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

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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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The horribility of English language

Pretty much every adjective that ends in the suffix -able or -ible gives rise to a related noun: corruptible becomes corruptibility mutable becomes mutability respectable becomes respectability ...
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The meaning of “public cable” [on hold]

I am translating a movie. There's a quote that I couldn't figure out how to translate: The last thing they want is an informed, public cable free-thought. What does public cable mean?
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Word that can be either a notice/disclosure or an acknowledgement/confirmation [on hold]

I'm looking for a word to describe a piece of text on a website or application that either alerts the user to the existance of terms/policies or explictly asks them to opt-in or opt-out of these ...
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Using “amaze” as a noun

Traditional Irish song "The Foggy Dew" contains following lines: "And the world did gaze in deep amaze at those fearless men but few Who bore the fight that freedom's light might shine through the ...
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“I can command English.”

I saw a sentence: "I would like to be a scientist who can command English." What do you think about usage of "command"? Should we say " ...who has a good command of English."? Could you please ...
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Is it “Foreign Language Department” or “Foreign LanguageS Department”?

I searched the Internet and found some universities use the former and some latter. Can't professors agree at one? Or when the former is used, only one foreign language is taught?
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Which term correctly identifies those who enjoy programming/technology: “geek” or “nerd”?

Which term correctly identifies those who enjoy and are involved with programming and technology, geek or nerd?
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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 is the name of this structure at kids playground?

We can usually find this structure at kids playgrounds. I want to know what it's called. I've searched online but couldn't figure it out but fortunately found the image below.
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Why is the word “pepper” used for both capsicum (e.g. bell pepper) and piper (e.g. black pepper)?

They clearly look different and they don't have that much in common. Taxonomically, they also belong to different families
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Is it “flotation” or “floatation”?

Is the difference between flotation and floatation a US/UK difference or something else? I think I did see floatation in some physics book.
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Is there a better word than “helpee” to describe a person who receives help?

When I help someone, I am the helper, and he is the helpee. But surely there is a better word than this? I guess you could say "recipient of help" or "beneficiary", but I don't really like either of ...
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Comparison between action of two nouns

I want to say: "The cricket is much more scripted than the WWE". Should I add 'is' at the end, and if so, what is the significance of it?
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Identifying nouns with “of”?

This is a portion of a sentence: ...rose suddenly and shockingly a dazzling strip of bright blossoms, clumped together in enormous mounds... Would these be the nouns? ...rose suddenly and ...
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“Slice” vs “Piece”: when to use which?

I'd like to understand when I should use "slice" or "piece", for example: "He's eaten three slices of pizza, and two pieces of cake". Why do I have to use "slice" with pizza, but "piece" with cake? ...
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Meaning of the word “findings”? [closed]

I need to find a word to define the products you see in the capture. The best match I've found is findings. Is this word the correct one? Is there a better word for these products?
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What is the logic behind uncountable nouns?

I'd like to understand the logic behind uncountable nouns, such as "water", "meat" and others, specially "bread", for example. I don't understand why can't we count them, since there are different ...
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Not my cup of tea

Heard an English teacher claim that: "Dogs is not my cup of tea" is correct; whereas "Dogs are not my cup of tea" is incorrect. The explanation was that the verb form of 'to be' must agree with ...
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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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Respectful Noun for Really Hard Worker

I'm reading Jon Gertner's The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation. In describing the history of the telephone, Gertner describes Thomas Edison (whose inventions helped ...
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Expression for two people whose similar personalities makes it difficult for them to get along?

I am aware of the concept of "personality clash", when two people can't get along because their natures are too different, but what is it called when two people can't get along because their ...
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What's the proper American English and British English word for the wind shield used on beaches?

In England, the beaches can be windy. I have seen people put up a "wind shield" like this. I haven't seen people use this in America or Europe, but I haven't been to many beaches there. I'd call ...
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What are the different names of “canvas chair”?

I call chairs like this "canvas chairs". But I'm not sure if this is the proper name. Are there other names for this type of chair in America, Britain, and other English-speaking countries?
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A single word for an “instance” of publicity

Is there a non-collective noun for an "instance" of publicity? In other words, a restaurant receives publicity every time a local newspaper publishes a review or an article about it. Each of those ...
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Adverb & verb- correct placement?

Should it be 'Globally recognised' or 'Recognised globally'? I think it should be globally recognised following the rule of- Adverb before verb- but am not sure. Also, should it be 'beautifully drawn' ...
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Can the word “totem” be used as both a respectful and troublesome symbol?

