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Word for Thing Being Described?

The descriptor is the term that describes something. Is there a word for that which is being described? Many English words exist that have this "affected-affector" relationship. For example, it ...
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What is the word for someone who wants to fight against politics but he knows he is too small for that and he can not change anything?

What is the word for someone who wants to fight against politics but he knows he's too small for that and he can't change anything, although he wants to try? For example most of the time artists are ...
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A synonym for “picky” with a positive connotation (food)?

We're very picky about the ingredients we use. In that context, what's a synonym for "picky" with a positive connotation, that denotes that we care very much about the quality of the ingredients? ...
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What is the word for someone who tries so hard to get to something but he can't and it's not his fault?

What is the word for someone who tries so hard to get to something but he can't and it's not his fault? For example a person wants to buy a car. He works hard and saves money but by the time he saved ...
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Too big a step? [duplicate]

I am recently reading a book called "Small Steps". So there is one sentence I just came across, which was "If he tried to take too big a step,...", I thought this sentence was grammatically wrong, but ...
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A word relating to sad emotional drunkenness

I tried googling the word but no success. I recall it was used in a pejorative manner, but it isn't slang, at least in this day and age. And maybe it even describes a pathetic or morbid rambling of a ...
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Term for 'wounded (Callus-bearing) knuckles'

I have often observed the knuckles of some people bearing weird bruises. Googling tells me a 'callus' fits the description of the bruise. Is there a term for these knuckles?
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verb for “To make more modular”

I am a software developer. I am looking for a good verb that I can use to convey to people that I made a set of changes to a piece of code that made the code more modular. In other words, I took a ...
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What is it called when a highly respected person commits an immoral act but people don't believe that he committed the act?

I was wondering. It just came up. It has no real world relevancy. An example: A highly respected businessman commits child abuse and one day his wife finds out about it. She shares what she had ...
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Word for that certain fear, worrying you might involuntarily jump from a cliff?

Is there a word for the following fear: being afraid of doing something you don't want to do and you know you shouldn't. For example: if you're on a high place, you don't want to jump, but you're ...
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A word to refer to a text fragment that is not transcribed (or probably transcribed incorrectly) from spoken material?

Let’s say I want to decipher (transcribe) some spoken material (voice) to text, but after doing this, I doubt if some parts have been transcribed correctly. What is appropriate word to describe such ...
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any appropriate word in english for 'Khushi & Gum' [on hold]

What can I say 'Khushi & Gum' in single or appropriate word in english. Here 'Khushi & Gum' is from Hindi language.
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To make something become rare

Is there a (formal register) verb meaning "to make something become rare"? In context, I would like to say "The new software will make instances/situations where you have to manually update database ...
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Another term for oxymorons

What is the term for an incongruous phrase like domestic violence, where the word "domestic" softens or alters the meaning of "violence", or Big Brother, which is not literally an oxymoron but is so ...
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Is there a word to encompass the two states of a day: AM and PM, morning and afternoon? [duplicate]

A single word which sums up the option of AM/PM or morning/afternoon.
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What do you call someone who wants to be by themselves, but wants others to show they care [on hold]

Like I want to be a lone a lot, but I want a text from someone asking me if I want to hang out. Or someone to text me first. Make it seem like they actually randomly think of me and care. I'm always ...
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Is there a single word for combining two things for synergism

I am writing a paper where two things are combined to be more efficient than each individually. I think I've used "integrated" 30 times so far.
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A word to describe responses such as “I see” and “Okay”

While conversing, I sometimes find myself, after listening to what my partner has to say, responding with phrases such as "I see" and "Okay" to indicate that I haven't lost interest but I either don't ...
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How do you say “make a stack from a pile of sheets of paper” in one word? [on hold]

Fold a pile of papers into a stack? NOT. Is there a word that expresses this concept?
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Word for Secretive Marriage that is not Elope

I'm unsure if there is any term for this other than "A secretive marriage", but figured I would let you smart forum goers decide. I am aware of the word Elope: To run away secretly with the ...
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Is there a word for irrational anger?

Is there a word to describe irrational anger in a similar way that phobia is used to describe irrational fear?
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Describing People as from (or belonging to) a Country [duplicate]

People from India are Indians People from Rwanda are Rwandans People from Japan are Japanese People from China are Chinese What are these words (indicating citizenship of some country) known as ? ...
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Is there an umbrella term for fictional and non-fictional works? [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a word that describes movies, books, poems, plays, and basically anything that is either fiction or non-fiction. "Media" doesn't work because that includes songs and paintings. ...
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Word for dismissing someone's opinions as racist, sexist, etc, instead of debating back

I'm looking for either a single word or phrase that would describe either someone or the action of dismissing someone's opinions as something "socially unpopular", without giving any reasoning why, ...
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Most fitting word for a time interval with specific start and end? [duplicate]

If I'm talking about an appointment of a specific time and duration, what's the most fitting word? "Time span", "time range", "time interval"? Anything else? By "most fitting" I mean that it should ...
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What is the word for the small elements that make up an orange segment?

