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

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Can “collection” pertain to a single object? [closed]

Can "collection" pertain to a single object? For example, is a library with a single volume a "library"? Suppose the curator aims at acquiring more works of the same type as the one it possesses - ...
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What is the noun form of the verb “vocalize”? [closed]

I know, vocalize means "to give voice to". I would like to know the noun form of it. thank you :)
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Is there a word for salivating in response to negative stimuli, as opposed to positive stimuli?

Like when you smell a dead rat your mouth produces saliva and makes you spit a lot. Or when you see something gross, doesn't make you vomit, but your mouth waters you spit a lot.
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word for a condescending, snarky, yet awkward and jealous, person

i'm looking for a word for a person who is cynical, judgmental, nitpicking, condescending but also flawed, gawky and timid (in an unfamiliar setting), and is harboring some kind of jealousy towards ...
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Is there a word like “stato” or 'stathole"?

Recently I've heard it on BBC's Documentary podcast (What Should we Teach Our Kids?, 1:14 min into the programme). It's described as British slang. Apparently it refers to a person who is an expert ...
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What do you call it when a spectator distracts a player. [closed]

Like when a member of the audience yells at a player so he misses his shot.
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Stating the obvious [duplicate]

Stating the obvious has been discussed here before but in the context of a derogatory response to someone who does same. E.g. duh, dur, nss etc. What I would particularly like to know "is there a ...
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Are pronouns nouns?

In the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Huddleston & Pullum 2002) and many other grammars, the English pronouns are viewed as a subcategory of the English nouns. In other grammars, such ...
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“software” vs “a software”? [duplicate]

This is IMO not a duplicate of the other "software" vs. "a software" question (Why don't we use the indefinite article with software) because that question doesn't have stuff (in this case "wonderful ...
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Word for someone who feels as if they must atone for something?

It is not that the person has done something that is necessarily wrong; it is more as if a situation occurred and the person feels they may have caused it, or the person feels guilty about it in ...
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Chatroom or chat room? [closed]

According to Wikipedia: The term chat room, or chatroom, is primarily used to describe any form of synchronous conferencing, occasionally even asynchronous conferencing. Merriam-Webster lists ...
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A word meaning to dig land with your nails or fingers

What do you call "to dig land" with fingers? If I say “He desperately dug the soil” it sounds like the person is using a tool such as a shovel or a spade. Which verb means digging with only your ...
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What is the noun that describes the urge to harm someone?

I am writing about the character Roger in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. If you have read the book, you would know that this character is one with an urge to harm other people. So my question ...
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Why do nouns and verbs which are stressed differently all exhibit the same variation?

I recently stumbled upon an interesting quirk regarding words that are both nouns and verbs. They seem to all follow the same stress pattern. Here are a few examples: NOUNS I have a really long ...
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Word for participating in a war [closed]

I am trying to think of a word meaning to "participate" or be a in a war. Example Usage: His scars were explained by his [participation] in the war."
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What do you call someone who is emotionally strong?

A noun describing a person who is emotionally strong. For example: My Aunt Sally was the [emotionally strong person] in our family.
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What is the difference between “bind” and “link”? [closed]

Bind and link are both verb and noun but the difference in meaning between these words are quite hard for me to catch. I'd say the "the moral bind of the law" to express that both of them are tied ...
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Though we use adjectives before nouns normally, why are some words exceptions like 'something'? Why do we use the adjectives after them? [duplicate]

For example: something , everything, anything, nothing ... special someone , everyone , anyone,, no one ... special somebody , everybody , anybody , nobody ...special
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Is it correct to say “unbinded”? [closed]

Let's say I have two objects that I want to bind together (just in abstract manner - matching abstract object). Now, let's say I have an object that is not bound to any other object. Can I say that ...
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Noun for someone who puts others down to strive

These are people you may even be friends with who make you feel like doo doo because they always have to one-up you. I know so many of them but I don't have a word to describe it. It's like they're ...
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Is 'qualunquism' an English word? [closed]

Italian has this 'qualunquismo' word which somehow I seem to remember having heard also in English form 'qualunquism'. However, I cannot find much reference in the 'net. The word itself is tied mostly ...
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plural nouns which is most correct - human resources services or human resource services [closed]

Which is most correct for use in signage to indicate the location of that department. Human resources services Human resource services My understanding is that both could be correct however I am ...
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“The population is 57,000” or “the population is 57,000 people”? [closed]

I'm having a devil of time googling this, so my apologies if this question has been answered before. Internet searching has been all but worthless, what with boolean cues being imprecise as they are. ...
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Joule Pronounced “Jowl”

In Linus Pauling's book, "General Chemistry", in one of the annotations in the first chapter, he writes the following about the word "joule": " Usually pronounced to rhyme with howl." I have not found ...
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“Ones” at the beginning of a sentence

Ones on epidemiology find relative risk ratios (RRs) very close to a value of 1, [...] Does that refer to a group of people, or to some specific concept? Source: https://examine.com/faq/is-...
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How can a “noun suffix” be used for words that don't fit into the pattern i.e. “family”? Family-ness? Family-like? Familiality (made up word…)

I am editing a document for someone and they used the word "familiness" to relate to the family-like nature of an organisation. Is there a better word to use than the phrase "family-like nature"?
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Does English have an equivalent word for alimungawan?

