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

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One word that means “something that is standard/uniform and meant to be copied and modified as needed”

What is one word that means "something that is standard/uniform and meant to be copied and modified as needed" Like a spreadsheet that has all the basic info and only requires unique data.
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Noun Form of Faithful [closed]

I am working on a quarter paper in which I compare two adaptations (adaptions?) of Romeo and Juliet. However, I am not entirely sure what word I can use as the noun form of faithful. My teacher said ...
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How is “Posturing” used in this sentence?

Charles Murray tweeted this a few weeks ago: @charlesmurray: People who despise Trump (like me) need to be thinking through this issue. Thinking, analyzing, not posturing. https://t.co/jBBfEtBI4L ...
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What do you call a person who installs window panes?

When building a house, the person who puts up the framing is the builder, the person who wires the electrics is the electrician, the person who does the plumbing is the plumber. Who fixes and ...
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meaning of “pre-summoning evidence”

I read the phrase "pre-summoning evidence" in the Times of India newspaper (5 October 2015); it was describing something legal, but I am not sure about what may be its proper meaning. The phrase in ...
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Is there an American English equivalent for the British “moggie” for a non-purebred cat?

I'm an American (and fond of cats). I'm familiar with the British term "moggie" for a non-purebred cat--basically the equivalent of "mutt" for a dog. I've never heard any American English equivalent ...
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Units are proper or common nouns?

Are units like newton, metre etc considered as proper or common noun?
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Is it we “held a wake” or “we waked for his life”? [closed]

Can wake be used as a verb and a noun. I've seen wake used as a noun such as an event or period. "The wake will be on this date", "we will arrange a wake to show our thankfulness for having this ...
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The meaning of “earth” in 18th-century chemistry/mineralogy [closed]

Just today I came across an article describing origin of the name for Yttrium (an element in the periodic table of elements) In 1787, Karl Arrhenius came across an unusual black rock in an old ...
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Is the word “school” in the phrase “school of thoughts” a collective noun?

I know "school" in the phrase "school of fish" is a collective noun. Is it a collective noun in "school of thoughts" as well?
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noun phrase types

What are (1) [NP e], (2) control PRO; pro, other instances, and (3) 'e' in the examples? ('NP' here is actually a subscript in the paper) I'm reading Barbara Abott's 'Definiteness and ...
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Is there a suffix to form a noun from an adverb?

I want to know if we have a suffix which can be added to an adverb to form a noun. I have searched about that and I could not find anything about it.
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“There are/is(?) no [singular noun] or [plural noun]” Do I use are or is? [duplicate]

So I'm proofreading a translation that reads: There are no tactile paving or guide plates with Braille. And I can't tell if I should use "is" or "are". I could flesh it out and and say: ...
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One who is repulsed by / dislikes something [duplicate]

What would you call someone who dislikes, say, the taste of chocolate? They have a non-preference for it. '-phobe' doesn't seem to fit as it implies they want it to suffer or be destroyed, or they ...
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Noun meaning “compelling force”

I am looking for a noun that would refer to a compelling force, but I couldn't find a satisfactory one elsewhere. The word I thought of was "compellence," but that has other connotations. The ...
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Is it acceptable to use “blog” to describe a blog post? [closed]

I've seen people, including people who write for a living, say they wrote "a blog" about this or that topic, when they obviously mean a specific post. I find this incredibly grating. Dictionaries ...
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lower skill level than proficiency

I am looking for a noun which describes a lower level of skill than proficiency, a synonym for intermediate. A word that would fit in this context: conversational .... in Greek I am trying to say ...
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What is a word for a mad or insane explanation? Something offered as an explanation that makes no sense at all? [closed]

I am looking for a word that designates something as crazy but does not imply a judgment.
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Why are nouns corresponding to verbs ending with “oke” written with “c”?

I was wondering about this for a while now. Could anyone explain this phenomenon or is it just "English quirks"? Examples: invoke/invocation provoke/provocation revoke/revocation
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what's the difference between “custom” and “practice”?

For example: As for what language to speak among family members in a certain situation there is the traditional practice to follow. As for what language to speak among family members in a ...
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A Noun which describes an ignorant person accusing a well-informed opponent of ignorance?

I am looking for a word which describes a blatantly ignorant person (not knowing much about certain topic) who in a debate accuses of ignorance his opponent, who knows more about the topic of ...
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Using Nouns or Gerunds

Could anyone explain when to use a noun or a gerund? Are these sentences correct? What is the difference between usage of gerund and noun there? I worked on the improvement of the article. I ...
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Hypernym for “necklace”, “bracelet” and “anklet”

Each is an item of jewelry that is primarily distinguished by the body part around which it is wrapped. Jewelry is too generic a term, since it would include earrings as well, which are not wrapped ...
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What is the difference between “sign” and “symbol”?

