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What's the word for a sportsperson who always makes his team win?

For many years I have tried to describe the great cricketer Ian Botham ("Beefy" Botham) to other people in my international language school. I try to think of a word to describe someone who always ...
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Math word for an object not centered at the origin?

Is there a word that can describe a geometric figure such as a circle or ellipse that is not centered at origin (0, 0) in cartesian space? I'd like to find an agreed upon mathematical word, but if it ...
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What is the word for a person who never listens to other people's opinions and ideas?

There is one person I know who never accepts other people's opinions and ideas, even if those opinions and ideas are worthwhile. What single word might describe such an attitude?
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Binary counterpart to decade

In logarithms, a decade is a range of values from N up to 1o×N. What term should be used to describe a range from N to 2×N, when using binary numbers? A musical octave covers such a ...
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Single word for 'cloying empathy'

Most often heard in radio and television interviews. On hearing someone stubbed their toe on a bathroom door, interviewer asks "Really, that must have been terrible, how did you cope with that?" - not ...
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A word for one who loves only one girl throughout his life

Just like one wife man is called : monogamous. Is there any word for one who loves just one girl throughout his life time. For him one life, one girl matters. History has seen such people. Are such ...
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Opposites of RSVP

I've googled the subject and got hits only along the lines of DRSVP and NRPSVP, which seem like an awkward mix-up of inter-linguistic confusion (the former) and incomprehensible abbreviation demanding ...
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Is there a word for a comment which makes no sense or adds nothing to the current discussion?

Consider this conversation: John: I am giving free chess lessons. Mary: Nice! You’re a true teacher. John: How so? Mary: A true teacher imparts knowledge without a price tag. John: But ...
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“Bearer of good news” & “bearer of bad news” are called?

The person who brings a good(good news messenger) news is called ? similarly the person who brings the bad news(bad news messenger) is called ? In this generation that may be same person. But ...
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Word for someone who wants to find a single word to describe a relatively obscure concept, and posts such questions on internet boards? [on hold]

Going meta... As the title says, Word for someone who wants to find a single word to describe a relatively obscure concept, and posts such questions on internet boards?
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One word for either Income (credit) or Expense (debit) [duplicate]

What word better denotes a money transaction: debit or credit?
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What do you call someone who was doing bad things, and he doesn't anymore?

I'm searching for a meaningful word or expression for someone who did bad things (for example, insulting others, stealing phones...) in the past, and he stopped doing it in the present. Or simply the ...
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Single verb for make something equivalent

Is there a single verb meaning to make something equivalent to something? I want to use this possibly existent word to express the following: "We transformed Problem A into the following problem B, ...
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What to call it or someone who easily laughs about something which isn't funny? [on hold]

This kind of person always or easily laughs, not because something is so funny, but because that person is easily e.g. nervous, agitated, has a short attention span, bit retarded and hasn't really got ...
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What do you call a person who dies an honourable death?

What do you call someone who dies for a good cause or an honourable reason? An example would be a soldier who dies while saving his country.
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What do you call someone who's fascinated by machines?

See people who are fascinated by machines like computers, cars, bikes, robots. They adore engines, hardware the visual looks for them the smell of it, everything about it. Such people are hardware ...
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What do you call money earned through unethical sources?

Money/Assets/Property that is earned through unethical sources is called ? Money that is earned through bad sources like corrupted politics, corrupted business, ransom money, stolen or theft ...
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Title or word to describe the first, original member of a family tree

I'm looking for a word to signify the ancestor from which a family tree is derived. They would be the first, from whom all other family members are descended. Does such a word exist? I imagine, given ...
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One word for “not allowed to do things”

I am making a precis. I have a sentence here. A child feels sad when he is not allowed to do things on its will. How can I replace sentence with a single word. "not allowed to do things on will" ...
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What word means someone who’s satisfied with superficial knowledge?

I used to know this word but cannot remember it. Basically it’s someone who likes the prospect of being knowledgeable about many things, or at least wants the appearance of erudition, but who is ...
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Single word for attributing inappropriate motives to others' actions?

Is there a single word to describe someone who often attributes inappropriately trivial/cheap motives to another person's actions? I'm thinking along the lines of someone who puts himself briefly in ...
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single word for one who eats the same food all the time

Is there a single word for someone who always eats the same food? E.g. Hard boiled egg for breakfast, tuna fish for lunch, chicken breast for dinner. Every day.
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One single word for honour killing

honour killing is a word that carries sentiments. But its Google synonym don't. Like assassination - is a more of a war machine word. butchery - is not right either. Do we have a single word fr ...
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Word for “Ready/want to go home”

In Mormon missionary culture, they use the word "trunky" to describe the feeling at the end of their two-year mission when they are tired, ready to go home, and are mentally packing their trunks to go ...
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What one word means “unable to decide which one is correct”? [duplicate]

I am trying to find one single word in English that means “unable to decide which one is correct”.
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How do I refer to the top few contenders in a tournament?

