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Questions tagged [technical]

This tag is for questions related to the use of technical language, or language that is specific to some particular field.

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What does “on non-bad debt and open balance accounts” mean here?

This sentence is from a policy of an organization I found on a leaflet. Can anybody please explain or paraphrase it for me? "on...debt" and "open balance accounts" are confusing me. "If the patient ...
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What does “Social currency” mean here?

https://youtu.be/ZwJPES-akPw?t=77 "I want to have big muscles. I understand that having big muscles will be good social currency for me, and women might find it attractive." This is what some ...
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What's the meaning of “spike” in the context of “adrenaline spike”? [on hold]

What's the meaning of “spike” in the context of “adrenaline spike”? how does it relate to the meaning of “dump” in the context of “adrenaline dump”? and which of the two is the correct version?
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What is the difference between 'Gender' and 'Sex'?

What is the difference in asking a person (1) What is your 'Gender'? and (2) What is your 'Sex'? Can there be any scenario where both these questions can be asked to a person at the same time? I am ...
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What is mean “cover grammar”

I met this phrase when I read the specification of a computer language. And I would like to know what this phrase means. For example: The input stream is syntactically in error if the tokens in ...
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experiment data vs experimental data vs testing data

As said like the title, this question haunted me for a long time, I would usually use the phrase experimental data, but I have ever been told experiment data has the identical meaning when referring ...
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to increase the quality code base

Is it idiomatic to say "to increase the quality of code base"? Like for example in the following sentence: The refactoring increased the quality of the project’s code base.
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“the matrix, M” Vs “M matrix”

I would like to understand how to refer to a given matrix in my English sentence. The matrix, M, refers to model A. or M matrix refers to model A. Which one is correct?
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What's the opposite of “level scaling”?

This is a hard one. Level scaling means the enemies in a video game scales with the player. What's the antonym of that term? I would prefer it if it was one word and it didn't contain the word scaling....
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While talking about a program or a macro already performed, use `run` or `played`?

I need to translate some technical text, specifically about Photoshop actions. This answer explains very well the use of "run" or "execute". What about the past, when the process is already done? It ...
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the word summer is sumatoria?

I have a sentence, in the sentence appear the word summer, but I can not understand the meaning (bold added): A single-input neuron is shown in Figure 2.1. The scalar input p is multiplied by the ...
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Meaning of “By way of information” [closed]

"By way of information" What does it mean? Is it correct for a formal letter?
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What is a «bracket» in this context?

I can't understand the meaning of «bracket» in this sentence. A mechanic is fixing a car whose filter is broken. Here is the complete text (it's an american novel): She unscrewed the cap of the ...
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What does the phrase 'in the enterprise' mean?

I saw it in the title of a book. My guess would be "on an enterprise level", is that correct or does it convey something more than that? Edit: I can understand what an enterprise is, but why is it ...
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Word for describing that something can be mandatory, recommended or optional

(Note: This question is marginally related with this one.) I am looking for a word to describe how obligatory something is. It may be mandatory, recommended or optional (given the context, more ...
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Is “preferred” used correctly in this sentence?

If yes, does it mean "very much liked by people"? "I'd like to sell 3,000 GDRs of Samsung Electronics preferred."
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SHALL vs. MUST in technical documents

In my company, we often need to write requirements for our customers. They are pretty much recommendations (i.e., we do not impose anything), but given a certain baseline, some are stricter than ...
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Does this noun phrase (a variable name) take a singular or plural verb?

I'm writing a codebook that defines variables in a data set. Should the verb of the following sentence be singular or plural (refer/refers)? (Note that the italics appear in original; they are, ...
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Is it right to use the word 'execute' in place of 'run'?

I have recently studied two sentences in which these words are used which i mentioned: your program is not executing. your program is not running. these two words often used in sentences so my ...
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What is an equation that consists of a proportionality symbol called? [closed]

When I want to refer to an equation similar to this image, what term should I use? Is it correct to say "Equation 3", although the equation contains a proportionality symbol?
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Is using interrogative words such as “why” and “how” unsophisticated or inappropriate for technical writings?

Whenever I write sentences of the form I don't understand why X did Y. or I wonder why she did that. or I would like to know how you did it. These sentences are actually not good examples ...
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Is the following expression is clear: “determines whether A is greater than or equal to B”?

The processor determines whether value X ≧ 100. I am trying to rewrite the above sentence without using the mathematical symbol. My example is as follows: The processor determines whether value X ...
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Does “A is coupled to B (so as) not to rotate relative to B” make sense?

A is coupled to B so that they can rotate together. I am trying to rewrite the above sentence I created such that the rewritten one has the same meaning but is expressed in opposite way. My examples ...
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A correct understanding of the proposal

I have this sentence: "Whether the toString function can be applied successfully to a host object is implementation-dependent" What is the meaning of "implementation-dependent"? P.S If you ...
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Does “improved visual skills” equate with “better eyesight”?

Our teacher gave us this IGCSE English Section B task, which usually requires you to write a speech, newspaper article, letter, etc. about a topic related with the passages given using information ...
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The “tech backlash”: type of modifier, comparison with phrase with preposition, meaning?

