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What's the word for a new symbol, or usage of a new symbol?

Neologism is defined as: a new word, expression, or usage. In mathematics, there are new symbols created every year, and new usages for those symbols. Is there a word for a new symbol or usage, like ...
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The word 'lavra'

Where can I find a dictionary which contains an article on the word lavra? What does the word mean and is it really used?
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The handicapped VS Disabled!

Would it be offensive to say "The Ormerod School educates handicapped children from South"? Should I use "Disabled children" instead?
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economy based on selling non-raw materials

What's the best way to describe a sector of economy that is based on selling technologies or anything else, but not on selling raw materials? "non-raw-material economy"?
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What does the phrase “when to feather the throttle and when to pin in” mean in the given sentence?

Here is a sentence from a racer game: "You will need a sixth sense for knowing when to feather the throttle and when to pin in." Is it just about increasing or decreasing the speed of a car?
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Difference between character and char

I have learned English most on programmers forums, so please excuse me for a potentially stupid question. char - primitive data-type that store letter or other UTF-symbol Character - object data-type ...
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Meaning of the phrase “at range” in context

It is from this article. "He is happy to be at range but anyone who gets in there and thinks 'let's have it', they bring out a different Lomachenko. The man is a serious body puncher. Not many ...
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what's the meaning of the word stereographic?

does anyone know what is the meaning of the word stereographic? like stereographic projection? I want to translate it into another language and I want it to be accurate. it's like drawing something ...
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what do they mean when they say so?

DevOps aligns with iterative and agile project development models. I am trying to understand what are they really saying. iterative is repeating but still I am not able to catch the real meaning in ...
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What do “high sea” and “carry” mean in this sentence?

This is a line from Google's definition of "poop": (of a wave) break over the stern of (a ship), sometimes causing it to capsize. "carrying a high sea, we were badly pooped" This line doesn't ...
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Describing quantity: “code-length less than # lines” or “less than # lines code-length”

Which one is correct? code-length less than # lines Or less than # lines code-length Also, Should I write 'code-length' (with hyphen) or as separate words 'code length'?
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Definitions of “direction”

While I was in school we were explained (I think it was a physics class) that: "direction" is just a line (infinite) between two points, going either way; "sense" is the definite way of traveling, ...
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What is the correct meaning of lexeme?

When I search for it on Google it gives me this answer: "a basic lexical unit of a language consisting of one word or several words, the elements of which do not separately convey the meaning of the ...
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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”? [closed]

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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Why is there an indefinite article in the phrase “English as a second language”?

Usually we use the definite article before "first", "second" and so on.
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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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When should you change 'Facility Manager' to 'Facilities Manager' or should it stay 'Facility Manager'?

In a document I am correcting the manager of the building is referred to as the Facilities Manager. Should it be Facility Manager if they are only the manager of one building? And when would, if ever, ...
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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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What is the meaning of the phrase “tack against”?

I have come across it in this video. It is at 4 minute and 28 second. Along the way we are also going to try to understand some of what is wrong with the way our information feeds are currently ...
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What is an ECT team?

It's a quote from the drama Manifest -They've got an ECT team on site. They're canvassing the neighborhood. -They'll focus on the family first. Monitor the situation and report back. There ...
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Is a fronted phrase describing a state of mind a “fronted adverbial”?

My son's learning about fronted adverbials at school (at the age of 11). When he goes to write one, he generally comes up with things like this (when asked to do a sentence for a picture with a car in ...
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terms for general phrases and more specific phrases attesting to them

Every piece of equipment on the tarmac had some failure: some boarding stairs missed some stairs, some carts had no wheels, and some aircraft had no engines. There was some disorder in the ...
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Named coordinates: How to spell?

I'm uncertain which is the proper writing for x/y/z-coordinates : With a space, like so : X Coordinate? Or with a hyphen (X-Coordinate)? Capitalize X or leave it lower case? I tend to choose lower ...
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What's the terminological name for the infinitive combination with “to” (infinitive + “to”)

What's the terminological name for the infinitive combination with "to" (infinitive + "to") For example: to go, to sit, to say, to speak, to drink, to eat etc. This kind of combination is normally ...
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How do you say, I have something under writing?

If you want to say/convey you are working on a book/paper, what is the correct way of saying so other than plainly saying I'm writing a book? I noticed 'under writing' has a specific meaning and ...
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What's this kind of sentence or style called in the grammar terminology?

We have two ways to say the same declarative sentence in present simple tense using the same words- except for the auxiliary verb ("do' in this case). For instance: "He loves her." becomes 👉 "...
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Comparing two things in one sentence

We have three shapes in my study. We called them trees. The class of Tree 1 is larger than the class of tree 2 and tree 3. Also, the shape of tree 1 contains the shapes of both tree 2 and tree 3. I ...
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Is there a term describing someone who kids himself?

I would like to find a term, if it exists, to describe an individual who kids himself. Specifically, the term is to describe someone who does something that is obviously self-deceiving in some sense.
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meaning of the phrase "follow oneself up on something in context

It is from this video. It is at 14 minute and 23 second. There is also a cardio component in all sports. Even you could make a nitpicky argument that powerlifting and weightlifting have some ...
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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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What is the more elegant/shorter replacement for wrapper (technical) [closed]

So I have something called node. And I have something that wraps it nodeWrapper. But it feels so cumbersome. Is there a better word? I feel there should be some word, like archNode, superNode, but ...
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Is there a term for “Visual Nutrition” in English?

In Arabic, we have a terminology "التغذية البصرية" which literally means "Visual Nutrition". It means basically to develop an artistic eyes by looking into other people's photographs (or art in ...
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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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What is the terminology of “drain cover”?

I want to find a more professional word for "drain cover" as illustrated below. What is this called by the workers or manufactuers? wiki A drain cover is a cover with holes in it or a grating used ...
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What does “ that one shot doesnt do it for you anymore” mean

this is from double espresso - you are practical and hard working. you like knowing that one shot just doesnt do it for you anymore? I am nit sure if this is related to double and single shot, that ...
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What is the word for “seperate into 2 parts”?

I'm looking for a word which basically means "separate an object into two parts", for example, boy and girl (gender), vegan and non-vegan, extrovert and introvert. I remembered that I have read that ...
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Name of a messenger service inside a big governmental agency, ministry

What do we call the department inside a govt. ministry that undertakes the relay of documentation, official letters, for instance, from outsiders (requests, application by companies, individuals)? ...
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What is the difference between fastened and stabilized? [closed]

To be more specific, fixed exchange rate, here, fixed which means fastened. But how am I suppose to explain the difference between fixed or fastened and stabilized?
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What do I call a curve of drug concentration vs. time if the concentration axis is on a log scale?

I have a number of curves of drug concentration vs. time. The time scale, on the horizontal (x) axis, is normal, while the concentration scale is logarithmic (the equidistant notches say 1000 ng/mL, ...
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Meaning of the verb “scale” in the context of weightlifting

It is from this video. It is at around 1 minute and 32 second. We cannot get around overhead pressing, but we want to make sure even when we do that, we do it properly and we actually have a way we ...
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What is the correct term if a technical device is not within its working limit?

If you have a device, e.g. sensor, which currently is in a state, in which it does not work (e.g. speed too high), what would be the correct term to express that ?
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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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Professional term for the complete service visit

After receiving a service call from a client and assigning it to the service person, is there one term for the whole process that follows, up to the moment the service person is back at the ...
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Meaning of “or” in this sentence

In my text book I saw the sentence: If a request is made to a web service, then the response will be returned within 5 seconds or the service is under DoS attack. I cannot understand the usage of or ...