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People of different ages who share the same birthday [duplicate]

I'd like to find a word to encompass multiple people who share the same birthday (but were not necessarily born in the same year): Best wishes to my <birthday-sharing friends> for a wonderful ...
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If 1 is primary, 2 is secondary, 3 is tertiary, what is 0?

As the question states: 1 is primary, 2 is secondary, and so on. Given this pattern, what is 0? I've heard zeronary and nullary but I have no idea which is correct (if either). I've heard zeronary ...
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What do we call the especially visceral feelings of horror or disgust that are triggered by thoughts of bodily damage?

Here's a passage about kidney stones, taken from here: About 1 in 11 people in the United States have had kidney stones, according to a 2012 report in the journal European Urology. These small ...
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What's in between “single” and “double”?

I'm trying to think of a word that basically communicates something in between a single and a double. Example, when tying knots, there is a "single overhand knot" and a "double overhand knot" I'm ...
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What is the word for a propertys fasade construction?

My native language is Swedish. And I work as a webdeveloper. And at the moment I am working on a real estate website written in English. And I would like to know. What do you call the fasade/front ...
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Adjective meaning “greater than one”

If you want to describe a number that is greater than zero, you would use positive. Is there a similar term for numbers (not necessarily integers) that are greater than one? I.e., this term would be ...
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a word or hyphenated term for a resource harvester?

I need a generic term for mines, farms, collectors, and anything that harvests a resource (iron, food, water, etc). The closest thing I've thought of so far is "resource harvester", which is a little ...
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Expression for “dividing something with others”?

In a play, a girl finds some stolen treasure and divides it among her friends. I ask for an expression which is used to describe this heroin that wants to share with her friends. Within the dialog ...
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What is a real word that means “disenthused”?

I want to get across the point that I was no longer enthusiastic about something: When I walked in the room I was disenthused by what I saw. AFAIK, disenthused isn't a word. Edit: Chasly was ...
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A term to describe the phenomenon that people are more comfortable sleeping in their own bed

People are more comfortable sleeping in their own bed than somewhere else (e.g., other people's home, hotel). Is there a term that can be used to describe such a phenomenon?
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A word for alertness for the future course of events

Being alert, though not necessarily, usually indicates, perhaps subconsciously taken as, alertness to present. Say I am playing a game and being alert to what might go wrong in the coming moves. Is ...
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What are buildings used for recreation and lounging, near marinas called? Something like a club house but only for private use

What are buildings used for recreation and lounging, near marinas called? Something like a club house but only for private use. Generally owned by very wealthy people with yachts. The words coming to ...
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A word for a person with paraphilia

I could easily say a "pervert" or a "perverted person", but do we have a more accurate word for this?
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English word for when avoiding being seen by people?

When I want to go outside, there are times I wish to avoid running into certain people such as friends or colleagues in order to have some private moments. In such cases, I frequently find myself ...
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Correct word for area inside and outside a property?

My native language is Swedish. And I work as a webdeveloper. And at the moment I am working on a real estate website written in English. A word that describes the area inside a property. For this I ...
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What word would you use to describe a situation where words are not necessary?

Example: "Their love was so strong that it was unspoken. Words were (replace) 'not necessary' for them to display their affection towards one another.
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Word to describe the state of “nothing bad happening”

Essentially I'm looking for the opposite of foreboding. Specifically to describe the state of nothing bad happening (no worries) – everything being reasonably good (feeling generally good), ...
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Non-social connotation of “marginalize”

Can the word "marginalize" be used to mean "to put something on the margin" as opposed to the usual meaning of "to exclude someone from a social group"? I'm trying to think of a verb or adjective to ...
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What is the best phrase or word thad descibes that bidding has started?

My native language is Swedish. And I work as a webdeveloper. And at the moment I am working on a real estate website written in English. So I would like to know, what is the best word or phrase that ...
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What is the word for a new built property?

My native language is Swedish. And I work as a webdeveloper. And at the moment I am working on a real estate website written in English. So I would like to know, what is the best word to use ...
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a noun for “people who are fatigued/to tired to walk”

In the context of a story about victims of Nazi persecution during World War II, the victims are described as "the elderly and those suffering from exhaustion". EDIT - I will elaborate a bit on the ...
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Is there a word for this act?

Let me give you an example where I want this "mystery" word to fit. There are two person "A" and person "B". A had installed an air conditioner in his house long ago and has called in the customer ...
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Is there an English word for a fear of salt?

While terms like arachnophobia and agoraphobia are well-known, after a quick internet search I wasn't able to find a term for a fear of salt. Does one exist, and if so what is it? P.S. If this isn't ...
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Is there one word for people who always keep others above themselves?

For people who go an extra mile to make others comfortable, be it friends, family, etc. I need an adjective or a noun, most probably one word, that can describe people who always keep others above or ...
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Antonym of “Portable” in the context of a computer programme?

