A hypernym is a word whose definition includes the definition of another word (its hyponym).

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What is the name for punctuation marks such as commas and periods that separate things like clauses or sentences?

When I'm editing people's writing, I recently started writing the comment "put an article here" rather than "put a 'the' or 'a' here". Similarly, right now I have to put, "you need a comma or period ...
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Hypernym for “audiobook”, “podcast”, “speech”, etc.?

I am looking for a short and concise term (preferably one word) that can be used as a hypernym for essentially everything that contains (audio) speech (e.g. audiobooks, podcasts, recorded news ...
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Hypernym for “movie” and “TV series”

What is the hypernym for movie and TV series? I read that medium might be possible, but it doesn't sound that good.
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Generic word for hyphen, dash, minus sign, etc.?

I look for a proper English word that could be an informal generic term for “bar-like” typographic marks such as hyphens, dashes, minus signs and so on. Is it bar? line? stroke? or another?
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Things we put on the left side of lists

I'm looking for an umbrella term (hypernym) that covers the things we put on the left side of lists — bullets, numbers, letters, etc. Is there such a word?
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What is the name of this type of word: “Mr.”, “Ms.”, “Dr.”?

What is this type of word called: Mr., Ms., Dr.? In the document I am using, it is referred to as the "prefix", but I don't think that is correct.
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If not directions, what are items in the set {northbound, eastbound, southbound, westbound}?

Is there a word that describes an item in the set {northbound, eastbound, southbound, westbound} as distinct from an item in the set {north, east, south, west}? Washington (place) → Washingtonian ...
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Term encompassing thread, string, lanyard, and wire

Looking for a general term for things one would store on a spool -- thread, string, lanyard, wire, that sort of thing. Things that occur in long lines and will get tangled up if you don't organize ...
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Equivalent word which represents 'Team' or 'Individual'

I am developing a coding contest project with multiple contests. The participants can be a team or an independent individual, depending on the contest setting. I want to define only one model for the ...
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Is there a name for 'markup'?

I've been trying to formulate a question for quite some time, and I haven't been able to come up with a better way to describe it. I hope it's not too confusing. There are a number of ways to use ...
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Hypernym for “compassion”, “malice”, “hatred”, “love”, “inspiration”, etc

It's not specifically an emotion, a feeling, or a state of mind—it's something else. Anyone have an idea what is is I'm looking for? Maybe if someone could complete this sentence: Anger, rage, ...
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Single word for the holder or location of an item?

I'm looking for a single word to describe the place or person an item is assigned to. The context is basic asset management, where you have a list of assets (such as computers, software licenses or ...
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A word that encompasses buying and selling?

I'm trying to retag some questions (such as this one) on the Board Game Stack Exchange, and the only good tag I can think of is "Selling". But that seems inefficient, and a word that covers both ...
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“Multimedia” or “media” for menu name [closed]

I'm developing a website on which photos and videos will be shared. But I couldn't decide on the main menu name to use under which there will be two subcategories Photo Gallery and Videos. Which one ...
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Term for someone who acquires an image

What is the best word to describe someone (a person) who acquires a digital image with any instrument (which could be a digital camera, microscope, telescope or any other instrument that will produce ...
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Are there good examples of compatible co-hyponyms?

It is often said that co-hyponyms are incompatible. For example, here's Alan Cruse: Very often a superordinate has more than one immediate hyponym, and among these there is typically a set of ...
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Is there a word/term for “verbs which indicate the underlying sentiment of a statement”?

Sorry, I'm not sure the best way to describe this, but hopefully you understand what I mean. Something like the result of the verb(to say) and any adverb(insultingly) = verb(to insult). Another way ...
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Collective name for prefix and suffix of a word [closed]

Is there a term that can be used to refer to both the prefix and suffix of a word? For example, unenjoyable. I'm looking for a collective word that described BOTH un and able.
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What term is a hypernym for “story” and “article”?

I need a single word that can be used to mean article (e.g. something printed in a magazine to inform readers or to argue something) and also story (i.e. some fictional short story printed in a ...
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Hypernym for “Denial”?

Dictionary defines denial in a few senses, the ones I'm interested in are: refusal to believe a doctrine, theory, or the like. disbelief in the existence or reality of a thing. refusal to ...
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Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors - what category?

Is there a single-word category for the status Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors? I've heard it called as "batch status" but can't seem to find the right single-word category for it.
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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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What is the proper term to describe the levels of experience for a trade?

For the life of me I can't recall or even Google the proper term to describe the levels of experience for a given trade. For example let's say there are 5 levels of experience to trade x: Rookie ...
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What category includes “document” and “video”?

I want a common word that could categorise both document (like presentation/portfolio etc.) and video. Any good ideas? I need something simple enough that everyone can understand & not just the ...
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“Paintings on walls and ceilings” and “painting of portraits, landscapes”

I am creating a portfolio of painter's works and I need to categorize them. There will be two global categories: Paintings on canvas Painting on walls and ceilings The paintings on canvas divide ...
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A word that describes both “encoding” and “decoding”?

