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

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Hypernym for something like a blanket/sheet to cover oneself for keeping warm

Blanket seems too specific, one can cover oneself with a thin sheet instead. Bedsheet somehow seems like what you'd sleep on, not what you'd sleep under. Sheet is too general. One has sheets of ...
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Is there a single word which means “a person, and all of his ancestors”, or “a person, and all of his descendants”?

There are a lot of words describing ancestral relationships between people, such as: parent grandparent great-grandparent any of the above can be described as an "ancestor". child grandchild ...
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A word that means “interesting-ness”

I'm trying to make a sentence about evaluating how interesting something is. I'm evaluating its ________?
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In the word “quantum mechanics”, is quantum a noun or an adjective?

In the phrases containing the word quantum, like quantum mechanics, quantum information, quantum computation, quantum field theory,etc. is quantum a noun or an adjective? I mean, is it really ...
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“Patronize this the _____” when talking about food

There is a word in a video that I cannot figure out and have trouble hearing. The phrase as I hear it is (excuse me for inaccuracies): "Now don't be afraid to go out on into the lobby and ...
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How do you pronounce “grimace”? [closed]

How do you pronounce grimace? My parents taught me a long time ago to say "gri-MACE". Then the Burger King character Gri... came along.
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“Huge potential profit” vs. “huge profit potential”

What is the proper usage — "huge potential profit" or "huge profit potential"?
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“is” or “are” for x and y? [closed]

The boy and girl is going to the store. The boy and girl are going to the store. Which sentence is correct? I can't remember if 'x and y' is considered a singular or plural noun.
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What is the difference between “fair” and “festival”?

The words "fair" and "festival" seem almost identical to me, but they have separate Wikipedia entries (here and here) with similarly structured, yet different information. In terms of the meaning and ...
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Should “guest of honour” be capitalised?

The Principal will invite the guest of honour to give the National Day message at 9 o'clock. Is the guest of honour capitalised?
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“Delicacy” vs. “subtlety” vs. “fragility”

I would like to use a word meaning that something (not food) is delicate. More precisely, assume that there is one (mathematical) hypothesis R-H; it is not known if it is true or not. We know that ...
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What is the noun for either a file or folder?

We have files, we have directories; what is the noun that we could use to generically describe either of these? For instance, an apple or a pear can generically be described as fruit. Is there such a ...
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What do you call a person who loses interest after achieving something?

I know about the term butterfly, but I am looking for something a little different. What do you call a person that is greatly motivated to achieve a goal, but loses interest the second after that ...
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Your Site Visitors or Your Site’s Visitors?

Your site/site’s visitors are very active. How is correct to write: your site visitors or your site’s visitors?
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What is the difference between “property” and “attribute”? [duplicate]

This question has been asked before, but I am not satisfied with the answer. In the course of researching this I developed a theory and now I am unable to verify whether this might be true or against ...
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Looking forward to “ see” or “seeing”?

Which of the 2 sentences is correct? Sam is looking forward to see the Rocky mountains. Sam is looking forward to seeing the Rocky mountains.
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What are the differences between, and the connotations of, “flag”, “banner”, and “standard”?

See also: Difference between "banner" and "flag". I would like to know about standard, too. What would you say are the differences between the three words?
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Would you use the term “looker” to describe a man?

Both Merriam Webster and Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary define looker as a word used to describe an attractive person, usually a woman. ...
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Is there a single term for the sports “surfing”, “skateboarding”, and “snowboarding”?

The three sports "surfing", "skateboarding", and "snowboarding" share a lot of similarities, historical roots, and sometimes appear together in topical magazines. Is there a single term to call these ...
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Hypernym for all of the “watching” hobbies

There are various hobbies that involve "watching", e.g.: trainspotting — looking for trains birdwatching — looking for birds stargazing — looking for stars Is there a term which can be used to ...
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What's the name for period of arrival ahead of time?

I need the antonym of delay - name of the period before early arrival/departure and the scheduled one. A bus that arrives five minutes late has five minutes of delay. A bus that departs five minutes ...
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Has anyone here ever used the word “professionality”? (Or is it even a word?)

I've heard the owner of our school say the word twice. Urban Dictionary even has a definition for it: Professionality: The art of maintaining a professional appearance and attitude while projecting a ...
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What is this part of a bow tie called?

What is the part of a bow tie marked in the picture called?
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What term is a hypernym for “story” and “article”?

I need a single word that can be used to mean article (e.g. something printed in a magazine to inform readers or to argue something) and also story (i.e. some fictional short story printed in a ...
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Nominalization of the phrase “the way they are normally represented”

In a past exam on technical writing, we were required to rewrite the italicized part of the following clause using nominalization, that is, turning verb phrases to noun phrases: "[...] this ...
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Searching for a rare word for “something taken as truth due to having been repeated so much”

I'm searching for a certain single, rare, literary word meaning "something taken as truth due to having been repeated so much". This "something" could be either true or false. It is not necessarily ...
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using noun as adjective; does position matter?

