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

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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 single term for the sports “surfing”, “skateboarding”, and “snowboarding”?

The three sports "surfing", "skateboarding", and "snowboarding" share a lot of similarities, historical roots, and sometimes appear together in topical magazines. Is there a single term to call these ...
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What category includes “news”, “articles”, and “stories”

I have created a dropdown menu for my website. In this dropdown menu I have put a tab for audio, a tab for video, but I don't know what to call the category that include (News, articles, and stories ...
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Is there a catch-all term for the sector of “non-business” employers: NGOs, non profits, professional societies, government, etc.?

Note: I asked the same question in the Workplace forum but it was closed and I was asked to re-ask here. I am looking for a concise and professional-sounding expression to use in my resumes and bios ...
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What is an English term for grouping bills and credit notes?

I'm wondering if there is a generic term to talk about bills and credit notes, in other terms, the money I'll receive and the money I owe. Thanks!
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Term for “Phrase that Ends List”

In an episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil Fawlty uses the phrase "And Bob's your uncle". Unfamiliar with it, I looked the phrase up on Wikipedia, which described it this way: Typically, someone says ...
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Rate & Review action?

What do we call the action of rating (with stars) and reviewing (commenting) together?
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Hypernym for buildings, fossils, spiders and particles [duplicate]

Edited in response to answers/comments. I'm trying to find a term (other than 'objects' or 'things') which I can use to describe the commonality of substance which all the things that have been named ...
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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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What word is inclusive of courses, semesters, etc.? [closed]

Edit: At my school, we call a list of courses (or classes) a semester or a term. Other than the word(s) "Career" or "Undergraduate Career", is there a word that means "list of semesters"?
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Hypernym for “interpolation” and “extrapolation”

Interpolation typically means modeling the values of some curve inside the given data, and extrapolation — outside the given data. For example, if I know the temperature on Monday and Wednesday, ...
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Is there a single term for “nieces and nephews”?

I find it handy when talking about my sons and daughters I can just say my children. It's nice to say nieces instead of sibling's daughters. I wonder if there is a similar term for nieces and nephews ...
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“Male/female” is to “gender” as “man/woman” is to what?

What is the hypernym for man and woman? I don't think it is gender because that would've been male and female.
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Word for “No I in Team”

I heard a song this morning that had "We put the us in trust" in its lyrics. It reminded me of the maxim "There is no I in team." I've heard other, gloomier examples like "harm in harmony" and ...
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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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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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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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What category name covers things that are designed to stand on the floor?

How to name a category of tall objects that are designed to stand on the floor as opposed to standing on a table? The tabletop objects are shorter than the freestanding objects and I cannot use ...
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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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Word for morally negative sexual behavior

I'm searching for a broad word that is summarized by sexual transgression. Is there a single word to describe a type of behavior of those that pursue rape, pedophilia, adultery, incest, or ...
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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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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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Is “delete” a hyponym of “edit”? [closed]

In computer science, is delete considered to be included in edit, or are they two separate things? Example: Editing item details and deleting items. In my case, both can be done by the same user ...
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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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What is the noun to describe whether a word is subject or object?

Just as "number" describes whether a noun is singular or plural, is there a noun that describes whether a pronoun is subject or object? For example: The number of the first-person pronoun "I" is ...
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Word that covers the following: A single episode of a series, a single movie (in a series of movies or not), an audio track (on an album or not)

As described in the title, I'm searching for a word that covers all this different meanings. All of these meanings are in the field media but that didn't help me finding a word. One first guess of 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hypernyms for restaurant dishes

Suppose I classify dishes in a restaurant menu. I would like to classify them by two categories: Category 1: entree main course dessert etc. Category 2: meat fish vegetables cheese etc. ...
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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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How do you refer to a hyponym that is the same word as the hypernym?

What word (or how do you phrase things) do you use when the ostensible word for the class is the same as the word for a subset of the class? For example, in the United States, there are many brands ...
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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 “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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Hypernym for “trimester” and “quarter” [closed]

I am looking for a hypernym for trimester and quarter.
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Is there an abstract word for the environment in which a vehicle can move?

I am looking for a word (or short construct of words) that could be used to refer to things that a given vehicle could traverse: "sky, land, water. etc." To give an analogue, I can refer to ...
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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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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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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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“Operating system” is to “runlevel” as “human being” is to what? [closed]

I am looking for a hypernym for the set of different "mental states" or "sedation levels", but I don't know which one (if any) would apply here. I have values like the following in mind: is dead is ...
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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 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?