First, some background information... In terminology regarding computer programmes, the term portable typically means being operational without having to install. In more advanced speak, it's where a ...
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What would you call the husband of a widow? [duplicate]

I'm confused as I've been googling a bit and have seen "dead husband", "former husband", ... and even "ex-husband"... So what would you use for ______ in polite conversation: The ______ of the ...
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what adjective ending in -y best describes someone who thinks they're the centre of the universe?

I'm writing an article about the seven writing trolls. All of them end in -y, e.g. Cocky, but I"m struggling with one, ie the writer who is unwilling/unable to empathise with the reader and focuses ...
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Term for removing/replacing line-breaks

I'm looking for a good term for removing line-breaks from a piece of text and replacing them with a special line-break marker. (Like how, when quoting poetry, we use "/" to represent a break; though ...
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Word that describes this quality

When an entity (organization, person) does the best they can but are hindered due to outside influence or chance.
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Adjective for something that allows you to be productive

I'm trying to describe a programming language. It's a language that's been designed by its creators to allow us, as the developers (users of the language) to be productive. I have a feeling the ...
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Are there any other words to describe “willing to do anything for love”?

I'm given a project to do some character analysis of Ward Beach, an American fossil hunter from a short story by Anthony Doerr called Mkondo, and I'm pretty much stuck. It was something like this : ...
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word for “good person who does st bad for the good of the people”

Would there be a specific word or phrase that basically means a good person that does something bad for the good of the people? I don't really know if that makes sense to anyone but me, but I would ...
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Bad things combining to make something good

I'm looking for a single word (or two words) that means something along the lines, "Two bad things coming together to make something good." When I say things it could mean events or objects or people ...
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Word/phrase for looking up and down repeatedly?

Example: He took out the picture of the building and compared it with the live version, [...]. I'm not sure how to search for that on Google or Thesaurus.
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More concise form of “not intended for human consumption”

Is there a more concise way of describing something as not intended for human consumption? For example how would you make the following more concise: This kind of thing [medicines in animals] was ...
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Word to describe a person who doesn't come here for the first time (or negative of first-timer)?

Suppose I am handing invitations to an event that occurs with a certain regularity. A person that is attending for the first-time can be called a "first-timer". What's the negative of that expression? ...
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“Is there a word for a product used for killing mice?”

A building in a nearby neighbourhood seems to be infested with mice. A TV-News reporter was interviewing one of the janitors who said: "We tried to get rid of them but I don't think we used the right ...
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Antonym of benefit

Consider this common sentence structure for discussing a hypothetical situation: Who would benefit from adding Foo to Bar? I would like to ask the opposite: Who would be disadvantaged from ...
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A word to describe someone who isn't easily fooled or deceived? [on hold]

Whats a good word to describe someone who isn't easily fooled or isn't gullible?
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A word similar to “self-promoting”

Is there a word (other than asshole) to describe someone who always says things in a way that makes other people look incompetent in order to make themselves look better? A different word to describe ...
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Word for something that's worth remarking about

I'm solving a problem that people face every day: Developers spend a noticeable amount of time writing this type of code. Stating it's a "significant" problem seems too strong / an ...
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Is there a word equivalent to “stereotype” without negative connotation?

Often, when describing or referencing a group of people, you use terms that summarize them, such as farmer or smallholder farmers. What is the correct word for these terms? Similar concepts: a ...
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Word for the money that is paid for a carpool – equivalent word to the German informal word “Spritgeld”

In German there's the word Spritgeld which is a compound of petrol/fuel and money. So, the verbatim translation is petrolmoney or fuelmoney, respectively. This is an informal word which is commonly ...
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Single word for “ready again”?

Is there a single word for ready again ? Could it be re-ready? Example: I have multiple statuses: - not ready - ready - error - re-ready? Example: First document is unsigned, then signed, after ...
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Single word for “very expensive”

I am looking for a single word for "very expensive". It is going to be used, e.g., I bought [very expensive] software.
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Phrase for shared experience which indirectly affected direction of a field

Imagine that every person who had gone on to do something extraordinary in a field of endeavor had had a shared experience -- E.g. imagine that every scientist who received the Nobel prize in 2015 ...
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Is there a word that means to see something but not be able to describe?

I'm looking for a word that describes the feeling or situation you are in when you can't find words to describe something you experience. Similar to being speechless but more specifically in regard to ...
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Word for emotional state of jealous satisfaction from the whirlwind reaping of others

Consider observing someone getting a taste of their own medicine, reaping the whirlwind or whose chickens are coming home to roost. In some ignoble, jealous way such situations can be satisfying for ...
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What are some words that would make for powerful sounding academic titles? [closed]

I'm looking for words or titles that can be used like Doctor or Professor, but have a more medieval/antique feeling to them. For example, if your last name was Cromwell, your title might be: Master ...
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One word to describe a situation where two people have their first and last meeting in the same place

There are two people who had their first date in a place. Six years later, they'll be meeting in that particular place for the last time because one of them is going to die. In the six year time ...