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Word for a description of the physical characteristics/range/habits of an animal or plant species?

i.e. is there a word for something like an entry in a natural history dictionary? I poked around trying unsuccessfully to find one, and I'll probably just use "description", but I still have a nagging ...
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To “close the circle” or not to “close the circle”…?

For my thesis title, I'm thinking of using a phrase that underlines the work I do, which is to bridge the beginning and end of a workflow, to create a perpetual analytical process. To give a bit ...
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Phrase to mean “fully prepared”

I am looking for a phrase to mean that one is fully prepared for the task ahead. I was originally thinking of "all the pieces are falling into position" but that implies things are presently coming ...
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Word/expression for inclination toward using disadvantageous tools

What is the best word/expression to describe a phenomenon or tool that, despite its disadvantages, is used by people? In fact, there are some alternatives for them, however, there is a weird ...
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Is there a name for letting something get worse until it is so bad it has to be addressed properly?

I see this idea a lot: Something is bad and people want it to be better There's no way for those people to make it better without a huge investment by others Instead of trying to fix it themselves, ...
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Someone who is cunning but depicts themselves as innocent to others [on hold]

What can you call a person who is cunning but depicts themselves as innocent to others?
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How to frame a sentence which means that someone has passed the day idly lying back on the couch? [on hold]

I want to frame a sentence in English which means that someone has passed the whole day lying back simply on the couch idly and doing nothing. But I cant frame that in an appropriate manner.
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What word means “explicitly forbidden by the most fundamental laws”?

I am working with engineering equations in a vacuum system and want to emphasize that a certain set of parameters will not work. Usually, this is due to real world effects (friction, pump efficiency ...
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Noun/verb to describe strong belief in a company as evidenced by joining it?

Is there good noun verb to describe strong belief in a company as evidenced by joining it? For example, we know that company X is amazing because of the endorsement it has received from ...
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Is there a word or term for one who is obsessed with names?

This is for a piece I am currently writing. Since I could not find anything from a Google search, I figured it would be wise to enlist the knowledge of the smart cohort of Stack Exchange. My question ...
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Alternatives to “The following (standards) shall be followed:” [on hold]

Can anyone suggest a good alternative to "The following (standards) shall be followed:"? I'm trying to avoid using "following" twice in a sentence.
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Opposite of a requiem [on hold]

The definition of a requiem is a song which plays on one's funeral. I was wondering, is there a word which means the opposite - a song which is used as a celebration of one's birth? Thank you!
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Is there a more literary term for a “parallel” in a story?

Right now I'm writing an essay on Death in Venice, and I'm having trouble finding the right word or phrase to express how Aschenbach is parallel to the old man on the boat to Venice (both dress up to ...
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The summer equivalent of “winterize”?

I winterize my car in preparation for the harsh winter. I want to say I summerize my snow blower for summer storage. But "summerize" seems not to be an English word, and in any case, it is homophonous ...
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What's a word that describes acting coldly to hide the fact that you are hurt?

Someone who acts cold and impassive to mask the fact that they are actually hurt. I've been trying to come up with the word for hours, but came up with nothing.
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What is a word or phrase for how you feel when you discover something that you don't think you can have [on hold]

The title is relatively self-explanatory. For example, I have been introduced to something that I want but only a few people will get one (e.g. winning the lottery, finding a four leaf clover, or ...
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A positive way of saying “Grammar Nazi” [duplicate]

Grammar Nazi is usually how they describe someone who corrects other people's grammar (or spelling, or other errors). Is there any expression that shows such a person in a positive light? I ask ...
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A phrase to describe that you catch up with sb [on hold]

For example, one of my friends is walking far ahead and I can judge that he really needs my help. so I ran to catch up with him . So I'm looking for a word or phrase that can describe my above moves. ...
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Is there a word for an idea similar to negative evidence?

My question will best be summed up by this phenomenon. A few thousand years ago, all Jews believed that the tablets containing the ten commandments were square, there was no debate regarding their ...
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Is there a word or expression to describe a desperate act of “trying to be different”?

In the introduction of my paper/letter to a scientific journal, I would like to describe that, in a particular area of research, there are a lot of new methods presented during the last years, that ...
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What is a good antonym for “redundant” (engineering)?

What is a good antonym for redundant? The definition I am looking to find an antonym for is: Source: Dictionary.com Redundant adjective Engineering. ... d. (of a ...
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Synonym request for Alpha Female

Oxford defines alpha male as: A man tending to assume a dominant or domineering role in social or professional situations It doesn't define alpha female at all. Since alpha female isn't a ...
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Is there a similiar saying for czech “dolů ti pomůže každý, ale nahoru musíš sám” in english?

Dolů ti pomůže každý, ale nahoru musíš sám The quote translated means something like Everyone will drag you down, but you have to find your way up on your own. Is there something like that ...
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What's the English for the Russian saying “Love sometimes plays tricks - you may fall in love with a goat”?

In Russian, there is a phrase Love sometimes plays tricks - you may fall in love with a goat (Любовь зла, полюбишь и козла). Goat means a bad person (stupid, abusive). It is used, when an ...
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Another way of saying 'Physically, mentally, psychologically, spiritually(maybe?)'

