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

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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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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 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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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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Is there a word like “sides” that means “top or bottom”?

"Sides" can be used to describe positioning relative to the left or right of an object. Is there a corresponding word that has the same meaning for the top or bottom of an object? For example, if I ...
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Word that describes a collection of goals

I have a list of goals, and I need a word that would best describe it. A person would need to complete work on these goals to achieve their overall goal. E.g., "weight loss" would be a main goal, with ...
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Category of words — 'another', 'an additional', “an alternative”, etc

I'm afraid I've had a sudden lapse of memory and have forgotten what category these kinds of words belong to. These words are used to expand upon another point within the same category. For example: ...
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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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Is there a hypernym for “horizontal” and “vertical”?

If I want to speak of North, South, East, West in a general sense I could, for example, use the term cardinal direction. Which term is appropriate to sum up horizontal and vertical in the same ...
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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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“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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Are all myths superstitions, or are all superstitions myths?

Are all myths superstitions, or is it the other way around, i.e. all superstition being myths? Or can these words basically be used interchangeably? The dictionary definitions of these words seem ...
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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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What do you call a person working in law?

Politics is to politician as law is to what? A hypernym for lawyer/judge/law student, etc. Edit: Not only in the legal system, anyone practicing or researching the subject. Maybe politics wasn't the ...
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What's the category name of “city” and “rural”?

When I ask whether someone's living situation is rural or city, what's the category I'm asking about? Living situation includes many other things, but there's gotta be a word summarizing those two ...
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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 “webinars” and “podcasts”

I'm looking for a single word that describes both webinars and podcasts. Any ideas?
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What are the pieces used to fill in a template called?

If I have a template (say a generic letter) that is filled in with various pieces of data (say, the name of the addressee), what is a general term for those pieces of data? For example: Dear ...
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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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Word that means “outdated name”

Is there a word that means "outdated name"? For example: Record, although very little music is on vinyl Film, although most movies are digital Horsepower, although no one uses horses as a metric ...
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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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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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What is an overall term for a service that publishes digital publications?

I'm looking at what I am calling Digital Edition Solution Providers (ways of taking a PDF of a magazine and turning it into a website, and content for sale on Apple Newsstand, Android, KindleFire ...
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What's the hypernym for “owned” and “rented”?

If I must ask a person if his house is owned or rented, which word would make a proper relation? I am looking for something like this: What's your [...] with the Property (or Car, or Camera)? ...
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Where can I find a list of synonyms and hyponyms for different food types? [closed]

I'm trying to find a list of synonyms between various food types for a programming project I am working on with searching English language phrases. I was originally going to ask this on Stack ...
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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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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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Is there a word that encompasses both “receiving” and “sending”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Word for application that is both sender and receiver In the sentence "There are many ways to receive and send information.", is there a word that can replace "receive ...
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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 ...
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Generic name for places like village, town and cities

There is the German word Ort or Ortschaft which is a hypernym for places where people live like villages towns cities etc. Is there a correspondent word in English? I don't want to use location ...
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Generic term for songs, movies, TV episodes, etc

For the model of a software project, I need a generic term that is abstract enough to encompass a single song, TV episode, movie, audiobook, etc. The word content comes to mind, but it is plural. The ...
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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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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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Is there a word that means both opening and closing a door?

As in, Please do not __ this door after midnight. Operate? Move?
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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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Need a generic term for “model types” and “platforms” [closed]

We are a team of 2 developing a web application. It allows scientists to upload files with measurement data. My question is about how we should name one kind of metadata. An uploaded file might be ...
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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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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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Suitable abstraction for Email and SMS

I am making a piece of software which has the ability to send out Emails and SMS messages. My boss has asked for both facilities to go under the same heading in a dropdown menu. But I can't think of ...
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Hypernym for “approve” and “reject”

User A goes to the web page and clicks a menu called 'Submit Request', where User A will fill out a form request and submit it to his/her Supervisor. Then User A's Supervisor will go to the web page ...
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Hypernym: Word that means 'window' or 'door'

There's the Italian word serramento which means "a window or a door", used in this way for example: Our company produces [serramenti] in aluminium. Is there an equivalent word or expression ...
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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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Collective word for food and drink

Is there a word that best describes food and drink taken at the same time? I've thought of refreshments and consumables but neither seem right to me.
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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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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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Is there a technical term for insideout-ness?

So the technical term for right or left handedness is chirality. The technical term for evenness or oddness is parity. Is there a similar term for inside-out-ness vs right-side-out-ness? EDIT: I ...
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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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Is there a generic name for public transport interchanges?

Is there a generic name for public transport interchanges? For example: railway stations, bus stations, ferryports, airports, tram stops.
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What is the warning that you're almost done called?

Consider the following items: the warning track around a baseball outfield the red stripe near the end of the a roll of receipt paper the margin bell on a typewriter the rumble strips when a highway ...
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A word for clothes, shoes, accessories?

I'm looking for a word that applies to all the things a person can wear, e.g. clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. It musn't be too generic, e.g. product, item, etc.