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

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Does a code snippet compile? Or does it get compiled?

I was completely surprised that the following snippet compiled and worked in both Visual Studio 2008 and G++ 4.4. The following code does not compile: By coding rigidly to the spec, you can ...
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What does the slang word “hammered” actually mean?

I have recently posted a question in English Language and Usage the use of nailed, screwed, and hammered in one sentence. And I used this sentence for correction: Can someone be so screwed ...
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What does “to pump a shotgun” mean?

Is it "to reload" or "to shoot"? I figured out that "to pump bullets" means "to shoot", but I don't know if there isn't a difference with shotgun.
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Single word request for rings formation on water

While throwing stones in water, we will see lots of small rings formed. Can anyone say single word for the rings formation?.
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A word describes a place where people from different nations live

I want to know if there is a word that has similar meaning to "community", "society", "country" or any word describes a group of people. but the special thing in this group or this place is that there ...
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Does “an oil painting” have some slang meaning?

From "The Running Man" (1987) The TV Show has a big success and the producer says to his team. Listen up, everybody. I want you to all to consider yourselves picked up for the rest of the season,...
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What is the difference between a letter and a character?

Can anyone tell me the difference between a letter and a character in the English language ? What I found so far: letter is the basic unit of alphabet and character is a symbol. Is there any ...
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before we get to yuppie — why no article in front of “yuppie”?

Source: short audio clip Transcript: So, what is a yuppie? Well, actually before we get to yuppie, we need to go back in time. Let's go back all the way to the 1940s. Now, a couple months ago, in ...
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What does “ellipses in thought” mean?

From Primal Fear (1996) A psychiater discovers that her patient suffers from the dissociated personality. She describes: I kept seeing the signs. The big ones. Abusive background, these repeated ...
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What does “teleport anywhere in the world” mean?

The definition says: To transport by teleportation. But what's not clear is if "teleport anywhere in the world" means "teleport from anywhere" or "teleport to anywhere" or "teleport to anywhere ...
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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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Grammar of “meaning” in “Cats are carnivores, meaning they hunt prey.”

I don't understand the grammar of "meaning" in this example sentence: Cats are carnivores, meaning they hunt prey. That are two independent clauses, right? And obviously the "meaning" combines ...
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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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The use of the word “problematic” in a sentence

There are a couple of words one can use to refer to someone with a hearing problem, such as "deaf", "hearing-impaired" or "hard of hearing". I was wondering if we could use the word "problematic" to ...
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What is meant by disturbing in this context

My girlfriend and I do not agree on the meaning of the following: "It's disturbing" I say that it could mean two things: it is interrupting it is unsettling But she thinks it can only mean It is ...
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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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A name for a finger gesture (not “the bird”, “thumbs up”, or V-gesture)

In Russian, this gesture is called "фига" (pronounced figga). It hardly has any sexual connotation (like showing a middle finger, "the bird") and basically means that the one the gesture is being ...
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Usage of venture

Venture is defined as a risky undertaking. But in the following sentence: "Lin averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists in 35 games (25 starts) for the Knicks last season. His aim is to improve his ...
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What does “get shallow” mean?

From movie London (2005) A going-away party. A girl named London is gonna leave from the town. A lot of people are at the party. One of the girls says to London. Girl: Hey, girl, I'm out of ...
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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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Definition of an image with the word on it, basically explaining its' meaning

I remember there was a word for an image with the word on it, explaining itself.. I can't remember what it's called an it's really bugging me! Something like:
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If a legatee receives a legacy, what is the legacy giver called? Maybe legateer?

I'm looking for a word to describe a person who leaves a legacy. It would be nice to call someone or a group of people that word. Similar to how being a maverick is someone who's different from the ...
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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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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 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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what is the meaning of “object to rows” [closed]

I object to rows because my nerves are shaken, As far as I know, "row" means "a straight line or something similar to that" but I guess that definition doesn't fit into the category in this case.
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What is the definition of “a fierce competitor”?

I have a question about this sentence. "I’m a fierce competitor." I've got a rough idea of "a fierce competitor". However, I don't understand it is used as good meaning, like "passionate competitor"...
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What is it called when a star or candle changes its intensity at random?

Is there a word given to the phenomenon that occurs when the intensity of a candle or star fluctuates at random?
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Is “laughable” a noun or adjective?

My English professor corrected me when I wrote the following sentence: "What's so laughable?". Obviously I wanted to convey that something seemed laughable and I wanted to know what, but he answered ...
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What could “messy candy” mean?

A grandmother is going to a store and making a list of what to buy. She's discussing the list with her friend. Candy. I'll buy messy candy. That's what my grandchildren would like. Messy candy. If ...
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What is the difference between a “book” and a “tome”?

Can anybody tell me if there is a difference in meaning and/or usage of "a book" vs "a tome"? So far, I found on the internet that: a book is a general, versatile term a tome is an unusually thick ...
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Someone who constantly learns?

I'm just trying to find a word that describes someone who's always in the process of learning. I'm talking more about a way of living than about someone like an apprentice etc. though.
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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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What does “barely” imply when used with a quantity?

I was recommended to post this question here, instead of on English Language & Usage. In summary, I understand "barely" to mean "equal to, or more than, but not less than" when used with a ...
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Which definition is this word in this sentence?

I was reading a book and I saw the word "stains" in a sentence. Here is the sentence: Out of the shed came a long, low, yellow-and-brown animal. There were red, wet stains around its mouth and ...
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Science(s): natural sciences only?

What do the terms "science" and "the sciences" refer to: the natural sciences (physics, biology, ...) only or also all scholarly disciplines in general (including, e.g. psychology ...
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What is meant by “being at the centre of all the action”?

In the context of travelling a city, what does this sentence mean: Being at the centre of all the action It goes something like "If you stay in a hotel near the Eiffel Tower, you will be at the ...
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What does “do/start the circuit” mean in filmmaking?

Could you be so kind and explain the meaning of "doing of circuit"? Action goes in Hollywood. As far as I understand it is something actors do after movie is made, but have no idea what it is... :( ...
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Definition of “ Wan't ” [closed]

I was having fun in another stackexchange when I found this sentence : I wan't a plausible explanation why farmers can't out-compete the hunter gatherers. Context is here : https://worldbuilding....
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What does “desert island band” mean?

What does "desert island band" mean? I've seen a lot of mentions of this term, but I've never found exact definition. They call a lot of bands that term. Black Sabbath, Misfits, Dare to Defy.
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What does “dust actor” mean?

From movie Hail, Caesar!. Josh Brolin's character says it about an actor who's dumb and who can't play in serious drama. "Hobie Doyle? He's a dust actor! He hardly knows how to talk!" The ...
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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 differences between relationship and connection?

What are the differences between the words 'relationship' and 'connection?' This is what I found in a dictionary: "A connection is a relationship between two things, people, or groups." Then, are ...
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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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What does “the one I did her to” mean?

M1: What was the name of your second to last song? M2: Toxic Evolution. M1: It's f***ing hard, man. That's the one I did her to. M1 said the last line about a girl he killed. Not sure about this ...
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Is “disproportionate” word correct in this context or should I use other?

Imagine the next situation, I am talking with a friend about this article: Haiti: photojournalist shot in face as senator opens fire outside parliament ...: Friend: Ehh, Did you read this one? ...
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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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Should I say “to another” or “to another one”?

What's the difference between these two expressions? For example, I want to say you can also assign a job to another you can also assign a job to another one
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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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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 ...