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

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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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Is there a term which covers ATM cards, credit cards, and debit cards?

I work in accommodation for international travelers, and people can pay with various kinds of cards: In some countries such as USA, credit cards are very common, but debit cards are not so common. ...
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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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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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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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What word defines a category suited for both header and footer?

So there I was, trying to ask a question (now on SO) on Webmaster.SE partly involving a 'header' and a 'footer'. One part of my code defines shared aspects of both the header and the footer. Anyway ...
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Word that means “outdated name”

Is there a word that means "outdated name"?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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hypernym for “boys only”, “girls only”, and “co-ed”

What word would be used on a form where one is asked to stipulate if a school accepts only boys, girls or is co-ed? We are creating the form, and the word I am looking for would be used for a drop ...
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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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What is the correct term to describe 'primary', 'secondary', etc

What is the correct term to describe the words in the following sequence: primary, secondary, tertiary, quaternary, quinary, senary, septenary, octonary, nonary, denary, duodenary, etc. I am thinking ...
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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 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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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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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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Gender-independent replacement for “fiancée” and “fiancé”

I can use child to replace son or daughter, sibling for sister or brother, and parent for mother or father. What is the unisex replacement for fiancée and fiancé? I don’t need it for speech, but for ...
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Hypernym for “clients”, “members” and “partners”

We're building a feature for a website and trying to think of a hypernym for clients, partners and members so that the feature remains generic enough for re-use later on other websites.
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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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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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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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Is there a hypernym for “order confirmation”, “quotation” and “invoice”?

Is there an abstraction for the following three words? Order confirmation Quotation Invoice I want to create a base class for the above but I can't find a word that describes all three.
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General term for muggle-type terms?

Is there a general term to refer to "a semi-denigrating term used by a minority social group (not necessarily a racial group) to refer to the majority". Examples would be "muggle", "gentile", ...
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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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Hypernym of 'deposit' and 'withdraw'

I am looking for a hypernym of to deposit and to withdraw (money to and from a bank account). I thought about several options like "to perform a financial transaction", however I need something more ...
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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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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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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 the word that combines inclusion/exclusion?

Like visibility combines show/hidden, what's the word that combines inclusion/exclusion? EDIT: The problem is inspired by the VIM reference manual: A character motion is either inclusive or ...
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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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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: 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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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'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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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 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 “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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...