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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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"How long” in a question

How long does it take for my item to arrive? How long does it take to arrive? Could the second question be used as an alternative to the first? Should I provide some context before utilizing it?...
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What does “Where Can I get 40 %?” mean in this context? [closed]

Context of the scene : In a bar, at night, she enters and there are only 3 men playing pool. The bartender asks her what she wants and she says a whiskey on the rocks and then he asks her if she is ...
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What is the difference between ‘On + ing ‘ and ‘ing ‘?

On having killed the guard he dragged him into the bushes. Having killed the guard he dragged him into the bushes. What is the difference between them?
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What is the meaning of ‘drive up’?

He was marching up and down in front of the camp when four officers drove up in a car. What is the meaning of ‘drove up’?
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What the meaning of ‘drove by’? [closed]

Four officers drove by in a car while he stood to attention and saluted. What is the meaning of ‘drove by’?
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The most truthful lie there can be? [duplicate]

I was wondering whether it classes as lying if you tell something that you believe is a lie but is actually true. Here is an example. Let's say that you have to be 6ft to ride a roller-coaster. You ...
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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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Green channel or green lane?

Do the terms "green channel" and "green lane" (when used at an airport) mean the same? Are they just different names in different countries for corridors for passengers having nothing to declare?
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Please explain the meaning of this sentence [closed]

Please explain to me the meaning of the following sentence: I hope such readers will be persuaded that the profundity and value of these ideas more than repay the intellectual struggle they require ...
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How “unless” and “until” affect the structure and meaning of a complex sentence

Here is an ex­cerpt from a book I’m read­ing: Un­less con­sumed in highly skilled rit­ual con­texts, as is prac­ticed in many tra­di­tional so­ci­eties, what drugs in fact do is re­duce our per­...
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What is the opposite of “artificial intelligence”? [closed]

If our perspective is imperfect, and we create an "intelligence" based on that flawed perspective, we create an imperfect copy of something that is imperfect (like a VHS tape copy). If we go the ...
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What's up with this archaic usage of “leads”?

This is my first Stack Exchange post, so please let me know if there'd be a better place to ask this question! I'm reading Bleak House by Charles Dickens right now, and I came upon this bit, ...
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What is the meaning of “on an exceptional basis”?

I read an english version document, and there's some words i dont quite understand (since english is not my main language), especially the "on an exceptional basis" part, can you help me guys? Thanks ...
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Help me find another word that fits the sentence meaning [duplicate]

I want to use a synonym for (it appears likely): The sentence is: By comparing the formulas for quantity1 and quantity2 ,it appears likely that quantity1 > quantity2 for all points and all N, although ...
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Confusion about the structure ''to seem to be'' [duplicate]

Can you explain the linguistic logic of the structure ''to seem to be''? Maybe it is a question that does not sound as one which needs to be explained because it is very straightforward or basic. ...
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The term Precambrian, is it autological? [closed]

The term Precambrian defines the age of the earth before the Precambrian Period (before 541 Ma) ... I've heard it is not proper to say "Precambrian Time", as Precambrian is a definition of time. Is ...
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Rising and falling intonation

I have been told that rising and falling intonation can change the meaning of a sentence. For me as a non-native speaker of English this may sometimes cause misunderstanding. In the following ...
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meaning and form, grammatical, verb forms [closed]

Different meaning and form............ ..........
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What « Super User » mean in the StackEchange network? [closed]

I recently browsed into the Stack Exhange page and saw a Community called « Super User » and even after looking for a definition online I found the following: a consumer of electrical power. Which ...
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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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Is there a nicer/politer/more positive alternative for “negates”?

I have somewhere the following sentence: our platform negates the need for a middleman ... but I do not want to offend or upset the middlemen whomever it is ... there are many middlemen in the ...
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What is the meaning of “pathetic” in this phrase?

This book from 1889, presenting a scholarly study of Christian hymns, has the following phrase: It may be said, and with truth, that the Magnificat of Mary, the Nunc Dimittis of old Simeon, and, ...
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In the context, the translation of the phrase FLASHY BOI “5 hours of debugging VS / flashy boi” [closed]

In the context, the translation of the phrase FLASHY BOI? "5 hours of debugging VS / flashy boi"
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what does “even by star standards” mean in this context?

the beauty of the infinite cosmos palled after a while. It was fine to start with, awe-inspiring and breath-taking and all the rest of it. You could spend all the time you liked staring at it, ...
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Understanding the “Welsh” [closed]

What is meant by Welsh ? I searched it but still it is confusing for me in the below case. I didn't understand the exact meaning of this. "What happened to you guys helping us out by winning the ...
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Is ‘a dog which is barking’ synonymous with ‘a barking dog’?