I am looking for a word that describes both of these activities, however the word coding does not seem to be suitable. Likewise with encryption and decryption, cryption does not work well.
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Are restaurants retailers?

Can I represent restaurants by the noun retailer? I also want to group the entities hotels, museums, restaurants/cafes/bars and retailers. How do we group these cleverly? I am going to refer to them ...
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Single word for cast and crew of a movie

What do you call a person that works for a movie? Celebrity comes close, but is that all? I am making a list of people (each and everyone) that worked for a movie. Wondering what the name of that ...
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Is a ship's biscuit a biscuit or a cake?

Cakes go hard when they are stale. Biscuits go soft when they are stale. So, what about a ship's biscuit?
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How can I call the type of kicks in football (soccer) in one or two words?

Corner kick, free kick, penalty kick — how can I call those kicks? "Deadplay kicks", "fixed kicks"? Is there any special naming for this type of kicks?
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Word for the superclass of buttons, zippers, and pegs?

I’m looking for a word which describes all of buttons, zippers, and pegs — or any objects used to secure clothing, such as on the face of a t-shirt or jacket. I’ve considered using seal and ...
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What is the class of things that includes “new” and “existing”?

I'm trying to name a database attribute that might take the value "new" or "existing". What is an appropriate name? Something like "newity"? What is the relevant concept?
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Hypernym for “coalition” and “opposition”

I'm looking for a word (or expression) that is a hypernym of coalition and opposition. I want to be able to ask a party whether its "type", for lack of a better word, is coalition or the opposition ...
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What is the status of being dead or alive called?

Having a bit of a discussion at work. We have a label that needs to be answered with deceased or alive, however we're not sure what to call the label. Status seems to be a bit too generic. Is there ...
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Hypernym for “conjunction” and “disjunction”

Is there a hypernym for conjunction and disjunction, in their logical senses? Just using "junction" doesn't seem right to me.
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What is the term for groups of numerals within a large number?

I am writing software in which I would like to be able to return the groups of numerals within a large number. For example, given a number 123,456,789, my software would return 123 then 456 then 789. ...
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Alternative word for “media” for disks, USB storage etc

I'm looking for a generic word to describe (removable) computer storage such as CDs, USB sticks, floppies etc which is as clear as possible to non-technical people. It doesn't have to clearly ...
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Hypernym for “increase” and “decrease”

Is there a word in English which would encompass both the action of increasing or decreasing [the value of] something? I am looking at a word similar to modify, change or alter. But the first two do ...
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Is there a word that describes a pre-wedding party?

So there are many words that describe the event that takes place before the wedding: stag do, hen do, bachelor party, bachelorette party. Is there a single word that encompasses all those things?
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Common term for 'row' and 'column'

Is there a single term that can be used to describe both a 'row' and a 'column', such as in a spreadsheet? EDIT: I like Kris's comment-answer of "linear array", because it doesn't have so much of a ...
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Hypernym of “triad”, “tetrad”, “pentad”

Does the English language have a hypernym for words like "pair", "triad", "tetrad", and "pentad"? I'm not sure where to look.
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What is a single word that means both 'Import' and 'Export'? [duplicate]

In my web application, I am importing and exporting users to/from the application. So, for that I would like to have a single word to generally represent 'Import/Export process'. I've gone through ...
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Single term for “upload or download”?

I am creating a base interface for both the class Upload and Download but I can't figure out what to call it. Is there an English word that can mean upload and at the same time download?
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What's a collective name for the states of Alaska and Hawaii?

Wondering if there is a common name for the "Dis-contiguous" states of Alaska and Hawaii. If not, what would be a good single word label to describe these two states, especially in context of dividing ...
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Hypernym for image, video, and audio

I want to put all my images, videos, and audio files from my camera in only one folder on my computer. What should be the name to give to that folder?
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What word would I use for things that are bad for you?

I need a single or double word for a category name for my blog that means: Things that are bad for you, such as smoking, drinking, etc. when you have diabetes. The word must be for all things that can ...
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A term that can be used to group towns and provinces together

I've been given some names of towns and provinces for a tourism web-site. Is there a hypernym that could categorize both of them together? I've been thinking of the word "locality" but I'm not sure if ...
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Hypernym of academia, researchers and topic enthusiasts

Could academics or acads be used to describe the university faculty as well as researchers? What is a better hypernym of academia, researchers and topic enthusiasts?
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“Things which are hung/mounted on wall” in a single word?

Is there an umbrella term for things like: wall clock wall-mounted TV tapestry I'm looking for a single, or at most two words for naming a concept in a programming project.
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Referring to people from different parts of United Kingdom

I see four people in front of me. One is from Wales, one is from Scotland, one is from England and one is from Northern Ireland. I can say about each one "He is Scottish/Welsh/English". But, how do I ...