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Antonym of prior to?

Given the following sentence, in the context of a video about flying a plane: The heading remained unchanged prior to 02:50 Reversing the meaning of this: The heading remained unchanged ...
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Word/phrase that means “the sound that is produced when objects are being carried by a stream”

Is there a word/phrase for that? Example: I closed my eyes, and listened to the [...] stones.
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Is there a noun that means “the state of being flustered”?

I was writing a bit just now and found myself typing the word "flusteredness", which gets the meaning across but is rather awkward and decidedly non-standard. Is there a more common or natural word ...
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Is there a word for this situation?

Some co-workers of mine from another office play a "question game." I wasn't there for the question, but here it is: Is it accidentally impregnating someone if you know you're trying to get her ...
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Opposite of suffix “less”

I'm looking for a suffix that has the opposite meaning of the suffix "less" as in "stainless". That is, a suffix that means "not free of ...". In German, for example, there is the adverb "behaftet" ...
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What do you call an “atheist” who might believe in an afterlife?

Is there a term for someone who proclaims they don't believe in an afterlife but they are not sure whether the supernatural exists? I don't mean agnostic. Atheists don't believe in a deity, but an ...
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Is there a word for “back and forth”?

I'm struggling with how clumsy the term "back and forth" sounds, is there a word that essentially means a repetitive back and forth motion? IE: The machine ____. (moves back and forth) or operates ...
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Is “completabilty” an actual word, and if not, what's a valid replacement?

I'm looking for a word for the ability of something to be completed, or fulfilled. My situation is specifically about sales orders. I found completability, and wiktionary.com says it's a word, but ...
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A derogatory definition for a politician

I am looking for a definition, a negative one, to describe a politician who is not doing politics in the public interest.
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Common ground between Deck and Graveyard in trading card games

I am developing a Trading Card Game and I am in need to extract functionality from two of my classes as they are both doing almost the same. it is about the Deck and Graveyard constructs which are ...
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Do these phrases have any sense? [on hold]

To besmirch the honor of mr. Johnson. When we compare mr. Johnson with mr. Jackson, we disrespect the latter one (is it understandable that 'the latter one' refers to mr. Jackson?).
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Less-technical synonym for “timestamp”

I've already looked at Is there a word for "a point in time"?, but there doesn't seem to be any answers other than "timestamp". While I agree that it is the most technically accurate ...
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Is there a word or phrase for ethical value based on economic value?

I'm not even certain that such an ethics system exists, but I can think of at least a few people who consider economic levity to be a sign of moral absolutism, and that those who are economically ...
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What is the term for a Monarchy with only a King or a Queen, but not both? [on hold]

A typical Monarchy can have a king, queen, or both. What is the term for, like the current British Monarchy, having only one of a king or a queen in power? Surely there is a term that distinguishes ...
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Word for feeling in the mood to experiment

I am looking for a word for being in a mood to experiment or try something you would not normally do for a situation. A person might say: "I am feeling .... today, and will go another way". I knew ...
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Phrase to describe a chair being pulled

I'm lost for words to complete this sentence: The sound of the chair _ against the floor can be heard clearly as the room silence with my sudden action.
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A word for old-fashioned, dirty bar/place (spit-and-sawdust)

Is there a (common) single word for an old-fashioned, non-modern, simple, dirty, untidy bar/place ? A noun would be preferable. Details: There is an informal British term: spit-and-sawdust ...
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Need a word to represent the opposite of busy

Today I came across the Japanese word which conveys the meaning of having a lot of free time, and is the opposite of busy. The closest word which I can think of is idle, but that word seems to mean ...
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Short for “time period in life” like teenage

I am looking for a word to describe a time period in life, like teenage, but that would work for any time period, like 11 – 22. I want to say it is xxxxxx in everyone's life.
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Hypernym for “company”, “band” and “organization”

I'm making a website and I'd need a hypernym to refer to company/band(/artist)/organization, so I wouldn't have to use all the words every time. What would be a common one?
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Word meaning A journey of self discovery and introspection

What would be an appropriate word for "A journey of self discovery and introspection" or possibly, "To discover that you are not how you conceptualized yourself"?
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What would you call size that fits between small and medium?

Our UI supports small (32px wide), medium (64px) and large buttons (96px). Now need appeared to add 48px wide buttons and it would be nice not to rename all the rest, just to give them a name which ...
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A word for someone reporting about other people to the government

Is there any pejorative word for someone reporting about other people to the government or other power about other people, but who is not working for that power (is no spy)? That reporting is usually ...
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What do you call someone who balances work and personal life well?

Work–life balance is a concept including proper prioritizing between "work" (career and ambition) and "lifestyle" (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation). ...
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The opposite of “one size fits all”

Is there a neat word or phrase that summarizes the opposite of "one size fits all"? "One size does not fit all" is not an option. What am looking for is something that means "different sizes for ...
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Looking for a word or phrase that conveys the modification of something in a certain way

We have a piece of software that takes client provided data and processes it. A lot of times our client's data will fail because the data in a particular field is either too long or missing ...
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Term for seeking to reaffirm your existing beliefs

The word I'm looking for is similar to 'circlejerk', but rather than it being the participation of multiple people, I'm meaning one person seeking out studies/reading etc, for the sole purpose of ...
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One word that can be used to represent Weak student?