Today’s (Oct. 10) Time magazine article titled “Hillary Clinton’s Burden of History” begins with the following passage: “Everything old is new again for the Clintons, as documents reveal White ...
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Why does “corn” mean “maize” in American English?

I keep hearing "corn" as a synonym of "maize". This is widely popularized worldwide by popcorn. However, this is American English! In British English, "corn" can mean any type of "grain", especially ...
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“Rebellion” vs. “revolution”

What is the difference between rebellion and revolution? These two words seem almost the same, except that rebellion is generally more distasteful. Dictionary.com lists definitions of rebellion: ...
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Word meaning the reverse of 'Xenophobia'

Xenophobia refers to the irrational fear or hatred of foreigners. But recently I've seen people displaying (in newspaper articles and other places) an irrational fear or hatred of their own ...
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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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Why do some words get a red wavy underline? [closed]

I have often experienced the red underline while typing indicating there's an error there may be grammatical or the word doesn't exist in the dictionary. When I type the name of popular universities ...
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Why is a woman a “widow” and a man a “widower”?

There are lots of words that have male and female forms, and usually there are alternate suffixes to the words which indicate the gender; for example, "waiter" vs. "waitress", "mister" vs. "mistress", ...
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What do you call a man who desires to have a lifelong, non-sexual but intimate relationship with a woman? [closed]

The man lives in the same house with a woman but he never has sex or desires to have sex. He is comfortable being nude with her and so is she, but there is no sexual touching or lust. He cuddles her ...
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What is the word for using something for other than its intended purpose?

I think this is originally a term used in biology or evolution theory. I heard it in a youtube video but I cannot find it now. Edit: This word does not have negative connotations. For instance, an ...
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Several adjectives applied simultaneously to several nouns [duplicate]

Is the following sentence construction grammatically acceptable? The statuses of the digital and analogue inputs and outputs are indicated on the display. More specifically I wish to know whether I ...
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“Muppet” in American English

I see an event is being organised in Washington, DC, called the Million Muppet March. In British English, at least, muppet has no very positive connotations:- muppet (ˈmʌpɪt) — n slang a ...
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What does one call an individual receiving a subsidy?

If a subsidiary is a company; what does one call an individual receiving a subsidy? 'Recipient' would be an obvious choice—I was wondering if there is a more specific word?
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Difference between “jargon” and “technical terms”

Each subject matter has its own set of terms called jargon which is expressed in its particular grammatical rules. Technical terminology or Term of Art is the specialized vocabulary of any specialized ...
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Is there a word for “rule by criminals”?

Is there a word for "rule by criminals"? Not kleptocracy, which is rule by thieves, but more broadly by criminals.
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Phrase that means a sequence of projects, each of which builds on the previous project.

I'm writing a proposal in which I describe a series of small projects/experiments. The projects start out small and basic, then the subsequent project builds on the results from the prior project. I ...
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Difference between “condo” and “apartment”

I have never really understood the connotation of someone calling their domicile a condo over the word apartment. I have a vague feeling the former is fancier and more up-scale, but are there any ...
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order or adjuncts and adjectives

The more thought I give about the order of adjuncts and adjectives before a noun, the less sense it all makes. Not a native speaker, but using English on a daily basis. For instance, in "Relational ...
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What is the opposite of “personification”?

I want a word that means the opposite of personification. What is the correct word for describing people with the characteristics of an object/as if they are objects? I found the word chremamorphism ...
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Dynamicality from Dynamic?

I am using the word 'dynamic' as the following definition from the Merriam Webster's Dictionary. 3. of random-access memory : requiring periodic refreshment of charge in order to retain data The ...
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Which is the better word: “byproduct” or “waste”?

At the construction and demolition project we get a lot of waste. And some materials are going to be recycled to make new products. Which word is more appropriate for describing these materials, ...
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Why “ladybird”?

In case you don't know, in British English, the little red-with-black-spots insect is not called a "ladybug", as in North America, but a "ladybird". This seems rather a poor act of classification, ...
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Should I capitalize the word 'Web' in this sentence?

A dedicated web server may be required, depending on XXX, YYY, ZZZ, and the total number of concurrent Web users
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Ambiguity of “bag down for a better ride”

Today I saw a sign on the train that said Bag down for a better ride. There was an accompanying picture of someone carrying a large bag on his back, possibly causing inconvenience to others: ...
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If I drive a car and ride a motorcycle, what do I do with a boat?

Once we have specific verbs to refer to the action of operating a vehicle, my question is: What verb should I use to "drive" a boat/ship?