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

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“Humility” vs. “humiliation” [closed]

What is the difference, if any, between humility and humiliation? My friend's dad said humility is good, humiliation is bad, and the first link on Google says "leaders often confuse the two," but ...
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“View data” is to “observance” as “control data” is to what?

To view data is practising observance, to control data is practising...? I'm not looking for the antonym of observance, I just don't know the "looking:observance::doing:?" word.
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Single word for “the one being stolen from”?

By forming a noun from a verb, the person that steals is called a stealer. What do you call a person that is being stolen from? Is there a corresponding noun that denotes the object of this action, ...
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What word describes someone who offers unsolicited advice?

What word describes someone who offers unsolicited advice? For example I might write, "At the risk of being called a ______, I will offer you some unsolicited advice."
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Why are certain single word compound nouns pluralized in the middle

Hypothesis: compound nouns that are unhyphenated single words can be pluralized by adding an “s” to the noun root only when they consist of a noun + preposition. This is a follow-up to an earlier ...
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Is there a particular name for this kind of “poster”? Is this called a poster?

I was talking to a friend and wanted to speak about a particular kind of "poster" that has small hanging strips of paper containing information about services, sellers, or in this case the cat owner: ...
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What do you call “one hundredth of a second”?

As in: He broke the world record of 14.05 I tried searching Wikipedia and ended up with centisecond. It sounds so scientific. What is it called in colloquial English?
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“Stack” vs. “pile” vs. “heap” of paper

What is the difference between stack, pile or heap of something, let it be for example paper? CS+IT people might tend to use the word heap, because there is a widely known datastructure by that name. ...
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What is the correct term for someone who works on/with WordPress? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out what the best way to describe someone who works with/on WordPress. Some people use WordPresser but that seems a little bit clunky for me. It's easy to say WordPress developer, ...
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Term for use of descriptor or noun in place of proper name?

What is the term for the literary use of a 'descriptor' in place of a proper name, as in Shakespeare's play Much Ado about Nothing, when Benedict refers to Beatrice as "Lady Disdain" instead of Lady ...
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Mixing adjectives and nouns in scientific writing

I've noticed that biological scientists tend to use nouns as adjectives when detailing experiments both in writing and in speech. Examples: The experiment was performed "in monkey cortex" instead ...
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Word for “the action of making something optimistic”

Is there such a word or concise paraphrase that corresponds? Optimize might have the same root but it obviously doesn't have the same meaning. Is there any verbal form that could fit or does optimism ...
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Using an adjective with a series of nouns — “a broken nose, jaw and ribs” [closed]

An alleged burglar was left with a broken nose, jaw and ribs after US rapper-actor LL Cool J confronted the intruder in the kitchen of his Los Angeles home, prosecutors said Thursday. In the ...
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“Regret” vs. “remorse”

I would like to better understand when I have to use regret and when remorse. In Italian we have two words: Rimpianto: used when I'm sad because I didn't do something in the past (e.g. I didn't buy ...
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“Flexibility” vs. “adaptability” [closed]

I wonder whether it is Functional/Geometric Flexibility (engine type) or Functional/Geometric Adaptability (-"-) What's the difference? What's the right choice in this context?
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“Computing” vs. “computation”

Can anybody explain the difference between computing and computation? Which one is correct: computing/computation node (to refer to a server) computing/computation power (to refer to the FLOPS of a ...
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What is the object called that does the activity of collapsing — “collapser” or “collapsor”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rule for adding -er vs. -or when nouning a verb? I would say collapser or collapsor but neither of these two words can be found on web dictionaries. Is ...
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Identifying the implied gender of nouns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Referring to objects as “she” English officially does not have genders like German or other languages; for example, a chair is an it, not a he or she. ...
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Difference between “focus” and “concentration”

What is the difference between focus and concentration in the following context? High-flow activities require focus and concentration; your mind is actively engaged in what you are doing.
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“Pupil” or “Student”, what is the correct use?

I'm German and we distinguish between "Schüler" (pupil) and "Student" (student). When reading English news articles, and I read the words "student" or "students", most of the time the articles seem ...
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“Success” or “successes”

Which is correct? The newspaper described the success of people like Bob and Joe. The newspaper described the successes of people like Bob and Joe.
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Word for an object's “desire”

I'm looking for a word used in interaction design and probably in other fields as well. It's used for the following purpose: If a door has one handle which is a flat surface and another hanlde ...
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Plural of “Average” as a noun? [closed]

I have a sentence lingering in my mind that I read somewhere, but the way I'm remembering it it doesn't sound right: The averages have the power of invisibility. Is this correct pluralization of ...
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“Your interview with him.” Who is the interviewer?

You write something like this: I'm interested in your interview with Barack Obama. Most people would take this to mean that it was Obama who was the interviewee (the one answering questions). ...
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What is the difference between “accounting” and “accountancy”?

