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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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Is whisky wine? [on hold]

I have talked about “is whisky wine?” with a Chinese guy. To my knowledge, wine is sth made from grapes, but whisky is not. However, in his concept, wine is equal to alcoholic drink. Rum is wine, ...
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what does this sentence “tend to get some meaning to them it turns out” mean? [on hold]

I am learning this course Stanford CS224N: natural language processing with Deep Learning. The professor is saying ... it'd be exactly the same vector space just sort of rotate around your new ...
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What's the difference between a spouse and an espoused partner?

I was looking at the Wikipedia article about Julian Assange, and was confused about this particular information: Spouse(s): Teresa Doe (married 1989; divorced 1999) Partner(s): Sarah ...
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A word's different meanings in a sentence

The image of God is one thing, and that which is contemplated in the image is another. I'm not sure but it seems the two "image" in the sentence have different meanings from each other. in my opinion ...
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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 ...
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what does “killed and went away” mean?

I am learning this course Stanford CS224N: natural language processing with Deep Learning. The professor is saying on the one hand, whenever you see these pictures you should hold onto your ...
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Is 'Another Europe is possible' correct English? [closed]

Given that we don't have a second Europe, I thought it should be something like 'A different Europe is possible'. Or does this sentence have the same meaning?
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what does “hold onto your wallet” mean?

I am learning this course Stanford CS224N: natural language processing with Deep Learning. The professor is saying on the one hand, whenever you see these pictures you should hold onto your ...
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What does the quote “Only a fool see fools” mean? [closed]

What does the quote "Only a fool see fools" mean?? I just can't actually grasp the idea....
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What time or which time?

Strictly speaking, when referring to one or more of a definite set of values, the word 'which' should be employed. When referring to one or more of an unknown or infinate set of values, the word 'what'...
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what does “get to something” mean?

I am learning this course Stanford CS224N: natural language processing with Deep Learning. The professor is saying if you start getting into more technical and scientific English, it's easy to ...
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from Tuesday up to Friday

It may be simple, but does this include Friday or not? I would say not, and would phrase it like "from Tuesday up to and including Friday". What do you think?
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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 ...
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My question is about the use of “lest” + “should have + past participle” in the sentence provided below

I have while reading Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' stumbled upon a sentence which has ever since been puzzling my mind and I have not been able to penetrate the grammar used. Here goes the sentence: "I ...
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What is the meaning of "byzantine conduit? [closed]

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 ...
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the meaning of “thick” [closed]

Feral horses, belonging to my grandfather, ran wild over thick banks of water hemlock, and there were more than a few rattlesnakes. I was told it is like "thick forest", so thick does not modify ...
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A word / term for people who criticize others' behavior while exempting themselves from the same criticism

During gym class, we were doing a workout video. This is what happened: Two girls start screaming at someone to keep their back straight. The thing is that they are not even keeping their backs ...
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Meaning of “There isn't one” [closed]

I recently stumbled on a song's lyrics in which the 1st line says: The great truth is there isn't one Given the rest of the lyrics, I think the author meant that no great truth exists at all. Yet, ...
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'WE are the most precious person in the world' or 'WE are the most precious persons in the world' [duplicate]

maybe it is simple qusetion. I just make that like 'you're precious in the world' person? persons? people? but, i confused. . pls help me
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Meaning of “Stock Configuration” Car [closed]

What is the meaning of "stock configuration" in the context of cars? Is it more like "base/entry level model" or like "a standard configuration" (possibly one of standard configurations)? Is the ...
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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; ...
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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 ...
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Does Stockholm syndrome only apply to kidnapping condition?

I mean there should be an implication of meaning that someone(kidnapper) first treats you badly, then suddenly changes his attitude to treat less badly. This sudden change makes the object(hostage) ...
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what is the meaning of this---“could you have been dreaming” [closed]

what is the meaning of this sentence---``" could you have been dreaming?
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How to describe a customer's business [on hold]

Which sentence is the most relevant for your point of view: A client has a retail business consisting of lots of shops distributed all over the world. A client has a retail business that includes ...
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What does “allot on/upon” mean? [closed]

In Oxford Dictionary, under 'allot', it says that to give time, money, tasks, etc. to somebody/something as a share of what is available Then, what does "I have been allotting upon going." mean? ...
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Re-pair or repair a pair of things

Is there a way to distinguish between repairing something in the sense of fixing it vs. "re-pairing" something in the sense of regrouping things together. For example a wireless keyboard and its usb ...
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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 ...
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How to call articles, online courses, educational videos with one phrase?

