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Archaic a type of fine woollen fabric

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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Nay,' says she, 'the child may come to be a gentlewoman for aught anybody knows; she has a gentlewoman's hand,' says she.
Asked about Cosby's current situation, she says she "just leave(s) all that to karma and justice.
Summary: The 43-year-old actor says she often struggles with striking a balance between her work and life
An Arizona woman is searching for her wedding ring after she says she accidentally gave it away with Halloween candy.
JWoww gave birth to her first child, Meilani, on July 13, and now she says she needs a break, ya know?
Summary: Lily Dionne says she feels betrayed by Innocence of Muslims producer.
Louise, 35, says she can't work because of her ordeal.
A GREAT-GRAN who says she binned a pounds 1million lotto scratch card has lost her fight for a payout.
At first she says she will sell to the UK but then go on to supply stores in France and Spain.
LYNDA Hartley is a 41-year-old mother of two, but says she is often mistaken as being 10 years younger.
Sylvia Dennis of Winnetka says she finds timeouts effective for Natalie, 4, and Ryan,
The organizer says she has noticed changes in book content, more positive images of black men like Asim's Daddy Goes to Work [ages 4-8, Little, Brown Young Readers, May 2006] and Weatherford's book Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive, about the Olympic runner [ages 9-12, Walker Books for Young Readers, January 2007].