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Meaning of 'Although the meaning of the word "continuous" seems intuitively clear…'

In my math book there is a sentence as, Although the meaning of the word "continuous" seems intuitively clear to most people, it is not obvious how a good definition of this idea should be ...
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Difference in meaning of words

What is the difference between the meaning of the word 'idea' and meaning of the word 'description' and can an "idea" be "described"?
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meaning of "has been on"

In the following example: Scott has been on holiday. He had a terrible time. I always thought that "Scott has been on holiday" would mean "He is still on it". But past simple, in ...
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"can optionally be" vs. "can be optionally"

"can optionally be" and "can be optionally" - is there any difference in their meaning or tone? This might look as I haven't tried to find the answer myself, but Google doesn't ...
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What is the meaning of phrase " ever up"?

And then disappears ever up. What is the meaning of phrase "ever up"? From Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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What does "to make determinations on something" mean in the following?

I have grabbed the following text from a book learning Programming Languages: OK, so what approach should you take within your application to make determinations on configuration based on the ...
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Meaning of ineternal?

I read this sentence: "By what acts can I escape a sorrowful lot in this unstable ineternal Samsâra, which is full of misery?" This is from Jaina Sutras, which was translated in 1895. By ...
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Should I use "referent" or "referrer" or "referee"

I work on an app, where every user have a unique code, and another person can use that unique code for discounts. Is the person applying the code (of another person) referent? Or is the owner of code ...
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"On the open down"?

I fail to comprehend the part in bold. The Invisible Man, Wells: He vanished behind a laburnum, and appeared again clambering a fence that abutted on the open down.
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What does the phrase 'a high diversion shot' mean?

Context: Cops are trying to get a view on an offender, there is a sniper out there trying to see the offender that is inside the high rise building. A: Hailey (the sniper), I need you to get set for ...
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What does "sweat and exhaust" mean in this context?

I suppose exhaust is "exhaust gas", but what is "sweat"? Cars are neither sweating nor worrying. What is meant by that? Ben and I hit traffic. The stop and go of the freeway was ...
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What does "would like to have + v3" mean?

I would like to have them removed but the process is a little confusing. I would like to have it deleted, but do not know the procedure. I would like to have saved it, obviously, but the game was on ...
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Does using "there" a second time matter?

I'm going to the hospital tomorrow. Usually, there are more people waiting to see the doctor than you can count, so I'll be late. I'm going to the hospital tomorrow. Usually, there are more people ...
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Meaning of "it always gets me!"

In an advertisement on YouTube, that have made no sense to me at first. I have a little understood what they are saying since the second time. Then I have met with some weird speech. That is, a man ...
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The meaning of "I was trying for the commission."

‘Do you think I’d keep on with this sewage job if it wasn’t for the pension?’ Loftie asked. He had followed research the more keenly since, at twenty-two, he had wrecked his own happiness. ‘Be free, ...
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Work when you work only in even or odd months

How do English people call the kind of work when you work the first month then you stay home for the second month then you work the third month then you stay home the fourth month and so on? I thought ...
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Sounds nice/fine is the same as saying sounds good/great? [closed]

I'm in doubt if 'sounds nice/fine' it has the same meaning: 'used for telling someone that their idea or suggestion seems like a good one.' I know 'sounds good/great' it has. Examples: That sounds ...
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What is the meaning of "dropped" in the following sentence? [closed]

What is the meaning of "dropped" in the following sentence? They dropped a report on the scheme. they claim the 4 masterminds atop the weapons network are Mr. A, Mr. B, Mr. C, and Mr. D. ...
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What is the function of the sentence: "To make money" in response to a question like "Why do people work jobs"?

What purpose do statements that start with the beginning word "to" yield in answer to questions such as the one stated above?
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What does "it" in "it go" refer to?

In Batman (2022), Riddle says to Batman: Riddle: Do you know what being an orphan is? It's 30 kids to a room. Twelve years old and already a drophead, numbing the pain. You wake up screaming with ...
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Meaning of the phrase 'the way the meaning of things'

I am studying Math Logic. The author of the book starts with an explanation of a word that linguists refer to as 'indexicality'. He gave the explanation to this as This means the way the meaning of ...
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What does "basic upstanding citizen types" mean?

In Batman (2022), Batman asks Selina about club: Batman: Is that where you work? Selina: No, I just work the bar upstairs. But I see 'em come in. Batman: Who? Selina: A lot of guys that shouldn't be ...
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What does "These nights all roll together in a rush behind the mask" mean?

Batman: The city's eating itself. Maybe it's beyond saving. But I have to try. Push myself. These nights all roll together in a rush behind the mask. Sometimes in the morning, I have to force myself ...
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In the sentence "What are the benefits of earning money?" what part of speech is the word "earning"?

In the sentence: What are the benefits of earning money? What part of speech is the word "earning"? And what function does it serve to the word "money" after that?
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Difference between flat and apartment

Could you please differentiate between flat and apartment. I am a bit confused about using them.
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Is "relax a little" negated?

I'd like to know what this structure really means. It's confusing. But anyway, I'm inclined to meaning 2. S: We should not let our work take over our lives and relax a little. Meaning 1: We should not ...
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What'a the difference between "wouldn't" vs "didn't" in the past [closed]

The shop wouldn't give me a refund even though my mobile is obviously broken. My parents wouldn’t lend me any money so couldn't go out. I watched a video and found these sentences. What would it ...
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What does 'set melted sugar' mean?

