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Questions related to the use of technical language.

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What is the term for a safety feature that prevents operation in unsafe conditions?

I'm thinking about things like the switches in a rice cooker that won't let you turn them on without actually adding rice and water to the pot, or a handle bar on a lawn mower that turns the engine ...
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Word Request. Object with saddle shaped stress

I'm looking for a word to describe the type of hand-cuff straps used in, for example Avatar the film. They begin as a straight strip with a curve like a tape-measure, then when you "crack" them they ...
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Digits (location/position) vs. digits (glyph/symbol/value) on a display?

This is about (numerical) displays, eg. a "multiple-digit" display such as a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven-segment_display (LED or LCD) and the difference between a digit as a single-glyph ...
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A technical term for constrained motion resembling that of a snake

Imagine a point moving along a curve. This point is simply traversing the curve, I suppose. But now imagine a little "curve-segment" moving along the same curve, while conforming to the curve at all ...
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Term describing the smallest possible unit of data

I want to write something like: In cases where the smallest unit of data is available (e.g. houses, persons, vehicles), we can use more detailed models. So I am looking for something describing ...
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A more technical term for a “slicing” motion

I seek a word (verb, noun, adverb or adjective) that is suggestive of a particular type of constrained mechanical motion described below by way of example. It could be a flat planar sheet moving ...
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Is it appropriate to use “he/she” pronoun to avoid repetition of a noun “user” (or any other) in a sentence? [duplicate]

While writing technical requirements I frequently use the noun "User". When describing user's behavior I put the pronoun "he/she" in order not to repeat the word "user". Is it appropriate? Here is an ...
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Name for the phenomenon where only the top few priority levels are used

I work as a software developer, and we have a ticketing system. Tickets can have "priority levels", with labels like "Critical", "Highest", "High", "Medium", "Low" and similar. It is my experience ...
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Capitalizing lowercase names in technical writing (programming) [duplicate]

In a world of programming, there are number of tools which have purposefully lowercase names: like tmux or sed. When talking about this tools, how does capitalization work? Do I never capitalize ...
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Word for: A river than splits into two, later rejoining into one? (fluvial terminology)

A tributary is river or stream that flows into a larger river. A distributary a stream branching off a river. Is there a word that combines both structures, the idea of a river that splits in two ...
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A term used to watch how someone performs a task? [closed]

A term used to watch how someone performs a task ?
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Correct usage of “rated” and “specified”?

When writing about technical subjects, how do we use the adjectives rated and specified correctly? As an example, suppose I am writing about a rechargeable battery, and I would like to express that ...
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Is there a name for the areas on a web page where clicks do nothing?

Sometimes I just want to click on a web page to give focus to that browser tab, and it can be hard in some richly functional web pages to find a bit of "blank space" to click on, where clicking won't ...
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Terminating punctuation in table entries [closed]

I always get a little flustered by the question of how to punctuate the end of each of my table entries, where the table is part of a longer document primarily composed of traditional sentences but ...
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Can't remember the tech name of the opening scene of a game

For example, when you play the game deadmaze, the first thing that shows up is a window filled with the login boxes, along with a background painting and other stuff. Does that generally have a ...
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What's the alphabetical counterpart of the word “digit”? [closed]

Characters: Numbers = 0123456789 Letters = ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ Characters: Digits = 0123456789 _________ = ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ Characters: Numerical = 0123456789 Alphabetical = ...
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Umbrella term for word types

So, when we analyze language (spoken or written), we tend to classify words according to their syntactic roles or functions (right?): nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions, and so ...
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Origin of the culinary use of “fabricate”

I recently learned that the preferred term in the meat industry for breaking down an animal body into consumer cuts is "fabricate". This is at odds with the common use of the word, which is a synonym ...
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How do I write a variable as an ordinal number?

I'm charged with translating a technical document into English, and ran into a bit of an odd problem: the document refers to undefined numbers of elements, and uses letters to represent those numbers, ...
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Word which refers to a Position and Timestamp pair [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a term that refers to both a position and a timestamp associated with that position. "Position in time" is a common phrase. Are there more technical terms? A position and timestamp ...
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reverse / inverse bionics?

Bionics is the application of principles found in nature to design engineering systems. Which (new) term would be better if we wanted to borrow some principles from technology and apply them in ...
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Difference between “toric” and “toroidal”

WikiDiff says that As adjectives the difference between toroidal and toric is that toroidal is having the shape of a torus or toroid while toric is pertaining to or shaped like a torus, or a ...
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To measure quantitatively

I know that the expression "to measure something quantitatively" is commonly used, especially in contexts that refer to things that are not conventionally quantifiable. For example, when discussing ...
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Use of the word “petrol” as a solvent in British English?

In the clip below from YouTube, the narrator refers to the can of liquid solvent shown below as "petrol": However, this container looks like the type we use in America to store what is commonly known ...
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Deterministic Simple Subset of English

Is there a very restricted subset of English language that is more or less deterministic, captures most of the thoughts that can be expressed by humans and thus solves most of the communication issues ...
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What is the antonym of “veering” in the nautical sense?

I learned that in nautical English, as used in weather forecasts* transmitted by maritime radio services, if the wind is indicated veering, this has the meaning the direction where it comes from will ...
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Is it okay to say 'margin of survival'?

