A hyperonym 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 “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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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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“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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What is the hypernym for “next” and “previous”?

I'm looking for an umbrella term for "next" and "previous" so that I don't have to call my programming methods "NextPrevious". Is there a hypernym for the two?
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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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“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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a word for a class of circular shapes?

I'm not sure if this belongs here, but I'm wondering if there is a word for a class of circular shapes? Thinking about this hierarchically: * Shape * Polygon * Square * Rectangle * ...
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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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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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Does British English have a word for dry, starchy savoury snacks that are not fried slices of potato?

Everyone, the world over, enjoys savoury snacks, particularly dry, starchy ones. Far and away the most popular kind in the Anglosphere are the ones made from deep-fried (sometimes baked) thinly-sliced ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What would a generic term be for a puck or ball in a sport?

I'm a programmer and like to name my variables as accurately as possible (who knows who will be reading my code in a few years' time?) I've been thinking about sports video games recently, and have ...
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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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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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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 a single word for a “unit of time”?

If I were to have a text box for someone to enter an integer and dropdown list from which my user would select day(s), hour(s), minute(s) or second(s), is there a single word that would describe what ...
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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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“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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Is there a word for “international or domestic travel”? [closed]

I'm looking for a word that represents "type of travel" where that type is either domestic or international. Does this word exist?
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English term that groups notes and coins of a currency

I'm programming a web application and I need to name the "class of things" that are notes and coins. So far the best I could find was "currency piece". Is that the correct way of naming the notes ...
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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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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 ...