An analogy compares two subjects to focus on the similarities

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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 ...
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“Nose” is to “nasal” as “throat” is to what?

We use nasal as an adjective for something related to nose. What is the word to refer to something related to throat?
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The difference between an analogy and a metaphor?

Many a time I've asked what the difference is between an analogy and a metaphor. I've asked it to my teacher, on internet sites, to my parents, so on and so forth. I got a different answer every time, ...
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“Visuals” are to “to show” as “sounds” are to what verb?

When taking about visuals, we can use the verb show as follows: I want to show you something. Can you show me? What would be the corresponding verb to use when talking about sounds? ...
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Water : Aquatic :: Sand : xxx?

Just as aquatic is to water and aerial is to air, what is an equivalent word for sand (or earth, I suppose)? For context, I’m trying to describe the locomotion of worms within desert sand (as opposed ...
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Word for a public place where people frequently come in contact with one another

Is there a word for a place where people frequently come in contact with one another? This is like an intersection but in the context of general habitable places. For example, [...]as I was ...
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A word that describes goofing off at work that can be used as an adjective in front of the word activity? [closed]

For example: The unreliable employee often engaged in __ activities like smoke breaks, smalltalk with his fellows, and playing Solitaire during work hours. On Friday afternoons, the employees ...
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How to better express the idea of “written communication”?

As compared to "verbal communication" or "visual communication", I was wondering if there was a synonym for "written communication" that is semantically similar to the first two. What throws me off ...
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If the sun rises at morning, what to say about the moon? [closed]

If the sun is said to rise at morning, should I say 'the moon rises at night'? Or is there another expression?
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'Hark' and 'behold' call attention to what we can hear or see. Is there an equivalent for smell?

'Hark' calls attention to something that we hear - for example: "Hark, the herald angels sing" (hymn of the same title, by Charles Wesley) 'Behold' calls attention to something that we see - for ...
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“Implied” is to “explicit” as “implication” is to what?

I am looking for an antonym of implication that is related in the same way that implied and explicit are related, where explicit means "expressed". This antonym should also fit the following analogy: ...
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Megafauna is to animals as what is to insects?

I'm aware of several species of "giant" insects, such as the Meganeura (giant dragonfly) and the Arthropleura (giant centipede) — but I was wondering if anyone knew of a loose term similar to ...
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Hire an employee (a consultant)?

I am trying to fill in this sentence: “My company is looking to ___ a consultant”. Is the correct term “hire” or is there a different word that is more fitting when talking about a consultant?
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The objects in an analogy

Consider this sentence: This situation is analogous to the classic problem of cracking a hashed and salted password: We see the X as a password and Y as a salt. What are the other ways to ...
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“Left” and “right” are to “side” as “front” and “rear” are to what?

Is there an equivalent word to "side" when speaking of the front or rear of something (e.g. a car)? So, a mechanic might say: You damaged your wing-mirror? Ok, which side? ... or... You ...
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Normans vs. Saxons: cow = beef, sheep = mutton, chicken =?

The story goes that after the Norman invasion of England, the words in English for prepared foods took on their French equivalents. The Saxon serfs bred the cows, sheep, and swine, which when served ...
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A word for female bonding

A bromance is "a close but non-sexual relationship between two men". Is there an equivalent for women? IMO, sisterhood doesn't really fit.
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Word for change in velocity

Is there a good word for change in velocity, but not over time? That is, position is to displacement as velocity is to what?
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“View data” is to “observance” as “control data” is to what?

To view data is practising observance, to control data is practising...? I'm not looking for the antonym of observance, I just don't know the "looking:observance::doing:?" word.
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Single word for “the one being stolen from”?

By forming a noun from a verb, the person that steals is called a stealer. What do you call a person that is being stolen from? Is there a corresponding noun that denotes the object of this action, ...
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“Sender” is to “receiver” as “distributor” is to what?

I'm looking for a word that means the party being distributed to by a distributor. I'm in the film industry. There are wholesalers and distributors. Even though both roles could be called ...
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“Woman” is to “coquette” as “man” is to what?

