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are “displayed upfront” and “hidden covertly” the same? I guess not and I need a double check

This post says overlays of a symbol or text that may be hidden covertly or displayed upfront to protect an image from being used without owner’s approval. to illustrate above, the post gives ...
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Is there any difference between “into” and “to the inside of” in this particular context?

Is there any difference between "into" and "to the inside of" in this particular context? I understand that "into" and "to the inside of" don't have the same meaning in all contexts, but I was ...
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Difference between “cultured ” and “cultivated” when describing a person

Cultivated The adjective cultivated is used to describe someone who is polite and civilized. The cultivated people at the party would be very offended by crude behavior. Someone who's ...
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What is the meaning of soon in this phase “his constant lateness soon”

I considered Walt for the promotion, but his constant lateness soon made me question that decision. In that sentence, what does it mean, "soon"? Does it indicate that Walt is late every day, so the ...
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Regarding the verb “judge”, I wonder whether I can reduce “to be” in these sentences without affecting the meaning

1.The water was judged to be of good quality. 2.The water was judged (to be) of good quality. ⇒The water was judged of good quality. 3.The scientists judged the water to be of good quality. ...
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What does “Thanks for listening to me rant” meaning?

I listened to a podcast where the speaker ended his story saying "Thanks for listening to me rant". I don't know the meaning of "me rant". Please let me know about this expression. Thank you!
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Wha does “Sunday out “ means

Thisis from Woody Allen movie - Manhattan - Hello Yale, I am sorry for calling ... Well,no,no nothings wrong Well I just thought that it”s Sunday out and maybe if you could get away we could go for a ...
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Can “Where are you at?” or “Where are you?” mean the same thing as “What are you doing?” according to context?

A : Where were you at/where were you(what were you doing) when I called you on the phone? B : I was just having dinner with my wife. A : So, that was the reason you didn't pick up my phone ...
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Difference between “him” and “his” in these sentences?

What is the exact difference in meaning of following sentences: I understand his quitting. I understand him quitting.
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administer/give a test

The teacher gave a test. The teacher administered a test. What is the difference between #1 and #2? Administer : to give officially or as part of a ritual (From Merriam Webster) I think #2 ...
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The meaning of “Record” in Graduate Record Examinations

I understand that the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is an admissions requirement for graduate schools in the United States. What does "record" mean here? Why is it not Graduate Admissions ...
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How to express a scenario more likely than the other clearly and concisely?

I just replied a comments in a post, then I realized that this expression may need some improvement. A book using "we'll provide" makes more likely as if I am sitting in a classroom than "we ...
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what does “first-cut solution” mean? [on hold]

From this post Deep Learning has enabled the field of Computer Vision to advance rapidly in the last few years. In this post I would like to discuss about one specific task in Computer Vision ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “how” and “what” when each is used to start a subordinate clause?

Is there any difference between how and what in the following sentence? Anny was just telling Wendy how she liked to eat the ice cream at the shop. Anny was just telling Wendy what she liked to eat ...
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Meaning of 'My friend is shouting at his dog running"

Meaning of 'My friend is shouting at his dog running" My friend is shouting at his dog running. I think this sentence can mean one of three below according to context. I wonder whether my thinking ...
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What does “Mr growly pants” refer to?

So I've heard this expression in the "Trailer Park Boys" TV show (taking place in Canada). According to the context I understand that it probably means someone grumpy, who's complaining a lot. ...
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What does “which” mean in this sentence?

When you use the Service we collect IMSI to obtain the network speed so as to display the use condition on the notification bar of your Smartphone and on the interface of the Service, which is ...
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Is punch name of a person [on hold]

What is the meaning of the following sentence Punch is distinguished from its hunchback. Is Punch name of a person?
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Why do they write 'every right' instead of 'all rights' or 'any right'?

Why do they write 'every right' instead of 'all rights' or 'any right'? Is it the choice of a style. He had every right to sound annoyed. From A Wind in the Door by Madelene L'Engle.
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What is the difference between “I'm sure”, “I think”, “I believe”

I know these sentences are used to express opinions. "I'm sure", "I think", "I believe" But I don't know the exact difference between them. What I know is that "I'm sure", "I believe" are more ...
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Extra-factual meaning

I have searched in the net with no avail. I need to know the meaning of extra-factual as well as a synonym for it.
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Is “bite down a towel” idiomatic?

Looked up the dictionary, and it seems there's no entry for the phrasal verb "bite down", so it's not a common usage; however, there are a few entries for "bite down a towel" on Google. I also used a ...
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Slavery to the grossest superstition [on hold]

What is the meaning of the following sentence especially the bold part History, as well as daily experience, furnishes instances of men endowed with the strongest capacity for business and affairs, ...
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Defining and non-defining relative clauses

Today we were learning defining and non-defining relative clauses in a class, e.g. using this exercise: The rule seems to be relatively clear: If there are commas, then we are talking about all ...
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Does “has been nothing short of amazing” mean it is a short time interval?

