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Questions tagged [meaning]

This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer about what a word means. If the question is about the meaning of a word that can't be understood outside its phrase or sentence, the "meaning-in-context" tag should be also used; for the meaning of a phrase, use the "phrase-meaning" tag instead.

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Is this sentence structure correct?

Lift the device or system should the stunt person become misaligned during the fall. What does it mean? "fall" means the stunt action of falling. Does it mean that "Lift the device or system that ...
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What does “landing” mean in this context?

The manager shall assess the fall area for building infrastructure, (i.e., fire escapes, landings, access ladders) that could impede the fall path. What does "landings" mean in this context? It ...
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When to use “in the vicinity”, “in your vicinity” and “in the vicinity of”

When we say "in the vicinity" do we mean in the vicinity of the person who said it, or is it an implied location, which is more general? I am asking, because the idiom is "in the vicinity of something"...
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What does “transmissions” exactly mean?

There should be no wireless transmissions in the area where pyrotechnic devices are being used. What does "wireless transmissions" mean? What's confusing for me is that whether "transmissions" ...
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What does this sentence with “If … and upon …” mean?

If practical and upon a reasonable and timely request, the manager in charge may conduct a test firing of a firearm. What does the bold part mean? Does it mean "if the request is practical and ...
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Meaning of “suffrage by someone”

In the sentence Universal suffrage by the whole people of representatives and rulers of the state -- this is the last word of the Marxists as well as of the democratic school. can the word '...
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What does “man” (verb) exactly mean?

Fire suppression equipment must be manned. Does it mean that operators should be provided? The meaning for "man" is somewhat ambiguous for me. According to Cambridge dictionary, "man" (verb) means: ...
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What does “readily available” refer to in this sentence?

Vehicles transporting dangerous materials should have an inventory of the materials being transported readily available. What does "readily available" refer to in this sentence? Does it refer to "...
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What does “you should mention that” on this context?

I am watching and learning the Thor’s Ragnarok movie and in the beginning of the movie Thor: I thought my father killed you, half a million years ago? Surtur: I cannot die, not until I fulfil ...
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Can “placard” be used as a verb?

Vehicles should be properly placarded when required by Federal law. What does "placarded" mean? Does it mean that placard should be attached to vehicles?
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sentence meaning, who performs the action

He threatens the kid to finish the work. Who is performing the action "finish the work", He or the kid.
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Round brackets around a person's name

My grandson shows his mother’s current partner’s name in round brackets on a genealogy site. What does the bracketed name mean?
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have I well understood the sentence

As he turned out, much of the bill owed for the recordings went unpaid for more than 50 years. Does that sentence mean that now the bill has been cleared because of went (past simple): if it had ...
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What is the meaning of then in the given sentence?

In the sentence The first documented WNV case in Kerala was in Alappuzha in 2011, with the numbers then growing. What does then mean in this sentence? What I think is- Here then is used as an ...
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What does “stood on his head” mean in this context?

I am confused about the following sentence: Hegel was a german philosopher who Marx 'stood on his head' I can't seem to find a proper definition for this phrase. What does "stood on his head" mean ...
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I can't understand the meaning and grammar of an explanation

I can't understand the grammar and meaning of this phrase: a single worthy cause – spread too thinly What does it mean generally and what's the use of "-" in it. The complete paragraph is: ...
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What does “among other things” mean?

Signals to be used to, among other things, halt working in the event of lost communications or inability to utilize radios. In the sentence above, does "among other things" mean "along with other ...
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chosen such that the horizons lie within the history , what is that the?

In https://peerj.com/preprints/3190.pdf section 4.3 We use simulated historical forecasts (SHFs) by producing K forecasts at various cutoff points in the history, chosen such that the horizons ...
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Am I understanding these sentences correctly?

She has stayed at her uncle's house since she was ill. It is six years since I was in Seattle. For sentence 1, does it imply that after her illness was cured, she has stayed at her uncle's house?...
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Meaning of 'excess' in this sentence

Can you help me to understand meaning of 'excess'' in sentence below: The project may, in fact, be hopeless when it comes to the absolute birth and death of being as meaning – here we can only ...
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A variation to the phrase “hanging over my shoulders”

I couldn't find the exact definition of "hanging over someone's shoulders" online. I am not referring to the literal meaning, when, for example, you feel there is a ghost hanging over your shoulders. ...
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What does “complete” mean in this sentence?

Complete authentication using Face ID. It's a UI, and does it mean "please complete authentication ..." or "Authentication using Face ID is completed"?
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What is the meaning of “out back” in the following sentence?

What is the meaning of "out back" in the sentence, "Somebody quieted the dogs out back" ? Does it mean "Somebody made the dogs quiet. and somebody took the dogs out again" ?
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Why people say ‘a racehorse’ and ‘a racing car’?