An orange is made up of segments, but what is the word for the small tear-drop shaped pieces that comprise the segment itself — within each segment membrane? If you break a segment in half you can ...
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Is there a verb for 'to make negative'? [duplicate]

If I am instructing someone to make a number negative, is there a verb I can use? Negitivise? Negify? Negate, for me, does not work as this is to cancel out, rather than turn a number into the ...
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A geographical area, inhabited by people but never having had any government

The question is not, about an area which had had government and has fallen into (or achieved!) anarchy, nor about areas which are considered by the inhabitants to be a settlement in continuation or ...
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Request for a word rhyming with 'wolf'

I would like to know if there are words rhyming (perfect, identical or holorhymes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holorime) for the word 'Wolf'. Having searched online only for a short while, I ...
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6answers
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What is a blanket term for a legal system based on evangelical Christian law?

I'm looking for a term that could be used in the place of Sharia (Islam), Halakha (Judaism), or Canon Law (Catholicism) that refers as specifically as possible to Biblical-literalist Evangelical ...
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Is there a word that represents both a rant and a musing?

Today, I unconsciously used the word 'pseudo making sense'. But what I had really been looking for, was a word that combines 'rant' and 'musing'. In this particular case, I was saying something that ...
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Single word for driving/flying tank, submarine, and plane [duplicate]

From a reddit comment: I have the training to fly thirteen different aircraft, two types of tanks, and a nuclear submarine. Fly doesn't really work with tanks or submarines. What's the best way ...
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What do you call someone who is favored by a higher authority? [duplicate]

What do you call someone who is favored by a higher authority, such as in the work place they get more perks than other people...teacher's pet?
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What is this type of idiom called: “I know he's not the smartest person in the world, but…”

Basically, when someone says something along the lines of "I know he's not the smartest person in the world, but he should at least pass first grade math." It's peculiar because they are ...
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What is the single word for the select\deselect

What is the single word for the select\deselect. I can think one word "Manage" but not sure how relative it is to select and deselect really. Please don't ask for context as it confuses people then.
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Word/phrase that means a series of problems of increasing severity caused by a small error

Something small goes wrong, and this triggers something slightly bigger, which triggers something slightly bigger, and so on and so forth until you end up with a chain of problems of increasing ...
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Is there a single word for when something becomes neglected or forgotten (e.g. a plant dies because the gardener forgets to water it)?

What single word can we use to describe something that has "died through neglect" e.g. a plant that has died due to the person forgetting to water it. (Note: I'm specifically hoping to apply this ...
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Word/phrase that can be used to say that a particular word doesn't describe something

John says he's swimming, when he is treading water. By definition, swimming involves voluntary movement of the body. What word or phrase can we use to tell John that he can't be swimming because ...
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Word for the action of talking loudly with the people from your past in your imagination

Example: Someone talks loudly with the people from her past while "imagining" them to be present in the current situation when they actually aren't. This person does it consciously and gets ...
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What is the short for “focusing on the key component of the problem?”

I am writing a research essay which contains something like "a policy that focuses on the key component of the problem." I am struggling to come up with a short name for this policy because I need to ...
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What this person is called? [on hold]

A person who never forgets anyone's birthday and anniversaries and love to wish them at first what this person is called ?
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A word for people that have the same characteristics

Is there any word or combination of two words that describes two persons with the same characteristics.
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What would you call a laugh that sounded like a mix between wheezing and a hiccup

A friend of mine suggested that one of her co-workers laughed in such a fashion, and I was curious if there was a single word or phrase that might closely resemble that. I asked her if it sounded ...
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A word similar to 'inspire' which modifies the subject

I want to construct a sentence saying that a pointed chin is a symbol of authority. My current sentence is "The general's [noun] inspires authority". I know that a more correct use of inspire here ...
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Common term or single word for someone who is embarrassingly over-complimentary

Does English have a word for someone who compliments another person in a way which is awkward or even embarrassing? Someone who uses compliments which are overly-familiar and all but inappropriate, ...
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a word for a person who never attains a desire or goal

Is there a word in English that describes a person who never attains a desire or goal? I have found loser or dud or flop but these all seem to be informal, is there a better, more formal word that ...
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Non-technical word or phrase to describe a data “query”

The scenario is that I am replying to an email from a colleague requesting statistics from a database. I am wanting to say that the results are of the same 'query' that was run the last time (and all ...
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Is there an idiom suggesting the following fact: The name of the book belies the theme in it.

E.g.: I answer a question on ELU based on the subject line, however, I realise later that the body of the question provide a different input altogether. The name of the book belies the theme in ...
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What is the sound of teeth hitting each other in cold weather called?

What is the sound of teeth called that occurs in chilly weather: the sound that comes due to teeth crashing in each other in an extremely chilly winter.
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What's a word or phrase for someone who has worked hard all their life

Someone who has been worn down by a harsh working-life?