I read a sentence 'Most animals lived very close to the margin of survival.' And the writer wanted to say: 'Most animals lived in conditions that were hard to survive.' I wonder whether his ...
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“Cislunar” for arbitrary planetary systems?

It appears the term cislunar specifically refers to the space between Earth and the Moon's orbit. Is there a generic term to describe the space between any planet and the orbits of its natural ...
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Is “epidemiology” an appropriate word for the study of invasive species in an ecosystem?

I'm looking for a technical term to describe the study of infestations of invasive species. It seems that "epidemiology" is defined (by WHO) as the study of the distribution and determinants of ...
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Should I use 'meet' or 'meet with'? [closed]

I'm not sure whether I should use 'meet' or 'meet with': if a Python implementation meets our performance requirements, then... if a Python implementation meets with our performance ...
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Engineering term for the “coherence between drawings, products and BOM(Bill of materials)?”

As the title says, is there any engineering term meaning 'coherence(or consistency) between technical drawings, products and BOM(Bill of Materials)?' This concept is used in manufacturing to say that ...
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“at which…”, “which… at” and just “… at” in technical writing

I would like to describe a speedometer. Here are 3 ways I can phrase the sentence: The dial shows the speed at which the car is moving. The dial shows the speed which the car is moving at. ...
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What does 'against' mean in the phrase 'Execute against a MySQL database'?

I've encountered this strange and rather odd (to me) usage of the preposition 'against', which I quite can't grasp as of now. I've tried to look it up in several dictionaries to no avail.
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Is there a proper term for the 'arms' of a star?

I have the need to describe, in a technical document, the particular portion of a star here highlighted red (or any of the other like areas): For example: The width of each …? shall be eight units ...
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If I trim off the right-hand part of something, can it be said a right-hand trimming?

In a technical context (statistics; see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truncated_mean), we speak about truncating or trimming off (i.e., remove, discard, get rid of) some values from a list of values: ...
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Is there a technical term for a humorous word or phrase?

Is there a technical term for a humorous word or phrase? There are some humorous words or phrases in English. For example: "His ample girth" for "His big stomach" "Her brood" for "Her young ...
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The verbs meaning “taking money out of your bank card/adding money to your bank card”

As far as I understand, the technically correct terms for adding money to your account and taking money out of it are "credit" and "debit", respectively. Yet, I am not sure how to correctly use these ...
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Clear/reset unsuccessful attempts

What do you think about the phrases below: Clear unsuccessful attempts Reset unsuccessful attempts Honestly, I like neither of them, but I can't think of any short alternative. This phrase is used ...
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The grammar of user interface (technical writing)

I need to translate the interface of our software into English, but I'm not sure how to deal with grammar. Should some auxiliary verbs, articles be omitted for the sake of brevity like in the ...
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Word for when an auto insurance company does not have vehicle parts and instead provides some reward like discount in next year's insurance etc.?

Can you please tell me the technical term that refers to the situation when my car insurance company provides me some compensatory rewards e.g. discount in next year's insurance, cash amount etc. ...
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What do I call the horizontal part of a piece of equipment in a cleanroom on which tweezers are placed?

I'm translating a Russian document about a vial filling/stoppering/crimping line located in a cleanroom environment. Now and then the instruction says that the operator should "place tweezers" or "...
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Capitalized cumulative adjectives

In mathematical and scientific research, people like to take and give credit for discoveries by turning names into adjectives. This leads to sentences like "Suppose the extension is Galois with ...
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The trap door in a bar top the waitress uses

Many bar tops have a hinged section of bartop that can be lifted for entry and egress of servers to the back of the bar. Anyone know the name of this?
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Kernel vs. Core in technical usage

while "Kernel" vs. "core" clears up the meaning with regard to fruits/plants, I'm a bit confused as to the usage of these terms in IT. Are there certain rules, as to why the e.g. ...
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When to use “1” vs. “one” for technical writing?

I currently am in the middle of a discussion about the proper use for when to use the numeral "1" versus "one". There are two sides to this argument: 1) In technical writing, numerals should always ...
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Symbols for “YES” and “NO” in formal English writing

I'm writing a conference paper in English. My Japanese colleague told me that I should use "○" for YES and "x" for NO in my paper, but I think the right symbols should be "✓" for YES and "x" for NO. ...
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Is Simplified Technical English based on American English or British English?

Simplified Technical English was originally developed for use in aviation maintenance manuals, but has expanded beyond this use into a variety of technical fields. It is a "separate" controlled ...
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Parentheticals with “that is”

You are not a VIP, that is, a celebrity, but a small potato, that is, someone of no importance. "That is" requires a comma and the parentheticals too. However, I wonder if all these commas are ...
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What is this “sprocket” called?

I wonder what the "sprocket" in this image is called, since I cannot find anything like it when I searching for sprocket in an online shop like www.grainger.com or globalindustrial.com. Is there a ...
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Is it ungrammatical to start a description of the functionality of a mechanism with a bare infinitive?

In technical documentation (I am mainly referring to the documentation for the source code of a computer program), this pattern seems quite common: function MakeNFrobbers(int n): Construct a ...