Questions tagged [definition]

Definition is a statement of the exact meaning of a word or phrase, especially when given in a dictionary.

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Regarding a certain definition of the verb “lock up”

The Wiktionary defines the verb lock up in the second entry as: to invest in something long term. Does it mean: to invest in something that will become apparent later. or: to invest in ...
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“On-screen” usage as an adverb and/or prepositional phrase

I want to use the phrase "on-screen" correctly, so I have looked it up on online dictionaries and found it defined as an adverb or adjective but not a prepositional phrase which is a bit confusing ...
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What does this phrase “hit home” stand for in the context mentioned below?

I looked up the phrase "hit home" in the Oxford, Cambridge dictionary, and Webster online dictionaries but I didn't find anything that can help me to understand what this phrase "hit home" means in ...
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What kind of music has vocals but no words

There is a type of music that has vocals, but they don't actually sing words. An example is this: https://youtu.be/8Jc2j2cjoz4?t=10 Does anyone know what the name of this type of music this is?
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Explaining a definition of the pronoun

Could someone explain to me this part "used by itself" in the definition of a pronoun? Pronoun: a word that can function as a noun phrase used by itself and that refers either to the participants ...
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definitional clarity: the university of life

The following is taken from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. What does "the person gaining formal qualifications" stand in opposition to? Is the definition considered clear by the standards of ...
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What do you call for repeatedly making a statement even when the statement has been proved wrong

Let's consider a situation were two persons, person A and person B are arguing about something. Person A makes a statement as a point in his argument. Then person B proves person A's statement as ...
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What does “Implies each other” mean?

What does "Implies each other" or "Implying each other" mean? The context is from: "My body and I are not, therefore, mutually exclusive; rather, each implies the other."
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Meaning of “to lay off of someone”

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, one of the meanings of "to lay off" is : to lay off : to leave undisturbed. How would this definition fit within the context "to lay off of him" for ...
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In Haruki Murakami's “Barn Burning”, I don't understand a quote involving the phrase “a priori” which I also only barely understand

Here's the quote: “I was married, but that didn’t matter, either. She seemed to consider things like age and income and family to be of the same a priori order as shoe size and vocal pitch and ...
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How to express the goals of a project?

Let's say I am a project manager and I would like to state the goals/outputs of my project. I defined 3 project outputs 1), 2) and 3). How can I say that? I had the idea to do it like that, is it ...
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confusing term - “pulling a request”

To pull by the most common definition means (by Merriam-Webster) to exert force upon so as to cause motion toward the force so it is understandable (to me) that to pull a show/license indicates ...
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What is it called if a thing have different descriptions of the same phenomena?

Does anyone know what it is called when a thing have different descriptions of the same phenomena? Some would say it would be called "paradoxical", but that would be if a thing had opposite ...
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Preceding means before the step I am on?

I have a question about the term preceding. When the term is used in a sentence like the follow: turn off light only when the preceding light is on. Does the preceding mean if the light before the ...
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difference between “work alongside you” and “work alongside with you”

Is there a difference between work alongside you vs work alongside with you The definition of "alongside" indicates with is not needed. definition next to in company with But it'...
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Can we use “retrospectively” for an event in the future?

For the following scenarios, can we use "retrospectively" or do we have to use "afterwards" and its synonyms. Example Let's agree to the plan for now and figure out the details ...
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Does the phrasal verb “stare down” imply that you are trying to intimidate?

Does it? What should you say if you just want to say you're staring without looking away without wanting to intimidate the person you are staring? I found the following definition and I thought it ...
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“Across the board” from an Economics lecture

You are listening to an economics lecture. The lecture is, You don' need to be a statistician to realize that economic growth in the past 20 years hasn't lifted everyone's boat equally. The good ...
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Paraphase of “the power to conjure reality through writing”

It was like an enactment of the world inhabited by the protagonist of Moshfegh’s forthcoming novel, “My Year of Rest and Relaxation,” who works at a gallery in Chelsea, amid objects like a quarter-...
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are “header” and “heading” interchangable in the context of “information at the top of something”?

In the following contexts, are header and heading interchangable or is one preferred/correct over the other ? the top of a column in an Excel spreadsheet the top of an email message (To: CC: BC:) the ...
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What are the connotations of the word “pedantry”?

This is a request of help for the connotations of a word If native speakers hear the word, pedantry, does it assume an air of showy, academically pompous, impudent impression to them? Would this ...
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What is the word for a kid's bedroom?

I want to know a word for a kid's bedroom just like a women's bedroom is called a boudoir.
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What do we call “a person who blames others for things they didn't do”?

What do we call "a person who blames others for things they didn't do"? I searched on the web, and found the word "blamer". I know what it means, and I don't find it fits the definition I wrote. ...
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The meaning of straight jacket [closed]

As I neared my house, the memory of the previous night at the shop came flooding back to the forefront of my mind. Did I really see Olivia in my mom’s shop? How was that possible? I ...
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The meaning of “if I could get past the crusty edges”

What is the meaning of "if I could get past the crusty edges" in this context: There on the counter sat a scrumptious-looking pan of freshly baked brownies. Well, they looked good if you could get ...
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The definition of “group rate”

Although I understand what group rate means, I am not sure I understand Merriam Webster's definition which says: a uniform rate charged to or from any one of a group or block of points within a ...
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How to interpret “with _of_ before the thing communicated”?

