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Archaic a type of fine woollen fabric

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A human may "say" things to a computer by typing them on a terminal. "To list a directory verbosely, say "ls -l"." Tends to imply a newline-terminated command (a "sentence").

A computer may "say" things to you, even if it doesn't have a speech synthesiser, by displaying them on a terminal in response to your commands. This usage often confuses mundanes.
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She cannot say how much exactly cement will cost as it is not yet known how much gas will cost for industry.
She cannot say whether the effect is maintained over time.
She said she would like to ban Islamic groups, but that she cannot say so "because of democracy.
She knows what she knows, though she cannot say how she knows it or by what or whose authority the self-evident truths that make up her moral universe were promulgated.
When asked whether there are significant cases of human trafficking in Oman, she said that she cannot say whether 'trafficking' phenomenon exists in Oman since there are no in-depth studies done in the area.
She said she cannot say with surety as to how many days would it take to evacuate Pakistanis.
Jade first danced at the age of seven and although she cannot say when she set her sights on a career in dance, she knows she is firmly dedicated to it now.
Because if she cannot say what she means they cannot know she means what she says.
An assistant said: "Yes, Mr Eriksson was a client of Maga Clara but she cannot say anything else.