I am wondering whether a barking dog means the same as a dog which is barking. Here is the saying a barking dog does not bite. Does a barking dog herein mean a dog which tends to bark in face of ...
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Out on a tear last night - meaning?

I've bumped into a great pun from the Marx Brothers' Night at the Opera (transcript) I didn't get the reference/joke/idiom on "out on a tear last night". Fiorello: No, that's no good, too. (they ...
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What is meant by: “He felt something much more keenly”?

What is meant by: "He felt something much more keenly"? Context(From Anne of Avonlea by L.M.Montgomery): "Anne stood Morley on the platform for an hour and—which Morley felt much more keenly—...
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Who and what was the first meme? What does meme mean? [closed]

I might already know this, but I actually want to know it, you can't trust the internet, well except for you guys
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what does “pinned post” mean in Chinese?

I came across a phrase "pinned post" in this web page - https://purecss.io/layouts/blog/. I tried to find out its corresponding meaning in Chinese, however, I got nothing. I hope someone can explain ...
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Meaning of idiolect

Whether the term 'idiolect' refer to only diction i.e. the choice of words or phrases peculiar to an individual or it also includes accent, intonation and other features?
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“On me” vs “I currently have”

I have 10 dollars on me. I currently have 10 dollars. Does the first sentence imply that I have 10 dollars in my pocket right now or I always have 10 dollars in my pocket? I understand the ...
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Formality and politeness of the word fine

I was wondering what I should use to sound more polite. "If you are with it" or "If it is fine with you?" Thanks
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Can you use the word alight in this way?

For as long as I can remember I've believed that the word alight could also be used to mean something like took flight, or took to the air. As in: "The bird alighted from the branch." Or: "His prayers ...
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what does “porn” mean in “word porn”? [duplicate]

I came across a website/facebook page which posts famous quotes and i wonder what does "Porn" mean in this situation ? I also search many websites but they all believe that it has something to do with ...
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What does “headline” mean in a job application form?

I was applying for an internship online and one of fields I had to fill after the name field was "headline". What does headline mean in this specific context? Here's a screenshot of the form. I can ...
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Just laid on you another triple-golden sweep

I'm trying to understand what does this sentence mean: Hey, Johnny Holiday just laid on you another triple-golden sweep from golden-weekend time at KXLA, in Ames, lowa. This sentence is said on ...
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Can you brew wine, or is the word “brew” specific to Beer, coffee, and tea? [duplicate]

I would like to know whether or not wine can be brewed, and secondly if the wine-making process is considered brewing. It seems that some definitions are specific to beer, coffee, and tea, where ...
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“No one is born hating…” vs. “No one is born to hate…”

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, ...
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Whats the difference in the meaning between the given sentences? [closed]

Would you mind waiting for an hour? and Would you mind to wait for an hour?
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Meaning of 'go on to say (that)'

I shall go on to say that there are more incidents than we would care to imagine throughout Europe What does 'go on to say that' mean, and when is it largely used? It looks like a phrase for quoting.
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What does “bc same” mean? [closed]

What does “bc same” mean after a question? Sth like: Have you ever done that? Bc same. Thanks
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Meaning of “have feelings for someone”

I am wondering if this phrase always refers to romantic feelings. How do I express friendship arisen from a completely professional relationship? For example, if I say this to my co-worker: I am ...
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You are so full of bull that it boggles the mind [closed]

You are so full of bull that it boggles the mind. Does by any chance this mean, "You are so full of sh*t that it blows my mind"? If that's not the case, what's the actual meaning of the sentence in ...
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letter closing: with love/with affection [closed]

I am writing a letter to a friend of the opposite sex. The relationship is completely platonic and there is a significant age difference. We often write long letters to each other. I usually close ...
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difference in meaning of really and deadly [closed]

What problems of meaning might the following words present to a learner of English? really and deadly.
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Zeal vs. Zest. Am I Using them Correctly Here?

Hello beautiful people, I'm writing a poem and I want to make sure I'm using "zeal" and "zest" correctly. To give context, it's about a storyteller (being I) retelling a story of a man who is giving ...
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verbs usage for TION and ING

Can someone explain the rationale of adding TION to a verb. In other words, when I take a verb such as LIMIT and turn it into a noun I can make it limit, limiting, or limitation. The word ...
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Don't check with your goddamn wrists

I've just started translating to my navite language the movie "Ice castles (1978)" and I found the sentence in the title. Here is some context: A girl and her mom are watching an hockey match (one ...
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causative passive vs simple past

I have some confusion about the doer in these sentences: (1) I should fix my PC. (2) I fixed my PC. (2) I should have my PC fixed. (3) I should have my homework done by tomorrow. so who is the ...