I want to write a sentence "You can put any ... on our platform". ... is a phrase that would mean articles, online courses, educational videos, etc. 1) What would be the appropriate phrase? 2.1) Is "...
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meaning of “ghetto kids” [closed]

I'm going to translate the following sentence into a language in which there may not be an exact equivalent for the word 'ghetto'. He taught ghetto kids in New York's public school system. (...
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Is this sentence grammaritcally correct? [closed]

There are published procedures. Should I say "spreaded"?
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Is the word “Yuppie” negative/ironic? [closed]

"You are like a Yuppie". Is this an insult or is it neutral. I have always thought that the word itself is neutral but Oxford dictionaries categorize it as derogatory.
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How should I understand “ought” in this verse?

I was wondering how should I interpret this verse from the old union song Solidarity Forever: What's the ought with have in common with those greedy parasites? I'm split between What ...
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Temporarily relationship in communication

How is the relationship called which two people form when they are communicating? Let's immagine, you meet someone on the street and have a brief chat. What is that synergy called? Thanks. (not sure ...
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What does [nopass] mean in the dictionary?

afford [nopass]to have enough money or time to be able to buy or to do sth [nopass]~ to do sth if you say that youcan't afford to do sth, you mean that you should not do it because it will ...
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nervous to be standing up here vs nervous standing up here

I'm so nervous to be standing up here. I'm so nervous standing up here. Is there any difference between these two sentences or do they imply the same thing and you can simply omit the 'to be' ...
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conditional sentence without if

For the past four billion years or so the only way for life on Earth to produce a sequence of dna—a gene—was by copying a sequence it already had to hand. Sometimes the gene would be damaged or ...
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Are those two sentences the same?

I gave a script I wrote to a professional proofreader, and one correction she gave me, I just can't understand (and she doesn't seem to agree with me). This is complete original sentence: So far ...
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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 ...
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Asking someone to get feedback

I wanna send this email and make sure is grammatically correct; I am keen to get your feedback that is important to me to develop my skill of writing . I welcome any suggestions that you think are ...
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Do salted and peppered have the same meaning?

Do salted and peppered have the same meaning? Is salting videos throughout my website the same as peppering videos throughout my website?
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Call-out distances, the wall's louder! Meaning? [closed]

I'm trying to translate this sentence but I have no clue of what does this mean. I copy-paste the full dialogue for some frame just in case it may help: Father: Here we are, the team! Guy: The ...
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The Meaning of “Simply a child of her times”

This is the sentence that this phrase appears in. Finally, there are writers for whom Ban Zhao is neither heroine nor villain, but simply a child of her times. I thought this meant Ban Zhao was ...
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Confusion in meaning of word “classic”? [closed]

I have searched the meaning of "classic" in Cambridge dictionary, but I am not satisfied about its meaning as adjective What is difference between terms classic and old? As we often use terms like ...
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an open-​ended, all‑or‑nothing licensing process [closed]

I wonder what this means: an open-ended, all-or-nothing licensing process. And what does it mean in the context: streamlined approval? This approach will need a sensible regulatory framework. ...
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the self-fulfilling prophecy that we're cooked [closed]

May I ask what it means: "we can dispatch, once and for all..." If the American public and politicians can face real threats and overcome unfounded fears, we can solve humanity’s most pressing ...
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Which description is better? Will do a great job or will have great performance in the job [closed]

If you need to describe that someone would have good performance in this job. Which description is better? Someone will do a great job. or Someone will have great performance in the job.
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What is the opposite of a greeting? [duplicate]

When you need to begin conversation with some one normally people begin the conversation with a greeting such as hello, good day/morning/evening, sup, what's going on and so on and so forth. All of ...
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“Was to have” expression [closed]

In 1958, Evans joined Miles Davis's sextet, where he was to have a profound influence. What is the meaning of "was to have" here?
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How to distinguish the meanings of the term “application”

As you know the term "application" has several definitions. The two definitions that are intended in this question, as the Cambridge dictionary puts it, are: (computer program) a computer ...