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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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And then the man says he must be going home, and invites me and Tobin to walk that way.
Tis me humble dwelling," says he, "and I begin to perceive by the signs that me wife has retired to slumber.
I will ask the new girl we have in the kitchen," says he, "to make ye a pot of coffee to drink before ye go.
Erbig says he expects the shortage to be long-term.
Although Plumpp says he didn't know much about Wall Street, the lawyer he selected is a proficient stock picker and works as Plumpp's financial adviser as well.
Slater says he was used to dealing with the men in orthopedic surgery but had no idea how to relate to women COOs or committee members.
Gross says he prefers thumbs to grapples for that very reason--more precision in handling material.
Lopez says he is also concerned over the possibility, although he characterizes it as "remote," that certifying bodies may become controlled by individuals or organizations that push the requirements threshold too high.
Finsel says he obeyed the instructions of the Pennsylvania State Troopers, who told all the activists, including Bush supporters, to go into a zoned-off area.
For Polycom, there are no local competitors for the government to protect, says Bell, who says he believes the government should exempt tariffs on products that sell in smaller volumes.
For example, Josh Ziel, a 20-year-old gay junior at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, says he doesn't believe there is even such a thing as bisexuality.