning of of when it starts a sentence? For example, and what is the grammatically correct way to write a sentence starting with of?
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Alternative way to communicate “Fill Rate”

I am working with customers in an app that helps them visualize where their products are in the order management process. Recently with some testing I discovered that the users were confused by the ...
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What's the difference between “title” and “name”?

I'm not sure when it's appropriate to use word "name", and when to use word "title". For example, "file name" feels right, "file title" doesn't; "document name" and "document title" seem ...
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What is the sense of “Only God judge me”

There is a wall near my house where this phrase has recently been graffitied - Only God judge me My reaction to this (!) has been to realise that most similarly-constructed phrases I can think of ...
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Pussy(cat) vs cat

What is the difference between a pussy or pussycat and just cat? According to some soft sources, such as this yahoo answers question the term pussycat is a female cat, complementing the tom cat which ...
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Is “do one’s diligence and err on the side of caution” an idiom?

Today’s Washington Post (April 24) carries an article titled Trump wants to push Iran to the point of no return, quoting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's warning to other nations. It reads: Now, it’...
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What is that word to describe competitors all clustering in the same location for mutual profit?

You get situations like Harley Street private doctors in London. Some are in the same branch of medicine, yet they all go there because they benefit from the fact that Harley Street is known (or at ...
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What's the difference between “People are all doing …” and “People are together doing …”

There is the question that the difference on these meanings below. When we are in a dinner, then I have found a couple who eating a dish. I say that: That couple are both eating a dish. ...
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What does “film cue” mean?

I'm trying to translate this sentence: (said in a TV studio inside a movie: Ice castles - 1978 if it could help) "Did you see his face when they missed that film cue?" Some sentences later there are ...
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Looking for a word that captures knowledge, and falsely assuming that everyone else has it, thereby selling oneself short

Ok so I realize the title seems confusing, so let me elaborate: Often times someone with a high level of knowledge in a some subject, may be inadvertently over-charitable to others, in assuming that ...
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Should “translation” be plural in “specializing in English and German translation”?

I am specializing in English and German translations. I am specializing in English and German translation. Are both sentences usable? Would the plural of the word highlighted modify the meaning ...
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Meaning of the phrase “squeeze water from a stone”

What does the phrase "(to) squeeze water from a stone" mean? Have you ever squeezed water from a stone?
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What does “intellectual fit” mean?

It appeared to me when a graduate school application form asked me Why do you think X university is an intellectual fit for you? What does intellectual fit mean?
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Liquidate work = Perform work

I recently came across terminology in a contract scope of work which used the phrase "liquidate work" which I am told by a colleague is intended to mean "to perform" (or execute) said work. I have ...
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In American English how will the word “heading” be understood if used like this? [on hold]

What will a speaker of American English typically understand me to mean if I say: I'm the leader. I'm the one who's heading.
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Concerning the verb of 'assert'

Can assert be synonymous to 'apply' or 'implement' in this context? He asserted his power on his subordinates/countrymen/party members etc. I'm aware of the other meaning :- to state smth ...
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Pick: “one of the classes” vs “one class”

What percentage of the test would fall into one of the C object classes? Lets assume that the C object class is made up of two sub classes (s1, s2) and the total of all object classes is T. Does the ...
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the meaning of “for” in the form of “noun + for”?

The U.S. is ending waivers for countries to import Iranian oil, part of the Trump administration’s effort to deprive Iran of export revenue, the White House said Monday. The U.S. is ending waivers (...
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hear sb do / hear sb doing, what's the difference

I heard them sing. I heard them singing. What's the different meaning of these two sentences?
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What does the phrase “prod and poke” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a platform puzzle game: This game is a joy to play, with smartly designed levels full of things to prod and poke at. Maybe the phrase is used as an idiom here. However, I ...
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What are the naunces of the placement of 'be' in the following two sentences?

I'm translating a bit of dialogue (from Japanese to English, in case anyone was wondering) in which Character A is speaking to character B. The two possible translations I came up with are: "There’...
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Things needed to perform an activity - requisite or requirement? Or something else?

I'm designing an application to help tour operators with their operational tasks. I have something that I currently call "requisites", which is what is necessary to perform a certain tour. Common ...
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Can an “opinion” be right or wrong?

a view or judgement formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. (Oxford Dictionaries) This basically says that it is based on personal belief (i.e. "personal opinion") so can ...
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I scratched my head when I read the meaning of word impartial

I read something today, and that's the word impartial. Many days ago, in the same book I read the difference between uninterested and disinterested. The author stated in an example that a judge ...
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Is there an alternate meaning of hoosegow?

