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A town is to a county as a place is to a what? [on hold]

I'm trying to find a generic term for the container of a place. E.G. a county contains a town or a country contains a state. So, what contains a place? EDIT: To add context to the question, I'm ...
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Local : Global :: Localite :?

Context: I want to indicate people who keep travelling around the world (sometimes as part of their jobs and sometimes to volunteer during a crisis) without settling down at a single country. I came ...
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What's the meaning of “staring into the Ark of the Covenant” as a analogy?

Like in here, to describe something horribly ugly? So Microsoft purchased a bit of middleware and fashioned it into Direct3D Version 3. It was universally reviled. And with good reason; ...
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“Country” is to “national” as “city” is to…

How would I say something on a city level in comparison to a provincial level or national level? Elections are held nationally every four years, and _________ every two years.
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Analogy Question [closed]

I need help completing the following analogy: I've only tried Treasure and Jewelry for the blanks but it doesn't seem to make sense. Pirates:Earrings:____ Pimps:____:Bail ???
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Meteor & Meteorite is to Meteoroid as A & B is to Asteroid?

In astronomy, A meteoroid is what it is called before it enters a planet's atmosphere, A meteor is what it is called after it enters a planet's atmosphere but before it hits the surface, and A ...
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Syntax is to words as X is to letters? [closed]

To (slightly) oversimplify, syntax deals with the ordering of words. What, on the other hand, deals with the ordering of letters? EDIT: Some word OTHER THAN spelling, which apparently to SOME ...
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Horizontal analog of a meridian?

The lines going from pole to pole of the earth are meridians. I know that the horizontal lines of latitude can be called "parallels." Is there another word for these?
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Who's synonymous with lack of choice?

I'm trying to find a well-known person who was/is famous for not allowing any choices. Eg, Henry Ford going "you can have any color as long as it's black." Ideas welcome!
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“Video” is to “visual effects” as audio is to “__ effects”? [duplicate]

Video is to visual as audio is to...? Just wondering what would be appropriate. For example, I could say something like "the visual effects in that video were awesome!" But how about audio? "The ...
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Equivalent for “personify” that's not human-specific

I'm looking for a word that is similar to personify, but that would imply it has life-like qualities, rather than human-like. For example, I am discussing the fact that a self-driving car, if ...
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What is the difference between mass murder, massacre, and genocide?

Please, help me to understand the following terms along with proper definition and example. I found some references, but, most of them are not clear. Genocide: Wikipedia: Genocide is ...
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“Bid” is to “counterbid” as “quote” is to what?

Bids and counterbids are relevant in auction scenarios. But generally, when a seller/service provider sends a quote to a customer, the customer tends to negotiate. What is the price that the customer ...
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Words for the “essential character” of each sense organ?

Looking at the definition for flavor and timbre, both are used to describe the "essential character" of a particular sense. If flavor is the essential character of our taste sense, and timbre is the ...
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Looking for the media equivalent of “televised”

If you say "an event has been televised", it means that the event has been recorded for or transmitted by television. Media covers not only television, but also radio, newspapers and the Internet. ...
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speech is to speaking as [X] is to writing and [Y] is to reading

I'm writing a CV and would like to describe my English language skills... how well I can read, write and speak English. Well, it seems I'm lacking a couple of nouns... If speech is to speaking as X ...
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“Country” is to “compatriot” as “species” is to what?

I was about to write the following sentence: I actually have some young seedlings of this species. It will be interesting to compare them to their older ...? Is there a word for something that ...
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Why do so many groups of people (marketers, UX, finance) use a 'funnel' as a metaphor [closed]

The concept of a funnel is invariably used as an explanation of a flow where you start with a large base group of something (usually customers) and end up at the end with a much smaller subset that is ...
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“Sometimes”, “oftentimes” — is there a -times word for “very rarely”?

If something happens sometimes, it happens occasionally. If something happens oftentimes, it happens often. Is there an equivalent word for something happening very rarely?
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Can I say “awaken me from my naive view”?

I found out that the same product tended to mean different things for different people. For one person, a lipstick brought confidence. For another, it was just a simple pigment. This experience ...
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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 ...