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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 “separate 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 ...
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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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Is there a name “-phobia” for fear of tape? For example duct tape, tesa film and stickers

I heard there are people who are afraid of tape, such as duct tape, tesa film and stickers. I tried to find the name of the symptom, but I couldn't find it. Is there a medical term for it, like "-...
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What is this action on computer windows called, “expanding the window”?

When pressing on the the double squares on the right upper corner of browsers (Chrome, Explorer, Firefox etc.) or office word, power-point, or almost any window in computers, can I refer it as ...
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Difference between periodic and periodical [closed]

What is the difference between the two adjectives periodic and periodical? For instance should I say "a periodic event" or "a periodical event" ?
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What are the combinations of ch, sh, th, wh, ph called in the professional literature jargon?

What are the combinations of the consonants ch, sh, th, wh, ph called in the professional literature jargon? (I'm asking about the consonants that are represented by two letters).
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What is the difference between “provisioned” and “provided”

I'm reading this article and they wrote: After the identity is created, the credentials are provisioned onto the instance. What I understand is that the credentials will be given to then ...
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What are these lines depicting movement in a cartoon called?

Is there a name for these curved lines that represent head motion?
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What is the most commonly used expression for “launching a factory or plant on an experimental basis”?

I've already looked up phrases like "pilot commissioning", "test launch", "pilot launch", and many more. I can't think of anything that doesn't sound weird. Any comments? This is the sentence I'm ...
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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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Is it common to shorten “the Shanghai Composite Index gauge” to “the Shanghai gauge” in the stock market domain?

The Shanghai gauge dropped 1.1 percent to 2,651.79 at the close, below its January 2016 closing low. Back then, officials had just introduced and then hastily scrapped a disastrous circuit-breaker ...
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How to name these two cases of passive voice?

How to name these two cases of passive voice: This document started being written by me on 2017.07.22. and This document was started (being) written by me on 2017.07.22. ? Both are the ...
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Is there a word “Pisser” in English gambling?

I have happened to see a Japanese anime, which is about a natural born gambler, (with English subtitles) And they (The honcho group and other "workers") are gambling dices. From 22:51 ~ The honcho ...
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Difference between “display” and “screen”

What would we call the device that is used to deliver the computer's image on the bigger electronic screen (like a PC monitor)? It is about the actual device that provides a visual output of every ...
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Term's name that has an opposite meaning if translated literally

In my language, there's a term "dikuliti". The meaning is "to peel the skin off". But that term is actually a passive verb of "kulit" (means skin). So the literal meaning of "dikuliti" is actually "...
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“The statement is witnessed”

The derivability of a given statement can be justified by exhibiting a derivation tree [...] For example, if [ some definitions ] then the derivability of the statement if t then false else ...
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Verbs to use when a place offers a view of another place

Except for the plain "to offer a view", I came across other terms to express the same meaning, but I'd like to know if there is any difference between them. For example, I found the verbs to overlook,...
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If “I read the book in five minutes” is to duration, what is “I read the book five minutes ago?”

If duration is the general term for the class of words that reference the time difference between now and the future when an event is finished (i.e. I read the book in five minutes), what is the ...
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What is a non-prime number greater than 1 called in English?

I know that this a math question, but as it is really a very basic math concept I think any English user would know it, and it must be more related to English than knowing the math. We call a number ...
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Help to understand: “The apology was not offered to the right,”

Bee later apologized for “using an expletive” to describe the first daughter. “It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it,” she said. The wording of the ...
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What does “beds” mean here? “the peripheral beds within the body and lungs”

What does "beds" mean here? A ventricle is one of two large chambers in the heart that collect and expel blood received from an atrium towards the peripheral beds within the body and lungs. The ...