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I'm trying to name a class representing objects that can be hidden and reshown. I'm wondering if there's a better term than "hideable object".

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closed as off topic by Andrew Leach, MετάEd, choster, Matt E. Эллен, Hellion May 28 '13 at 14:59

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This seems to be a question of computing terminology rather than a language question, since the hideable objects in question are apparently programming objects to be displayed or not displayed on screen. – TrevorD May 28 '13 at 10:52
    
Class-naming is explicitly off-topic. As a general rule, something which is descriptive is good: what is wrong with hideable? – Andrew Leach May 28 '13 at 11:13
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I haven't been here in a while, so I forgot about the class-naming rule. Regarding your question, the word hideable seems esoteric (maybe it isn't), and for that reason I thought it might be a poorer choice than other, more vivid words (if they exist). – Andres Riofrio May 28 '13 at 12:08
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This question is explicitly on-topic. Question is not about computer programming but about synonym for a word in English. – Petr Gladkikh Sep 17 '14 at 11:24
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Why are StackExchange moderators so quick to close questions? That is the single thing I hate the most about this network. Just let people be already! Err on the side of assuming the best of people. Please... – Tyler Rick Jun 5 '15 at 23:28

I have recently had this very same dilemma. In the end I went with 'hidable'. It is extremely clear what is meant, and so is better than using a word like removable or the ugly toHide. It doesn't appear in every dictionary but according to Merriam Webster it is a word; though without the 'e'. That's good enough for me.

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Doing a quick google search for hideable and hidable, it looks hideable is more popular! Also according to wictionary, they are alternative: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/hideable – Afshin Moazami Mar 3 at 21:51

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