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Concise way to say, “A difference in exposure between my peers and I”

What I'm looking for, is a specific word in the vein of: I feel an exposural divide between my peers and I 'Exposural' isn't a word, but I wish to express that I feel a difference in exposure to ...
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Word/Phrase for “process of falling of tiny particles off a bread/biscuit piece”

Please consider the situation: A bread piece has some tiny particles which we see keep on removing off bread, or lying loosely on a surface after we remove it from that surface (These tiny particles ...
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Word for people who just comment rather than act on something

Is there any word referring to people who sit and comment rather than act. Example: Reading morning newspaper headline, sad news and discuss over tea rather than act and do something toward it.
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“derivative” is to “derive” as “primitive function” is to “?”

Basically, what is the opposite verb of "derive", i.e. "to take the primitive function of"? (Context: I'm trying to make wolframAlpha take the primitive of a function, but I can't get formulation ...
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“Shout in a whisper” verb

What is the verb that means something close to shout and call out to sb but quieter? I mean when you shout something to a person that is far away but you don't want anyone else to hear so you hush ...
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A word for the relatives of a deceased?

Is there a word in English that refers to the closest relatives (usually the ones who lived with the dead person under one roof) of a recently (approximately no more than 1 month) dead person? Other ...
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Word that means “continuing the current thought”

The precise word eludes me, but I remember that it appeared in the context of a sentence similar to this one: That is a valid choice, but in making it, you will create unintended side-effects; ...
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Ambiguity of “last”

I find "last" ambiguous in the following context: I destroyed his report in our last meeting. IMHO, both of the following interpretations make sense: "He can get however pissed he wants; ...
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A word that simultaneously means caring and not caring?

I'm trying to write an essay about teenagers and modern society (I'll spare the details), and I am looking for a word that describes the attitude of both caring about everything (eg. Marks, Social ...
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synonym for someone who is a “fraud” or “liar”

He portrayed himself to be a really straightforward, hardworking person that always keeps their word, always shows up and is on time when they make plans, but turned out to be completely the opposite ...
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Thing that opposes its origin [on hold]

I'm looking for a word for the thing or phenomenon that opposes its origin like in Lenz's Law which states that: If an induced current flows, its direction is always such that it will oppose the ...
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What is a word/noun to describe someone who authors a project but doesn't produce it?

I'm looking for a one-word noun to describe someone who posts a project idea for a freelancer to pick up. They describe the project and project need, but they are not the producer. For example, "I'm ...
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The term for when fruit is first starting to appear on a plant

Was looking through a vineyard and noticed that the grapes were beginning to show up on the vines. They were small and unrecognizable from when they would be picked but they were the first sign of ...
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Is there a way to condense “put back” into one word?

The example in question involves a sentence of the structure: I'm putting my changes back. Is there a one-word equivalent for "put ... back"? E.g.: I'm ______ing my changes.
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Word/phrase for seeing something for the first time and being impressed

I'm looking for a word that can best describe a thing that you see when you first come to a place, a thing so strange or unusual that you didn't think something like that could exist (or you have been ...
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What is a similar word to “comprehensive” that doesn't suggest absolutely everything will be covered?

I'm putting together a proposal for a website and one of the things that we're providing is a knowledge base for users to find solutions to their problems. I'd like to imply that the KB will have a ...
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Can I describe time as “organic”?

I'm looking for a word to describe the other face or trait of time which is not man-made and has no time-stamp to it. A (very) general example is that there are "morning" and "night" people who react ...
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Word for a person who talks without content [duplicate]

What is a word for a person who reiterates without adding any new content? (This person is not necessarily talkative per se.) Example of a conversation by such a person would be: "You know if we ...
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Does “precipitation” have anything to do with “precipitous”?

precipitation the action or process of precipitating a substance from a solution. rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. archaic,the fact or quality of acting suddenly and rashly ...
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One Word that is Less than 3 Syllables, and Starts with a “B” and encompasses “Sharp,Stylish,Classic,High End, yet not Flashy/Pompous” [on hold]

Looking for a word starting with a "B" that contains 3 or less syllables. Also that encompasses "Sharp, Stylish, Classic, High-End, yet not Flashy/Pompous". Does one exist? I have done the basics for ...
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Is there a noun that expresses the act of presenting false appearances?

I want to write about the Chinese Government during the Cultural Revolution and argue that whilst they created the appearance of more political openness, it was merely a façade. Is there a word that ...
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What's an exact word for someone who's unhappy when others do well?

I'm watching a baseball game and a home run is hit and the crowd goes nuts. The camera cuts to the home dugout, and the most famous big-hitter on the team (who you'd think would have the ...
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What's a good word for 'clear mindedness' and 'an ability to see something as a whole'?

I'm looking for a title for something I'm working on, so ideally it would have to flow and be attractive. The two best words I can think of is clarity, and panoptic. But I can't have the meanings ...
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What do you call something that doesn't let you sleep?

