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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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meaning of phrase “continuing their friend”

In the following passage, the meaning obviously is "continuing to be their friend", but I wonder if this is merely a poetic elliptical construction or there is actually a grammatical explanation. ...
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What does “Puller Prush Person” mean?

I was reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle The following paragraphs are this book: They went up the path to the house, Meg reluctant, eager to get on into the town. "Let's hurry," she ...
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Meaning of expression: “After the powder, the jam”

In Agatha Christie's novel "Hickory Dickory Dock" there is a scene between "employer" and "employee", where the former one begins by criticising heavily the practices of the latter but ends on a very ...
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Can the word “attached” used as a noun?

I am confused about this word "attached" when I receive a letter begins like this: Dear XX, attached is a document for…… Here, the word "attached" is used somehow like a noun which means attachment, ...
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what does “Let tomorrow wait its turn, today still has tonight on its side” mean? [closed]

Let tomorrow wait its turn, today still has tonight on its side. What does that mean? Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fL8ddOqPjk&feature=youtu.be
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“consume module” phrase

I am regularly seeing phrase "consume a module" in programming texts. E.g. in one book I have read: Modules can be consumed in other JavaScript files using the import statement. What is the ...
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Meaning of “soft and warm” when refers to a person

I'm doing a translation from english and I'm struggling to understand the first part of the sentence: "She’s soft and warm, unmistakably alive." Context: her boyfriend thought she was dead, but it ...
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Is expressing a desire for harm the same as making a threat? [closed]

If someone says "I hope you and your family burn to death" and "I wish I could slit your throat", are these considered threats, or are they just someone expressing a hope (however repugnant)? I would ...
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X is related posteriorly to Y

"X is posterior to Y" means "X is behind Y". So if the statement is "X is related posteriorly to Y", does it mean: "X is behind Y" or "Y is behind X"? As for "Posteriorly, X is related to Y", does ...
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What does “lobsters crawling out of my ears” mean?

I saw it in an email conversation at work (we work with americans). Someone sent this: I asked if there was more information we could get through [...] and I was rebuffed as though I had lobsters ...
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What is a foreign language? [closed]

In a political context, foreign mean "relating to different country" where the country from which the difference is measured is determined by context. For example, if, on History SE, you were ...
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Does “you” in the sentence “I didn't know you could do that” actually mean the person you're speaking to, or an arbitrary person? [closed]

I was asked this by my ESL friend and didn't know how to answer because I had never really thought about it. I always thought of the "you" in the sentence (and similar sentences) to mean an arbitrary ...
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When did 'wyrm' lose its meaning as dragon?

I'm interested in finding out (roughly) when the Old English word 'wyrm' began to lose its meaning as 'A serpent, snake, dragon' due to the competing 'draca' and the later borrowing 'dragon'. I've ...
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Meaning of “completion to panel”. Is this good usage of the word “completion”?

From an autoclave manual (Tuttnauer Electronic Tabletop Autoclaves Models 1730, 2340, 2540, 3140, 3850, 3870 E, EK, EA & EKA) 15 Completion to panel What is the meaning of "completion" here? ...
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Can you use the word “Concomitant” as a synonym for “Coworker”? [closed]

I am writing a novel and I recently discovered this word. From my understanding, the definition sounds broad enough to be able to use this word loosely in place of co-workers. For Example: With ...
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Does one tell somebody of something, or tell somebody something

In the example, "When he asked for the third time, the angry policeman told him again of Mr. Lane’s defeat and retirement", why not delete ‘of’?
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‘be mistaken’ or ‘have mistaken’ [migrated]

I didn’t doubt what he said. I didn’t expect him to be mistaken. Why not use ‘have mistaken’ instead of ‘be mistaken’?
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what is the meaning of “Entrepreneurial entry”?

I'm translating a paper from English that is in the field of entrepreneurship. I came across the term "Entrepreneurial entry" in this paper and since there is no equivalent for this term in my ...
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Do you have a quarter? (Cigarette)

I was watching a tv show and a guy asked another guy "Do you have a quarter?" which meant "Do you have a cigarette?" Why was quarter used in the meaning of a cigarette?
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Difference between “welcome to”, “welcome on” and “welcome at” [on hold]

As in the title. What's the main difference between them? What should I use when I'm greeting someone on/at my website?
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How to use “Other Than”? [migrated]

"The digital age has given today's libraries new means of storing and retrieving information on media other than printed pages." I looked up the word "other than" on Cambrigde Dictionary. But I still ...
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I want to <pronoun> to <verb>

I was reading the fairy tale 'Aladdin and the magic lamp' and found the form "I want to [pronoun] to [verb]". So I started to wonder if it's correct because I had never seen it before. If so, what's ...
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Sentence meaning - a waste of

I came across this in a novel “The fingers of my successor daily turned the handle of this door which opened now on the yellow flame of the gas-fire, pink-shaded lamps burning through the snow-grey ...
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How does a word end up with two opposite meanings at the same time?

