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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 'just as' used correctly?

Jim did x but didn't do y, despite being just as capable of doing so. I want the italic part of the sentence to mean that "Jim is as capable of doing x as of doing y." Does it mean so?
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is “This which” a informative expression?

I am learning this paper in which page11 says The most well-known, in medical image analysis, of these novel CNN architectures is U-net, published by Ronneberger et al. (2015) (section 2.4.3). ...
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does “in a … fashion” mean using such a … method?

i am learning this paper in which page11 says Last, as classifying each pixel in a sliding window fashion results in orders of magnitude of redundant calculation, fCNNs, as used in Wolterink et ...
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What does “seed one's picks” mean?

It is from this video. It is at 9 minute and 15 second. Like, you might ask the English major down the hall who roots for a rival basketball team to read over your essay. But you are not going to ...
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what does it mean: “Do these turn-ups work with these boots?”

I have been watching a funny British show (Catherine tate) about a gay boy coming out to his mom. The reactions from mom and neighbors are funny. But at the end of it, there comes a scene where 3 ...
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How do I describe a rotation of a triangle in natural language clearly and concisely?

I am asking for a formula for the rotation of a triangle in this post I am concerned about if I describe the question clearly and concisely, by saying which formula could be used to get the x ...
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Does “if at all” mean “if applicable” in this context?

Tell us how often, if at all, you buy these items. I searched what "if at all" means, but couldn't find the exact meaning that fits in this context. Does "if at all" mean "if applicable"?
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where do i put `just now` in a sentence i just now posted a blog to discuss something

on this post, i was telling someone a blog i posted. here are a list of expressions i just now posted a blog to discuss something. i just posted a blog to discuss something. i posted a blog to ...
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What does it mean - have hard it back? [closed]

What does it mean? That's the guy who stole my account but have hard it back. Here is the context: Question in Messenger on Facebook: Who is this boy on photo? Answer: That's the guy who ...
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“Now {to, for} the next sentence”?

If I want to state a number of statements/sentences, and I have said the first one, then I want to say the next one, what would the correct preposition be that will indicate moving from one sentence ...
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Beginning with?

I don't understand this phrase "beginning with its development". What does that mean? I think "beginning with" does not mean as it normally means, which is " start with someone or something; to have ...
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is “a piece of comment” appropriate and clear expression?

assume we posted a blog just now, there is no comment yet. after a while personA added some comment on this post. and personB adds some comment on this post. is it a appropriate and clear ...
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is “compute a curve” a clear and appropriate expression?

i am asking a question on this post, here is the key part of the question i am trying to compute a space-filling curve for a given shape (an isosceles right triangle in this case) like following ...
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is the expression clear? how to compute the 𝜆1,𝜆2,𝜆3 for a point in terms of barycentric coordinates?

i am asking a question on this post. barycentric coordinates is another coordinates system that is different from Cartesian coordinates system. in terms of barycentric coordinates, point B could ...
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What does “tea juice” mean in this context?

I heard in a YouTube video this line: We could say for a vegan it's bad to drink milk. But a non-vegan who doesn't abide by that moral code will drink all the tea juice they want. (source) It ...
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What does “The skis who dreamed it all up” mean?

I heard in a YouTube video this line: There's a particular schadenfreude to imagining a bunch of rich kids eating sad cheese sandwiches and sleeping in FEMA tents, and an even bigger schadenfreude ...
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Explaining a definition of the pronoun

Could someone explain to me this part "used by itself" in the definition of a pronoun? Pronoun: a word that can function as a noun phrase used by itself and that refers either to the participants ...
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Why do people prefer to say “Why wouldn't you tell me that?” rather than “Why didn't you tell me that?”

I watched a lot of American movies & it seems that most people would say "Why wouldn't you tell me that?" Not many would say "Why didn't you tell me that?" I think "would" here is future of "...
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What does the phrase “add stakes” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a platform game app: Without any doubt, it’s a great way to add stakes to the platforming. The game has a revised gameplay in which a player can start from the most recent ...
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Is this Name? vs Are you Name?

My friend requested me to meet him on Skype. And I searched him on Skype with his ID. The ID is matched but the account name isn't in English. So, I just want to make sure that he is Peter or not. I ...
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Difference between “lastly” and “finally”

What's the difference between "lastly" and "finally". While Webster explains several senses of "finally", it doesn't explain any meaning of "lastly" and simply enters it in the entry for "last" as one ...
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what does “street pattern” mean?

i am learning about this post, which says A city block is the smallest area that is surrounded by streets. City blocks are the space for buildings within the street pattern of a city, and form ...
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What does flower removal plots mean?

I was reading "The impact of an alien plant on a native plant-pollinator network: an experimental approach" and it talks about flower removal plots what does that mean? Visitation and pollen ...
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What is the difference between “suspicious” and “suspected”? [closed]

For example, suspected malfunction Is it ok to interpret "suspected" as "suspicious"?
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“for situation” or “in situation”? [closed]

I am learning this document, which says For 8-bit (bytes) patterns: Matches any decimal digit; this is equivalent to [0-9]. I would like to express a similar meaning by saying a is equivalent ...
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What is the meaning of “The shame of [something]”?