For example: A piece of meat with hair on it was a symbol of important events such as declaring war, a victorious army's return, or sad news. A piece of meat with hair on it was a sign of ...
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What is a word, preferably a noun, referring to a liquid that begins with M? [closed]

I am seizing up on this point while making an alliteration. All I found was: Moist - Refers to property of another material (a surface, the air, etc.) that involves liquid not the liquid itself ...
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Height and Tallness

We use the words "tall" and "high" to mean different things. A dwarf on top of a mountain is high but not tall. A professional basketball player in Death Valley is tall but not high. Note: I am ...
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Is there a special rule for using the word “Gild” and “Guild” as verb or noun?

I'm not exactly sure how to state my question but I'll try my best. While reading a biography of Dante, I stumbled upon the word "guild." I took a look at www.freedictionary.com to find its meaning, ...
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Word to describe the setting for a particular time?

I'm creating an ad of sorts for an upcoming event without a set date. What's a word to describe the setting including weather/time of year/occasion for a particular time? I'd use it in a sentence ...
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Polish (the substance, not the language)

I'm talking about the stuff you use when you're polishing. According to etymonline.com, this usage has been around for less than 200 years: polish (n.) 1590s, "absence of coarseness," from ...
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what to call “something that we desire”?

Everyone has desire for something. A politician has desire for a position. An unemployed has desire for a job. A baby has desire for candy. The things which they have desire for have different names, ...
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Word for someone who “really likes and pays close attention to symmetry”

I was thinking of meticulous, but is there any word that is specific to being meticulous with the symmetry of things? I am very ________ because I pay very close attention to symmetry. ...
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Is there a word that describes a person who dies on his/her birthdate?

I have found references to birthdays and "deathdays," many words that reference either death or birth (natalis, obitus, quietus) but not both sharing the same day and month (even sharing the same year ...
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A noun that refers to attendees of a cocktail party

I'm looking for a noun to refer to a group of people socializing, for instance a loosely knit group of work friends gossiping at a cocktail party.
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I need the name of a thing

This tool is used to make spice. In the Hindi language this is called लोढ़ा-lodha but I don't know the English word for it.
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“look forward to” vs. “do not look forward to”

Why the sentences "We look forward to < noun> ..." and "We do not look forward to < verb>..." are both correct ? A < noun> has to be used in the first and a < verb> has to be used in the ...
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“the rustle of tires” vs “the rustling of tires”: pompous or not, is there a rule, or is it random?

Scene: high school. Time: the present. A teacher went through a student's essay in which an out-of-the-way house in the sticks was described. It (the house) sat in the middle of a picturesque grove, ...
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I swear, it's not flotsam

I am trying to find an appropriate word to describe multiple items that wash up on shore. I would prefer a single-word answer, but don't know that one exists. I am trying to name a photo album that ...
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Singular vs plural noun following list

In the following sentence should cheese be singular or plural? Pizzeria-style crust topped with herbs, spices, Mozarella, Provolone and Parmesan cheese/cheeses & pepperoni. Pepperoni must ...
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Name for a reader who does not comprehend

Is there a word for a person who uses words that they don't understand. Or a name for the usage of words that one does not comprehend? For example, I'm trying to describe a woman leading a training ...
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What is a noun for “one who is responsible”?

The word "responsible" works as an adjective only. What is a noun for a person who bears some responsibility (i.e. is accountable for something)? Note: Originally my question was longer, but the ...
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A word that describes someone who 'sees/brings out the good in others'?

The person doesn't have to be good themselves, but they can bring the good out of others. The word doesn't have to be an english word, I just want to know if such a word exists. Ex. Beauty with the ...
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Do I need to add “the” to a plural noun? [duplicate]

I am confused by whether or not to add "the" before a plural noun. For example, do the following two sentences mean something slightly different from each other? (1) We analyzed the potential ...
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Question about Generic Statements for Plural Nouns

Sentences are: "The rainforests are in danger." "Rainforests are in danger." So in this case, I think that they are both correct sentences...but: "Guitars are musical instruments." "The guitars ...
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Noun form of realistic? [closed]

I am looking for the noun form of the word realistic, or a word that would be equivalent. Something like "realisticity"? Here is the context: The (realisticity?) of the characters in a novel.
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Can I use the word “Applicator” to describe a person in the following context?

Here's the context in question, please read on: "The final proof is in the listening and John knows this. This knowledge makes him a designer in constant dynamic relationship with what he makes, ...
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which word gives emphasis to other word

If A-cum-B denotes that, A and B are similar standing Which word describes B has having greater significance than A? For example : Accounts cum Finance means - both accounts and finance are of ...
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Word for a short exhalation, antonym of “gasp”?

When you're disappointed or upset and rather than say anything you make a short exhalation, how's that called? It's sort of as if you said 'huh' while looking at the floor standing next to the person ...
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England is/are playing? [duplicate]

I have this doubt when it comes to sports and teams. Is it England is playing or England are playing? Similarly, is it "Arsenal is playing..." or "Arsenal are playing..."?
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'In the Fox Theater' or 'In the Fox theater' or 'In The Fox Theater' [duplicate]

I am confused over the use of 'the' and capitalization.
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Should I use singlar noun or plural noun (Phone or phones)

I have some difficulties when I want to talk with a group of people in using nouns. Should I use all nouns in plural form? For example, when I am talking to a group of students and want to teach them ...