A horse bred and trained for taking part in racing is termed a racehorse, while a car made for taking part in racing is called a racing car. Could anyone figure out any reason for this apparent ...
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Meaning of 'ends meet'

What is the meaning of ends meet in this context Hi, This email is to inform you that your application has been rejected. As the Test scores were not enough. However, we wish you all success ...
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What is the meaning of the repeated preposition “at"?

What is the meaning of the following sentence? I looked at a small alcove office with a roll top desk and a waiting room with mission leather chairs and three diplomas on the wall, at a ...
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What is the Student Life Office of Student Services?

Student activities at Central European University are organized directly by the students, by their academic departments or by the Student Life Office of Student Services.
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What does “tick” mean in this sentence?

Let me show you what makes life at this resort tick. It's an introductory video that shows the behind the scenes of a resort. All the definitions I found from dictionary.cambridge.org don't fit in ...
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Make money bundle

Let’s say that i have 200 pieces of a $100 bill . And i want to bring them together in bundle. Would it be correct to say : I need to turn bills into two bundles of 100 pieces each of a $100 bills ....
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What does it mean “One man with conviction is worth a hundred without”?

I new to the English language. I would be grateful if someone will help me to understand this sentences.
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How do we properly use the “more … than” phrase?

This politician greatly entertained us more by his lack of intelligence than his sense of humor. This politician badly entertained us more by his lack of intelligence than his sense of humor. ...
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Difference between “in” and “for”

I am brainstorming ideas for mathematics research. I am brainstorming ideas in mathematics. I am wondering what's the difference between "in" and "for" when used in the phrasal verbs "brainstorm ...
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Started in 1987 vs. Starting in 1987

I think both started and starting make sense. Which is preferred? Is there any subtle difference in meaning? Started in 1987, the festival exhibits more than 550 varieties of mangoes and provides a ...
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Present perfect and present simple meaningfully

What is the difference between these two sentences semantically? The class is finished. The class has finished.
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Can you use “inert” as a synonym of “dead”?

I looked up the word "inert", and the definition does not match the definition for "dead", not even the slightest, yet dead is listed as a synonym. What do you think? For example: The coffin of ...
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What does “in” mean in this context?

I feel sometimes "in" seems to be used in the same way as "during", but it's hard to know if that's exactly the case, because the complement is not an event per se. For example: Michael collapsed ...
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Can I say “what was the war a reaction to?”

If I mean to ask the main causes of something, so I want to know what something reacted to, can I say “what was the war a reaction to?”? It sounds pretty weird to me... I’d rather say “what did the ...
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Is there any difference between “post under” and “post with”?

I was wondering if both meant the same thing, and if there's any difference between the two, what they were, because as I see it, it's pretty much the same thing. Saying "post under my real name" ...
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Springs of action

Clockwork mechanisms were the most advanced technology in the seventeenth century. Hobbes believed that muscles and organs in the body were the equivalent of these: he frequently wrote about the ...
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What does “which” refer to in this context?

If a device is disabled from an account, then the information about that device will become unavailable to the member unless the device is enabled in the member’s account, which requires the ...
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What does 'make it into' mean?

I looked the expression up in a number of dictionary to no avail. What does 'it' refer to? Any game that involves more than one person involves socializing, whether it’s cooperating during a ...
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Understood subject

He realized the importance of changing organizations to accommodate individuals. In this sentence , what is the understood subject of the gerund-verb changing, is it unknown ? Secondly, what is the ...
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What does “tippy top” mean here?

And except for those at the tippy top, shareholder value isn’t a meaningful goal that excites and engages them. I searched online dictionaries but I didn't find a good definition for"tippy top" ...
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Doesn't “as” mean “like”?

I came across this sentence: The term "pit bull" does not designate a breed of dog, as do the terms "German shepherd" and "poodle". I simply translated "as do" into "like", which makes the ...
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How do we say “for no reason, for a random reason”?

I am not sure if there's an expression that means "for no reason, for a random reason", but I saw a couple of them and I am not sure if they mean exactly that. For instance, here's what I mean: He ...
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How to use “ available”

Place of available in sentence confused me . I wrote some sentences by using avaliable in different places. Are all sentences same meaning or changing place makes meaning diffrent ? I have ...
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Can the verb “dock” be used as a substitute for “fine”?

I read a clause in "The Hindu" which was: Institute docked for failing to detect cancer According to Merriam Webster dictionaries, "dock" means - to subject to a deduction as of wages But, can ...
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What does “believe in” and “independence” mean in this sentence?

Do you believe in your partner’s independence? (Context: It's about dating) I think it's somewhat odd to interpret literally. Does it mean "do you think that your partner can have his/her own space ...
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What does “it” refer to in this sentence?

I came across the following prompt: Enable location services You can allow this app to determine your location by enabling it in Settings. Does "it" refer to "determine your location" or "...
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Make something in size i want

I need to order some sticks of 5 meter in lenght to a factory. Would it be correct to : Sticks must be made in a lenght of 5 meter.