I didn't find the meaning of The shame of [something] in my search on the internet and that's why I can't conclude its meaning precisely. I want to use The shame of his book for some text in this ...
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what does “it is to be” mean?

i am learning this course. the teacher is saying what this course is about and also what it is to be a CS230 student in fall 2018. what does "it is to be" here mean?
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What does “at most 1 of 10” mean in this scenario?

I am reading A First Course in Probability by Sheldon Ross and get stuck by this expression: The company sells the screws in packages of 10 and offers a money-back guarantee that at most 1 of ...
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What does the sentence 'that frees up Mother Nature to tinker around with ~' mean?

Please, look at the last sentence in the passage. What does 'that' refer to? And the last sentence evades me. What does the sentence mean? But here's the key point: Your brain doesn't know, and it ...
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be a point taker?

What does "point taker" mean in the following? Is it natural English? Doing X is a point taker on most standardized tests. I'd appreciate your help.
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Are “rather than” and “instead of” exchangeable?

i am learning this Stanford course the professor is saying x-ray in the hospital is a digital image rather than a physical piece of film it seems that "rather than" could be substituted by "...
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Why is it “a six on two consecutive rolls” rather than “two sixes”?

I got stuck by this sentence: What is the probability of rolling a six on two consecutive rolls of a fair six-sided die? I thought it would just be a binomial random variable problem, where ...
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Is my express my task clearly by using “a successive polyline”? [closed]

i am asking for help in this post Is there a way (like planning algorithms) to draw a successive polyline to fill a specific shape (like triangle)? i am concerned about if i express my task ...
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What does this mean “he was dressed in”? [closed]

We dress in the same clothes every day. I understand this, but I cannot understand the below passive structure, what does it mean? Who dresses him in jeans? He was dressed in jeans and a thick ...
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What does “abuse” and “gnashing teeth” mean in Charles Darwin's letter?

In a letter by Charles Darwin to his friend, J.D. Hooker, he said the following at the end of the letter: In a year or two's time, when I shall be at my species book (if I do not break down), I ...
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I broke my leg - when I actually did something to break it

I broke my leg. I know what it means. But if I actually did something directly to my leg to break it, how should I say it?
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2 synonyms used in 1 sentence: makes up <number> % and constitutes <noun>

I’m wondering whether it looks well-written and, most importantly, grammatically correct to use 2 synonyms at once in my following sentence: Pacemaker Cells make up only about 1% of the Total ...
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What does “come up through the system” mean?

This is a scene from the movie Southpaw: Judge: The child has no other family, is that right? Attorney: Uh, no, Your Honor. Uh, both my client and his wife came up through the system. ...
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What does “have demonstration of something” mean? [closed]

Has little to no understanding and demonstration of knowledge or behavior Does "demonstration" here mean an ability to perform something? Or does this sentence mean that this knowledge or behavior ...
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somewhat of understatement

I have a question about the meaning of this sentence: " To say that I was surprised is somewhat of an understatement. " What does it mean? Does it mean that I wasn't that much surprised? Or it means ...
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The meaning of ‘I felt obliged to him.’? [closed]

The meaning of ‘I felt obliged to him.’? I can not understand the meaning of ‘I felt obliged to him’. I felt this sentence was weird.
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Scramble/Jumble Together

"Devastated Indian bands then faced the daunting task of literally reinventing themselves without benefit of accumulated wisdom or kin networks. The decimation and forced migration of native ...
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what's sweet-ass beach in this sentence?

In the last sentence of following paragraph, he said "took sweet-ass beach vacation". Please give me a short explanation about sweet-ass . thank you. “Elliot” was a successful man, an executive at ...
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When we use the word nostalgic, does it always have to come after the verb Feel?

Reading this book makes me nostalgic. Reading this book makes me feel nostalgic. Just like we say "the ending of the movie made me so sad" and "the ending of the movie made me feel so sad", ...
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Usage of “cause” in “Impeachment does not even require probable cause that a crime has been committed.”

Is the use of cause within this context correct?: Impeachment does not even require probable cause that a crime has been committed. I've looked through many dictionaries and none of them did ...
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What does my elbow are “in” mean?

Youtube video: Time: 2:32 (my elbow are in) What does "elbows in" and "elbows out" mean? Elbows in vs. out Why I couldn't find in the dictionary? Is this a short form?
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What does “for relocation benefits” mean?

We will provide you $1,000, which you may use to cover expenses occurring as a result from your move, or for relocation benefits. In this sentence, does the bold part mean: You may use this ...
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what the author want to say?

I was reading a book, but when I reached this statement, I could not continue to do that because I did not understand it. Please tell me what the author want to say in this statement: For a short ...
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What does “with input” mean?

We expect you to do great things with your work here. When that happens is up to you (with input from your manager, of course). What does "with input from your manager, of course" mean? Does it ...
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What does “then because of” mean?

If you feel you need to work overtime, then because of your position or salary level, you won’t be paid additional overtime. What does "then because of" mean? I searched dictionaries, but couldn't ...