Questions tagged [word-meaning]

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When talking about computing, are “not enabled” and “disabled” same?

When talking about computing, are "not enabled" and "disabled" same? I understand that the phrases "not enabled" and "disabled" are synonymous and can be used ...
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An impassable/uncrossable country

Let's say there is a country which illegal immigrants are not able to enter. The country's borders have good security. Can we call that country an impassable country or an uncrossable country ? ...
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Can the word 'pottery' be omited in this sentence?

I have read today a sentence I haven't understood, simply it doesn't have sense to me: Ceramics can be pottery made of hardened clay. I have looking for the meaning of pottery and ceramic and are ...
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These awesome figures

Nick Hopkinson: “When you are young they assume you know nothing…” July 27, 2021 I can clearly remember forming the thought, on my first clinical attachment as a medical student, that I’d never know ...
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What's the meaning of “torn” or “torn from sleep”?

It's in the book 'The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher' It happened after the character Geralt fights a fast and strong creature. He falls bleeding and wakes up, his neck injury attended by someone. ...
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Meaning of “booted”

Can someone help me understand what "booted" means in this sentence? A police captain says: Local boys booted it. They didn't file the report until this morning. Does "boot" mean ...
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Is it natural to say 'non-standard dialects'? [closed]

Does 'non-standard dialects' sound normal(natural)? Aren't all dialects non-standard?
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What's the meaning of the letter ,,s" at the end of the word good in the following sentence ? (Also what is the entire meaning of it ?)

It's an excerpt from the movie "The Shining" Jack Torrance: You've had your whole fu**ing life to think things over, what good's a few minutes more gonna do you now?
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‎What do floss mean in chiropractic? [closed]

‎What does floss mean in chiropractic? I heard somebody said "floss for nerve... " However, according to the dictionary, "floss" means a dance or cleaning your teeth in verb form....
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Meaning of the word 'Norse god'

I am reading the novel Deception point and I found this sentence at the beginning of a chapter NASA administrator Lawrence Ekstrom was a giant of a man, ruddy and gruff, like an angry Norse god. I ...
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Word choice for notice

What other verbs are proper to substitute for "notice" in the following sentence so as to mean the same or similarly? "Did you notice what intonation pattern of the example sentence was?...
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Are these two expressions interchangeable?

Are "listen carefully" and "listen mindfully" interchangeable? If yes, is the first one less formal than the second? If no, what's the difference between them? Are the following ...
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this particular flooding

What does "particular" mean in the following? Does it mean "special"? While it's too early for scientists to say how big a role climate change has played in causing this ...
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Does the word “comparatively” work fine in the following sentence?

Please have a look at this table: I have written this overview to describe the table: Overall, it can be vividly seen that younger people tend to consume less amount of dairy products, while older ...
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How are “(for) long” and “(for) a long time” different?

This is the explanation from Oxford Dictionary (for) long / (for) a long time Both (for) long and (for) a long time are used as expressions of time. In positive sentences (for) a long time is used: ...
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Meaning of 'unstructured' in “I reckon you should spend unstructured time with your kids”

I reckon you should spend unstructured time with your kids. It wouldn't kill you to be a little maternalistic.
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Are “Many believe” and “supposedly” exact synonyms?

In IELTS exam we have to paraphrase the question in the introduction of the essay. If the question includes the following sentence: Many believe that listening to classical music confers several ...
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Is there an adjective expressing that a certain thing is to be chosen?

I'm translating a literature list, and roughly translated, one of the entries reads "Any book of approximately 250 pages, dealing with the topic chosen for the argumentative essay" – but the ...
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What does this 'it' refer to in this context?

Following is from an article about nuclear power plant. What does 'it' mean in this context? I thought it refers to 'power plant' but there might be a possibility it refers to 'data'. Accidents, ...
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Meaning of “orienting response”

What is the meaning of Orienting response in below passage? What is it about TV that has such a hold on US? In part, the attraction seems to spring from our biological ‘orienting response.’ First ...
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Which box does the phrase “latter box” refer in the below two sentences?

Which box does the phrase "latter box" refer in the below sentence ? Sentence 1: He ate oranges, in the box made from a box, and ate apples, in the latter box. Sentence 2: He ate oranges, in ...
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What's the meaning of “juice” in this sentence?

I've been watching a movie that one said: How a halfwit like you pull that off? and the other said as the answer: Guess the halfwit's still got some juice. I searched but didn't get any meaning ...
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If many apples are bad. Then which of the below sentences correctly describes that many apples are bad

If many apples are bad. Then which the below sentences correctly describes that many apples are bad. An apple are bad. Such apples are many in number. An apple are bad. Such an apple is many in ...
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“On the grounds that” suggests the reason isn’t really a good one

Garner's Modern English Usage reads “In 1991, Bridgeport, Connecticut, sought Chapter 9 protection but a judge denied it on the grounds that [use because instead] the city was solvent.” Tony Jackson, ...
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What's a greeting?

I have found conflicting information on the definition of greeting. I'm studying a book called "Speed up English" that says that "goodbye", "see you later" and "...
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What does “mustache twirly” mean?

