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This tag is for questions related to the use of technical language.

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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 “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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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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Opened vials must not be used in other patients - or “for other patients”

From a package insert (solution for injections) Previously opened vials must not be used in other patients. Is it okay? Or should it be Previously opened vials must not be used for other ...
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Looking for a common term for “non-circular pipe”

In Russia, there's a special term for a pipe that is not circular in its section: "a profiled pipe" (профильная труба). There's even a Wikipedia page for it: профильная труба. Such pipes come in a ...
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Phrase for describing a cable without a connector at the end

I've been translating a truck scale description in a business offer letter, and the specification table there, listing the five parts comprising the prospective order, says on line five: Cable for ...
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Meaning and origin of “country” in Oil Country Tubular Goods

Oil Country Tubular Goods: Pipe and tube products used in petroleum industry, such as drill pipe, pipe casings, oil pipes. Why "Country"? What does it mean here? How did it originate? I would ...
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Meaning of “partial” in “Partial Data Report” as required by ASME

I've been translating a document and came across the phrase "partial data report". It is almost certainly used there in the sense implied by ASME. I asked on a translators' forum and one guy came up ...
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“Mechanism of toxicity involves…” - why without the definite article?

From eMedicine, "Thyroid Hormone Toxicity": Levothyroxine's delayed onset of toxicity is thought to be secondary to the delay in conversion of T4 to T3 and the distribution of T3 into tissues. As a ...
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Can I use verb 'port' when I rewrite software code

I have source code of some software library. It's implemented using "Programming language A". I must implement the same code using "Language B". After I've read "What does it mean 'to port over'", I ...
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Should I write “add to the beginning” or I must use “prepend”?

I made a comment on this SO question some days ago: Are you trying to just overwrite the data at the beginning of the file or insert new data without losing the data that is already there? Some of ...
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“units of measure” vs “units of measurement”

I sense that there is a subtle difference between units of measure and units of measurement. I'm writing an English application manual and now arrived at a chapter about units by which users can ...
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What is the meaning of 'collapsing the piece with the punch/drift' (and the rest of the sentences)?

I want to know the translation of this sentence I have seen this article on the web. But I can translate this sentence into our language. (Korean) What is the exact meaning of the sentence below. ...
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Will it return 1 if I delete one row? — “[Returns] the number of rows affected … To remove all rows and get a count pass ”1“ …”

From the SQLiteDatabase documentation: public int delete(String table, String whereClause, String[] whereArgs) @return the number of rows affected if a whereClause is passed in, 0 ...
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“Car amortization” — word request

If you use your private car for a business trip, usually the company pays the fuel, and also gives you extra money for car maintenance etc. — I'm not sure how is this extra money called in English. ...