For example, how do I refer to the top three or four participants in a tournament. The victorious doesn't apply; would finalists be the best choice here?
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Word/phrase for “last minute love confession”

I want a word or a small phrase which can be used in place of "last minute love confession". I specifically use "last minute" for when the confessor and the confessee are going away from each other, ...
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Single term that describes both “permissions” and “restrictions”

I'm looking for a single word or term that describes "the degree of being allowed", if you will, both in the positive sense (permission) and the negative sense (restricition). As a technical example, ...
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Translation of German “Bolzplatz” – what's the name for an outdoor area whose purpose is to provide room for soccer/football?

I am particularly looking for a good translation for the German word "Bolzplatz". This is an outdoor area where people can play soccer/football (you know, this is the most favorite sports in Germany). ...
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Is there a non-religious word for someone who takes suffering onto themselves for a particular cause?

I am looking for a word like martyr, but without any religious implications. Also, the idea is that the person doesn't kill themselves, but instead just takes on a great deal of suffering for the ...
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What word means a “collection of diaries”?

I like to collect diaries but I couldn’t find any word for this hobby nor for what a collection of diaries is called. If anyone knows please share.
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The counterpart to “overheard” when reading?

What is the counterpart to overheard, when I did not heard, but read something in passing? Overread is rather the opposite, namely To read over, or peruse. Possible alternatives I could think of ...
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Single word for thing which will never repeat in life [duplicate]

Consider: Childhood never comes again in life. What might be single word that means never come again in life?
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Hollywood…?

The bad movies. The rice-cake caloric value ones that go bang too loud and too often. These have a deserved bad reputation, and in turn have given “Hollywood” a bad reputation. (Setting aside for a ...
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Appropriate word for very fast [on hold]

Can some one tell me the appropriate word instead of 'very fast' in sentence: Don't loose hope very fast.
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Is there a word for people who emit positive vibes and negative vibes?

It's happened to me tons of times. See some people on Tv, live in office or anywhere, meet them and without their saying much you feel some positive energy oozing out of them. Although sometimes it is ...
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What do you call someone who can't keep secrets?

Some one who is not good at keeping secrets. In my native language it is called "chugalkhor" but it's a slang. So I can't translate it. What do you call such a person who can't keep secrets because ...
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what is the word for person who always helps family but never helps friends?

I know one guy who always helps his own family and relatives but he never ever helps his friends. How to call that person ?
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Word for ulterior motive [on hold]

Whats a word for making amends for a wrongdoing but with ulterior motives, ie not altruistically. Does anyone know of a word
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What do you call someone who doesn't believe in “ghost”? [on hold]

What do you call someone who doesn't believe in "ghost" neither in ghost stories ? web has it's answer as skeptics but that's not a dictionary answer. It is more or less conventional.
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Adjective or Noun for Describing a Written Entity Devoid of Meaning

I wrote a blog post that was about pretty much nothing, but couldn’t come up with a good word to describe its lack of meaning. I was hoping for a more interesting word than just meaningless.
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How to describe the rhetorical technique of dismissing the question?

I seek an elegant term for argument or technique of rhetoric that takes the form of dismising the question, instead of responding to the argument. I first assumed that this would be a fallacy of ...
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Is there a word for a picture of a face that is made from the letters of a name?

Does anybody know if there is a name for a picture of a face made from the actual letters of a name? This picture from the band T'Pau's album cover is a good example what I'm looking for - Heart and ...
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What's the word for a group of different collection? [closed]

I have some data which is a collection of different things. What would I name it?
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What is the word for inserting additional letters when pronouncing a word?

A while back I ran across a word that described the act of inserting additional letters or sounds when a person pronounces a word (which results in a mispronunciation). What is the word that has this ...
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What's a common name for creating and removing objects? [closed]

I'm about to name a method in my software. It's going to perform two tasks that are, more or less, inseparable from each other. The first one is to create a table in a database. The second one is to ...
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Is there one word that means 'to temporarily join'?

Is there a one-worded synonym for 'temporarily join'? Examples: I want to temporarily join your team Or a slightly different meaning; I want to temporarily join these two pieces of metal ...
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A more spiritual word for miss

I want to find a word that basically means to miss, where miss is in the sense of “feel for the loss or absence of”. But I am looking for a more spiritual word. I came up with to dream for or ...
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Single-word adjective for “which should be repaired”

I'm looking for a term to characterise things which should be repaired. I am also looking for an antonym to go with it. Imagine I have two boxes, one with phones which should be repaired and the ...
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Less technical term to describe how often a recurring schedule repeats itself?

Defining a recurring schedule requires two steps: How often the schedule repeats itself (e.g. weekly, every 2 weeks, every 3 weeks, etc.) Inside each repetition, when the recurrently scheduled event ...