Questions tagged [terminology]

For questions about technical or specialized words in fields like grammar, sailing, computers, marketing, research, etc.

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Syndrome or disease?

Of late, I was reading about AIDS which is the abbreviation of "acquired immune deficiency syndrome". This got me into thinking that AIDS isn't a disease (a disease in itself). It is a set of specific ...
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“a null pointer” VS “the null pointer”

In programming the null pointer is a pointer that is equal to 0. I.e. it is a pointer with a concrete value equal to zero. It is the only one of course. So I suppose we should always say: the null ...
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“resource exhaustive” vs. “exhaustive resource”

Method A exhaust a lot of resources. How can I say this in comparison sentence: method A has been viewed as a resource exhaustive compared to method B Or, method A has been viewed as an ...
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on using “to denote” to define a term

I want to define few terms but not sure how to use denote. For example: We use the term XYZ to denote websites consisting of ... Is the above correct statement?
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Fixing code review remarks

The code review is a process of inspection of a software code in order to find flaws, errors, defects etc. During a code review an inspector writes remarks about what is wrong and should be fixed. I ...
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Possessive 's with inanimate nouns (e.g. programming languages)

It has bothered me for a while. I am a software developer and I keep noticing things like the features of the Java 8's release during C++'s development period This method is one of the ...
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American English - what is the most precise term for that kind of division? [closed]

Is it a dialect? Sub-dialect? Something else?
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“A determinative factor”, “A determinant” and “A decisive factor”

To me, and based on dictionary definitions a "determinative factor", a "determinant" and a "decisive factor", imply a truely "crucial factor" which can lead you to make a decision about something. ...
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What is a Hanging Sentence?

I am having trouble understanding one of the comments made by my supervisor on the latest draft of our scientific paper. She commented on the first sentence of the draft (Introduction section), she ...
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Is 'vertex' the correct term for peak (and valley) point on a curve?

This is about mathematical terminology in English. A simple curving line can have a top peak and a bottom valley. What is the correct term to use for the top/bottom point? In my native tongue, we ...
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what is the terminology that describe the rate of user view over user order

assume I have a e-commerce website, and i need to know how many users that access my website, and how many of them make an order. the question is, what is the terminology describe the rate?
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Minus and plus a specific temperature degree (weather)

When we are going to say the weather temperature is below 0 degrees we use X degrees below zero or minus X degrees, but what about the contrary case? For instance we would probably say something ...
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“written assignment” vs “writing assignment”

What's the difference between "written assignment" and "writing assignment"? I was told just now this: "...written assignment (is) versus oral assignment, and writing assignment (is) versus ...
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What is the term for a physical division in a newspaper?

There are newspapers that are made up of several "mini-newspapers" (or "physical volumes"), for example, the "main news" "mini-newspaper", the "classifieds" "mini-newspaper", and the "sports" "mini-...
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sanctify or speak of sanctity… of God

While reading a text the following question occurred to me: Do we sanctify God? Or do we speak of sanctity of God? Actually I was reading a text in which I found the following: ...while praising ...
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Phoneme vs graphene vs IPA

I want to clarify my doubt on the difference between a phoneme and a grapheme. A phoneme is a sound unit while a grapheme is a written format of that sound unit. To the best of my knowledge, a ...
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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? [closed]

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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Is there a word that means “join bodies”?

I am not sure if there's a word for it, but it would make a lot of sense if there was, sometimes in the "acrobatic arts" people do this, so there might be a specific terminology for it, I suspect ...
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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 ...