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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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Using words from the Dictionary

In the oxford dictionary, the definition of colonize is Send settlers to (a place) and establish political control over it. An example sentence with this definition is I think we should send ...
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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 does “direct” mean in context?

It's from "The Running Man" movie (1987) In the begining there are opening credits which contain the back story of the movie. By 2017 the world economy has collapsed. Food, natural resources and ...
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What are differences between the words 'attribute' 'property' 'quality'

Question: Meaningwise in terms of this sentence and maybe some examples of yours, where these words can be used interchangeably and when won't? Sentence: With this word we can describe some of ...
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What does “coming in the front” mean?

From the "Repo men" movie (2010). In the future humans have extended and improved our lives through highly sophisticated and expensive mechanical organs created by a company called "The Union". But ...
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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 does “help make believe” mean?

The phrase is from "Hacksaw Ridge" movie. It's about Desmond Doss who voluntarily enlisted in WWII but refused to carry a weapon because of his religious beliefs. Now the company's commander is ...
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What does “look what the wind blew in” mean?

From the movie Masterminds (2016) In the beggining the main character is saying about the story of his life. In 1997, I was a quiet middle-aged man knocking on 40. But then, then the wind blew ...
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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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What does “beyond” mean?

Sometimes it's really hard for me to understand what does a word of "beyond" mean. In the movie Arrival the character of Amy Addams says: I'm not so sure I believe in beginnings and endings. There ...
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A specific definition of the verb 'see'

In the following three sentences, the verb 'see' have been used with the same definition. A game that sees people playing dead. A stunt that sees people eating corn off a rotating drill. ...
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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 “Savior House” mean?

From Primal Fear (1996) Edward Norton's character is explaining how he ended up an altar boy: I was begging on the street, up on the Wacker Drive. Bishop Rushman came by in his Cadillac. He saw ...
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What does Victory Fund mean?

I've seen the phare "Victory Fund" several times. Like Hillary Victory Fund or The AAPI Victory Fund, but don't really understand that. What is the Victory? Did those funds accomplish some kind of ...
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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 does “you guessed an inch off” mean?

I don't know how to explain the context. Two people are speaking about the Budapest oil deal of 1931. Kurt to Teck: "You too wish to go back to Europe?" Teck: "Yes." Kurt: "But they do ...
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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 does nuance of “should” in this situation

I learn english and have difficult time to understand "should" nuance in english. In my language there is many ways to describe give suggestions and advice and nuance is all different,nice way or ...
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“one off payment” meaning [closed]

So I was talking with someone about some sponsorship which includes a starter package and it said that it would cost $50 and after said one off payment. So what does it mean? Like it will not be ...
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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 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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The story behind Offline / Online

Everybody is using those phrases but I've never asked that question. What is really behind the words Online and Offline? As an extension I'm also asking: Are those phrases still valid nowadays when ...
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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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What does “the higher time” mean?

A field-and-track man run 100 yards dash in 9.3 seconds, but the judge give him 9.4 seconds saying "We have to go with the higher time". What exactly does it mean?
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What does “run them off their feet” mean?

Two black guys go to Ohio State University in 1933. White dudes lock horns with them. One black guy asks another what are they supposed to do, if not kicking their ass. There is the answer: "You just ...
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What does “Fanny By Gaslight” mean?

Have anyone read a book of British writer Michael Sadleir "Fanny by Gaslight"? Or seen a movie of the same name? I Googled all about the title, but never met a clear explanation what does it mean. ...
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What does “offstage cyclone” mean?

The situation is this. A theatrical actress asks her producer to give her daughter a small part in one of the next shows. Here's the dialogue: Can't we find her a small part next season? If Nancy's ...
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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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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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What does “It's shared live” mean?

It's from "Green Room" movie. An interviewer asks members of an underground punk band about social media peresence and their music, so the bassist answers: "When you take it all virtual, you lose the ...
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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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What does “be running off of” mean? [duplicate]

I saw it in "Jurassic park" movie. Character of Sam Jackson says "Vehicle headlights are on and not responding. Those shouldn't be running off of car batteries".
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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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Correct meaning of 'astute' in the sentence given

I have never heard of or use the word 'astute', and I couldn't quite understand the correct meaning of it in the sentence below. I manage resources under my control with astute efficiency, and lead ...
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What is the definition of 'perverse whim' [closed]

What is the definition of 'perverse whim' I can't seem to find the definition of it in the internet. There is only the definition of perverse Perverse Pronunciation: /pəˈvəːs/ ADJECTIVE ...
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How did Regex get its name?

As a software developer, I have used Regex quite a few times, without thinking about the name too much. The abbreviation can be resolved to "regular expression", but what do those terms mean? "...
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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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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 does “lean into” mean in this context?

I am reading a story and there's a conversation between two young men and I was wondering what "lean into" means in this context. I supposed it meant something like "snuggling" in this context but ...
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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 is exactly “op-ed”?

Let me thank you in advance. I am writing a blog for my business purpose and hit upon a word "op-ed". From the article, The incident led University of Colorado ecology professor Marc Bekoff to ...
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What is this category of word called?

I am looking for a term that describes a specific category of words, as well as some other examples. For example, the category homonyms. Homonyms (also called homophones) are words that sound like ...
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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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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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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 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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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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The definition of the words “Word Up!” and “code word”

I like and liked this song for a long time since I heard when it was sung by Melanny B ( Spice girls ). However, I am afraid, what does the word "word up!" mean and its lyric says it's a "code word" ...