124 Answered Questions for the topic meaning in context
What does "one needn't stand on trifles" mean?
I'm reading "The Portrait of a Lady" by Henry James, and I found the following two sentences.> "I suppose that after a girl has refused an English lord she may do anything," her aunt rejoined.... more
How does negation affect the use and understanding of "or" and "and"?
I'm trying to make more sense of how negation effects how a sentence is parsed and understood if *and*'s and *or*'s are used within them.Pop quiz: You are trapped on a bus with a bomb going 50 MPH.... more
Meaning In Context Grammar
You will have to Vs Have to?
I have come across this, in a recent conversation with an educationalist.During our conversation regarding higher education; He said, "you will have to do that".Is it the right phrase? What is the... more
What does "storm–the–gates populism” mean?
I was drawn to the words "storm-the-gates populism" in the following passage of the New York Times’ (February 15) article that came under the title, "Donald Trump escalates rhetoric before South... more
Difference between "prima facie" and "preliminary" evidence?
I came across many sentences in empirical economics papers using the term:> prima facie evidenceIs there any difference between *"prima facie"* evidence and *"preliminary evidence"*?
"We are all just prisoners here, of our own device"?
It is from the song "Hotel California" by the Eagles.I have a hard time interpreting the meaning of *device* in this context.
Meaning of "misuse of the word 'only'" in context?
I am reading the book *Learning Python* by Mark Lutz, in which there's a passage I don't understand: > I also want to thank my original editor at O’Reilly, the late Frank Willison. This book was... more
Grammatically and meaning of "He has started feeling the heat of the chill"?
> He has started feeling the heat of the chill.Is the above sentence grammatically correct and does it make some sense?We know that the word "heat" can be used in the following ways - "... in... more
Meaning of "delight the heart of a wheelbarrow"?
I found this sentence in The Green Fool by Patrick Kavanagh: >I heard phrases of whimsical prophecy and exciting twists of language that would delight the heart of a wheelbarrow or a modernist... more
Why pool of processes?
I hit the [sentence](http://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-3148/):> The *ProcessPoolExecutor* class is an *Executor* subclass that uses a pool> of processes to execute calls asynchronously.I was... more
Is it normal to use ‘the second’ without a preposition in expressing ‘as soon as” or ‘no later than’?
I saw the following sentence in Time magazine’s (December 3) article titled “Betraying physical book: A book lover’s e-dilemma:> “When electronic books first came out, I embraced them... more
Why is there a "mean" in "Greenwich Mean Time" (GMT)?
What's the meaning of the word "mean" in "Greenwich Mean Time"?Shouldn't we simply say something like "Greenwich Time"? I don't understand what the word "mean" is doing there.
Is “go all coy over stg.” an idiom or simple combination of words?
I found the phrase “go all coy over reports “in the following sentence of Washington Post (May 12) article introducing CBS’s reported deal with Ashton Kutcher in replacing him Charlie Sheen as the... more
Word for making an implication with tone?
Sometimes when people use the name of the person they're talking to in a statement it's used to dismiss the discussion at hand. For example, "Because the sky is blue, Alice" or "If you have two... more
What's the meaning of "six words away"?
What's the meaning for "six words away"? I heard it repeatedly in the movie *Coach Carter*.**Edit:** In the scene in a bus, when the coach blasts the team for sneaking out to a party without... more
Meaning of "move out of a walk"?
In George Orwell's *1984*, Part 3, [Chapter 4](http://www.george-orwell.org/1984/20.html):> He attempted more elaborate exercises, and was astonished and> humiliated to find what things he... more
What does “force oneself ” mean in the sentence,“Dickens has been forcing himself. Bleak House was forced; Little Dorrit was labored”?
I saw the phrase, “force himself” in the following sentence of Time (Jan 30) article titled “Charles in Charge.”:>Critics found these novels dreary and diffuse. Henry James, reviewing Our Mutual... more
Meaning of "I'm kind of on a clock here"?
In the TV show *Friends*, there is the following conversation:> — Did you ask him? — No, I haven't had a chance yet. — I'm kind of on a clock here. — Oh, Fonzie. — You know who I always... more
What does 'after commencement' mean in the following sentence?
I have some trouble understanding legal terms. I'll be very grateful to you if you could clarify the meaning of 'after commencement' in the first sentence of the British Nationality Act... more
"There is no man who has never looked upon a woman WITH/WITHOUT desire"?
In Atticus's closing speech he argues:> “Which, gentlemen, we know is in itself a lie as black as Tom Robinson’s skin, a lie I do not have to point out to you. You know the truth, and the truth... more
Meaning of art in this context?
A line from Kipling's The Last of the Light Brigade reads thus:They felt that life was fleeting; they knew not that art was long,What does *art* mean in this context?
What does “snug as a nun’s wimple or loose as a suggestion mean?
The Time Magazine’s article (November 5, 2015) titled, “Is Iran finally ready for change?” begins with the following passage:> “The politics of Iran may be relentlessly convoluted, but for years... more
Broken Shells Make Temple bells' meaning?
There is a great Irish song 'As I Rover Out'. The 'Omnia' band made a remake of this song called 'Who Are You?'The meaning of the certain sentence in this remake became a subject of discussion... more
Meaning of "a certain air of"?
What does "a certain air of" mean? I met it in the Chapter 3 of "A Study in Scarlet" by sir A. C. Doyle:> He was a man with some amount of self-importance and **a certain air of** command.
What do ‘it’ ‘on’ ‘off’ mean in “it’ll be on with the old Invisibility Cloak and off to find out what he’s –“?
I have trouble understanding the bold part.Harry has a magical map by which he can see where others are. He is looking at the map and paying attention to his enemy schoolboy, Malfoy.>”Well, I’m... more