I was watching an interview where a person was described using the following words. mustache twirly in his personality What does mustache twirl / mustache twirly mean? Is it a symbol for something? ...
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temperatures in an atmosphere unaltered by the effect

Their analysis reveals an unambiguous footprint of human-caused climate change. The team compared the observed heat with maximum daily temperatures predicted by climate models, including simulations ...
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Meaning of “dimension” in “you can add it to celeries for extra flavor and ”dimension"

This tiny fruit (Lychee) has only six calories, you can add it to celeries for extra flavor and dimension. I've seen it here.
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meaning of “help”

The Cambridge Dictionary has the following definition of "help": to do something for someone And the example sentence: Dad always helps me with my homework. I'm wondering this sentence ...
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credited with reviving a lackluster rollout

It’s become a standard photo op of the pandemic: leaders rolling up their sleeves for COVID-19 shots to trumpet the advent of vaccines. Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu was one of the first, Joe Biden did ...
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Can we say “do a class”?

Do you think, "do a class" is a plausible phrase? For example, let's say a teacher is going to give a class at 2:30, can he/she say, "I will do a class at 2:30"? Or if he/she is ...
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“Want” vs “mean”, which of one is better and why?

Well, recently using google translate I got interesting translation for me. Of course I have never seen that translation before and I ran to search information of this translation, and I did not find ...
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Can “understand” be used in this context?

"I will contact you to understand the situation that happened yesterday." In terms of "clarification" with respect to the situation. Not that it can be understood either by one ...
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Why is the word “actually” use as a filler word?

Actually: as the truth or facts of a situation; really. I've heard native speakers use the word actually as filler word in contexts that don't actually mean the truth or facts of a situation. When ...
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What does “rolling” mean in this context

Hazard Reporting - XX% of Sites compliant to monthly KPI target and rolling 12-month average Wider context: https://i.snipboard.io/b1xnmV.jpg (it's about Occupational Health and Safety system of a ...
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KK-looking people

(The below is picked from an American forum: it would seem to me that the author of this article is a sympathizer of radical Islam since he "helped to launch Al Jazeera America", according ...
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“he will flip” - What does “flip” mean here?

American A: What is everyones’ opinion about how significant the indictment of Trump organization CFO is? American B: Depends on what they have. If the DA shows that he has enough for a conviction......
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we can divide and conquer

If anything restores confidence that truth is within our grasp, it is that we can divide and conquer. Although “real” is sometimes equated with “fundamental,” each of the multiple levels of ...
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Please help me with the article on sound production

Anyone familiar with sound producing kitchen? A lot of the major label projects involve working from stems and matching the Atmos mix very closely to the stereo master, but in immersive space. This ...
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Lover definition in British English

If a person I’ve been seeing calls me ‘my lover’, does it mean that we are more than just dates like calling someone ‘darling’ including romance or is it just dating including sexual intimacy but not ...
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What does “a creepy kid” mean? What actions of a kid are considered as creepy?

Creepy is a word that sounds horrible which is defined as "as of things crawling on one's skin". Though I heard people say "that kid is creepy" when I at least don't think that kid ...
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Word-meaning understanding (From Magoosh Flashcard--'Diffident')

Here's the definition of "Diffident": Showing modest reserve; lacking self-confidence Question: Does "modest reserve" suggest a negative meaning? Indeed, it seems irrelevant to ...
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Does the addition of an adjective/attributive in front of a noun change its meaning? In what case? [closed]

In 2006, Pluto was reclassified from a planet to a dwarf planet. I'm sorry to ask, if this is a very basic question. Very confusing for my mind. Maybe I am dumb. For instance, isn't a big ball still ...
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Word-meaning understanding (From Magoosh Flashcard--'Mitigate')

Here are two plausibly different definitions of the word "Mitigate": (1) to make less severe or harsh; (2) to lessen the severity of an offense I don't see why Magoosh lists two meanings ...
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How to make sense of 'great weekend listens'

How can I make sense of: great weekend listens What is the definition of 'listens' in this context? What its grammatical class?
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Meaning of “buy” in “I don't buy this person answering your mobile.” [closed]

The following sentence is meaningless to me. What is the meaning of "buy" here? I don't buy this person answering your mobile. It sounds like "trust" to me, but I have never seen ...
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What does scream mean in these sentenses?

I just found an interesting usage of scream which I couldn't locate its meaning in dictionaries. Two examples are as follows: When the speaker (who is a journalist) wore a wrinkly blouse, she said: ...
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improve chances vs. increase chances [closed]

Interruption of a task greatly improves its chances of being remembered. Source: The Psychology Book Do "improves its chances" and "increase its chances" share the same meaning? ...
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What does what'sis'sit stand for?

Here is a line in the TV series Central Park s1 e1 at 06:40. So, you're probably thinking, "Who is Bitsy What'sis'sit?" What does What'sis'sit stand for?
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What's the difference between the two words “bustle” and “hustle”?

I usually see these two words used together as in "hustle and bustle". I consider them as synonyms but I would like to know that do they have any differences. Then I looked up "bustle&...

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