From this book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" While the use of deep learning by the medical image processing community trailed that of the computer ...
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Are “within a radius of 10 meter” and “in a radius of 10 meter” synonymous?

Are "within a radius of 10 meter" and "in a radius of 10 meter" synonymous? I was told that "within a radius" meant everyone within the circle, and "in the radius" meant everyone on the border of the ...
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Is it “teleport into” or “teleport in”?

Is it "teleport into" or "teleport in"? Teleport implies a movement and into indicates the destination. Therefore, is "teleport in" incorrect? It seems to me that "teleport in X" means you're ...
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Can “pecuniary” be used as a synonym for “financial”?

pecuniary- MW Pecuniary: of or relating to money pecuniary needs pecuniary rewards Pecuniary advantage Does this word have an interchangeable use with financial? DC Financial: relating to ...
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What's the meaning of “learn the books backwards”?

My daughter's reading the story Dan the Dunce and there are the following paragraphs: Onec upon a time there was a Princess. She was bored. So she decided to get married. "But my husband must be ...
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What does “mandate” mean in following sentences?

I couldn't comprehend the meaning of "mandate" in following sentences; For post-certified aircraft, these actions should be specified as service information by the TCH or included in an updated ALS ...
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Is “a factor of K-fold” a idiomatic saying?

This book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" uses an expression "a factor of K-fold". As we learned about the current state of research on deep learning, ...
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What does “to be a shell of something” mean?

This article of the NYT says: But when I returned to Sudan in June [ed. after weeks of protests in the capital city], Khartoum was a shell of the city I'd seen weeks earlier. Even though I ...
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What does the phrase “baize to secure early lead” mean here?

I cannot figure out the meaning of the phrase "battle of the baize" in the following heading of a news item: Varsity 2017: Warwick win battle of the baize to secure early lead I am not sure if the ...
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What is the meaning of “object” in this context?

This is the context: The subtle assumption we made is that for every description there is a set of elements that have the objects described. This works most but not all of the time. For example,...
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What does 'drew her back into' mean in context?

What does 'drew her back into' mean in context? Can 'drew' be replaced with 'pulled'? He drew her back into himself again; again she was confronted with the single eye, was pulled through the ...
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Committed to his charge [closed]

What is the meaning of the following sentence especially the bold part What Dr. Arnold mainly aimed at was to promote the self development of young minds committed to his charge
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Meaning of “productivity hacker's wet dream”

In the following sentence, I don't understand the meaning of the second part (productivity hacker's wet dream): Depending on your perspective, the philosopher Immanuel Kant was either the most ...
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Difference between “lay” and “bury”

Lay 3 [+ object] : bury They laid him in his grave (Merriam Webster Learner's Dictionary) Lay: to bury They laid him in the old churchyard. (Dictionary.com) Take ...
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What does “would be caught dead” mean?

I faced this sentence actually: One would be caught dead without one of these. What does "would be caught dead" mean?
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Does `then` indicate a performance order when talk about a comparison?

I am learning this book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" On the other hand, CNN models have been proved to have much higher modeling capacity, ...
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Should I buy this? vs Will I buy this?

So I was shopping with my friends and found a nice shirt that I wanted to buy then asked my friend sayin “Will I buy this?” So, my question is, is ‘Will’ able to be used in this kind of context? Or ...
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Can anyone give some concrete examples about the difference between notion concept?

this post claims a ‘concept’ is an Epistemological construct and forms the foundation of human thought, communication and knowledge A ‘Notion’ is a very broad concept that may include ...
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I can't understand the sentence. What does “undreamt of subtleties” mean? What does it relate to?

Here's a sentence from Joseph Conrad's "The Nigger of the 'Narcissus'": Jimmy's hateful accomplice seemed to have blown with his impure breath undreamt of subtleties into our hearts. I understand ...
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What does intuitive in this sentence mean [closed]

What does it mean when someone says "This (something) is so intuitive?"
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Meaning of “put someone’s heads on backwards”

I’ve run into the following sentences today and don’t understand their meanings. Could you explain? I am almost too embarrassed to post this on here, but I put my heads on backwards. discombobulated ...
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Difference between “materially” and “substantially”

I am learning the word "materially". Materially: 3. To a significant extent or degree; substantially. (thefreedictionary) https://www.thefreedictionary.com/materially What is the difference ...
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Spare meaning in this sentence

As far as I know, spare means extra or more than you need. With that being said, what would be the meaning of "spare diet" in the following sentence? To content myself with a spare diet I can't ...
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Is there a second meaning or connotation behind “you want to use”?

On a question I got the answer In an AFTER UPDATE trigger, you want to use the new ID. When I translate it literaly to german, "... möchten Sie verwenden", then there is a second meaning or hidden ...
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What does this sentence mean written by my webpage developer [closed]

adapted to the cutting edge business ambience of Dubai The above sentence is written by my web developer. I wonder what that sentence mean.
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“Cast a cold eye on something” meaning

This quote is from Ridley Scott: A Critical Filmography: While it can be argued that The Duellists is a complete film—and it certainly is—the dozen-year interval between it and Alien must be ...