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

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“Homeland” vs. “motherland” vs. “fatherland”

What is the distinction between homeland, motherland and fatherland? Is there any difference in meaning of such terms? When it comes to connotations are there any differences, except for the ...
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What is the plural of the abbreviation of “multiplicity automaton”, “MA” or “MAs”?

The "multiplicity automaton (MA)" is a model in compute science and its plural is "multiplicity automata". Should the plural of the abbreviation be MA or MAs? What is the correct way to pluralize ...
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Plural of “Index” - “Indexes” or “indices”?

A table can have one index, or, it can have two or more [...]? Is it indexes or indices? I'm just asking since I've noticed they're both used quite often. Even Wikipedia seems to support both ...
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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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“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, ...
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“Ontology” vs. “ontography”

I have yet to find a good description of the difference between ontology and ontography. Can anyone help clarify?
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“Kernel” vs. “core”

What's the difference between kernel and core? The more I look for a difference between both, the more confused I get. I know both nouns because of IT, but I'm looking for the actual roots in actual ...
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Is there a single-word noun for an overwhelming feeling that uses “overwhelm” as its root?

Is there a single-word noun for an overwhelming feeling that uses overwhelm as its root? My first thought was to make a gerund, that is, overwhelming. Although overwhelming is normally used as an ...
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“The” before adjectives

I'm a bit confused about this. Which example is the right one? From all the fellow writers, who was the best? From all fellow writers, who was the best? Is there a reason why "the" should be used ...
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How do you show possession with the word “year” (“year's” vs.“years”)?

So, I develop for a company that does workplace-surveys. And one of our report-formats has just been translated into English. And with it a description on how to read the reports. This description ...
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What is a group of dragonflies?

As per title, what is the name of a group of dragonflies? Some friends say it is a mob, some say it is a hover. Anyone?
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What is the term for young adult male/female (aged 18 to 25)?

When writing a book and referring to a female and male aged 18–25, what term would be most appropriate? Boy and girl seem too young, whereas man and woman seem too old. Example sentence: A ...
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What is the difference between “clearance” and “sale”?

I want to understand the difference between clearance and sale. So are these words synonyms or not? E.g. Receive 60–90% off CookiesKids Clearance from Cookie's Kids. Receive 50–85% off After ...
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When do you link composite words with dashes? (compounds)

In German (my mother tongue) it is very common to combine several nouns into a new word by linking them together with dashes. After a word has been established in German, you even see it getting ...
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Is there a general or collective term for a gathering that involves eating?

For example lunch, dinner, birthday part or food at a wake as opposed to a gathering not may or may not serve food and drink.
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What do you call a student who studies extra at home to become proficient?

What is the British English term for someone (a student) who goes home after classes and practices the lesson learned that day, or becomes proficient in the lesson taught? It is not a positive ...
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Somebody who comes up with an idea, but needs somebody else to create something from that idea

Here's the situation: Ideas come in two parts: seed and finalized. Some people can create many seed ideas but can't finish them. Some people can't create seed ideas, but can source seeds from ...
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“Gain/acquire/gather/get experience”

According to my Longman dictionary, gain experience and get experience seem to mean the same: gain/get experience: The programme enables pupils to gain some experience of the world of work. But ...
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Trampoline and stuff belonging to it

Can the word trampoline be used as a possessive noun? Kind of like, the trampoline's elasticity ? Or, ...belonged to the trampoline's frame... ? Got the doubt because my auto-correct ...
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By Carlos and Sekou Konneh [closed]

By Sekou Conde what is I worth that you says something to someone person doesn't want to hear that you are saying to her or him if you don't like something the are saying you can say I don't want to ...
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is this a regular noun?

In the following sentence do we presume that the word doctor ought to be treated as a regular noun, or should it begin with a capital letter? The doctor will see you now.
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“Reflect” as a noun

The song For Marlon by Soko has the lyrics And it's been raining for 3 days straight As a sad reflect of my sorry state Can you use reflect as a noun (instead of reflection) or is Soko ...
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What do you call someone with the same occupation as you, but works for a different company?

What do you call someone who works in the same field or occupation as you do, but in a different company or organization?
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Singular to plural noun

Many nouns that end in ‑f are made plural by changing the ‑f to ‑v‑ and adding ‑es. +----------+-----------+ | Singular | Plural | +----------+-----------+ | half | halves | | leaf | ...
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use of capital C in the word 'Century'

I know if you are referring to 'centuries' in general, you don't use a capital letter. I know that if you are talking about a particular century, like 'the 20th Century', it's a capital letter. If ...
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What is the noun for “implore”?