Is there a difference between the words "accounting" or "accountancy", when referring to the field or branch of study? Could one or the other be said to be a subfield within the other? Are there any ...
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“Multimedia” or “media” for menu name [closed]

I'm developing a website on which photos and videos will be shared. But I couldn't decide on the main menu name to use under which there will be two subcategories Photo Gallery and Videos. Which one ...
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“Comparing” vs “A comparison of ”

A professor criticized the language in a presentation. In particular he said that English preferred a noun phrase such as a comparison of  to a gerund such as comparing. For reference the entire ...
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“Sender” is to “receiver” as “distributor” is to what?

I'm looking for a word that means the party being distributed to by a distributor. I'm in the film industry. There are wholesalers and distributors. Even though both roles could be called ...
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“Space” as a synonym for industry, sector or business segment

When, and from where, did "space", as a synonym for industry, sector, or business segment, enter the language? For example, one wouldn't expect to read "His family made a fortune in the buggy whip ...
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Single word for the quality of being waterproof — “waterproofness”, “waterproofity”, something else?

If someone is happy, I can refer to that state as that person's happiness. If a watch is waterproof, do I refer to the watch's waterproofness, waterproofity, or what? TFD has an entry that fits for ...
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“See you all” or “see you everyone”

When leaving from work, how to say "see you" to colleagues? Which one is appropriate, "see you all" or "see you everyone"?
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Which nouns can be used as verbs?

Someone told me that the English language is special (compared to German, at least) in the way that every noun could be used as a verb. I think this phenomenon is called supine. Is this correct? ...
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what is the difference between a “deverbal noun” and a “verbal noun” please [closed]

I am currently working on -ing nominalizations and I've noticed that some grammar books refer to verbal nouns as deverbal nouns. Do you (English native speakers) make the difference or do you consider ...
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“Woman” is to “coquette” as “man” is to what?

Wiktionary reads: coquette: a woman who flirts or plays with men’s affections. Is there an English word which fits the following definition? ???: a man who flirts or plays with women’s ...
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Using “to” versus “for” between two nouns (“key to success”)

Another user provided an example and I have added others: Key to exercise Key for exercise Answer to a problem Answer for a problem Bullet to a gun Bullet for a gun She bought ...
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“Contest” vs. “competition”

I've read plenty of discussions, and I wanted to know whether the following statements are true or false: contest is more casual than competition a competition relies more on intelligence while a ...
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“Napkin” vs. “tissue”

I have suddenly found out that Chinese people use the word tissue instead of the word napkin. Before I checked that word in the dictionary I couldn't understand what they are talking about. Is there ...
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'tonnage of bombs'

ton, a unit of weight equal to 2,240 lb avoirdupois (1016.05 kg). tonne, a metric ton. 'The tonnage of bombs dropped on Vietnam was more than that of WW2 and Korea.' When 'tonnages' are not ...
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The word for the share of rows that has a value in a certain column [closed]

In statistics, is there a word for the share of data items that has a value for a certain property? Or in spreadsheet terms, the share of rows that have a value in a certain column? In Dutch, there ...
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Past participle used as a noun?

Some examples include: We fear the damned. He honored our fallen. This is a given. You are the chosen. The lost were among us. They obey the venerated. My beloved kissed me. (TIL ...
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“Tip” or “tips” of your fingers?

Which of the following is correct and why? opportunity at the tips of her fingers opportunity at the tip of her fingers The former seems correct to me, but I don’t entirely understand why.
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Do the adjectives always precedes the noun or pronoun? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do some adjectives follow the nouns they modify? Attributive and predicative position of an adjective “A place nearby” but not “A place good” ...
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“Communications In English for Engineers” — what does it exactly mean?

A lecture at my university is titled "Communications In English for Engineers". Somebody from my year stated that 'communications' (in plural) relate to telecommunication and generally ...
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“Conformity” vs. “conformance”

I am curious about the differences in meaning, connotations, style, and correctness of using conformity vs conformance. I haven't been able to find much using a simple web search, only a single ...
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What is the antonym of “dependent”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A depends on B, is A dependant, or is B dependant? “Employee” is to “employer” as “dependent” is to what? A and B are two persons. When A is a dependent of B, what of ...
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Is the word “throwee” acceptable?

I wanted to have a word to refer to the thing being thrown, so I decided to use the word "throwee". I can't find this word in online dictionaries, so I guess this word does not exist in the English ...
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The name of “Scientific American” — two adjectives without a substantive?

Does the name Scientific American consist of two adjectives? What is the substantive?
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Noun (or alternative) of thought-provoking?

I'm planning to start a blog. And before every post, I'm planning to add how thought-provoking I think that post is. So I was thinking about something that I can call thought-provoking-ness level. ...
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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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How to refer to ladies who promote a particular beer brand?

I’m writing a novel where one of the characters is a 酒促小姐 (literally translated as “wine promoter miss”). They come to your table (usually in bars and restaurants) and promote particular beer brands. ...