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Questions tagged [meaning]

意味. The meaning of words or phrases within certain contexts, especially when it does not seem to match the standard definition.

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What is the difference between 隠す and 覆う?

It would be really nice if someone could explain the difference between these two words that both mean ´to hide´. Some example sentences that illustrate the difference would really help. :)
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Meaning of 字 in this context

From a story where people no longer use keys for locks, but speak a special phrase into the lock: それよりも、酒の勢いで、ついその文句を口に出してしまうことのほうが、しばしば発生した。しかし、帰ってから、酔いがさめて、後悔したりあわてたりする必要はない。内側から字を入れ替えて、...
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Directionality of にも

This is part of an analysis of episode 6 of Death Note (from this page: http://samuraimoon.blog67.fc2.com/blog-entry-204.html#comment_list) 結論。夜神月はやっぱり幼稚で負けず嫌い。...
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I don't understand why 差し支える means what it means

This is one word I often 'fail' while reviewing and I couldn't find much explanation anywhere. According to most dictionaries, it means something like hinder, interfere. 差: difference, substract 支: ...
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Meaning of 首を傾げてしまいたくなる

Evernoteにはかつての輝きが薄れ始め、100年企業を謳っているけど、それは本当に可能なのか??と首を傾げてしまいたくなるような停滞ぶりです is it I want this to leave me confused? It doesn't make sense It's from this text: 情報管理LOGの@yoshinonです。 私が、...
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Meaning of ハチ代(hachidai?) [closed]

I’m reading the manga WORKING!! and came across the word in this strip (corner of the last panel): From the context and the -代 suffix it seems to refer to some kind of payment to the employees but I ...
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What does “hennaiatsu” actually mean?

I don't know how it is written, but it was subtitled as "she's weird". For context: It was thought by one character after seeing another essentially tell others to go away so she could sleep in class. ...
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What are the differences between 真ん中, 中心 and 中央?

Could someone please explain the differences in usage and meaning? It would be nice with some example sentences as well.
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大恋愛の末に結ばれるわけではないから、アバタもエクボということはありえなかった。先行するのは条件である。 [closed]

Could somebody please help me decipher the phrase above which I came across while reading 逃がした魚は大きかった。It’s about two people in relationship. I understand that the first sentence means something like “...
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Real meaning of やがて

In many pages the meaning of やがて is "in the proper time", sometimes it's "eventually"… I'd like to know all the meanings.
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Meaning of こう言っちゃ何ですけど [duplicate]

I kind of get when it's supposed to be used, but I'd like a clear explanation on what it really means. こう言っちゃ何ですけど。
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Why is “移民” labelled as a sensitive word in the dictionary? (in relation with or without the history behind the word)

I stumbled again on a word that is labeled as sensitive. This time it's 移民 which means: Noun, Suru verb, No-adjective emigration; immigration [sensitive] (only the suru verb is labeled ...
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Meaning of 名前が名前だし, 受けでも狙え and ツッコミ

名前は南空ナオミ。元FBI捜査官だそうです。名前が名前だし両親が日本にいるのだから日本人なのでしょう。 南空ナオミ is the name of a Japanese detective in death note. I think the author is saying that because of her name and both her parents being in ...
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Changing を to は in negative statements

I've got confused and have a few questions: In some situations speaker is obligated to change the particle e.g. answering yes/no questions. Question: あなたはくじにひこうきにのりますか。(A) Answer: いいえ、わたしはくじ ...
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Can 章 be used to mean “story arc”'?

I was reading an interview with a author about her serialized story 『やが』も佳境といいますか、最終章と呼んでいいところまで到達しました。最後まで見届けていただけると……って、こんな「もうすぐ終わり」みたいな雰囲気を出してしまっていいのかな?(笑)。 So, in my opinion, I think it makes ...
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Questions on an 1840's text: Battle at Yamaki Palace 治承四年八月中句右兵衞佐頼朝公

I am a bit lost understanding and translating elements of this text from the 1840s, even after persevering for a couple of days. Two versions (with reasonable detail when viewed at actual scale). My ...
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Sexual joke/pun with メスブタ and オスブタ

Context: a boxer has a lot of female fans that worship him because of his handsomeness. They call him 王子. His trainer is a pervert who likes to receive anal sex from women with sex toys. In an extra ...
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Meaning of 足 and ブラ下げる

From a blog about Death Note: 自分に付き纏い始めた何者かを葬り去るためのキラの作戦が展開されたわけですが、 さすがキラの頭脳は普通ではないと思わせるような計画の内容でした。 私なら、とにかく捜査官の顔写真と名前を入手して、自分で写真を見ながら名前を書くでしょう。 しかし、ファイルを入手する過程で何らかの”足”が付きそうですね。 まさか、...
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What does ミラー and 光が飛んで mean in this passage?

