Nouns are words that refer to an entity, quality, state, action, or concept.

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What is a hypernym for the ascending and descending legs of a flight?

If an airline flight is everything that happens in between your starting and ending gates. What is the generic term for each time the plane ascends or descends during an air route? In layman terms, ...
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Omitting the possessive case correctly [duplicate]

I forgot how exactly the rule in English is called where you can omit the usual possessive case 's and s' if we're speaking about a row of nouns and instead just put them in front of each other (with ...
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Why does “face” turn to “faced” when used as a compound adjective? [closed]

I ask this question out of curiosity more than anything. We use the word "face" as a noun, but when it is used in a compound adjective, it turns into "faced": The features of his face hardened. ...
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Is “verifyee” a word?

How could I correctly label the following diagram?
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Multiple nouns and genitive - how to tell whether it applies to all or just the last one?

Having the following definition, as a non-native speaker I find it difficult to tell its correct meaning. A planned and systematic means for assuring management that the defined standards, ...
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Neutral word for something or someone that blocks/overrides/negates/vetos something else?

I am working on a system with numerous filters for data. If some filters are applied they will automatically void other filters. E.g. if the user is searching a unique ID the date range filter will ...
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Can the word “publications” represent books, papers, journals, magazines, etc.?

The top-voted answer to Is there a noun representing books, papers, magazines, and all the other things one might read? is "documents" and "literature". I want to know how the word "publications" ...
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How to call students enrolled one year before/after me?

Suppose student A is enrolled in a university in 2015. I wonder if there are any ways for him to call students enrolled in 2014 or 2016. Specifically, I want to complete the following sentences. ...
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What is the classifying noun for a person who is both a project term member and a consumer of the final product?

In a scenario where, two people, say a capenter and a plumber, are both working on a shopping mall construction project. The carpenter, lives in a foreign land, will return home when her direct ...
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Generosity has generous. What is the equivalent for animosity?

A so-called friend of mine once thanked me for my animosity. Animosity is a noun in this usage. What is the adjective associated with animosity? I guess there isn't one. But what is the closest word ...
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Are there different names for a pontoon if it is parallel or extending out from the shore?

Here we see the different terminology for wharf, a pier, a jetty and a quay - which all depend on whether they are built on piles or fill; extending out from shore or parallel to shore. Strangely ...
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How to name on sort project by

I have a list of art and design project I do, some is for client (pay) , some is not (without pay): not start from client invite (like redesign a product exist, concept, or art ... ), or client not ...
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What do you call a person who drinks alcohol with someone?

Someone you are drinking beer with. Someone who goes out for drinks with you. Not necessarily a close friend but is present during a drink with you.
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Can a noun function as an adverbial?

As we know, some noun phrases can function as adverbials (especially temporal noun phrases). Here is an example taken from Wikipedia: James answered this morning. Can a single noun function as an ...
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What do you call a noun unconventionally acting as a verb? [closed]

When one uses a verb as a noun, we call that a gerund (e.g. "I love running."). However, what would we call a noun that's unconventionally being used as a verb? (e.g. "I'm going to go math.", instead ...
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What is the origin of the word 'aphotic'? Is there a noun meaning “the state of being aphotic”?

Some adjectives ending in -ic are derived from nouns. For example, hyperbolic is derived from hyperbole, and parabolic is derived from parabola. Aphotic is an adjective meaning "lightless; dark" (...
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Synonym for “chameleon”

I'm looking for a synonym for the term "chameleon" as applied to a person who easily fits in anywhere by altering their demeanor in a respectful positive and aware way, not with malicious intent. All ...
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Word for a person that likes to start controversy [duplicate]

Some people enjoy starting a controversy. There must be a word for them.
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Is it “transferrer” or “transferer”?

According to thefreedictionary, "transferrer" is someone who transfers something. However, it also lists the alternate spelling "transferer", with only one r in the middle. For the related "...
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What is the legal term for someone who isn't a romantic partner but lives in the same house as you?

A cohabitator but not a girlfriend or boyfriend or common-law spouse.
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Sought: Term for nominal use of adjective [duplicate]

If this turns out to be duplicative, I apologize. Is there a concise term for the use of an adjective -- without a noun -- AS a noun? For example, instead of "Rich people often eat lobster ...
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In English, are words like 'English,' 'Monday,' and 'January' considered common nouns or proper nouns?

In English, are names of languages (English, French), days of the week (Monday, Sunday) and months of the year (November, January) considered common nouns or proper nouns? I know they're all ...
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Nought point five miles. Why is it miles, plural?

I read somewhere that 0.5 mile is nought point five miles. Why is 0.5 counted as plural?
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In terms of poetry, what is the Thomas code?