I've seen the expression tech backlash in the press (for instance NYT, G&M, WEF, VF) and from context I can guess it's about concerns with, or a negative reaction to, shortcomings or impacts from (...
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Two repeated uses of 'under' in one sentence? Would it bother you?

Is the following sentence perfectly normal/OK? A system was developed to integrate the internet and cell phones under the SuperSpeed framework by generalizing XCP-IP under the X-Transmission ...
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Why “Windows market share”, not “Windows use share”?

When reporting on operating systems market share, the news sites refer to "Windows market share", even though it is evident they discuss the installed base of the operating systems, even old versions ...
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“ on the example of the Equation” or “using the Equation as an example”

Which of the following is more correct? "we show our results on the example of the Duffing equation" or "we show our results using the Duffing equation as an example" I am very thankful for ...
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What is the difference between absorbance and absorption in the context of wavelength?

I'm writing a paper that discusses wavelength. Which is correct: maximum absorbance or maximum absorption? I guess both absorbance and absorption are used in the context of wavelength but which to ...
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How can I refer documents characterised by technical jargon?

I was wondering if there is any word or expression to refer documents characterized by technical jargon, such as clinical reports or patents. I could use "technical reports" but, for example in the ...
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Use of metric prefixes for small numbers

These days many I see many websites shortening large numbers with the metric prefixes, for example Twitter does it like this: replacing 35 400 with 35.4K, and 34 700 000 with 34.7M. One might also ...
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Use the verb “to mothball” in official texts

I saw a Wikipedia article (and not only this one) using the verb "to mothball" to denote rather obsolete, abandoned, put-on-hold methods or phenomena, e.g.: So by 2003, the original ECMAScript 4 ...
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Lowercase/capital Greek letters written in English

Consider two examples: Gamma function written as Γ(n); gamma-butyrolactone written as γ-butyrolactone. Is there a rule which says how the lowercase and capital Greek letters must be reflected when ...
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How to pronounce fractional units of measurement?

From what I know, a preposition "per" is commonly used for the units of measurement containing fractions. For example, kilogram/liter [kg/L] can be safely pronounced as "kilogram per liter"; but can ...
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Best acronym/abbreviation for the word “template”

What would be the proper way to shorten the word "template" down to maximum of 3 symbols for use in busy diagrams and schemes in (bio)chemical context? From here and there I only found TPL and TML ...
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“Refundable amount” vs “Amount to be refunded”

Is it possible to use "refundable" where I mean "to be refunded"? I know that "payable amount" has a meaning of "amount to be payed". Is it the same with refund? I need very short term, preferable one ...
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Is this a proper usage of passive voice in citing an academic paper?

I have come across the following sentence in a paper that I'm reading: More information on those functions can be found by Li et al. (2013). I'm fairly new to the world of academic papers, but ...
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Is “firsthand smoker/ first-hand smoker” standard English?

I was wondering if "firsthand smoker" or " first-hand smoker" is a standard formal English or I should use "active smoker". When I looked up "firsthand smoke", "first-hand smoke", "firsthand smoking"...
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Omission of the preposition “of” in chemical procedure desciptions: “transfer 1.5 g bovine milk powder”.. etc

From a procedures section in a document: Transfer 1.5 g bovine milk powder into a 200 ml volumetric beaker. Is it common practice to omit of in construction of the kind 1.5 g (of) bovine milk ...
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What do you call this part of the human foot? [closed]

The blue color mentioned part, what do you call it in English? (not the red part)
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“Solution Architect” Vs. “Solutions Architect”

Perhaps should be in an IT/Tech forum but interested in the correct way or saying. Also related - Plural for Solution Architecture, but not exact. I am a Solutions Architect, as I architect solutions....
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Should one use the definite article before “peptide LC 10-28”?

The examination of the mass-spectra showed an absence of the oxidized form of peptide LC 10-28, thus we determined only the contents of oxidized peptides HC 150-156 and HC 118-140. I'm not sure about ...
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What is a “target language”?

The American Heritage Dictionary gives three definitions of target language:, 1) The language into which a text written in another language is to be translated. 2) A language that a nonnative ...
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How does a “parent” generate a “sister”?

Forgive my ignorance, but I am still a newbie on these matters. A parent site is a website, and it is synonymous with a main site, correct? Whereas a sister site is a site closely related to a ...
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Word for “gradually removing the vacuum”

I'm translating a description of a lyophilization procedure. One of the sentences goes like this, in my translation: After keeping the samples in the vacuum for 24 hours, we gradually relieved the ...
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What does “fat and flat range” mean in this context? [closed]

Here is the context: Following that, a number of banks have cut their exposure to equities due to the volatile nature of stocks in the first half the year. Earlier this month, Goldman Sachs ...
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Meaning of “plug fill” or “fill plug” in pharmaceutical industry

From an FDA guideline: Bracketing can be applied to studies with multiple strengths of identical or closely related formulations. Examples include but are not limited to (1) capsules of different ...
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Is “how every minutes” correct?

I am trying to say that a number X defines "how every minutes" the operation Y will take place. That means, if the number X is 10, the operation Y will be performed every 10 minutes. This is the ...
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The meaning of “inframarginal” in the context

I would be grateful if anyone could help me with the meaning the word "inframarginal" in the following sentence: A WDR could launch and help focus the debate. It could also initiate a parallel ...