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

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Is the following the correct usage for the word “read”: “Read a dictionary”

Is it correct to state: "Read a dictionary". Similarly can you "Read an encyclopedia",
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A common word that describes the first level relation

A common word that describes the first level relation. First level relation: Parent for an unmarried. Spouse for a married
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Should this sentence have a singular or plural object?

Is the correct version this: But in general such verses have rarely been accepted as a genuine part of the book. OR this: But in general such verses have rarely been accepted as genuine ...
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What's a good replacement to “cookbook” as referring to general-purpose manual-like computer books?

O'Reilly published a series of "cookbooks" which are general-purpose manual-like computer books that usually have wide but shallow coverage of a topic. What's a good word that's less rhetorical than ...
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Term for someone who lost something [duplicate]

Is there any specific term for someone who has lost something? The person who finds something can be called a finder but what about the person who has lost something? What should the appropriate term ...
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Is there a term to describe the tendency to do what's minimum?

I will try my best to describe. Some times, I have found that people tend to do the minimum procedures to finish what they do, and find improving unnecessary. I understand different people have ...
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In “can hear singing”, is “singing” a verb or a gerund?

In this sentence is singing a verb or a gerund? Look at the children whom you can hear singing.
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a word for an unfamiliar situation

Is there a single word for an unfamiliar situation or a better way of wording this? If a situation is unfamiliar to you.
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What is “the culinary chops”?

The article of Time magazine (June 23, 2014) titled “Don’t blame fat” says “New science reveals fat isn’t what hurting our health, and wraps up with the following sentence. How we eat –whether we ...
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Is “vernissage” in common use in American English?

I'm translating a novel from Swedish to English. The book is slightly above the level of chick-lit, so I don't want it to sound too fancy. In Swedish vernissage is a common word. I have personally ...
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'Animus' — negative connotation?

The Oxford Dictionaries entry for animus reads: [mass noun] Hostility or ill feeling: [mass noun] Motivation to do something: Owing to definition 1 above, I suspect that a negative ...
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Formatting for having one noun used twice in a sentence— once, implied

I was writing some definitions for a summer project, and I came up with this sentence: In The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka, the protagonist is Gregor Samsa, with events being centered around- , ...
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English equivalent of komorebi (木漏れ日) — “sunshine filtering through leaves”

Is there an English equivalent of komorebi (木漏れ日), which means the sunshine filtering through the leaves of a tree (or trees)? It is made up of three kanji and the hiragana particle れ. The first ...
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What's the noun for “off-key” or “out of tune”?

The answer isn't off-keyness, although I wish it were. I am interested in the secondary meaning of something being off-key, in the sense that it is irregular or incongruous, for example: "An off-key ...
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Hypernym for cash flow directions [duplicate]

Is there a specific accounting-oriented hypernym for the directions of cash flow, i.e. debit and credit?
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Single word for person entitled to receive a sales commission

I need a fairly specific single word for a person who is entitled to receive a sales commission. "Agent" for example isn't specific enough. A short phrase is also usable. Adjectives ditto. The ...
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Verbal noun of pure copula - logical implications?

In her emendation of her earlier work on antilogism here, Christine Ladd-Franklin wrote ... That no human beings are immortal and no angels are mortal precludes any angels being human. [She ...
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What is the noun to describe the possible responses to the question “How did you hear about us?”

I am modelling the allowed responses for the question "How did you hear about us?" in a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system. How would you name this type of entity?
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Dean Professor or Dean and Professor

If someone, called John, for example, has two titles that include Dean and Professor, which of the following expressions is better? Dean Professor John visits Oxford University. Dean and Professor ...
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Plural of input [duplicate]

What is the plural of input ? It proves unclear which is correct, input or inputs --- or both up to context of usage.
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Is the word “comparator” widely used outside of IT and computing — say, in statistics?

I came across the word “comparator” in the report of International Monetary Fund under the title, “Can women save Japan?” (WP/12/248) co-authored by Chad Steinberg and Masao Nakane “Japan has FLP ...
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Is “panko” a common word?

I recently found the word panko in a dictionary. It is derived from the Japanese word "パン粉" and means bread crumbs. Is panko a common word in English? For example, can I ask supermarket staff "Where ...
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What is one’s mother-in-law’s mother-in-law called?

What is one’s mother-in-law’s mother-in-law called?
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“Foxen” versus “oxes”

What is the difference between fox and box versus ox, that the first two are pluralized as foxes and boxes, whereas the last one is pluralized oxen? Note: I know how to pluralize them. What I want ...
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Are the nouns “End” and “Ending” interchangeable?

The Free Dictionary says that Ending is "a conclusion or termination, a concluding part; a finale: a happy ending.", among others. And for "End" it says "either extremity of something that has length: ...
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Plural forms in noun + noun couple

At first, let's take 2 example expressions: "Books list" and "Book list". As far as I know, the first one is incorrect and I should use the second one - "Book list". And it means "List of books". But ...
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What is an antonym for “sin”? [duplicate]

I need to know the opposite of sin, other than virtue which I don't think is right.
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Words to describe the person who made the complaint and the one who is being complained

I am looking for nouns for A person who made a complaint; The person who is being complained about. I would have used "complainer" but that sounds wrong as it is closer to saying that person likes ...
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Is there a word to describe a piece of land surrounded by river(s)?

I was wondering if there is a word that describes a piece of land that is being surrounded by river(s)? Is "island" appropriate for this? I always thought the word Island means a piece of land ...
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Common expression for request and order

We are designing an automated ordering system which concerns itself mainly with two entities: Requests, which express the need of a customer to place an order in the near future Orders, which are ...
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not-quite-honest public service

In a noun or idiom, what are public servants who only seek public office for the sake of income called?
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Best word for health problems

What is the best word for pain and health problems caused by a disease? I want to use it as term for a collection of symptoms, that I gather. For example: [headache, stomachache, nausea] but ...
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Hypernym for “film” and “TV series” [duplicate]

I'm a software engineer and I need to write a class that will hold code common to a Film class and a Series class. I need to name this class with a hypernym for both. For the moment, the solution we ...
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a vs an before an noun starting with x [duplicate]

Im a programmer and I was writing a comment today that read: Finds a XPath relative to the Node From what I understand you should always use 'a' over 'an' when it proceeds a word starting with a ...
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Term for someone who has a last name that can also be a first name [duplicate]

There is such a term but I can't remember it. We learned it in Junior High. A co-worker of mine can't remember it either, but she thinks it begins with para-, which helps me none.
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Is there a term for an anniversary that falls on the same day of the week as its original date?

An anniversary refers to the yearly recurrence of a date of an event. However, being an incredibly sentimental person who also takes notice of all sorts of minor details, I find myself placing ...
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What's the English name for this three-wheeled manual pedal vehicle in China?

What's the English name of this transport vehicle commonly used in China? Note this vehicle is commonly used to transport items, such vegetables by sellers, a TV bought from a shop, etc. If no ...
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As a noun, “abandon” is almost always preceded by the word “reckless”. [duplicate]

Feel free to correct me if you don't share the same experience, but in my own experience, usage of the word "abandon" as a noun without being apart of the phrase "reckless abandon" is extremely rare. ...
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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 ...