I noticed that in business English, "please advise" is often used as a fixed phrase in context where it basically means "please respond". I looked at Wiktionary and found this among the definitions: ...
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What's the meaning of “appeal to” in this context?

Part 1 is mainly phatic: contact is established by offering information and producing a positive impression on the reader, using mainly nonverbal means which appeal to the cliché of a prototypical ...
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What is “the nativist camp”?

The second was the split between the free market, Liberal brexiteers, who envisaged Britain as open to the world, and the nativist camp led by Nigel Farage. Could you please explain it to me as I can'...
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Is not being able to lick your elbow a “disability”?

I've been thinking this for quite a long time now, and while I know it doesn't make outright sense, but please take a minute to digest this question. Consider the definitions for "disability" given ...
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What is the word, if any, for the missing liquid in an unopened bottle?

I have a question: Is there a word for the missing liquid in an unopened bottle? If any of you can recall, bottles that contain liquid are not usually filled to the top; they have an area that isn't ...
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How would you call someone who is a party pooper who doesn’t want to do anything

For instance, someone goes to a hotel as a gateway and enjoy but they rather go to the store instead of eating a breakfast in the hotel because is too expensive and the other one gets dissapointed or ...
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How would you call this movement

When a person is trying to walk in a straight line such as a drunk person, someone walking the slack rope or someone learning to ride a bike/motorcycle they tent to loose balance and move right and ...
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Question about “Royal Court”

Someone asked me whether the term "royal court" could also mean the king's dukes, viscounts, barons, counts, earls, etc. I know it contains his retinue, i.e. his advisors, servants, ministers, but ...
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meaning of contour (verb)

In restoration ecology, we see statements like, Roads will be re-contoured, ripped, or seeded if there is evidence of excessive erosion. What is the meaning of contour here? I looked up some ...
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How can I use just--only, just--justice, just--recently

Just--only is adjective. Just--justice is adjective. Just--recently is adverb. How can I know what is justice or only? Below, I refer to only, but someone told me this is justice. You are anti ...
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What is a “ratchet drum”?

From here: Chopped string samples and ratchet drums push this remix right to the dance floor. A "ratchet drum key" is a tool used on certain drums. But I don't know what a "ratchet drum" is/looks ...
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Stay on the safe side of the fence

From the movie "Devil's Doorway" (1950) During the movie, the Indian called Lance and his family and friends try to keep his land, but the homestead law gives other people right to his land, so they ...
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“Let's call such terms for properties” or “Let's call such terms properties”

I have run into some doubt in the exact wording when formulating definitions in English sentences. Which of these sentences are correct? Let's call such terms for properties Let's call such ...
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Is this quote correct? Can one live in enjoyment or be heartful?

I just came across this quote; Your heart is the only one that can show you how to live in fulfillment and enjoyment. It's time to become heartful. Is it even possible to 'live in enjoyment'? Or ...
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When to use combinate vs when to use combination?

I recently came across This method combinates both previous methods. Which seems to be the same as combines. I've never come across combinate before but this is apparently the definition. Noun ...
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What does “to handle fruit” mean?

From the movie Union Depot (1932) A woman tries to pick some fruits at a stand, but she buys nothing saying I should think you might handle fresh fruit once in a while. The store clerk replies ...
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What does it mean to “parade wind its way through …(a location)”? [closed]

What does it mean to "parade wind its way through ...(a location)"? Also, What is another usage for "to wind its way through" in general?
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Definition of nevertheless

At a few sites such as http://sana.aalto.fi/awe/cohesion/signposts/contrast/sentence/nevertheless.html I found the following definition of nevertheless: Both "nevertheless" and "nonetheless" ...
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What does “get someone off the board” mean?

From the movie Logan (2017) A mutant hunter tortures a mutant called Calliban who can track another mutant Laura. The hunter says She's not a natural like you. She's a business mistake, a R&D ...
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What is the difference between these definitions?

I have found three definitions which could be defined as killer of animals or dealing with killing of animals, but I don't get the point of difference between them slaughter - killing (animals) for ...
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What is the exact definition of “ethical” in phrases like “ethical clothes”?

I come across phrases like "ethical clothes" and "ethical fashion" quite often, but I'm not entirely clear on their definition, particularly the word "ethical" in the above contexts. Does it imply "...
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What does “to get in the clear” mean?

From the movie Sniper (1993) A sniper and his spotter need to take a bad guy out at his hacienda. The sniper explains the situation to the spotter: Most logical position would be to take our ...
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What does “a nickel” mean?

From the Dark Knight movie (2008): A criminal called Joker comes to the Mob Bosses he's stolen from earlier. They're obviously mad at him and he adds more fuel to the fire saying that they're gonna ...
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What does “feed store” mean?

From the movie Misery (1990): What do you think I say when I go to the feed store in town? "Now, Wally, give me a bag of that F-ing pig feed and 10 pounds of that bitchly cow corn"? From the ...