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Archaic a type of fine woollen fabric
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say

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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"It is as thou sayest," said Don Quixote, "for the note-book in which I wrote it I found in my own possession two days after thy departure, which gave me very great vexation, as I knew not what thou wouldst do on finding thyself without any letter; and I made sure thou wouldst return from the place where thou didst first miss it."
Their May auction features seminal new-to-market works by MF Husain with "Trinity of Mother Teresa" being the cover lot and another work of two horses painted on the day of the India and Sri Lanka Cricket World Cup final match depicting the two teams as stallions of the cricket world; including an important work "Thou Sayest So" by Krishen Khanna, "Shanti Bindu" by SH Raza and an impressive bronze sculpture of Vishnu among other rare works by Bhupen Khakhar, Ram Kumar and SH Raza.
For truly as thou sayest, a Fairy King And Fairy Queens have built the city, son; They came from out a sacred mountain-cleft Toward the sunrise, each with harp in hand, And built it to the music of their harps.
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: But what sayest thou?
All that thou thinkest, sayest or doest bears perpetual record of itself, enduring for eternity.
Even so, Pontius said after a while: "The crux of the matter is in his response to my direct and straightforward question: 'Art thou the King of the Jews?' The answer of Jesus was short but elusive: 'Thou sayest.'"
terrestrial paradise, inasmuch as it yields thee, so thou sayest,