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“Finance” is to “financial” as “trade” is to what? [closed]

What goes in the blank? Commerce → Commercial Finance → Financial Trade → __________
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Analog for 'side', but for front vs. rear [duplicate]

I wish to name a property that expresses whether something is in the front or at the rear. This term has to be used together with 'side' without causing ambiguity. Much like 'side' can be left or ...
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Adjective that means “snake-like”

If bovine means related to the cow or ox, what is the word that means related to the snake?
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Name for altering a well known phrase in an obvious to convey a “new” concept?

I think most people are well aware what a drag-queen is (a man dressed/acting as a woman), but I've never before today heard the phrase "drag-king" I can however, easily arrive at the conclusion that ...
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Which concept in physics is closest to the general concept of power?

The general concept of power, as in social and political power, but also as in "power levels", is very different from the concept of power in physics (where it refers to the rate of doing work). Since ...
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Pertaining to “Analog(ue)” [duplicate]

As digitally is to digital, is analogously or analogically to analog(ue)?
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Rhetoric vs. Mathematics: ellipsis/ellipse, parable/parabola, hyperbole/hyperbola

Do ellipsis, parable, and hyperbole from rhetoric have anything in common with the geometric curves ellipse, parabola, and hyperbola used in mathematics? There are three geometric curves known as ...
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What is the equivalent word for “flight” when riding a boat instead?

Example: My "flight" is at 2:00 PM. EDIT I am a Filipino, and English is our second language here in the Philippines. We have 7,000+ islands here and travel by boat is very common, yet we don't have ...
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“Adjacent” is to “adjacency” as “contains” is to what?

An adjacency relation is one which denotes whether two objects are adjacent. The two neighbors are adjacent, and hence have an adjacency relation. What is the equivalent for a "contains" ...
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“Race” is to “racist” as “knowledge” and “disposition” are to what words?

race → racist freedom → fascist (for example) knowledge → ? disposition → ? What's the word to describe a person who is disrespectful of your knowledge or disposition?
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“Hungry” is to “full” as “thirsty” is to what adjective?

In Danish, we do have word for this ("set"), but absolutely nobody uses this...
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What is a term for the “process of copying somebody's work/invention”?

I need a phrase to mean process of copying somebody's work is in the context of industry/manufacturing. Is there a concise phrase with the meaning similar to "plagiarism" by a competitor in business ...
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Analogue of “orphan” for someone who's lost their siblings

As per title - is there such a word? Either a noun: John is an ?????? (his only brother died when he was 3) or verb (or past tense as an adjective): John was ????ed today (his only sister ...
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“More than one” is to “plural” as “less than one” is to what?

We call the quantity of more than one (singular) plural. Is there any general word similar to this for a quantity less than one (singular)?
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An analogy to describe an individual who merges traits he finds from others in order to develop his own identity? [closed]

I am writing a research paper in which my thesis concerns how a character matures through his merging of characteristic traits in his relationships with other characters. How can I introduce this ...
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“Male/female” is to “gender” as “man/woman” is to what?

What is the hypernym for man and woman? I don't think it is gender because that would've been male and female.
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“View”, but for hearing

I know a lot of words, but it's driving me crazy that I can't think of one for this. I'm sure there must be one. I want to be able to say: I had not only a great view of the ocean from that room, ...
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A name for hat collectors?

The Stack Exchange Winter Bash 2013 has me thinking about hats, as my collection is growing. I know that the terms for people who collect specific things are generally obscure, but they do exist. ...
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What do electricians and mechanics “do”?

A carpenter does carpentry. A scientist does science. An engineer does engineering. A blacksmith does blacksmithing. (The grammar of these sentences may be poor; the point is to get the idea ...
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Looking for the land cargo equivalent of a “stevedore”

A stevedore is someone who loads/discharges cargo from the docks. I'm looking for equivalent of this occupation for inland cargo "dischargers/unloaders".
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“Created” is to “creator”, and “updated” to “editor”, as “deleted” is to what agent noun?

I'm modeling a database and I have these three fields (among others): created_by, updated_by, and deleted_by. I'm using author as an alias for "created_by", and editor as an alias for ...
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“Technology” is to “technical” as “memory” is to what?

I'm writing a sentence about the job of the memory and am characterizing absorption with memory. How do I say "memorical absorption" correctly? Memorial sounds like a noun...
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How would you characterize the phrase 'a more perfect union'? [closed]

My question pertains to the usage of 'a more perfect union' in its original context-- the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. I want to say that this is a metaphor, because the authors are using the ...
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“Available” is to “availability” as “required” is to what noun?

If I want to know if an item is available, I can check for its availability. What do I check for if I want to know if an item is required?
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Using “might as well have been” in analogies

I've seen this phrase in many literary works. Does it have the same purpose as like, as if, and as though (in the context of similes/metaphors)? For example: She might as well have been a skinny ...
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Analogy: “as if” vs. “as though”

This is something that confuses me from time to time. When making an analogy in literature, is it better to use the phrase "as if" or "as though", or is it completely a style thing? E.g. She ...
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Usage of the word “truancy” in a workplace context

I recently made this personal discovery of the word truancy. It means: the action of staying away from school without good reason I am wondering if there's a parallel to this word for workplace ...
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“Cooking” is to “culinary” as “dining” is to what?

