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

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Is it “fewer than one person” or “less than one person”? [duplicate]

I have been under the impression that the distinction between fewer and less was with countable vs. uncountable nouns. But I've just encountered the claim that it's plural vs. singular. Which is it? ...
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What's a more sophisticated word for “gadget”? [closed]

I'm looking for a word that isn't tacky like gadget, but that describes interesting and novel technological items.
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Difference between “delight” and “delightful” [closed]

I am wondering if there is really a difference between delight and delightful. I would like to make a title for a French cooking app and was thinking of this: MyApp - Homemade delightful French ...
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Is the word “dorm” acceptable in a thesis?

I'm writing a thesis about students living in dormitories and I would like to know if a dorm is an acceptable expression for a dormitory? I don't live in GB nor in USA and the thesis is neither ...
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Is “rightsayer” a word? [closed]

Is "rightsayer" a word that describes someone that believes themselves to always be right?
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What's a word (noun) that means a particularly hard and difficult to solve puzzle? [closed]

Think the context would be say in a movie our heros have got into the bad guy's base, and there's this rubiks cube like puzzle object they have to solve, which is especially difficult to solve it's a ...
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What word would best be used to describe an entity that “cancels” something?

I am writing some code for an application that initiates an asynchronous action and returns an object that can be used to cancel the action before completion. However, I am having difficulty naming ...
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What would you call a group of people who don't mind their own business?

Scenario: You're building a model in your room. You've been building something incredibly intrinsic and you don't want to stop until it's finished. Your father comes in and begins to scold you for ...
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Should “shape” be plural in “the shape and dimensions of the skyscrapers”?

In the following sentence: The great cities have been built with no regard for us. The shape and dimensions of the skyscrapers depend entirely on the necessity of obtaining the maximum income per ...
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When to use conclusion and conclusions in a scientific article or report?

I am writing a scientific report in English. For the final part, should I use conclusion or conclusions? I am a bit confused because in my memory it's an uncountable noun. But I saw many journal ...
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Choice of articles: the reduction/ a reduction /reduction

I am often confused about the use of articles before abstract nouns. Are the following three sentences all grammatically correct? If so, what differences are there, if any, in their meaning or nuance? ...
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How to obtain a list of compound words as nouns?

Example: polar bear I can only detect polar as an adjective and bear as a noun. But polar bear is actually a "noun". How do I obtain a free list of such? Another example: hot dog.
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How do I obtain a list of compound words as nouns? [duplicate]

How do I obtain a list of compound words as nouns? Example: polar bear. I can only detect polar as an adjective and bear as a noun. But polar bear is actually a noun. How do I obtain a free list of ...
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What is the term for young adult male/female (aged 18 to 25)?

When writing a book and referring to a female and male aged 18–25, what term would be most appropriate? Boy and girl seem too young, whereas man and woman seem too old. Example sentence: A ...
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Usage of “flavour” vs. “version”

Software systems undergo versioning when changes are made to them. E.g.: "Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows RT etc. are some popular versions of the Windows Operating System." Similarly, some software ...
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Is there a term for grammatical mistakes as a result of trying too hard?

Today, I learned the term hyperforeignism after writing that I was drinking a latté and then stopping to wonder why I was putting a diacritical mark on the "e". This reminded me of other language ...
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“Majority” is to “plurality” as “minority” is to what?

This analogy may not be quite accurate but I think I can get my point across with it. I was reviewing some obesity statistics: Obese: 35.9% Overweight but not obese: 33.3% Neither overweight nor ...
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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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Using an adjective to describe something that is already intended

Is there a word that describes the case of using an adjective to describe a noun that already suggests as much? Examples the pretty model won all of the awards the smart genius answered ...
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Commision on stock market

Is it correct to use word commision as a synonym to order on stock market? In meaning: an instruction from customers to brokers to buy or sell on the exchange. I know that commision is a fee or ...
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Need a word to describe book/academic journal as distinct from technical report

I am designing a database and I have an entity called Publication. A Publication can be either a book/academic journal or a technical report. So I need a word for book/academic journal as ...
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“Dysfunction” as a verb?

I wonder if it is possible to use the noun "dysfunction" as a verb. It is certainly a noun, but in general use it seems to mean something far more awful and much less technical than "malfunction". ...
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Is “setup” an acceptable noun in formal writing?

I'm editing a draft of a scientific paper which repeatedly uses the word "setup" to refer to the, well, experimental setup. Example: The dimensions of the setup are 250 mm × 250 mm × 50 mm. ...
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Is there a word for something that gets “acted upon”?