Especially a thought. Example: Like last night, I couldn't sleep. This time, however, [...] wasn't my upcoming wedding, but the fact that I was going to get fired tomorrow. So like a ...
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What is a term describing “contrarian” but “neutral”

The word 'contrarian' means taking the position of minority or against the popular version. In some questions (or in their answers rather), this word is also described as attempting to appear ...
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What's a good opposite of 'razor-thin'?

I'm looking for a good opposite of 'razor-thin'. It's got to have an analogy to something that's inherently a thick object. A generic adjective that fits into the template "xxx-thick" would be exactly ...
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Not “enthusiast”, but what?

I am looking for a word for: someone who enjoys thinking or talking about a thing more than actually doing the thing itself.
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Word for the result of a magic spell

If a wizard casts a fireball spell, a fireball is created. If a wizard casts a flight spell, the target gains the ability to fly. In both cases, a particular result has occurred due to the casting of ...
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Is there a word or an idiom for people who only spend their families' money and fool around?

Is there a word or an idiom for rich people who spend only their families' money and do not bother to work, just fool around?
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What is a word for the act of preparing a home for first/new occupancy?

Not necessarily the absolute form - as in a brand new house - but just the act of doing any final prep work in anticipation of a new occupant for a home. 'Housewarming' comes to mind, but that seems ...
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alternate phrase for 'satisfying the thirst'? [on hold]

I am trying to compose a poetry. There is a line which goes like this - 'you are like a river that'll satisfy the the thirst of the sea/ocean ' . I want to know if there are alternative phrases for ...
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alternate phrase for “signing acceptance” in an agreement? [on hold]

I need alternate words for "signing your acceptance" in an agreement.
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Synonyms or other ways of saying “once there”?

Example: We went to the roof terrace. Once there, we leaned on the railing and gazed the stars. Thesaurus has synonyms for once, but not for once there. I don't know where else to look. I ...
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Looking for a perfect word to replace my phrase in the lyrics

I am working on a lyric. This is about a girl who smiles at a boy whom she is interested and also ignores him on the other day .. she wasn't sure whether she want him or not. To accomplish this ...
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Word or phrase to describe the “overly feminine” stereotype

While writing up a persona, I am trying to describe a woman who (I say) is confidently female, but not "overly feminine". By this I wish to mean the stereotype of a sophisticated woman who ...
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Word for a place or resource where everything can be found

To give a full understanding of my question, I'll give some short background info. I'm working on an Easter Island website where I offer travel tips of all sorts, a travel guide, tours and hotels. ...
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In a single word, how can you describe something as being made by women for women?

Can we say "for women and by women" in a single word? We're creating a service that is similar to uber but only for women. Thank you very much.
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A more elegant way of writing “attempt to replicate them” for Teaching Statement

I'm writing up my Teaching Statement for an Assistant Professor position in the sciences. Because all I do is read and write science, I have no elegance in my writing at all! I'm trying to make the ...
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Word meaning: “The act of taking/obtaining that of which is rightly yours, but you've never had.”

Other examples include: "Liberating oneself by obtaining a right or value one deserves, but has never had." "To have the ability to do something for the first time." Something like secure, capture, ...
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Another word for not present [closed]

I need to know another word for "Not present" Here would be the example sentence. All the students were here except Joshua, who was not present.
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Word to describe 'frak' [duplicate]

Many (particularly sci-fi) shows or books invent words to replace real words, for example 'frak' in Battlestar Galactica replaces the 'F' word to get through censorship. Is there a word to describe a ...
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Collective Success over Individual Action

Is there a word or phrase that captures the essence of collective success (as a group or team) over the action or accomplishment of individuals? Could be something borrowed in English from other ...
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What are the “preparations” done before going to a competition called? [on hold]

I needed help to find a word that is used to indicate the preparations done before going to a competition.
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A word that refers to the availability of something moving from the wealthy/businesses to the common man/individuals

The best example I think is computing. The advent of the personal computer made computing available to the individual. I see the term "commoditization" used in conjunction with the idea, but that ...
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Is there a verb for “walking with joy”?

Two good friends see each other after many years. They are happy and have a lot to talk about. They are headed towards somewhere together, laughing. What is the most appropriate single word to ...
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Adjective in “Ulysses” that means “existing in this world as opposed to an imagined one”

I came across this word in Joyce's Ulysses, but can't remember what it was. I only remember looking up the definition, which was something like "existing in this world as opposed to an imagined one." ...
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word for a person who has shared similar experiences? [duplicate]

I am writing a paper on teaching life writing texts, and I have a section that discusses the benefits to a reader who has gone through the same traumatic experiences as the author of the text. My ...
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Word to describe the occurrence of two adjacent anagrams

If you have two words that are anagrams of each other and are used next to each other, what is that occurrence called? (fee free to correct the way I've phrased the question if it is grammatically ...
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Word for incidents you think are still happening but aren’t

I am looking for a word, that is suitable for the following scenario in bold: For two years I used to go to the same restaurant with my best friend. Then I moved somewhere else. A year passed, ...
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Word for “dearly missed”

For example: Smallville. The name belonged to her [...] hometown. I thought about yearned but apparently using it in cases like this seems grammatically incorrect?