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

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Word for a “decorated item”

Is there a single word for something that is subject to a decoration? Is it something like "decoree"? EDIT: I want to give an explanation what I need this word for. I am currently developing a ...
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Is there a word for “people who are computer illiterate”?

Just as there is "computerate" to describe those who show familiarity with, and ability to use computers, is there a word to describe the opposite, those who are computer illiterate? The word I'm ...
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Word for “a piece of a whole”

What is a word that means "parts of a whole" and implies it can be combined with others of the same word to build something greater? For example "blocks", "bricks", and "pieces" are examples I ...
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Using adjectives as nouns

What is the term for using an adjective in the place of a noun? It seems to come up a lot in fantasy fiction, generally used as a proper noun to describe a group ("the Twisted", "the Hunted"), but it ...
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A single word noun for a “reusable object” [closed]

What is a single word noun that means "a reusable object"? I'm looking for something with as few syllables as possible, that is English vernacular. The word would also be abstract, so it ...
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An Exocentric compound for Children

I have written a story for children in Persian. Somewhere in the story, I have mentioned "pear". "Pear" In Farsi is gool-abbi, which translates literally as "blue flower". I have mentioned that as ...
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What did “make love” mean in the 1920s?

This 1921 article gives "Ten Pointers for Domestic Happiness". Pointer V reads: Make love to your wife; continue to be her sweetheart. Neglect begets indifference that is fatal to married life. ...
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“sufferings” is plural though it is uncountable,but how?

We know that there is no plural form of the "uncountable noun," but, for example, we write: His sufferings force us to retain pity for him. Is it possible to make an uncountable noun plural? If ...
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Qualifying a profile

Which of these adjectives is better used to qualify a profile (the width of an elongated object, such as in crossing profile)? low or small large or high Low crossing profile seems more common ...
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Word meant to describe a crime where women beat men

Word meant to describe a crime where women beat men and men often do not report it. Supposedly , the most unreported crime there is. This was famous term used around the time of Lorena Bobbitt's ...
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A word or idiom for something that is real but appears fake

A word or idiom for something that is real but appears to be fake. For example "That photograph looks like a painting", or "the sunset looks fake".
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Are there nouns that embody adjectives+verbs? (Not asking about attributive nouns) [closed]

I'm not sure if there's a better way for me to word my question. I've sorted through "noun" + "adjective" search results here on SE, but found nothing approximating what I'm after. I'm trying to ...
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Alcoholic beverage brought by groom as a gift to bride's family

I'm naturally an Estonian and we have a word called "kosjaviin" and it's a noun. In general it is a bottle of strong alcohol (~40%) brought by groom as a gift to the bride's family. The first part of ...
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Name for a small, central unit of human memory

I am having trouble coming up with the word to describe a small memory which stands out amongst others. I thought of the word 'aphorism', describing a small and concise phrase, but I'm searching for ...
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Singular word to mean “both of your hands” or “all of your fingers”

I'm looking for a singular word (not plural) that can be used to represent both of a person's hands (or all fingers and/or toes). Does such a word exist?
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Do we “resolve a doubt” or “dispel a doubt”?

When writing in a academic setting (think of a letter to your professor), what is the most appropriate way of saying this? I will be grateful if you could resolve this doubt in your paper. I ...
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“5 slices of cheese” what word describes the “slices” part

In a list of ingredients you'd have something like the following : 5 grams of flour 2 cups of lemon juice 10 slices of meat What word would you use to describe 'grams', 'cups' and ...
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“Data” — singular or plural [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? The data was kept in soft form. The data were kept in soft form.
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Is it correct to say “Do not duplicate the information, add only new one”?

Information is an uncountable noun. Therefore, is it correct to refer to it with a number one as in: do not duplicate the information, add only new one?
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Noun of-phrases: Rules as to plural form of each noun in the pair

Nouns of Noun vs Nouns of Nouns Example 1: I face different types of financial constraints vs types of financial constraint Example 2: Different kinds of reasons vs Different kinds of reason ...
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Part of speech of “that”?

In this sentence: Its shape resembles that of a kangaroo’s hind foot. What part of speech would that be?
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What word describes a university class in both the UK and the US?

In the US words like class, subject, course are used to describe a university class, while in the UK, words like subject and course are used to describe the name of the whole university degree. ...
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Connexion pronunciation & verb

Connexion is the original and variant spelling of "connection", common until at least the 19th century, and still occasionally used in British English (it was the house style of The Times of London ...
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Non-aerodynamic meanings of 'vane'

I tried to look for other meanings of 'vane' not related to aerodynamics (weather vane, vane of a feather, etc), and I wasn't really successful. Oxforddictionaries.com gives an example of adjective as ...
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Is there any word available for an incident occurred and vanished in front of eyes?

