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Questions tagged [word-meaning]

For questions which a dictionary cannot answer about the meaning of a single word. It is best to include details about where you found the word, and any definitions that you have found that don't make sense, or don't fully answer your question.

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When to use “in the vicinity”, “in your vicinity” and “in the vicinity of”

When we say "in the vicinity" do we mean in the vicinity of the person who said it, or is it an implied location, which is more general? I am asking, because the idiom is "in the vicinity of something"...
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What is this Tom Pam Britanny in this context?

What is this in Google slides page? I tried checking the meaning of Tom, Pam, etc using Google but the meanings could not be understood, is it idiomatic?
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crosscheck x with z?

I am not sure about my use of the word crosscheck. I have a sentence similar to: To ensure the program correctness, we manually crosscheck the program's xyz function, and the product expiration ...
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What does “rosy” mean in this sentence?

I can't understand the meaning of this sentence: This is a sad sight for Mediators’ friends, who will come to depend on their rosy outlook. The complete paragraph is: Unlike their Extraverted ...
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all the apples vs all apples

Who ate all apples? vs Who ate all the apples? Is first question wrong? Why after "all" is necessary to add "the"? Without "the" are they all apples in the world? Thanks in advance. P.S. ...
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“prior” vs. “previous” work

Are prior and previous interchangeable in this context? ... including datasets from previous work. And, ... including datasets from prior work. Can you clarify please what is the difference ...
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chosen such that the horizons lie within the history , what is that the?

In https://peerj.com/preprints/3190.pdf section 4.3 We use simulated historical forecasts (SHFs) by producing K forecasts at various cutoff points in the history, chosen such that the horizons ...
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As’ meaning in this sentence

Baby, baby, feels like maybe, things will be all right Baby, baby, your love's made me Free as a song, singin' forever This is a part of my favorite song, “only yesterday” by carpenters. And I am ...
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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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Can I say “fingers” when referring to toes?

In my native language, there is no word for toes. You just use the same word for both toes and fingers. In this context, I would say a human has 20 fingers. Recently I've heard someone saying a ...
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What does the word 'upstream' mean in the context?

I was reading an article about food delivery market and I came across with a term "upstream" and I don't get what that word means. The article says: Look upstream. China’s online food delivery ...
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to us vs to see us

Which sentence is grammatically correct or both? If he has time, he will come to us. vs If he has time, he will come to see us. Thanks.
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songs by Mozart and Beethoven?

Is the word "songs" properly used in the following? By the 1700s, European glass harp masters could play songs by Mozart and Beethoven on the instruments. I'd appreciate your help.
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What's the meaning of word “Awkwardnessfull”?

I read it on some books that were written: "Awkwardnessfull is Awkwardnessfull" in terms of what are the words that are homological. What's the meaning of this word? The context is: Another clever ...
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Do you use another terminology for bibliography when you use only links instead of books, quotes, etc.?

I am developing new software and I want to have a list of resources for the web pages that I have used to develop this software. Example of my-resources.txt: - https://tutorialxyz.com/xxxx - https://...
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Meaning of “premise of something?”

In the following question: What's the premise of money? What's the premise of email? What's the premise of the book / movie? Does the word 'premise' refer to the reason behind the existence of money,...
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How is “over-the-top” related to online streaming? [closed]

I know OTT means online content business, but why is "over the top" linguistically used? Literally I don't see much connection.
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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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whats the meaning of word “personified”?

the reason is the guiding principle of the mind in the process of thinking. Freq. contrasted with will, imagination, passion, etc. Often personified. this is one of The Oxford English Dictionary ...
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Can the verb “dock” be used as a substitute for “fine”?

I read a clause in "The Hindu" which was: Institute docked for failing to detect cancer According to Merriam Webster dictionaries, "dock" means - to subject to a deduction as of wages But, can ...
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What is the difference between “shut” and “close”?

It is obvious that shut and close are very similar in meaning. However, while learning English as non-native (a long time ago) the teacher underlined that the two words are not identical in meaning. ...
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Is there some nuance between anyone and anybody? [duplicate]

I've always used them interchangeably according to my mood. But are there any rare cases where they aren't interchangeable or have a slightly different meaning?
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Regarding a verb “coffer”

I'm writing this question from my office so kindly allow my rough style. Becuase I am a guid tour, I am checking the site in English where I will bring the non-native ( to my country ) visitors. I ...
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is there any difference between “fisherman/woman” and “fisher”?

I've frequently come across the term "fisherman" (more rarely in the feminine) meaning a person who catches fish, whereas "fisher" was limited to religious texts. Now in a Cambridge FCE test a number ...
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What does radical mean in this context? [closed]

Christianity in the east is more radical than the west, although it's minority there. What's the meaning of radical here? Radical means a fundamental change but I see no change here. It's a general ...
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“It compounds over time”

I would like you to kindly let me or confirm with me about the use of the verb "compound" at the title. It's from this article. Kim Churches, CEO of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)...
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Is it OK to use “slowly” after “to edge”?