After using the word in an answer to a question here, I got to wondering about the etymology of the word hoosegow. I picked it up from my father (perhaps surprisingly, given that he was an german ...
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Mask, meaning in this context? [on hold]

I'm trying to find a synonym for the term "mask" used in this context: Two men are trying to make a place safe for a blind person, and they spot a potential danger, so they say: Let's cover this up ...
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“I wake up dreaming” - possible meaning

I found an example in that particular structure which is: During a night-terror episode, the person will partially wake up screaming, moaning, or gasping for air. It is clear that it means the ...
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Meaning of “theorisable”

I have encountered a word theorisable and have troubles understanding the meaning. Here is an exempt from the abstract: A first drying step involves floating and fluidizing the encapsulated ...
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Trying to find an expression for someone who should and wants do things but fails to do so

My friend is a great person, but on a regular base he fails to do what he should and even wants to do. For example to call or visit his mother for her birthday. To study for a test he already paid for ...
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What does “to be golfed-out” mean?

What does "to be golfed-out" mean in the dialog below ? I'm going to the golf tomorrow morning, do you want to join ? Thanks! But I’m pretty golfed-out! Just back from Thailand after 2 weeks ...
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Differences between “give” and “give way ”

What's the difference between give and give way. I'll start with what I know so far, and what I think to be the case, please set me straight where you think I'm wrong. Dictionary definitions Give=...
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Interpretation -“The highest as the lowest form”

There is a similar posting and answers here: An explanation of the preface in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" Still, I am confused about the expression "The highest as the lowest form". Is it ...
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meaning of the word “dressing” in this paragraph?

Can you please tell me what exactly does "dressing" mean in this paragraph? (it's from a book about management and leadership): "the second way to see yourself as a leader is to stake indirectly ...
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'In' as a verb - meaning (lands inned)

According to OED: 1.1 trans. To give or put in (obs.); to take in, include, inclose; esp. to take in, inclose or reclaim (waste or unprofitable land). Now dial. A few examples from OED: 1592 ...
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What is the usage of “of” in this sentence?

What is the usage of the 2nd "of" in this sentence? the duration of the x-ray pulse can be of picosecond duration Why is it not be this? the duration of the x-ray pulse can be picosecond Is ...
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What does 'shrink' mean in this sentence: “I don't talk about me like a TV show character would to his shrink” [duplicate]

"I don't talk about me like a TV show character would to his shrink" I've heard this alternate usage very rarely, so I couldn't understand what the person means when he/she says it. I guess this is ...
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“Both” for more than two objects

If I were to ask: Which children did you bring? and you respond: I brought both Adam and Billy. The "both" implies not only that you brought two children, but that you brought your only two ...
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What is the meaning of 'pipeline' in business/tech news?

I already knew the basic meaning of pipeline indicating a series of tubes for transporting gas, oil, or water. But I found the word 'pipeline' written with a different nuance especially when aritcles ...
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Meaning of “For Brokes” [on hold]

I want to know if the use of "For Brokes" mean what I think because I'm not a native person. If I want to sell things to people withouth money (broke person), the things that I sell are really cheap ...
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Synonyms to ‘semi thick’?

What is the synonym to ‘semi thick’ body? When someone describes their body shape as semi thick, what does he mean? Thank you.
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“being” usage as relative clause

I'm dwelled on usage(s) of being in the following sentence. Even with the model of memory being just physical memory, several options are possible. Can it be written alternatively as the ...
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What does this sentence in a paragraph about the Notre Dame Fire mean?

A 2017 Time article discussing the crumbling, wearing out, and water damage of France's Notre Dame Cathedral prior to the 2019 fire writes (emphasis added to the part I would like clarification on): ...
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Does this mean that it was the lowest price in the last eleven years?

Does this mean that it was the lowest price in eleven years or is it an idiom? But then the oil price dropped, and by early 2016 it had slumped to an eleven-year low.
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Can you help me understand the second sentence?

I didn't exactly understand the meaning of the second sentence. Nigeria pays for the vast majority of its imports – from food to textiles – in dollars. It’s not alone in this: almost every ...
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What is meant by DUE TO EXPIRE [on hold]

My Driving licence is due to expire on May 30, 2019
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What is it called when you remove part of a quote and accidentally change its meaning [duplicate]

An example is the idiom "Great minds think alike." that has been shortened over time. Its original form being "Great minds think alike, but those of fools rarely differ.". I know this type of ...
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Meaning of a sentence from the novel The Invisible Man

She had cooked the ham and eggs, laid the table, and done everything, while Millie (help indeed!) had only succeeded in delaying the mustard. And him a new guest and wanting to stay! Then she filled ...
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What is “gratricide”?

I've been reading Michael Innes books again (in this case "From London Far"), and I came across the word gratricidal, in the a passage about a Scottish castle... Castle Moila was famous alike in ...
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Why are Centennials called that?

People of Generation Y have the nickname millennials, because many of them graduated around the year 2000, the millenium. People of Generation Z are sometimes called centennials. "Centennial" means "...