I was confused, when one of my friends was writing his name on a lead from vapor of mouth: I saw his name for a few seconds and after that it automatically disappeared. So what can I call this ...
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(plural noun) “are” never “a” good idea. [closed]

I'd like to know how to explain the grammar in this kind of sentences. It seems to me that the plural noun here works like a collective noun... Or does it purely depend on the context rather than some ...
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Single word for “women lover”

Is there a single word for "women lover"?
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Noun for someone whose secret has been discovered?

Is there a one-word noun for someone who has been lying or keeping a secret, but who has been found out? I can think of descriptors that aren’t nouns (exposed, found out, etc.) but I’m looking for a ...
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Is there a shorter synonym for “extra-curricular activities”?

I always find the expression "extra-curricular activities" very clumsy.
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Gerund ending in -ings?

Examples: Savings Shavings Drippings Are these gerunds? I found some resources (below) that don't seem to provide definitive answers. Page 57 Page 320
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Criteria used to determine if a “Chinese inch” is an “inch”?

This is a follow-on question to "Term for construct in which adjective completely changes the meaning of its following noun?" Is a "Chinese inch" an "inch" or something entirely different in which ...
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Can “recount” in the sense of narrating a story be used as a noun?

I am starting to see the word "recount" used as a noun, even in the plural as "recounts", when the context makes it clear that this refers to the telling of a story (and definitely not something being ...
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May I use the word “miscreant” in my thesis? [closed]

I am writing my thesis. May I use the word miscreant to refer to people who create viruses to spread them on the Internet? Or is it a slang term that I must avoid?
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Term for construct in which adjective completely changes the meaning of its following noun?

I would like the terminology for, and information regarding, a specific type of adjective-noun construct. It consists of noun preceded by an adjective that completely/radically changes the meaning ...
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Term for someone who asks you a “pick one side” question and gives you a hard time on the side you choose [closed]

Is there a particular word or phrase for this scenario: Person A poses Person B with a "pick one side" question. Person B answers with he/she honest opinion Person A criticizes Person B for the side ...
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Term for someone who keeps rejecting ideas without specifying what they want [closed]

Is there a particular word or phrase for when you keep giving suggestions and advice to someone about a broad topic and that person keeps rejecting the ideas but won't specifically say what they want ...
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Hypernyms for “reactants” and “products”?

I’m looking for a hypernym of both reactant and product. That is, I want to be able to say that both reactants and products are <unknown term>, but I don’t know what term applies to both.
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Hatred of Chinese

Sinophobia specifically describes fear of all things Chinese. Is there a word specifically to describe hatred (not fear) against a particular race? Right now I'm using anti-Chinese sentiment, but that ...
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When do you use the plural form for nouns that are generally considered uncountable?

When should the plural form of the nouns combustible, material and liquid be used?
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'(death) throes' - countability?

In my Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary the word 'throe' is not listed, only 'throes'. With other nouns, the dictionary clearly indicates whether nouns are countable or uncountable, however, with ...
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Is it compensation

For example, someone’s house is in a plan to make new highway. Then he/she will have to move another land when construction starts. In this case he/she take money from the government to buy a new ...
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Why “soft” drink?

Why are soft drinks, such as lemonade etc., called soft drinks?
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Hypernym for “pros” and “cons”

Is there a single word to denote pros and cons? For example, Here you can view the [pros and cons] of this product. update: When reading the word, one should immediately understand that it's ...
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Is the phrase “in common” a noun?

Is "in common" a noun? Some dictionaries say adjective, but some (Longman) have a 2nd definition for "in common" as a noun.
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“School Students” — what, like there's any other kind of student?

I think this might be a Pennsylvania thing: every so often, you'll see a van or small bus labeled, not "School Bus" or anything sane normal like that, but "School Students". Whenever I see a van ...
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Word for a person who wants to impose his rules everywhere or advise

My colleague has always something to advise, whatever you eat or play and he sometimes tries to dig out information from you and again advise on it. I just hate to get any feedback from him: if what I ...
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Abstract noun as a proper name?

This might be silly to ask, and possibly more theoretical than anything else, but it's something I've always pondered. My first name is Hope. When I was in Elementary School and first learned about ...
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What's the difference between the words “journey”, “travel” and “trip”?

As they always were interchangeable in an article, I just want to know the difference.
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Can collective nouns technically refer to only one noun?

For those who don't know, collective nouns are words like "family" that refer to a group of things. As I understand it, "stuff" is also a collective noun; that is confirmed by this question. ...
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What type of word describes someone who performs an action?

In English most verbs have a form that describes the person that performs the action. Some examples would be Runner, Climber, or Jumper. What are these kinds of words called? Are the called the ...