Is there a word/term in English that describes a student that has bad grades, weak performance... I am writing a PhD thesis so I need a word that can be understood by native and non-native English ...
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a word for “time to self-destruct” [on hold]

Is there a word which means "It's time to self destruct" or "It's time to die" or "Your time is over on earth" ? For example, what would person 1 tell another person 2, when person 2 is on her/his ...
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Word for “temporarily defeated”

I am looking for a word that expresses the meaning of the phrase "temporarily defeated" in a mild manner. This is to be applied on someone whose bid got displaced by a higher bidder in an auction that ...
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Term for main part of desktop computer

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Computer-aj_aj_ashton_01.svg How would I describe the part of the desktop computer in this picture that isn't the monitor, keyboard or mouse? The part that ...
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A more formal way of saying “pointing out”

The goal of an edge detection algorithm is identifying pixels that belong to an edge of an object in an image ... The rest of the sentence should say something along the lines of "and point ...
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What term means “one who enjoys learning”?

Is there a term that means "a person who enjoys learning"? This term might be used to describe someone who: Is a self-motivated learner. Is curious, wants to understand many things. I understand ...
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What is the word for a person who does different jobs?

I'm asking about someone who's employed by a company and does different jobs (both a qualified and unqualified person). Who knows; maybe in English those two are two different words? What are they ...
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What's the term for expressions like “man's man” or “lawyer's lawyer”?

To indicate an exemplar or someone well-respected within their own group or occupation, sometimes you see expressions like "man's man" or "lawyer's lawyer." Is there a name for this construction? ...
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What is an English noun for whom you have a conversation with? [duplicate]

What is an English noun for whom you have a conversation with? I expect a word like 'counterpart.' I want a simple word for it to name a model in my web application.
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Smug know-it-all, but not quite

So there's this guy I know. And sometimes he acts in a particular way that I hope there is a word for (or at least a phrase). Let me describe: Situation: Dog bares teeth at his girlfriend, which ...
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Is there a single word that is the opposite of “want” (i.e. “do not want”)?

Is there a single verb that means "do not want"? E.g. "I want that object" or "I want to do this" vs. "I _____ (do not want) that object" or "I _____ (do not want) to do this"? Also in the case of ...
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What word or phrase means 'that which provides a sense of meaning to one's life'?

As in, "driving is my passion and my x". I've been doing my head in looking for some sort of term which denotes such a thing, and I'm also concerned using the term "passion" might render the term I'm ...
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Reciprocal of “conformant”

Is there a word or short phrase to express the reciprocal of "conformant"? For example, if the production processes at my factory are conformant to ISO 9001 standards, then ISO 9001 standards are ...
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What is the word for act of monotonously demanding for something (many be a toy) repeatedly?

What is the word for act of "demanding for something (many be a toy) repeatedly along with a monotonous sound (not very loudly and not crying)"? I guess 'whine', 'whimper', or, 'solicit' would not be ...
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A word for “characterized by a defined ending”

I am documenting some code and I need a word (adjective, preferably ending with "y") that means "characterized by a defined ending." Here is how I will be using it in a sentence: "Unlike active ...
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Is there a word for taking a (possibly undeserved) authoritative tact?

I feel like there's a word that I know but can't locate in my brain for regarding someone from a position of authority. The word, in itself, is neutral (not negative or positive) so it's not really ...
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Fitting word for “subject to physics” or possibly “subject to laws”

Is there a fitting word that means "subject to physics" or possibly "subject to laws"? It seems to me that I must have read such a word somewhere but I simply can't dredge one up. Ex: Any passengers ...
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What's the appropriate word for “ending a streak”?

I'm looking for the verb that best fits this situation. You promise yourself not to eat chocolate for 7 days. However, on the fifth day, you eat it. You could say you interrupted the streak. Is ...
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Term for student who was thrown out of university?

Is there a term or even a noun for a student who was thrown out of college/universite etc.? I want to emphasize that he was willing to continue, but was dismissed permanently (e.g. due to severely ...
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Taking advantage of a group

This is going to sound so stupid, but what word am I thinking of? My mind is telling me that is sounds something like platonize and it means to take advantage of a certain group (racial minority, ...
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Word for a misused word

I am looking for a word that describes the mistaking of a word for one that sounds similar. For instance "you aren't allowed to do that, but I guess we can make a deception." Obviously, "deception" ...
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Is there a word for someone who has a flaw?

I'm not asking "what do you call a person with a problem". It's close, but the question there is too broad for what I'm looking for. I'm trying to describe a Superman-esque character, where this ...
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Word to describe this kaleidoscope-like motion

I'm looking for a word which describes a certain motion, a way of moving. Namely, I'm searching for a word which describes how a kaleidoscope moves when you turn it, or how a web moves when you pinch ...