For instance, say I have two individuals and one is active, the other passive. I know I can call the active person the "actor"—he "acts upon" the passive person. But what do I call the "acted upon"? ...
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What is the closest synonym to 'overpopulation'? [closed]

I've been looking for a word which is very close semantically to 'overpopulation'. Popular Internet dictionaries show words like 'overcrowding' or 'congestion', which are too general for me. I know ...
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Single word for “for how long information is considered fresh”

I am looking for a single word for “for how long a piece of information is considered fresh”. Suppose I have a piece of information, say a score of a cricket match at a particular moment in an ...
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Pronunciations of 'retard' and 'retardation'

Why are the verb form (/rɪtɑːd/, ri-tard) and the offensive noun form (/ˈriːtɑːd/, ree-tard) of the word retard pronounced differently? While I have heard both variants in use as part of the ...
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Use of “guarantee” in “What is the guarantee that…”

A: Are you going to invest in that plan? B: I dont think so, it seems confusing and vague to me. What is the guarantee that my money will not be lost? Is guarantee okay here? If not, what other ...
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A situation when you do too many thing but achieve nothing [closed]

I am looking for few nouns describing "a situation when one does too many things but achieve nothing important or useful".
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What does “popping bottle” symbolise?

I keep hearing the phrase "popping bottle" in contemporary music. Does it simply mean "opening an alcoholic drink"? Why do they keep using it? I invented swag, poppin bottles, putting supermodels ...
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How does “pussy” come to mean “coward”?

The word pussy is often used to mean "coward". This guy is a pussy. and I am wondering why. How are woman's genitals related to being a "coward"?
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What is it called when a snake is showing its head when angry?

What is the apt word to be used when a snake has its head looking straight towards us and shows its tongue outside vociferously, probably when it is about to bite?
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“Hostname” or “host name”?

When we are talking about computers, I see both hostname and host name being used. Which is more proper? Should I put the space in there?
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A word for “one who tames wild animals”

I want to know a single word that conveys this meaning "one who tames wild animals".
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Does the word “newbie” have a negative connotation?

Imagine that I'm running a friendly and informal online business. I would like to introduce my service to the new customers by a blog post that entitles, 'Are you a newbie to XYZ.com?'. Will that ...
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Which word is used more in the UK: 'gaol' or 'jail'?

I know both words share the same meaning and pronunciation, but I wonder about their comparative usage in modern English.
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Verb after preposition

Is it correct to write this: "... rely on emulating techniques"? I must write the emulate verb in gerund because it is preceded by an preposition, right? The whole sentence is: These systems ...
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Capitalization for “Federal”

I'm writing an article for publication and I want to capitalize the following sentence appropriately. "You need to know that Federal law bars the lender from accelerating the mortgage on your ...
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More specific antonym to “lodger” than “landlord”

You can distinguish between someone who's paying for a room and paying for an apartment or house with lodger versus tenant. Is it possible to distinguish between someone who offers a room for rent ...
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What is the difference between “section” and “part”?

What is the difference between "section" and "part"? The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English says for "section": one of the parts that something such as an object or place is divided ...
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Can we call something a “word” if it doesn't have a vowel? [closed]

It seems self-evident to me, but in the heat of a Scrabble game (no surprise), my opponent claimed that "sh" was a word. I think it's a diphthong, but the printed dictionary definition of "word" ...
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Meaning of “Blunt instrument” [closed]

I am having difficulties trying to understand this sentence: In some respects, Courses of Action are the more basic of the two. In and of themselves, however, Courses of Action tend to be rather ...
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What is the origin of “-ix” as a feminine variation?

Some words are made feminine by altering the suffix to be -ix. Examples: dominator → dominatrix executor → executrix rector → rectrix What is the origin of this variation? From my 5 years of ...
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Is there a difference between “ascendants” and “ancestors”?

Without noticing myself, I've mixed the use of "ascendants" and "ancestors" in some documentation I've written. In an arbitrary hierarchy (of either people or things), what would be the most correct ...
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Difference between “hypotyposis”, “ekphrasis” and “iconotext” [closed]

What is the difference between hypotyposis, ekphrasis and iconotext?
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Using the word “deadbeat” as an adjective

BBC quotes President Obama: America is "not a deadbeat nation", US President Barack Obama has said, as he warned Republicans unconditionally to approve a rise in the US debt ceiling. It appears ...
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“Winter sales” vs. “winter discounts” vs. “winter offers” [closed]

We have a service, and we provide season discounts at this time of the year. Which of the following is the most preferable? The winter sales started at "Company X"! The winter discounts ...
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“To consolidate cost”

Is it correct to use the expression "consolidate cost" when you add cost figures in a specific period of time? The context is a description of what a piece of code is doing: consolidate cost over ...
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Synonyms for 'extra' (noun)

Recently I came across the word 'extra' in following meaning: "a person engaged temporarily to fill out a crowd scene in a film or play". I have a strong feeling that there should be some ...
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What is the appropriate usage of “attentions”?

I recently wondered what the difference between attention and attentions was, as I've heard both, but couldn't think of or remember when someone would use attentions. One definition for attentions ...