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

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What's collective term for clients, customers, students, donors or anyone who has a beneficial relationship with an organization? [duplicate]

My clients offer services that can be used by different types of organizations: schools, nonprofits, corporations, individuals, restaurants, etc. If I want to talk to all of their ____ simultaneously ...
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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 http://english.stackexchange....
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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 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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What is the single-word category name for such things as breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and deserts?

If Sunday, Monday, Tuesday are considered “days”, and spring, summer, autumn/fall, winter are considered “seasons”, then what category name corresponds to things like breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks,...
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Generic term for either debit or credit

In double-entry accounting, transactions are a series of debits and credits applied onto various accounts. What English term could be used to represent something that is either a debit or a credit in ...
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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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What's the single-word for “left or right handed”?

'Male'/'female' is to 'gender' as 'left-handed'/'right-handed 'is to...? Is there a word to describe this? For example, if I ask a guy What's your ____? It should mean I'm asking whether he's ...
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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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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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Word that includes laptop, tablet, smartphone etc

What's a word (or phrase) that includes laptops, tablets and cellphones (or similar portable electronic devices that resemble a computer)? I would prefer it to be a short (and intuitive) term. For ...
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Is there a term for “likes” and “dislikes” on a social network?

What is the term to use for "likes" and "dislikes" on social networks? Are they marks or grades or rates or anything else? My purpose is that I'm programming a system where I have a Post domain ...
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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 do you call a unit of beer within a pack?

This is for academic writing purposes. I am trying to come up with a word that could indistinguishably describe a bottle or a can within a pack of beer. I cannot say "a unit" because "a unit" in my ...
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Common term for Source & Destination

What is the hypernym of Destination & Source? For example, The information will be verified to fit all relevant criteria at all [source and destination points].
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What overarching category do “street,” “road,” “avenue”, etc. belong to?

Apple belongs to the category of Fruit. What category do street, road, and avenue belong to?
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Hypernym for something like a blanket/sheet to cover oneself for keeping warm

Blanket seems too specific, one can cover oneself with a thin sheet instead. Bedsheet somehow seems like what you'd sleep on, not what you'd sleep under. Sheet is too general. One has sheets of paper, ...
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Is there a hypernym for acidity and basicity?

I was wondering if there was a single word for what the pH scale measures, with no particular bias to either the acidic end (acidity) or basic end (basicity) of the spectrum. From Wikipedia: In ...
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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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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 hypernym for debit/credit?

I’m looking for a generic word that means “debit or credit”. Say I have a transaction, and I don’t know whether it’s a debit on the account or a credit on the account, and I want to ask about it, is ...
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Hypernym for “company”, “band” and “organization”

I'm making a website and I'd need a hypernym to refer to company/band(/artist)/organization, so I wouldn't have to use all the words every time. What would be a common one?
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Is there a term for the amount of time one devotes to a job, as in full-time, part-time, half-time?

This question came up when I was posting job openings on a website and needed to list the various aspects of each position using label/value pairs, like so: Benefits: Included Availability: ...
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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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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 “goods” and “services”

I'm coming up with a model for how human relationships work, and trying to break down the fundamental areas of "value" that people exchange. One of them is simply related to real world survival, and ...
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Hypernym for “necklace”, “bracelet” and “anklet”

Each is an item of jewelry that is primarily distinguished by the body part around which it is wrapped. Jewelry is too generic a term, since it would include earrings as well, which are not wrapped ...
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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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A term encompassing both 'salary' and 'wage(s)'

Your employee income tax is calculated as a fraction of your overall ________, be it through wages or salary, but not your gains from invested savings." what do I put down in the ______ ? Is it "...
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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.
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What's the word for day/night?

So I'm customizing a WordPress (cms) for hotel for a client and he asked me to do add a new functionality that is a options dropdown where the user can select "time" like Time: - Day - ...
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Hypernym for pluralise and singularise

To pluralise is to make plural, dog becomes dogs, conversely singularise. What is the generic term for such actions? The number of a verb is its singularity or plurality, so perhaps numberise? Is ...
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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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Generic term for sunrise and sunset

Is there a single generic term to refer, either collectively or arbitrarily, to both sunrises and sunsets? I'm looking for something that could be used in the same vein as twilight can be used (...
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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 “business” and “private individual”

An example sentence: Whether, and how much VAT is collected depends on your _________ (private or business) and the country you are located in. Both formal and informal words are welcome. As ...
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What is a word that encompasses drugs, supplements, and foods?

I want a word to use to describe a drug, vitamin, mineral, supplement, herb, food, or spice that you can take to treat a disease or that would affect the body. I want to put a label on these things. ...
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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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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 “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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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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A hypernym for 'insects', 'worms' and the like

From Oxford: insect: any small creature with six legs and a body divided into three parts. Insects usually also have wings. Ants, bees and flies are all insects Insect is often used to refer ...
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What's the word for a counterparty of a customer?

When I want to refer to the people (and organizations) who supply me with the goods and services I consume---that is, those of whom I am a customer---what word do I use? My candidates: Customee ...
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Is there a word for two words that refer to something similar but aren't identical?

The best example I came up with is the following: Just for the sake of argument, Eastern Orthodox and Catholic; two words which refer to similar religions, but are not identical. How would that be ...
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Hypernym for “bark”, “meow”, “roar”

Is there a hypernym for animal noises like "bark", "meow", "roar", et cetera?
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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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French (and, hey, others too) equivalent of “anglicize”

Is there a preferred word that means "to change (a word) to sound (or otherwise appear) as if it came from French"? I've found both "Frenchize" and "Francize" with a web search. If the latter is ...
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What are: province, territory, protectorate, state…?

Often a country will have regions called "provinces" or "states". Other times they are called "territories" and "protectorates". Is there a generic term for these words? Is there a full list of ...
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'Male'/'female' is to 'gender' as 'plural'/'singular' is to what? [closed]

'Male'/'female' is to 'gender' as 'plural'/'singular' is to ?