I'm doing some programming and I'm analyzing text written in English. I'm identifying parts of speech and I run into cases where I have something like vacuum cleaner. I, as a human, know that the word ...
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What are “pushing horns”?

This is from a song by Garth Brooks called The Cowboy Song: Pushing horns weren't easy like the movie said it was And I don't recall no dance hall girls Or hotel rooms with rugs You worked ...
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“Sexy” and “sexiness”

When did the noun sex acquire its corresponding adjective and abstract noun? I would really like to know a few things about the history of these two word formations. As far as I know, these lexical ...
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“Following a suggestion” vs. “taking a suggestion”

I am going to be following your suggestion. I am going to be taking your suggestion. Do they mean the same thing? If not, what is the difference between them? If they do mean the same thing, ...
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What is the difference between a variant and a variation?

I designed a logo for a client. He liked the idea it presented, but wanted to see alternative ways to represent its idea, so I came up with several new designs of similar concept. I now have to ...
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Analysis of Cost Efficiency - Economics of?

I'm in search for a title that says: You can exspect to read about how economic efficient different things are when compared against each other. As I need a noun, grabing the word economical and ...
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Noun for “send”?

There is a noun for "receive": reception. What about "send"? Is there a noun for this verb? It's about sending SMS messages, so I wish to underline the outgoing nature of the message.
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Difference between nouns “strip” and “stripe”

Is there a specific difference between the nouns "strip" and "stripe", especially in the context of "a strip(e) of paper"? Are both equivalent or do they carry specific meanings?
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Appropriate word for “interactibility”

I am looking for a word for "the ability of being interacted to/with", expressing that something is interactive, its interactive nature/quality. Specifically looking for a noun.
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Single word for a very small amount of time [closed]

In French, if I want to quantify a very small amount of time (but not fixed: it can be 5 ms or 0.1 ms) I can use a pouième. Is there an equivalent in English? I'm not looking for an expression but ...
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Does “shake his booty” mean “shake his butt”? And does it make it more attractive?

I seem to see the phrase "shake his booty" being used to say something is good and attractive. But does it mean "shake his butt"? And if they are the same, why does "shake his butt" seem a somewhat ...
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a word for water after it falls

Is there a word ( noun ) that refers to the condition/ place at the base of a waterfall where the water that has fallen over upsurges upon hitting the bottom and rolls back on itself before continuing ...
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Is there an antonym for the word dislocation?

For my PhD research I am writing about the metaphorical displacement of people (as in "they drove me out of their group", "he was snatched away before his time"). Essentially there are a variety of ...
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Are there any rules I can follow to make my own derived adjectives from a noun in English? E.g. xenogamy to xenogamic

I'm currently looking through dictionaries (both online and "offline") for an adjective of the word xenogamy. Basically I want to translate the Dutch phrase "De kruibestuivende onderneming". What I ...
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Is *Network operator* considered singular or plural? [duplicate]

Network Operator pays Company X, and Company X pays Ringtone Provider Network Operator pay Company X, and Company X pay Ringtone Provider Which one is correct?
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What is that feeling one gets when they are about to sneeze?

You know you have a sneeze coming, and you do that, haah haaah, the nose gets this odd feeling but the sneeze doesn't happen. What's this feeling/thing called?
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What is the difference between “cosmos”, “world”, “universe”?

Are these words different: cosmos, world, universe? Does world mean just the Earth and not other planets?
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A word for indescribable pain; melancholic longing?

"Have you ever experienced a brand-new feeling that welled up inside of your heart and filled you with indescribable pain?" A quote from the English translation of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. Two ...
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Why is a “field” on a form called a field?

A simple question, so to re-iterate the title: Why is a "field" on a form called a field? A quick search for the etymology results in: Old English feld "plain, open land" (as opposed to ...
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Plural of “staff” (stick) — “staffs” or “staves”? [closed]

Which would be the correct use in the following sentence. I'm a Shepard and I have many staffs/staves.
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What is the difference between complacency and condescension?

Sometimes I get confused between complacency and condescension, thinking they are the same thing. I am trying to understand the difference. Both seem to be attributes of a person who is more ...
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Do I capitalize s on “son” when it's used casually such as “Say hi to your pa for me, son.”?

"Tell your pa I'm here, sonny." or "Tell your pa I'm here, Sonny." (When the boy's name is not Sonny.)
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An adjective or a noun?

In the collocation "baby girl" is "baby" an adjective or a noun?
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A noun which describes how well understood something is

I have a list of components and I'm putting a paragraph together which describes that these components have a wide range of values for various properties. So far I've got: Currently we have a ...