Can anyone help me understand what ミラー(mirror) is referring to below and how it relates to 光が飛んで. Is this related at all to 白飛び https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/jn/113080/meaning/m0u/ Or does it mean ...
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Difference between 承知いたしました, わかりました and かしこまりました [duplicate]

I always hear these three words by different people. Is there any difference between them?
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Is that drawing in japanese? if so, can you please tell me what it says? [closed]

I saw this drawing at a friend's house and wondered what it means; unfortunately the friend has no idea. Another friend suggested it's hiragana script, hence the question here: can you please tell me ...
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Meaning of the name Moki [closed]

Can someone please tell me what the name Moki means in English? And is it a boy's or girl's name? Thank you
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空く[あく] and 空く[すく] [duplicate]

Is there any difference between 空く[あく] and 空く[すく]
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Meaning of 盗み飲み

きっと、盗み飲みしたお父さんの大人のジュースのせいだ。 So, I can guess from the words 盗む "steal" and 飲む "drink" that she drank secretly without anyone knowing, however I can't find this word in a dictionnary. Why is that ?
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The meaning of the sentence

一月一日から一月七日、または一月十五日まで、新しい年のお祝いをします。 I would understand this sentence if the part in bold was omitted: New Year is celebrated from January 1 to January 15. What is "一月七日、または” for?
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Different usage of 普通に?

So, I was watching this show called Terrace House, and the following exchange between two participants caught my attention. 翔平:「 テラスハウスに入って、一番の…ここに来ての…財産じゃないけど、聖南と出会えたことだな。」 聖南:「いや、何か…...
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What does this mean to you if you were to see an application named “Japanese 語”?

My friend is creating a word card application to help people memorize Japanese words / Kanji. The subject of what to call the application came up and he asked me for some suggestions. One of the ...
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Difficulties with an ambiguous sentence

新しく首相に就任した安倍晋三氏は、その著書『美しい国へ』(文春新書)において次のようなことを書いている。人は、自分が育った郷土に対して素朴な愛着をもつが、それはどこからくるのだろうか。それは、その国の歴史や伝統、文化などに接しているうちにはぐくまれてきたものである。だから「自らが帰属する国がつむいできた歴史や伝統、また文化に誇りをもちたいと思うのは、だれがなんといおうと、本来、...
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What is the usage of these 12 kanjis (彁, 墸,壥,挧,暃,椦,槞,蟐,袮,閠,駲,妛)+18 more in modern Japanese? How to read it?

I read from this interesting article that it's included in 幽霊文字 (yuurei moji/ghost kanji (character). I tried to look up each of those kanjis: I use these sites to look up those kanjis: a.jisho.org ...
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Trouble with the ambiguous verb 控える

I don't know how to differentiate between these 2 meanings of 控える: 〔止める,見合わせる〕 勝手な発言は控えてください Please refrain from speaking without permission. 〔少なめにする〕塩分を控えなさい Cut down on your intake of ...
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What does the Verb きれる mean here?

I’m reading a manga and I’m a little confused to the meaning of きれる in this context. “甘さを自覚した三浦くんは 私に受け止めきれるかな” When I asked one of my friends she told me it’s along the lines “I’ve realized ...
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What does 夢がない said by this speaker mean?

A and B waiting for C to bring more leaked photos of XXX. A「C、早く来ないでござるかなぁ……XXXの写真、早く見たいでござるよ」 B「どんどん過激になってきてますからね~。今度はパンモロとかかもしれませんよ!?」 A「それは夢がないでござるよ! パンツはチラリと見えるくらいが至高でござる!」 ...
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The meaning of 一本 in these lyrics

I am trying to translate a song and it's pretty difficult one and I'm unsure just what kind of meaning these lyrics have: この手を伝う 一本の孤独は 人の色が 褪せたままで My problem is with 一本 because I have always ...
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Is there a subtle difference between 少なくても and 少なくとも?