Oxford dictionaries (at least the lexico.com version of them) have several definitions containing 'set melted sugar' in them: https://www.lexico.com/definition/brittle A brittle sweet made from nuts ...
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What does "assumed slights" mean in this passage?

Activities in bedchambers in Europe, hushed mutterings in palace corridors in its capital cities concerning potential brides or assumed slights by flighty rulers who were quick to have their egos ...
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If your curtains have elaborate box pleats [closed]

What is the meaning of "box" in "If your curtains have elaborate box pleats or embroidered raised stitching, you may consider hand-washing or dry cleaning to protect the intricacy."...
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What's the meaning of 'in an essential way'?

I thought it meant something like 'necessarily', but there are plenty of other contexts where it has a different meaning, e.g. 'basically'. What does it mean?
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told me about the way

a. He told me how he was arrested. b. He told me about how he was arrested. c. He told me the way he was arrested. d.He told me about the way he was arrested. I know (a) could have two meanings. It ...
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Meaning of "you should have to..."

This is an extract from an online book: Now that you have Git on your system, you’ll want to do a few things to customize your Git environment. You should have to do these things only once on any ...
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Does "on a diet" mean cut down meat? [closed]

What does "on a diet" mean? Does "on a diet" only mean to lose weight, or just eating a special kind of food (like eating a lot of meat or just eat vegetables)?
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What does "Warmer" mean in this conversation?

This is a conversation from "RWBY" volume 6: A: I wouldn't exactly call us "friends". B: Acquaintances? A: Not quite. B: Colleagues? A: Warmer. B: Enemies? A: That's the one. Does &...
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What does "elements (of)" mean in this paragraph?

When the teaching and testing implications of No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 finally reached the classroom, there was a flurry of student resistance. Fifty-eight students at Danvers High School in ...
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What is meant by the term "program" which appears in the sentence of stage production

We plan to use photographs of our performers in full costume for the posters and programs. This quote is from sentences of the certain stage production. What "program" does it be meant? I ...
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What is the meaning of word "of" or "more of "?

You know, Ron says he thinks I see more of my secretary, Ethel, (she indicates off) than him. What is the meaning of word "of" or "more of "? from book "Harry Potter and the ...
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'when you travel to Boston'

a. Tell me when you travel to Boston. b. Tell me when you are travelling to Boston. c. Tell me when you are going to travel to Boston. d. Tell me when you will travel to Boston. I am assuming that the ...
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"I bleed silver and ocean lime." [closed]

Yeah! Nobody loves the 'Zooks more than Klaus! I bleed silver and ocean lime. Klaus, you're not coming Hi, not a native english languager here. Could anyone please tell me, what does the line in bold ...
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The meaning of "I stripped to him"

“I’m willin’,” I sez; “ but my shtripes are none so ould that I can afford to lose thim. Tell me now, who do I go out wid?” sez I. He was a quick man an’ a just, an’ saw fwhat I wud be afther. “Wid ...
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What does this suggest? "…caused by increased afterload and fluid redistribution to the lungs in the absence or with minimal fluid accumulation"

Because of their mechanisms of action, i.v vasodilators may be more effective than diuretics in those patients whose acute pulmonary oedema is caused by increased afterload(a) and fluid redistribution ...
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How to understand the structure of 'capable' in this sentence?

I am reading an article 'Izmir Province' on Wikipedia, there is a sentence that I could not understand. "The greater Izmir region produces 20% of Turkey’s wind power from wind turbines capable ...
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The meaning of " let go from the shoulther "

‘“My troth,” sez I, “you’ve lived too long—you an’ your seekin’s an’ findin’s in a dacint married woman’s quarters! Hould up your head, ye frozen thief av Genesis,” sez I, “an’ you’ll find all you ...
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Please explain the meaning of this phrase

Below sentences is confusingly structured. It is not uncommon for the person being sexually assaulted to have no physical injuries or signs of their assault. Is the meaning that it is common for ...
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Arthur kills a unicorn, bringing a curse "down upon" all of Camelot

is "on" a synonym of "down upon" in "Arthur kills a unicorn, bringing a curse down upon all of Camelot."? Thank you for your help!
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your family is opening gifts "buzzed on" eggnog

what is the meaning of "buzzed on eggnog" in "your family is opening gifts buzzed on eggnog"? Does "buzz" mean being excited in this context, somehow? Thank you!
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The meaning of " all Asia bristlin’ wid bay’nits "

But she was a pretty woman whin Bragin inthrojuced her to cantonmint society. She had eyes like the brown av a buttherfly’s wing whin the sun catches ut, an’ a waist no thicker than me arrum, an’ a ,...
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How to use "of the" correctly? [closed]

I'm writing a story for my English class. I need to decide a name for a place, but I'm not sure which is correct: Convent OF Mother of the Thorned Sorrows Convent OF THE Mother of Thorned Sorrows ...
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What is the meaning of "Clothes and all" in this passage?

It is a part of a fiction book that I was reading: I'll return to Max's backyard, I told myself. And I'll jump into the pool. Clothes and all. I'll dive down... swim underwater... through the portal.....
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