The art of cooking is called culinary art. Is there a comparable term for the art of eating or dining? Is there a more sophisticated term?
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“Buildings” are to “blueprints” as “units” are to what?

I am creating an indie game and since English is not my first language, I would like some help on this. In my game, you have buildings and units (soldiers and such). The overall theme is ...
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Can you “sound up a room” the same way you can light it up?

I'm trying to say that a certain individual adds noise to any place he goes. When someone, figuratively, enhances the mood of a room he enters we say "he lights up the room". Is there any way to use ...
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What’s the male equivalent of “menopause”? [closed]

If women go through men-o-pause, do men go through women-o-pause? Is there an etymological equivalent? What is the antonymic Greek word to meno- (or rather, to μηνο-)? There might be a medical ...
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What is the word for something that is based on a prototype?

If two objects (or "types") have the relationship where one is the prototype of the other, then the other is the __ of the prototype. In this sentence, from the context of the prototype: This ...
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“Operating system” is to “runlevel” as “human being” is to what? [closed]

I am looking for a hypernym for the set of different "mental states" or "sedation levels", but I don't know which one (if any) would apply here. I have values like the following in mind: is dead is ...
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What is the equivalent word for “screening” when referring to recorded sound only?

In other words: theater : performance :: film : screening :: audio tape : ?? It doesn't happen very often, but in exceptional circumstances there exist audio recordings that are rare ...
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Circle is to cylinder as ellipse is to what?

What do you call the geometric shape obtained when you give an ellipse thickness? Or in other words, a circle is to a cylinder as an ellipse is to what?
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Specific word for discrimination based on religion [duplicate]

How would one refer to discrimination purely based on religion? Is there a single word? For example discrimination based on sex is often referred to as sexism, discrimination based on race is often ...
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'Arsonist' is to 'fire' as what is to 'water'?

According to Merriam-Webster, an arsonist is a person that engages in "the willful or malicious burning of property (as a building) especially with criminal or fraudulent intent". Flooding can also ...
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Equivalent of “anthropomorphism” for babies

Anthropomorphism is about attributing human emotions to other animals. I have a one-month old baby at home, and was wondering if there was a corresponding word for attributing adult human emotions to ...
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“I don't know” is to “agnostic” as “I don't care” is to what adjective?

Atheists reject that God exists and agnostics do not know if God exists. What is the word for people who do not care if God exists? Does some word moonlight for that or is there a specific term (apart ...
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What's the Best English word for 6 months in this group: daily, weekly, quarterly, 6 months, yearly? [duplicate]

While writing programs, I need to create a drop down for setting periods, like daily, weekly, monthly, etc. Using one year as a time frame. This question is driven by lack of a better word. I've had ...
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“Taste” is to “flavor” as “touch” and “sight” are to what?

For the senses, we have: flavor for taste aroma/odor/scent for smell sound for hearing ____? for touch/feel ____? for sight/see So one tastes a flavor, smells an aroma, hears a sound, feels a(n) ...
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“each day” → “daily”; “every other day” →?

Is there an adjective that means "every other day"? I found "bidaily" but it seems to mean "twice a day", not "every second day" (not even both as "biweekly" does). I'd need this word to very ...
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“New” is to “novelty” as “archaic” is to…?

Is there a noun form of the word "archaic"? The closest word I can think of is "old-fashionedness" but it seems rather clumsy.
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Idiom/saying/word request for “inappropriately complex analogy”

I'm looking for an adjective, saying or idiom for an analogy which makes the things even harder to grasp, that was supposed to make things easier to understand. Examples: A guy makes an analogy to ...
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“Sound” is to “mute” as “visuals” is to what verb?

Looking for a verb that would be the visual equivalent of mute as it would be used on an audio player. That is to say, the content is continuing to be played, but not being displayed on the device.
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“Majority” is to “plurality” as “minority” is to what?

This analogy may not be quite accurate but I think I can get my point across with it. I was reviewing some obesity statistics: Obese: 35.9% Overweight but not obese: 33.3% Neither overweight nor ...
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Phrase for overusing just-learned skills?

Is there a saying or word for indicating the overuse of something you just newly learned? Say you were happy with a hammer and a nail and then somebody taught you the virtues of a screw and ...
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Why is the feminine equivalent of an earl a countess rather than an earless?

A comment by Tim Lymington notes that the wife of an earl is a countess. Why is this so? Shouldn't it have been earless? Was this perhaps a conscious decision due to its homography with ear-less? Did ...
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Why king and queen rather than king and kingess?

Dukes have duchesses, counts countesses, princes princesses, mayors mayoresses, and even emperors empresses. Yet kings have queens rather than say, kingesses. Why is this so? If this was due to some ...
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Other analogies similar to “flu and ”influenza" [closed]

Medically speaking, flu is a derivative of influenza; but in common usage flu includes colds and other flu-like symptoms. Influenza is a condition caused by specific viruses. While colds are also ...