It's the short semiconscious or confused state after sleep. Very much like a hypnic jerk but you don't go back to sleep. Like waking up very early in the morning but you slept late your body is not ...
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Word for a shelf intended to be worked off of like a desk

I'm trying to figure out a more descriptive word than "shelf" for a structure that is mounted to a wall at around waist height intended to be used as a desk. This is creative nonfiction so I know ...
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One word for new item or second hand item [closed]

I am creating a select box where one has to say whether the product is new or old. I wanted one word for my label. Any suggestions will highly be appreciated
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Is there a word for words that imitate a feeling or mood? [closed]

Something like an onomatopoeia for sensations other than auditive?
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What do you call a person who talks about nothing but himself? [duplicate]

How to describe a person in a word who keeps mentioning about his own life story or about himself for every topic that is being conversed? Be it interesting or boring, he has the ability to pick out ...
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Should ‘emoji’ be a defective noun? [duplicate]

In all of the descriptive dictionary definitions of “emoji” I've encountered thus far (e.g. Merriam-Webster entry), the plural of emoji is given an optional “s.” plural emoji or emo·jis In the ...
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What expression describes a person who knowlingly invests in a scam? [closed]

What word or phrase describes a person who invests in an enterprise that he knows is a scam or Ponzi scheme? Can the word or phrase refer to a person who votes for a politician who repeatedly tells ...
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Word for academic fields that are aligned with a political movement or position?

Is there a word or phrase for academic fields that are aligned with a political movement or position? For example: Feminist studies is aligned with feminism. African American studies is closely ...
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What is a noun derivative from a verb when being used in an assignment context?

I'm trying to find a noun that can only be derived only from a verb and is assigned as a role. E.g. in the following sentence: Fred assesses the test. Jack runs over the hill. Billy ...
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Cutover: adjective, action noun, state - all the same?

I'm a product Manager writing about a technological system in which a computer system is cutover (switched from one location to another). Cutover is the action. Is it also the state that the machine ...
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What is the equivalent word of villainy for victim

Villainy is to villain as XXX is to victim? Sorry I couldn't think of a better way of explaining this Thanks
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In structures such as 'football manager', is 'football' a modifier or a complement of the head noun?

I thought I'd post this as it illustrates a problem often encountered on ELU. In structures such as 'football manager', is 'football' a modifier or a complement of the head noun? I've seen ...
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Keep with T or change to C in verb to derived word conversion

I'm doing some verb to derived word conversions and I'm struggling with keeping the T or converting it to a C in some verbs ended with T: Exhibit -> Exhibition Perfect -> Perfection ...
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Is there a word that can be used to refer to a collection of “donations” or “payments”?

I'm developing a product which is essentially a payment system. In this system, an organization can create a campaign and this campaign can be publicly shared to accept either donations or payments. ...
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informal word for a money manager

Imagine there's a group of friends and they're on a trip or on vacation. They're not going to chip in for every single spending; instead, a certain person shells out for everything throughout and when ...
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Noun corresponding to good

Red describes the color of something. Good describes the _____ of something. What's the most general word that could fit the blank (if there is one)? Some options I've considered: Goodness (I don't ...
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Title for a person one has had children with

I'm looking for a word meaning "Someone X has had children with". Joseph really gets around. He's had 15 girlfriends, and 2 [] so far Or Martha has 3 children, but has had them with two []
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Can “childs” ever be the plural of “child”?

Is the word childs ever used instead of children for the plural of child? And was it ever a part of standard English vocabulary but later neglected?
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Can “dissolute” be plural? [closed]

I have a text I'm proofreading that lists certain types of people, and in the list is the word "dissolutes" ("highwaymen, loners, children, dissolutes"). My Word processor is telling me that while "...
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Plural use of fruit [duplicate]

"Teach them about fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods." Or would "fruit" instead be correct?
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A thing that paginates

Is there a single word noun for something that splits something info pages? At a guess I came up with: paginator pager Paginator seems right, but it doesn't look right, while pager looks right, ...
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Need help with formation of this title

I am going to write my bachelor paper about how I am going to extend CASE tool transformation of integrity constrains from logical model to physical schema. I am not sure if it is relevant, but my ...
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Is “programming” not a noun?

Recently, I was told that the word "programming" in the phrase "programming thoughts" is a verb in the gerund-participle form and that the term "gerund" by itself is obsolete in modern grammar. I was ...
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Is a deverbal noun with at least two adjectives plural, or can it be?

Is a deverbal noun with at least two adjectives plural, or can it be? An example sentence (from research regarding medical monitoring of vital signs): Continuous and automated monitoring is... ...