I'm thinking of the word Sanction. In the first example below it has the meaning of "to okay" or "to give the green light to", and is used as a verb. In the second example it is a noun which has the ...
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What does “blow the curve” mean?

What does it mean to “blow the curve”? I've heard the phrase in educational contexts and Googling failed me: I get very few search results and they all don't explain the concept properly. Does it ...
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What does “alight on his feet” mean?

In Oxford Dictionary, under 'alight', it says: on fire •A cigarette set the dry grass alight. (formal) (of faces or eyes) showing a feeling of happiness or excitement •...
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meaning of these 2 sentences

The context is: “Planning, as alluded to earlier, came late to the adoption of formal reasoning. Its heritage lay in architecture and surveying, which were craft activities.” As I have no ...
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Is indication a synonym of weak evidence?

I wonder if indication, evidence, and proof are simply weak evidence, normal strength evidence, and very strong evidence? For example, in a case like https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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What does “spectremancer” mean?

I accidentally know this word while reading a manga in English. I tried searching it on the Internet but nothing comes out. Yet I found that maybe this word was originally "spectromancer" since there ...
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Meaning of “To be the last person to do something” in a group of people [closed]

Me and two of my friends share a pie. They ask me: "Do you want to be the last person to take a piece from this pie?" I answer: "Yes". Do I now get to eat only the last piece or the third piece ...
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“Low stars” meaning

I'm translating an excerpt from The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene and I don't know the exact meaning of "low" in this context: "The land went backward at a slow even roll, and the dark came ...
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Blinded meaning in this sentence?

I'm trying to translate a simple sentence but I have a problem with the word "blinded". This is the sentence: When a coin is spent, the buyer and seller digitally sign a (blinded) transaction ...
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Does “supposed to be” means “not being”

When one says "A is supposed to be B." Is one implying that "A is not being B ?"
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Word that means every outcome is worse?

What word means that every outcome is worse than where you started, For example, You must make a choice but the choices are a worse situation than your current one.
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What do these uncommon expressions mean?

I'm a non-native English speaker and I've heard and read a lot of expressions that I believe are supposed to mean "Goodbye"; however, I don't really know what they mean (in a literal sense) and how I'...
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What is the meaning of this sentence: “I was annoyed by Mary wanting to tell everybody what to do” [closed]

What is the meaning of this sentence, please tell me. “I was annoyed by Mary wanting to tell everybody what to do”
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Nobody is there. VS. There is nobody

Do these two have the same meaning? Nobody is there. There is nobody.
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meaning of coverage in this sentence

this is a context about Jeff Bezos and his leadership styles at the Washington Post newspaper, the sentence is: "rather than controlling the editorial product at the Post, says editor Marty Baron, ...
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What does it mean by saying “per definition”

The context is as follows: Per definition, we allow the execution of each function for at most twice. I understood it in this way: As specified in the definition, we allow the execution of each ...
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An Era of Hypervigilance

For my academic essay title, I wish to use the term "Hypervigilance". The context I'm using it is "an Era of Hypervigilance". By "an Era of Hypervigilance", I want to describe the present period in ...
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Is a human amputee still a biped?

Does the term “biped” or “quadruped” refer to the incidental characteristics of a creature, or the paradigmatic characteristics of that kind of creature? Would a human amputee be a biped because ...
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What is the meaning of “gravitas”?

Clearly the reintroduction of a Latin word, with a 20th-century sense, the earliest reference in the OED is from 1924. The full range of examples the OED gives are as follows: 1924 Manch. ...
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What is the difference between “Alphabet” and “Alphabets”? [duplicate]

I am just having a debate with one of my friend regarding the use of the word "Alphabet". when I use the word "last alphabet" instead of "last letter of Alphabet" she told me that I used the wrong ...
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What is the meaning of 'in my honor'? [closed]

I attended a farewell dinner in my honor. Can you tell me what is the meaning of 'in my honor'?
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Is this a valid sentence: “[This] is [that] made [аdjective]”?

For example, can I say "Ambalco is cycling videos made interactive"?
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“Failed of late” meaning? [closed]

What is meant by "failed of late" in the following: "How is your mother, Diana? Dear me, but she has failed of late. She looks terrible run down." ?
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can a/an modify unccountable noun?

My father was not a tall man but he was able to command a room. He had a presence about him, the solemnity of an oracle. His hands were thick and leathery—the hands of a man who’d been hard at work ...
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How to understand strew here

A year after my father told us that story, we gathered one evening to hear him read aloud from Isaiah, a prophecy about Immanuel. He sat on our mustard-colored sofa, a large Bible open in his lap. ...
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What's different between “put house down” and “put house up”

They put their house down as loan collateral. He put his house up as collateral for his business loan. What's different between 'down' and 'up' in these sentences?
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What was required to accept “troll”?

At what point did the concept of internet troll become incorporated into an English dictionary?