What is the noun form of the word "implore"? I saw some suggestions online for "imploration", but this seems awkward to me.
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What is more appropriate: “weekly meet” or “weekly meeting”? [closed]

We as a group meet once a week, for which we want to create an invite. For that meeting invite, we are confused whether it should be called: "weekly meeting" or "weekly meet".
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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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Why do people write “women characters” but not “children actors”?

In certain feminist circles, including major publications, it is politically correct to write "women characters" instead of "female characters". But why is the word "women" pluralized? Why is it ...
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What is a word for loving sadness?

I need a word for a love of sadness. A quote from Because of Winn-Dixie, for the feel. "Melancholy," I repeated. I liked the way it sounded, like there was music hidden somewhere inside it. (Kate ...
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What's the boundary wall on/of a roof called?

I walked over to the boundary wall of the roof, determined to see over the edge. What word can I use instead of the phrase in bold? EDIT: When roofs DO have boundary walls, usually a few feet high, ...
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“Field of study” vs. “subject of study”

What is the difference between field and subject and what is the discipline here?
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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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“Science committee” vs “Scientific committee”

Is Science Committee correct and/or more accurate than Scientific Committee? I'm in a committee at a science lab where we organize events to promote the research done in-house. The committee is a ...
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What does 'provision' exactly mean in a legal document?

Now I'm asked to look at a legal document(here) and answer the question that which provisions apply to a certain case. However, I don't know what the word 'provision' means in a legal context. ...
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“You are set up” or “you are setup” [closed]

“you are set up” or “you are setup” Which of these forms is correct in the sense of “you (or your account) is ready” ?
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Dedicated to producing vs dedicated to the production - use of gerund in place of noun

- A factory famous for the production of. . . - A factory famous for producing . . . - A farm dedicated to the cultivation of . . . - A farm dedicated to cultivating . . . - The firm focused on the ...
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Looking for a word to describe ineffectual people who would like to be effective

I need to create names for four categories of people - people who score either high or low on measures of environmental concern and pro-environmental behaviour. I have three sorted so far: High ...
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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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Dilution of the word “hero” to include sports personalities

I have often wondered what makes sports personalities heroes. I have always thought of hero referring to someone who risks their life to save others. For example soldiers and to a lesser extent ...
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A noun to describe an intention not to use humor when not necessary [closed]

I am seeking a noun that would describe a person's attempt to refrain themselves from being "cool" in responding (perhaps to an email message), often contrary to their humorous nature - an intentional ...
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Same theme pictures( or paintings) merged

Is there an english word (substantive) that refers to a type of picture or painting where there are merged lot of pieces of a same theme? So far I found 'mural' and 'collage', but not sure if they ...
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How come “John is friends with Jane”?

The usage in the question title seems common enough to me, though it may be more common in Britain. But I can't exactly see what "part of speech" the word friends is here, and I can't come up with ...
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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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What is the difference between “meaning” and “definition”?

They seem to be used interchangeably, yet somehow, I feel there is a difference. Are there situations when one would use "definition" above "meaning", or "meaning" instead of "definition"? For ...
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Capitalization of some common nouns in English texts

I’m a French web developer who translated a web site in English by a non-native but experienced English speaker (has lived in the US and UK for 15 years, worked in English for 20 years). I just ...
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Ambiguous meaning - two nouns in a row

I'm often confused by the meaning of two nouns in a row. Specifically, I came across this word in a TV show: Demon Hunter Without looking at the context of the show, I feel like this word can ...
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Non-use of Determiners

I have reviewed several related posts here but am still quite confused with the use of determiners. Say, in this sentence - "They reviewed the forms again to ensure completeness and accuracy." What ...
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Best word to describe assesing value of a project

I am a web developer, I often work with clients who like to know how much my work will cost them. The problem is - I am not a native English speaker and I need to tell them that I evaluated the price ...
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An employee called me “boss”, but I don't like it. How can I colloquially say that? [closed]

I'm a Coordinator at an English course in a small city in Brazil, and one of the teachers called me "boss" today. However, I don't appreciate being called that, therefore I'd like to tell him not to ...