I was reading a book review of Wittgenstein's Mistress on goodreads, and I came across the sentence, "Without such accessible lecture notes, I may not have ever cracked the Thomas code and may never ...
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Debris “is” or “are” called toxins

"Debris are called toxins." In this sentence, should I use "is" or "are"? I understand "debris" is an uncountable noun, so normally I would use "is". But I am referring to different kinds of debris. ...
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Hyphenating “process” in the meaning “series of actions” in AmE

Where to break the word "process" at the end of a line in the meaning "a series of actions" in US English? Dictionaries disagree on this (or I am misinterpreting what they say): Merriam-Webster ...
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What should you call a whooping cough or a whoop-like cough and not have it confused with the disease?

How would you tell someone that you have a whooping cough but you don't have pertussis?
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The word for the tipping point. Point of change

Looking for the word that displays the point of change, the apex, that point or event that changed something it was the "" of the day, her thoughts, the game, etc.
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Indefinite article with an abstract noun

I can't get how to use indefinite article with an abstract noun. I often see constructions like this one: indefinite article + adjective + abstract noun. I mean are there any rules when to use or not ...
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Noun for person being observed

I know that the person being interviewed is interviewee, but I cannot find the equivalent for the person being observed! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Using “One of the” with “Equipment” or similar mass nouns

As the question has stated, I am having a mild confusion regarding the mass nouns. Is: "Every equipment" correct? The same goes with "One of the equipment". Thank you very much.
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What is the English equivalent of gatasan?

It literally means to milk. It also means a dairy cow. It could be both a noun or verb. v. To use someone for the money he/she can give you. n. Someone (a girlfriend, husband) that you ...
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What do you call those small wooden footbridges over water?

Those planks or bamboo bridges you see in some resorts and some sea settlements in Asia?
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Difference in meaning: “diplomacy” and “foreign affairs”?

In a general context, is there any difference in meaning or tone between "diplomacy" and "foreign affairs"? Consider the following case. (at a speech) I will talk about effects the TPP (Trans Pacific ...
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What do you call those films with nudity, if not pornographic scenes, but not marketed as porn? [closed]

Probably has the same audience as porn but instead has mainstream studio producers and full-length cinema release.
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“There is to be no drinking beer today” What is the status of “no” and “beer” here?

There's no doubting her sincerity. There's no telling what she's done. There's no guessing which way they'll bolt. There's to be no drinking beer today. There's no telling her. The word no is ...
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The noun form of “well-defined”

What’s the noun of well-defined (meaning that something is defined well in a mathematical sense). Also, could you show me more examples of the same structure/principle (of transforming the adjective ...
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While all states face similar industrial waste problems

While all states face similar industrial waste problems, the predominating industries and the regulatory environment of the states obviously determines the types and amounts of waste produced, as well ...
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hiccup-like noise made while trying to speak when stabbed?

Say someone was stabbed and he bleeds but he remains conscious. Axiomatically if he were to speak he would speak with extreme difficulty. What do you call the hiccup-like noise/sound he makes while ...
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Place of verb + ing

The following sentence is subtitle in movie : They were the quintessential American couple, the future unfurling before them like some endless magic carpet. Here I think that this sentence is ...
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Nouns and Gerunds

Why does it sound 'right' to say - "Enjoy your reading", "Enjoy your fishing", "Enjoy your hunting" - but 'wrong' to say - "Enjoy your eating", "Enjoy your sleeping" ? Thanks in advance for the help.
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Is it prefered to use the noun repeatedly in a sentence, or should I refer to it as “it”. (like I just did)

For example, When I got to the store, the store was closed. When I got to the store, it was closed. Or I took a big gulp of water from my bottle, the water was cold in my mouth. I ...
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The teacher as well as the students are busy

As far as I know, the last noun determines whether "is" or "are" is to be used. I recently came to know that "are" is incorrectly used here. Could someone please explain why? Also, what's wrong in ...
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A word/phrase to express deep sadness at a friend or loved one's stupidity?

I'm looking for a way to describe the feeling you get when someone you care about is being aggressively, intractably, and willfully ignorant or stupid about something. It's something of a blend of ...
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Two ends of a street [duplicate]

I am not native English speaker. May I ask you a question. I want to make an appointment with my friend at one particular end of a street. In my language we use two words to differentiate the two ends ...
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Can there be “an” “endemic”? (Can “endemic” legitimately be used as a noun?)

A recent AMA headline shouts: "The Resident Depression Endemic---and Solutions Underway". Now, doctors are not known for their writing proficiency (self included here) but this seems to me to be a ...
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Term for someone receiving pastoral care

I'm currently writing a manual on pastoral care in a Church community. In our cultural context, we use the term "pastor" not only for the traditional role of a community leader but also for anyone ...
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what is a word for “multifaceted information”? [closed]

It can be said as either "multifaceted information" or "information in multi-dimensional form ." some times, people used to provide a wide variety of information in a single graph or figure. So, what ...
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Usage of “representation” in the sense of being part of a group

Is the following sentence correct and clear? "Elite universities in England are under constant scrutiny because of the low representation of certain population groups, particularly state-school ...