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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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Usage of “in part”

The usage of "in part" seems very peculiar to me. It is used in the middle of phrases. These usage quite confused me. For example: 1- The levels of blood glucose depend "in part" on what you eat ...
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Let the backlash begin

I found some articles with the title “Let the Backlash Begin!” and I cannot understand the meaning of the phrase. Could someone explain it?
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Is there any difference in meaning in "Among people, there is understanding & 2.There is understanding among them?

Among people, there is understanding. There is understanding among them. Are they two correct sentences? Is there any difference in meaning? 3.Whether there is understanding among them would ...
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What does “cold-linking” mean?

A scene in the movie The Departed: Billy (to Trooper Brown, with a gun to Colin's head): Look, he's Costello's rat, all right? I got boxes of tapes! Evidence! Other documents proving it! ...
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Using outside at the beginning of a sentence

I saw the first sentence in a movie. Can I use "outside of" too at the beginning of a sentence? Outside being able to see them and hear them, the heptapods leave absolutely no footprint. ...
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“being” usage as relative clause

I'm dwelled on usage(s) of being in the following sentence. Even with the model of memory being just physical memory, several options are possible. Can it be written alternatively as the ...
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Is there any difference in meaning in "a way that highlights their relationship; a way highlighting their relationship?

Charts present numerical data in a way that highlights their relationship. Charts present numerical data in a way highlighting their relationship. In the two sentences above, Is there any difference ...
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Conceptual difference between “Trash Can” and “Recycle Bin”

Is there a conceptual difference between a trash can and a recycle bin in English (such as the recycle bin being for things that shall or can be recycled while a trash can is only for pure garbage)?
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Using adverbs or adjectives before “present participle adjectives”

I am not sure about the difference between using "ly-formed adverbs" and using "sole adjectives" before "present participle adjectives". I think in the first sentence "relentless" qualify "beating ...
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What is the meaning of ‘in ten years’?

Our house is being decorated next summer for the first time in ten years. What is the meaning of ‘in ten years’?
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What is the meaning of “who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe”?

What is the meaning of "who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe" in the following sentences, The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all ...
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Difference in meaning between “Into the house leap the children” and "The children leap into the house

What is the difference in meaning between "Into the house leap the children" and "The children leap into the house" ? I have learned that "Into the house leap the children" mean "The children leap ...
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Does “text” mean “to write”?

I often text or blog about experiences I have with these products. In the example above, it seems that "text" is used as "to write an article". But according to various dictionaries, the verb "text" ...
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What are the implications of “suffocating air”

Suffocating is defined as "the quality of impairing the breathing", but what is it about suffocating air that makes it hard to breathe? Is it the humidity? What would you replace suffocating with to ...
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Does “shape” also mean “assemble”?

I prefer the retailers that help shape the products/services I buy. I couldn't find the exact definition that "shape" can be interpreted as "assemble". In the example above, what does "shape" mean? ...
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Does “a” change meaning of phrase?

I wrote two phrase below. Are the meanings of these same or different because of “a”. He made a ten dollars short payment. He made ten dollars short payment.
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What is the meaning of “to Max's Donnie”?

In the movie Game Night (2018), Ryan says about Max's brother, Brooks: Ryan: He's like the Mark Wahlberg to Max's Donnie. Annie (says to Max): Well...Which is a huge compliment because Donnie ...
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What does “trade studies” mean?

Middle School High School Trade Studies College Graduate Post Graduate In terms of level of education, what does "trade studies" mean?
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Are “flaps under the wind” and “flaps in the wind” both correct?

I am not sure, but I think they broadly mean the same thing. However, I don't see a lot of entries on Google for "flaps under the wind" as in "the flag flapped under the wind". Are both grammatically ...
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Is “reveal himself as” and “reveal that he's” the same thing?

I am wondering if these two are synonymous in most cases. I am also not 100% sure that "reveal himself as" means about the same thing as "reveal that he's", but I think they are. They should mean the ...
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Does this sentence mean that the center is white?

There is a subsquare centered at the center of square and all it's four vertices are white. I'm not sure if this is supposed to mean that the center of the subsquare is also white. Am I wrong?
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What does “the case for” mean

Dr. Robert Zubrin, president of the Mars Society in the USA, has written several books on space science. One of these is entitled The Case for Mars on the exploration of this planet and soon another ...
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What does “moonbeam” mean in this sentence?

Since the outset of last season, Curry has cut down on his circus shots, in part to ingratiate Durant. But the Warriors and their fans feed off those 30-foot moonbeams, low percentage for anybody but ...
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What is the meaning of “away from this inclement air” in the following sentence?

What is the meaning of "away from this inclement air" in the following sentence, The state of her health is such that a return to her parents' house seems prudent, away from this inclement air. ...
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What is the meaning of “all the news that's fit to print”?