I came across a sentence Why does a car have to edge forward slowly when turning from a side street into a main street? The use of slowly made me look up the definition of edge as a verb in a ...
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I could give you vs I can give you

I am reading a text. A part of that is as follows: Paul Washington: My flight doesn't leave until late this afternoon. Is there any possibility of an extended check-out time? I don't want to cause ...
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What does *dead* mean in *What do you mean, dead?*?

In the following sentence, which I encountered when I was learning French on Duolingo (but my native language is not English): What do you mean, dead? In my dictionary, there is no description of ...
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“Pivot table” term [closed]

I am trying to understand the term "pivot table". Unfortunately, the dictionaries I've consulted are not helpful. Does the "pivot" word refer to the fact data is "rotated" around a certain dimension? ...
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Can “foolish” and “folly” be used interchangeably? [closed]

On StackOverflow, answering a question I introduced a badly written piece of code by saying To make it clear, let's have some folly examples. I wanted to say that the examples the reader is going ...
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Using “on” as a time measurement unit

The example: There were no cars on(during) Tutankhamon's time. Is the word "on" used correctly in the example above? If not, why?
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The meaning of “up” in the phrase “up in London”

He'd been to a lecture the previous night up in London. I looked it up in a dictionary. 'Up' as adverb has many meanings. Would you tell me if the meaning I chose is applied to the sentence? From ...
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Is it correct to say

Is it correct to say “i was surprised to learn your age” Or “I was surprised when I learned your age was X/you were X years old " If not can you explain why and propose an alternative that means more ...
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What does it mean to 'pipe'?

On the first poem of his book Songs of Innocence and Experience, William Blake wrote: Piping down the valleys wild, piping songs of pleasant glee, on a cloud I saw a child, and he ...
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What is it called if a thing have different descriptions of the same phenomena?

Does anyone know what it is called when a thing have different descriptions of the same phenomena? Some would say it would be called "paradoxical", but that would be if a thing had opposite ...
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She is a credit to her family

She is a credit to her family. Probably it means that her family respect and feel proud of her now. I was curious to know if it could also mean that her parents have high expectations for her in the ...
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Grammartical error in this sentence? [closed]

I was reading How to Solve It by George Polya when the sentence bellow confused me: It may happen that a student hits upon an exceptionally bright idea and jumping all preparations blurts out ...
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Meaning of notch?

I'm quite a bit confused about the meaning of this word. I remember searching up this word or having seen something that indicates that "notch/notches" are marks (for example, the marks that are ...
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What is “hope hospital”? [closed]

She was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire 12 years ago for her contribution to the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service, a charity that provides a range of services for vulnerable ...
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What do they mean by “ambient condition”?

I'm reading a technical lab report which study the effect of light and temperature on a silicon wafer. However i'm a bit confused if ambient condition in this case means. Task 3, Investigate the ...
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Nuance between philia and mania?

•to like something means to find something agreeable, enjoyable, or satisfactory. •to have philia of something (eg. bibliophile) means to have friendly feeling toward something or have an abnormal ...
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in advantage of and in favour of meaning

I lost my business in advantage of a competitor. I want to say that a competitor will benefit from losing my business. We should not avoid teaching music in favour of other school subjects. I want ...
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What is the meaning of the word mapping in this sentence?

In the book titled What the Future and Why It's up To Us by Tim O'Reilly there is a line as follows: How can we all become better at mapping future trends? Here a keyword in this sentence is the ...
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What does “paint” mean in “fleck of paint”?

https://youtu.be/8jBr5aL_VvI?t=73 This crack in the window of the International Space Station was thought to have been caused when a tiny fleck of paint hit it. I looked up the dictionary and I'm ...
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What does “only” mean in “It's only natural that”?

It's only natural that you should worry about your children. How would it be different if I removed “only” from the sentence? It's natural that you should worry about your children. What does “...
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What is “to have the price of tea”?

"Speak to me?" Rosemary turned. She saw a little creature, no older than herself who shivered as though she had just come out of the water. "Madam," came the voice, "would you let me have the price of ...
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Use of assimilate vs imitate in a sentence

Today I took an English test , in which I was asked to choose between assimilate and imitate as a word which closely resembles the phrase ‘to make a copy of’. I chose assimilate , because in my ...
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“Such level of shade for her age” - meaning of “level of shade” in a YouTube comment on an actress taking part in a talk show

I watched this video (a very young urbane actress being interviewed on a late-night TV show) and came across the comment that I couldn't understand: Such level of shade for her age... I see great ...
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What meaning of “when” is it in this sentence?

Setting: An air plane crashed and bunch of school students have been stranded in an island Student A : Isn't it strange? Here we are talking to each other... when, since we're in different ...