Wiktionary reads: coquette: a woman who flirts or plays with men’s affections. Is there an English word which fits the following definition? ???: a man who flirts or plays with women’s ...
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Gigolo is to man as what is to woman?

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition) reads: gigolo, n. A man who has a continuing sexual relationship with and receives financial support from a woman. Is ...
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“Size” is to “resize” as “capacity” is to what?

Is there a (different) word that has the same relationship to capacity as resize has to size? Edit in response to comments: I'm looking for a different word for capacity because I need to make a ...
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Medical term for deafness

Anosmia = Loss of the sense of smell Anopia = Blindness Anaesthesia/Anaphia = Loss of the sense of touch Ageusia = Loss of taste ? = Deafness I can't find an equivalent medical term for ...
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What is an alternative (more positive) analogy to “beating a dead horse”?

I'm looking for an analogy for my repeated attempts to revive interest in a project. The phrase beating a dead horse almost fits the bill, but a dead horse refers to a subject that is no longer ...
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Student:Classmate::Teacher:____________?

A student is a classmate, schoolmate, etc. to another student. But what is a teacher to another teacher? Couldn't it be colleague? Surely not, because a colleague could be any employee working with ...
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“Man” is to “womanizer” as “woman” is to what?

What's the feminine version of womanizer?
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How do you form the 'north' and 'south' versions of 'occident' and 'orient'?

How does one correctly form the "north" and "south" forms for which occident and orient are "west" and "east"? I found boreal and austral, but those look like adjectives and I'm after the nouns. ...
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“Employee” is to “employer” as “dependent” is to what? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A depends on B, is A dependant, or is B dependant? I'm trying to find a word that is the counterpart to "dependent", i.e. refers to the one who the dependent relies ...
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“Warm” is to “warmth” as “cool” is to what?

Is there a word for "coolness" that corresponds to warmth?
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“Endorse” vs. “condone”

What is the difference in meaning/connotation between the two words? Is endorse "stronger", more positive? Also, endorse is to endorsement as condone is to what? Is there a noun counterpart?
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What is the verb form of “LLC”?

I want to say something similar to this: Founded in April of 2005, and incorporated in 2006, Example Company is now the leading news site. But my company is not incorporated, we are an LLC. How ...
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What is the feminine noun for 'benedict'?

I came across the word 'benedict' recently: Benedict: A name for a newly married man, esp if formerly a confirmed bachelor Is there an equivalent feminine noun for a newly married woman? 'Bride' ...
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Winter — wintry; summer — summery; spring — ?; autumn — ?

wintry: characteristic of winter, esp. in feeling or looking very cold and bleak: "a wintry landscape". summery: belonging to or characteristic of or occurring in summer; "summery weather"; ...
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Corresponding Descriptive Word For Unable To Distinguish Flavors [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pertaining to the Senses If colorblind is a descriptive word for people who cannot distinguish colors and tone deaf describes people who cannot distinguish one tone from ...
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You quench your thirst. What do you do with your hunger?

What is the equivalent of "quench" when speaking of hunger? Is it appropriate to say you quenched your hunger?
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'Yet' is to 'already' as what is to 'eventually'? Could 'never' do?

I don't know if my title serves well in expressing what I am actually trying to ask, so maybe an example will do better: I have done it already. <-> I have not done it yet. I waited ...
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Is this an instance of personification or is it a simile?

I've been sometimes a little confused on how direct personification must be. For example, consider the following phrase used to describe a river: Like a snake it winds through the craggy ...
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“Trainer” is to “trainee” as “mentor” is to what?

What do you call someone who is being mentored? Is it mentoree or mentee? Does the term student or pupil imply a context outside the business environment?
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“Poison” is to “poisoned” as “venom” is to what?

As the title says, poison is to poisoned as venom is to what? I tried looking up venomed but it means something different. Is there such a word?
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Is there a word akin to “hungry” or “thirsty” that implies a need to urinate?

Sometimes my brain (maybe because I'm not a native English speaker) tends to come up with logical extensions to common formats; in this case, more than once I caught myself thinking (not out loud, ...