Is there Another way of saying 'Physically, mentally, psychologically, spiritually(maybe?)' So instead of saying Drugs are bad 'Physically, mentally, psychologically... is there a nice phrase ...
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Word/phrase for 'we're all people' - when we aren't

I'm writing a novel that has two sentient species: humans and dragons. Both are equally intelligent. The dragons do not think this way, but consider the humans to be beneath them. At one point during ...
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Did I hear rightly – “Shiite Houthis are stated in to return the President to office.”

The answer would be very likely "No." I’ve been listening to AP Radio news, and heard the news of May 15 reporting the outcome of cease-fire negotiation between Saudi-led forces and Shiite Houthis as ...
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What is an appropriate term for being habitually put down by criticism?

When people you encounter tell you that No, you will never be successful. You suck at everything. You're a failure to society. etc. And you are terrified of the fact that they may be right, ...
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I need one word that describes something as both (1) necessary/essential and (2) not sufficient/non-comprehensive/lacking

I need one word that could roughly describe or imply something as both (1) necessary/essential/fundamental/foundational and (2) not sufficient/non-comprehensive/lacking/in need/primitive The word ...
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Synonym for Crowdsourcing

Describing that we (as systems' owners) can leverage users' capabilities to do something useful unpaid, what's the best word/expression for? I'm looking for something rather than Crowdsourcing.
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Is there a term that means temporary base camp?

It seems like there should be a concise term meaning a temporary base of operations. The implication would be that it's where someone has established a transient headquarters in an area they do not ...
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Antonym of Local Evidence

I want to say that: "Algorithm A makes decisions based on local evidence but ...". In ... I want to put a sentence that is antonym of local evidence. Something like global knowledge. Is "it should ...
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What term means “place where we can learn and share knowledge" [closed]

Is there a term which means "place where we can learn and share knowledge about almost anything"?
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I'm looking for a word opposite to dying [closed]

When something is dying it is not completely dead. Only half or almost there. I need a word that means gaining life, as in almost completely alive. Like the reverse of dying. When you die the flame of ...
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Describing an unprecedented event with surprising result(s)

What's the best word for describing an unprecedented event that comes with surprising result(s), such as a new scientific achievement (e.g. journey to moon).
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Is there a verb for the act of making an object oblate (or prolate)?

I'm looking for a verb denoting the act of making a circle elliptic, i.e. making it oblate (or prolate for that matter). Is there a single word for it, or do I need to rewrite? I tried searching for ...
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Is there a better term than “fighting spirit” here?

I want to say "he has no fighting spirit anymore" to describe the psychology that might be involved in scenarios when someone has behaviours like this: Hungry, but not to the point of overly weak, ...
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What are the different resources to announce a digression?

I'm writing a paper, and I want to add a digression to enrich the line of argumentation. I can't find good figures or resources to announce that I will introduce a digression. I came across eggresion ...
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Word/phrase for something that is irreplaceable due to its capabilities

The title is illustrative, but it can be added that there are no comparable alternatives for it, at least at the time. Moreover, it is predicted that finally some alternative will be presented, ...
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What's the best term for a cognitive state where you can't quite build the components up to achieve the solution?

Obviously we have various terms to communicate specific shared states of mind: Déjà vu - the illusion of having previously experienced something actually being encountered for the first time... ...
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Word for enemy becoming an ally?

Does a word (or short phrase) exist to represent an enemy becoming an ally?
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What is the best word (or term) to identify pronouncing W's for L's and R's?

Is there a specific/proper/technical term for it? And not just the R-flop, but specifically the L-flop to W. What would work here: “I'm watching Formula 1 on Sky Sports and the __________ of the ...
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What is the word for a love of ignorance, or a distaste of knowledge?

I'm looking for a word or short phrase that encapsulates the desire to eschew new knowledge, whether it be due to a fear of change or possibly a fear of science or research as a whole. An example ...
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A term for products whose “secret” features are well-known (but not publicized)

What do you call those household items whose selling features are purportedly practical, functional and ‘innocent’ but instead are often bought for completely different, and sometimes ‘naughty’ ...
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Word for something that doesn't kill you but makes you stronger

Experience and hardship come to mind but they seem too general and they don't communicate the end result. They can be used depending on the context of course but there might be a word for a type of ...
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meaning of this sentence?

consider the sentence below: "During this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of me. In this hour, you can obtain everything for yourself and for the others for the asking". ...
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How to say that the navigation is approximate?

I have an app that is an index for businesses, so the user can search for a business and navigate to that business. I have two types of coordinates to the business: Accurate coordinates, which ...
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A word for “relayable”

We have a system in the app we are building whereby admin users can be invited to events and they, in turn, can invite users under their control to the same event. If that's allowed for any particular ...
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Usage of “scared,” “fear of,” “afraid of/to,” and “concerned to” [closed]

Could anybody please explain me when can I use 'afraid', 'fear of', 'scared', 'concern', 'worried' to express a situation that i can't handle or out of my reach? Explain also please which one of the ...
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How to describe your feelings when someone else is treated unfairly?

For example, your female colleague experienced discrimination at work. You 'feel for her', and you're mad at the injustice in the system too. It's more than that you feel sorry for her-- on top of ...