The heroic image of journalist selflessly gathering "all the news that's fit to print" and publishing it "without fear or favour" is itself a heavy idealisation. I know it is a newspaper motto, ...
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What does 'turn to' mean in the end of the sentence?

What does 'turn to' mean in the end of sentence? She had lost the protection of Calvin's hand. Charles was nowhere, either to save or to turn to. She was alone in afragment of nothingness. A ...
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What does 'dimmed the stars for a great arc' mean?

What does 'dimmed the stars for a great arc' mean. The moon was halfway up and dimmed the stars for a great arc. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
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'make of someone', 'demanded of someone' cause difficulties

Could you explain logical conjectures for preposition 'of' in highlighted words. Why not 'make with Calvin' and 'demanded her mother'? I would like to here not just translations, but explanations to ...
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Should vs Will?

What is the difference, if any, between the following: the building materials should be stored on pallets the building materials will be stored on pallets
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While I do or while I'm doing (future meaning)

Please which of the following sentences is correct? "While I study there, I'll look for a job" or "While I'm studying there, I'll look for a job" I think the second is correct because it has a ...
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The meaning of “one-off” in this sentence

To the extent that contemporary worries about "fake news" are genuine and identify a novel phenomenon, they cannot simply be about sloppy reporting, one-off falsehoods, or even maliciously planted ...
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Back to a student VS back to become a student?

I want to know which one is correct way to describe, I hadn't been studying for a long time. But i am back to school and try to take some course. How do I explain that? Thank to Jason reminded, I ...
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What are the differences between “at war with” and “at war against”

Can both "at war with" and "at war against" mean the same thing. In my opinion, both can mean the same thing, but can also mean the opposite, would you agree with this, and why? For example: They ...
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consider somebody/something + adj. | consider somebody/something (to be) something

Is there a difference between these two forms ? 1- A dog is considered old if it lives seven years. 2- A dog is considered to be old if it lives seven years.
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What does “fit” mean in this sentence?

The swimsuit top featured a knotted front design while the bottoms were designed with a high-waisted fit. (source) I thought it meant "a matching piece" but can't be sure because it appears to have ...
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The word 'lavra'

Where can I find a dictionary which contains an article on the word lavra? What does the word mean and is it really used?
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What does “get through their brains” mean?

I can't seem to get through their thick brains. Get through someone means: to succeed in talking to someone on the phone, but what does "get through their brain" means? Is it an idiom derived from ...
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What does “swept off their feet” mean?

Potential hazards of hurricanes: Storm surges Possibility of persons being swept off their feet Drowning (https://www.sagaftra.org/files/safety_bulletins_amptp_part_3_9_3.pdf) There is a ...
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meaning of “partially includes”

What does X partially includes Y. mean? X includes parts of Y, but not all of it. X includes all of Y, and even more. Depending on the context, either could be possible.
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The handicapped VS Disabled!

Would it be offensive to say "The Ormerod School educates handicapped children from South"? Should I use "Disabled children" instead?
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Foremost fighting fell

What is the meaning of the following sentence----- He rushed into the field, and foremost fighting fell. Does the bold part follow any grammar rule?
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What does “as specified” mean?

It may be unlawful for any driver to operate a vehicle without wearing the proper seat belt while it is being operated on a public highway or road as specified in the applicable vehicle Code. ...
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Could anybody explain the sentence in simple words?

When these proposals are considered out of context both interpretations are tenable and find parallels in Indo-Parthian coinage. - Mitchiner, Michael. Indo-greek and indo-scythian coinage (vol ...
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Can “that he is” be omitted?

James knows is betrayed In the example above, it seems "that he is" is omitted. Does this sentence mean "James knows that he is betrayed"?
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What does “doing X on the go” mean?

What does "doing X on the go" mean? Example: Use your phone camera to turn anything into a PDF on the go. What I have read so far: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/on_the_go lists 2 meanings for "...
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I took all the water in my mouth; is this ambiguous?

I took all the water in my mouth. Which thing below does this sentence mean? "I filled and kept the water in my mouth." "I swallowed the water down." It can be either depends on the context.
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Meaning of for in the following context

It is highly creditable for him to have risen to eminence from poverty and obscurity. What is the meaning of for in this context. Is the sentence idiomatic?
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Regarding a word “Eyeballs” in a news

I found an article in my country about Youtube's inappropriate method to make money, and the narrator "seems to be" saying ( Excuse me if I heard incorrectly and in case if you can not listen to ( due ...
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“What is the probability both houses will be completed after 7 weeks?” meaning

When the question asks if the houses will be completed "after 7 weeks", someone says; it isn't asking if it will take greater than 7 weeks to complete the houses. "After 7 weeks" means "as soon as ...
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What does “threshold” means in context?

From old "Treasure Island". Captain in grog-shop, just got cup of rum and says: "Oh, I see what you’re at — there"; and he threw down three or four gold pieces on the threshold. 1) What does "I ...