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

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Hypernym for “customer,” “supplier”, “manufacturer”

I need an abstraction for the above terms. In financial services, counterparty is often used. Another hypernym could be account (although this sounds more like a bank account, or user/login ...
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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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Hypernym of “pair/dyad”, “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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Collective Term for Cardinal and Ordinal Directions

I'm writing a research proposal in which I frequently reference the cardinal and inter-cardinal (ordinal) directions together. Is there some term, no matter the obscurity, that refers to the eight of ...
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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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What are questions like “why did the chicken cross the road” called?

What are questions like Why did the chicken cross the road? called? I want to know if there is a particular term given to these type of questions.
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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 being instantaneous or sustained

What is a word for the state of being instantaneous or sustained? For example, with minimum or maximum, a good choice might be bound. As far as the context goes, I'm working on adding some logging in ...
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Hypernym for “audio podcast”, “radio drama”, and “audiobook” [duplicate]

I'm setting up my media library to contain music, movies, shows, audio podcasts, radio dramas, and audiobooks. I would like audio podcasts, radio dramas, and audiobooks to be in the same category, ...
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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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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'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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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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Hypernym for lossy or lossless? [closed]

Generally, there exist two types of compression algorithms which have the feature to be lossless or lossy. What is the noun to reference this feature? The word lossiness seems to be plausible to me. ...
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Hypernym for “veg” and “non-veg”

We often ask "Are you veg?", "Are you non-veg?" to ask if someone is a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian. Is there a hypernym for both of them? So you could ask "What is your [...]?" or maybe "Are you a ...
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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 ...
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Hypernym for “restaurant”, “cafe” and other food places

I am looking for a hypernym for all places that provide food, beverages, or both, of any quality or price — such as restaurant, cafe, fast-food and so on.
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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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Hypernym for pencil, pen, marker, crayon, paint brush, etc?

I'm writing rules for a board game. It's similar to dots and boxes, and I would like to have a nice general word or phrase to refer to what the players use to mark their moves on the board or paper, ...
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Hypernym for “driver” and “passenger”

Is there a single word that covers any person who "rides" in a vehicle? Driver would refer only to the person driving the vehicle. Passenger can be used for everyone but not the driver. How to ...
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A word that means to both encrypt and decrypt [duplicate]

I am currently writing a small class in C# which will take an image, decompile it down to a byte array, obfuscate the data into a proprietary format (thus making it unreadable), and store said data ...
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Hypernym for “individual” and “company”

Could anyone let me know any good umbrella term for individual and company? I'm trying to create a form as below. And I need a word or phrase to fill the blank: _____: individual/company name: ...
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Hypernym for all of the “watching” hobbies

There are various hobbies that involve "watching", e.g.: trainspotting — looking for trains birdwatching — looking for birds stargazing — looking for stars Is there a term which can be used to ...
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More general term than “slashdotting”

"Slashdotting", or the slashdot effect is where a high profile website has a link to a low profile, low traffic website, and the increased web traffic on the latter causes it to slow down or crash. ...
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Collective noun for a group of healthy people?

What's a good word or expression to describe a group of people who: eat well exercise regularly generally take good physical care of themselves ?
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Is there a collective term to describe “coffee” and “tea”? [closed]

Any term to describe both of them — coffee and tea collectively? I wanted to call it beverages but that also includes drinks outside coffee and tea. Also, I could call it hot drinks but that would ...
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Field Name for “positive, negative or neutral”

I have a Web form which allows users to give feedback, as a hazard, incident, comment or suggestions. I'm trying to work out what the best descriptive name for the "Feedback Type" would be, whose ...
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What is the noun for either a file or folder?

We have files, we have directories; what is the noun that we could use to generically describe either of these? For instance, an apple or a pear can generically be described as fruit. Is there such a ...
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Hypernym for various parts of a plant

Bark, berry, flower, herb, leaves, nuts, plant, resin, seeds, wood, etc. These are all — what? Parts? components? elements? plant forms? divisions? I have the sense there may be a more elegant word ...
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Synonym for 'description'

Preferably a short one. 'Description' fits my purpose very well, but is longer than I'd like (3 - 5 letters are ideal). It's going to be used as a heading, umbrella-term, button or similar for ...
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Word to describe both adding and removing but not updating

I am looking for a word that can describe the act of adding/removing objects but at the same time avoid a word that has to do with updating. So, given adding an object, removing an object, updating ...
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Is there one word that clearly describes the difference in kind for these four types?

I am stuck on a word choice problem. I have a large amount of response related data, which were previously stored such that each datum lay within one of the following realms: law enforcement ...
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What is a hypernym for “geography”, “areography”?

I am looking for a hypernym for words such as geography (Earth) and areography (Mars), primarily out of curiosity. In my workplace, we have a database and that has a column for "geo_id" which of ...
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Hypernym for “profile” and “preference” in the context of dating or match-making [closed]

The context is love-matching or match-making. I am looking for one term/word to address a dating/mating condition that people would have when matching. It's more complicated and thorough than a ...
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Single name to cover “drawing”, “painting”, “sketching” etc

Is there a single name (word or short phrase) to cover the art of creation of images — drawing, painting, sketching etc. — and specifically excluding sculpture, crafting and other arts that ...
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Hypernym for “phrase” and “gesture”

Is there a hypernym for phrase and gesture — that is, a word for an abstract action of communication performed by a person? For context, I am looking for a term to use in a computer program, rather ...
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Hypernym for “to increase” and “to decrease” [closed]

I'm writing a walkthrough for a video game I really enjoy and I came to a point where there is a system that you can change the "power level" of monsters. It goes up and down, 0 - 1 - 2 - 3 - ect... ...
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A superset of contractor, employee and businesses?

I need a single word to define an employee, contractor or any business entity (e.g. sole-proprietorship, corporation) that provides services in exchange for pay. I saw ...
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Verb to describe “to enable or to disable”

I'm looking for a word that describes "to enable or to disable". This related question found the hypernyms mode and state, but I am looking for a verb. I.e. a word for "(potentially) change ...
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Politically correct substitutes for (fe)male and (wo)man

In the English language, the pairs man/woman and male/female both look as if one gender or sex was considered a special case for it is denoted by putting an arbitrary prefix (wo-, fe-) before the ...
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I am trying to come up with a term for actions Replace/Prepend/Append

Let's assume I have a text in the notepad: "Some Text". If I enter more words after the text it will be an append ("Some Text Another Text"), otherwise it will be a prepend ("Another Text Some ...
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Hypernym for “trimester” and “quarter” [closed]

I am looking for a hypernym for trimester and quarter.
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Special name for royal titles?

Is there a name for the title/nickname that some members of royalty get? For example, "King Larry the Kind".
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Hypernym for “scientist” and “engineer”

I'm writing a paper about the practice of programming by scientists and engineers, but I find it increasingly tedious to always refer to my subject as "scientists and engineers". Is there a single ...
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Term for exaggerations such as “always”, “never”, “constantly”, and so on

I believe there is a term for words such as never, always, constantly, and so forth; words that generally exaggerate the situation being described. Unfortunately, I can't recall what that term is if I ...