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

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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... ...
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Difference between 'in the wild' and 'in the wilderness'?

In I once saw a tiger in the wild. 'in the wild' sounds like an existing collocation. How about 'in the wilderness'?
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The word “doubt” as a substitute for the word “question.” [duplicate]

I I live in India and I have noticed that in Indian English it is normal to use the noun "doubt" as one would use the noun "question" in Western English. Examples: "He had many doubts regarding the ...
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What do you call someone who fits in but is still different from the rest? [closed]

I am curious if there's a word for a person who apparently fits in easily but still remains different from the others—he thinks differently from the mass, or has different interests and who, maybe, is ...
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“To science the sh*t out of something”

In The Martian movie, Matt Damon (Watney), when left stranded on Mars with very limited resources to survive, says: Mark Watney: In the face of overwhelming odds, I'm left with only one option, I'...
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Single word for “Someone who's in on a secret”

Is there a noun that means "someone who's in on a secret"? There are words like accomplice and co-conspirator for people who take part in clandestine activities, but I failed to find one for people ...
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What is “school annex”? [closed]

Could you please explain what does the following expression mean: school annex I saw a building with this title on the front. However, I cannot figure out what it is exactly, and how does it ...
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What should I call a person from New Zealand?

The question “They are Australian” vs “They are Australians” on English Language Learners made me think of what people from New Zealand should be called. With Australian people it's quite clear, you ...
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“Singular” vs “Uncountable” nouns

Today, searching for the term "cloak", I came across these definitions From Longman DOCE 5th Ed. cloak noun [singular] an organization, activity, or way of behaving that deliberately protects ...
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How do I choose between a noun and a participle when picking one to use as an adjective?

I know that I can use both a noun and a particle as an adjective but what do I have to ask myself when choosing between them? For instance: Talking points, talk points Information ...
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How to determine if a noun is a place or a thing

I'm having difficulty determining if certain nouns are considered places or things. For example, I'm unsure if 'a park' is a place or a thing. More generally, with the standard definition of a noun as ...
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Can the addition of an article change a noun from a thing to a place? [duplicate]

I'm an amateur trying to brush up on my grammar, and I've come across a confusing question. Can the addition of an article change the type of a noun? For example, if I used the term 'park', would this ...
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Can [adjective] [noun] ever describe a broader set than [noun]?

In phrases of the form [adjective] [noun], the adjective is often being used to narrow the set described by the noun alone. For example, "red cars" narrows the set of cars to only include ones that ...
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Noun for person who tells how not to do something, and then does it

Okay so I'm sure many people have seen this happen before and it tends to happen apparently intentionally, in more of a way to seem comical, but here is the example for what I am talking about: "...
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What do you call a murderer who burns their victims alive?

I promise this isn't as weird as it sounds. I've tried a bit of Googling but I can't find anything that works well. I'm looking for a single word for a pyromaniac that burns people alive. The ...
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Can I use a comparative adjective as a noun?

Can I use a comparative adjective as a noun, as in the following sentence: "The older told him to stop." Or do I have to use "one", as in: "The older one told him to stop." Thanks in advance!
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What are other words for a collection of beautiful things?

I am looking for a word or term for a collection of beautiful things. Of either intrinsic value or even along the lines of 'a whole that is made of a sum of valuable parts'. Not necessarily in any ...
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Advice vs. Suggestion Why is the latter countable?

From an outsider, I think advice and suggestion have similar meanings. But I don't understand why the noun suggestion is countable whereas advice isn't. We can ask: Can you give me two or ...
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What is an unmown lawn called?

To me "a lawn" conjures up an image of something well-kept, mowed green grass and flowers. So I've been thinking if a person doesn't care for the space in front of his house and lets it run wild, with ...
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One word synonymous to display of power

I need one single word that is synonymous to "bold display of power/might/hold/domination in some place" .It would be much appreciated if someone can provide me a noun otherwise a verb will also do it....
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What do you call someone who ‘makes a dictation’ or ‘dictates’?

I only found 'dictator', but even as a non-native-speaker I guess that is overly associated with 'tyrant' or 'despot'. In my case I need someone who speaks into a microphone for text recognition.
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Why do we say “plant a kiss”?

The term plant means a living organism; a thing with roots, shoots and leaves that needs water and sun in order to grow. So why do we say "to plant a kiss"? She planted a kiss...