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

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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Is there a word/term for a distant acquaintance?

Let's say I know and have met a person about 2-3 times and we know each other only on first-name basis(a distant acquaintance if it is), and I am trying to contact a mutual friend(a close friend of my ...
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What is a better word than “track” for a piece of music?

"Track" came from serial media like LPs, 8-Tracks or the soundtrack of a motion picture film, or a Compact Disc. But an MP3 "file" in a player doesn't exist on a revolving disc (disk) or tape. What is ...
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“First aid kit” or “medicine box” for home use? [closed]

What term is more widespread and suitable when we speak about box with medicines you keep at home on a regular basis? Every family has such box, where you store necessary medicines, bandages, syringes ...
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If noun phrases can be genericised to ‘someone/something’, how are adjectives genericised?

Often when you look up words in a dictionary, certain sentence patterns and collocations are often given in a kind of ‘genericised’ way, where animate noun phrases are replaced by somebody and ...
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What is the generic name for a 'Yale lock'?

Yale is one of those brand names which has been around for ever. But that type of lock (not the same as a mortice lock) must have a generic name.
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Separating a Person's Profile to current and on birth

I am trying to separate a person's profile into 2 groups. 1st set is the person's on birth profile: First Name Last Name Middle Name Date of Birth Birth Place Gender 2nd set is the person's ...
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Correct term for group of management positions

What's the correct term for group of management positions, for example those that contains: head of department (IT, Finance, etc) section head head of study programs deans rector vice rectors Is ...
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What's the proper term for “Organize by subject, with a heading”?

I've noticed that people usually organize things by Grouping things with the same subject/topic together, then Putting a short heading at the top. What's the proper English word for this kind of ...
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Generic term for a thing that is versioned [closed]

Lots of things can have versions, where a version is an updated iteration of the thing, and the more recent iteration is considered to be a replacement of the former iterations, such that at any time ...
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A generic term for both books and movies?

I need to know this for an essay I'm doing. I thinks media might work but I'm not really sure. Do you have any suggestions?
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Generic term for musical piece

Colloquially, people use "song", even though "song" has actual specific properties. What is a generic term for a musical piece? "Musical piece" is OK, but there really should be one that is a single ...
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A noun: the tool to fix neck in the neck sprain treatment

What is the tool to fix one's neck in a neck sprain treatment? It could be soft or hard, in plastic. I did a web search for neck fixture, but it turned out to be a component of a lamp.
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What is the common name/word for movies,games,songs,books etc? [closed]

English is not my main language, I am trying to find a word or a phrase (2 or 3(!) words maximum) to make a reference to these actions for an article. What is the common name for these kind of ...
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Second half of the day (4-6 p.m.)

Is there special word to describe second half of the day? For example I would like to make an appointment with a friend about 4-6 p.m. Is there general term for this or can just "afternoon" be used?
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What is the best term in (global) copywriting: “sticky tape”, “tape”, “scotch tape” or “sellotape”?

Perhaps "sticky tape" is childish? Sellotape is British? It should be general and indicate the transparent, adhesive tape. Thanks for your input.
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Generic term for someone who looks after children

I am looking for a generic term for someone who looks after children i.e. a term that would encompass: nanny baby-sitter au-pair etc. Can someone please advise?
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Another term for “Master Slave”

In technology, the "master" controls one or more devices known as the slave(s). For the novel I am writing, I prefer avoiding the connotation of Master/Slave. Is their a word, term or other phrase ...
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Company Name as Verb [duplicate]

I am looking for interesting classroom material. Google is both the name of a company and also a verb. Is there a name for this type of verb? Are there any other examples of this type of verb?
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Terms for generic forms of 3D motion on the 3 axes

Consider up & down, left & right, and back & forth. Up & down can be stated generically as "vertical". Side-to-side is "lateral". What about back & forth?
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Term for the category which contains Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, etc?

Is there a specific word or term for the group of mythical holiday characters such as Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, Cupid, etc?
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Is automobiles only a “car”

If we go by the word it should be anything which can move(mobile) on its own. The etymology section under wikipedia suggest so. But dictionary, wikipedia etc. says that its meaning is car. My ...
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what is the name or term for someone with a faulty way of arguing?

What would be the term for some one. for example , who starts an argument by suggesting something absurd, or exaggerated - then as soon as i begin to speak OR begin to point out how obvious the ...
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What “All of is” means? [closed]

Question: Who wrote this music? Answer: All of is. I don't get it. Can someone help me here? Thanks.
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Does this device to restrict access to roads have a generic name?

I'm sure we've all seen these devices which can "lock" and "unlock" vehicle entry and exit to an alley / road /etc. They consist of one or several hefty steel or concrete "pillars" less than a metre ...
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Time format “10 to 10”

Can someone tell what does this time format "10 to 10" mean? Is it 9:50 or 10:10?
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A generic term for both fast-forward and rewind modes?

I'd like to add an option to some program that would control the speed (or more exactly the delay between steps) in fast-forward or rewind modes. I don't know how to name it. If it wasn't for the ...
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General term for muggle-type terms?

Is there a general term to refer to "a semi-denigrating term used by a minority social group (not necessarily a racial group) to refer to the majority". Examples would be "muggle", "gentile", ...