My sense is that the meaning is identical but that 少なくとも is somewhat more formal than 少なくても. Is that observation valid?
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Meaning of 瞳だけはぶっ飛ばない

Context: in a gym, a boxer attacks another boxer saying that he was provoking him with his eyes. After punching him, he thinks: 瞳だけはぶっ飛ばねーでやんの 甘ちゃんのクセに 人殴って拳が潤わなかったなんて ねーのに…… What is the ...
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Possible translations for 殺気

I'm trying to translate the 殺気 in the second sentence below to a English equivalent that denotes a emotionless attacker attacking from behind the narrator, but the only words that I am finding online ...
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Meaning of 掃き溜める

Context: a boxer is telling another one that he is too weak to participate in a tournament. 潰し合いさせられるトーナメントに浮かれてんの出場者ん中でお前だけだぞ?掃き溜められたコトにムカつくけどよ… お前みてェな甘ちゃんと肩並ばされんのはもっとハラが立つ。 Looking in the ...
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Usage of 引っかかる and double meaning

In *A Frequency Dictionary of Japanese: 彼はよく詐欺に引っかかる。 is translated as: He is often caught committing fraud. When reading that sentence I understood it as: He often falls for frauds (i.e: ...
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What does this 数えてみたら mean?

The following sentence is from this article on NHK Web特集 数えてみたら、息子と一緒に過ごせる時間がとても限られていることに気がつきました。 My attempt at translation: When one tries to count it, they took care that the time shared with ...
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Meaning of タダで in タダでヤれる

speaker desperate for some action あんないい女とタダでヤれるせっかくのチャンス、放っておく手はねぇだろ to finally have a chance of being being able to do it with such a fine girl, I'm not the sort that ignores that How is タダで ...
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A better understanding of 分には

I came across this sentence : こうして見ている分には、本当の親子そのものにしか見えぬ。 I looked up on this very website the meaning of 見ている分には, but I'm still not sure as to what it really means. Is there a way to ...
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What does 中3の25% exactly mean?

I am not sure about the first part of 「中3の25%、短文も理解困難」  Do you read 中 as ちゅう here? 25% of 3 would be 0.75% if I am not mistaken. Therefore does it mean something like 「around 0.75% of the ...
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Interpreting the meaning/nuance of a conversation

The following is less a question of grammar or language but more of understanding and context, because I feel like I'm maybe missing something. I have the following conversation/sequence of events. ...
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ていい after potential form

I was listening to the song 命に嫌われている and came across the following lyrics: 寂しいなんて言葉でこの傷が表せていいものか そんな意地ばかり抱え今日も一人ベッドに眠る I don’t understand what ていい is doing here. An attempt at a direct ...
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What's the difference between 母方 and 母系? The same question goes to 父方 and 父系

I saw these words a while ago but just now I decided to ask it here because I didn't find the answer anywhere. As the title says, I don't really know if there is a difference between 母方【ははかた】 X 母系【...
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Meaning of 〜の前では in the following sentence

A boxer is watching the super featherweight champion fighting and praises his speed: あの速さにダメージを与えるため〝芯〟を射抜くのは[8]【フル】ラウンドでも難しい…!! ベルトをとった あの王者の… 武器【スピード】の前では。 Considering the context, I think that ...
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What does 皮膚の裏側 mean?

白羽さんは鼻で笑い、笑った拍子に鼻がプーという音を出し、鼻水が鼻の穴に膜を作っているのが見えた。  白羽さんの紙で作ったような乾燥しきった皮膚の裏側にも、膜をはるような水分があるのだなと、私がその膜が割れるのに気をとられていると、 「特にないですよ。僕は大体わかってるんで」  と白羽さんが小声の早口で言った。 'rear of the skin'?
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Usage of そこ with と勘違い

Context: A guy is trying to differentiate his group from an old group (nwo) because some people may think they are doing the exact same things nwo did in the past. 「よく『nWoジャパンと同じやないか』って、『...
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What does いちいちパスタ mean in this sentence?

日本のスパゲッティは、いちいちパスタと言っていて奇妙です。 I don't see what could mean "one by one pasta" in this context?
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What is the meaning of こう見えて in this sentence?

こう見えてなかなかの策士 I get the なかなかの策士 part, but what does the first part of the sentence mean?