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Is there a word like behold and hark but for any combination of sensory methods e.g. “be-sense”

I am looking for a word similar to behold and hark which applies to calling attention to some phenomenon using any combination of sensory methods/channels (light, sound, touch, pressure, temperature, ...
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Is there a word to describe this linguistic error?

Francis Galton originally used the term "regression to mediocrity" to refer to the phenomenon that children of very tall parents were on average less tall. More generally, the heights of children over ...
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Common/less formal word for “distinctiveness”

The building looks plain. Its only distinctiveness is the cat logo. I'm pretty sure distinctiveness is not an everyday word. What's a better alternative?
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What is one word or phrase to say “I will set an object or I will remove the object's placeholder”

I'm trying to name a method in a programming language and can't figure out what it should be called. I'm looking for a single word or phrase that means "If you give me an object I will place it on ...
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American English, word for something you don't notice at once [on hold]

It's basically in the title, a detail that isn't obvious. Hope my posting etiquette is right, first time :)
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single word for “positive attribute” [on hold]

What is a single word that means 'positive attribute'? Possibly an antonym for "shortcoming." I need this word to describe some of the good features of a neighborhood. Maybe "features" is the word? ...
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Word for sudden feeling of tiredness and wanting to sleep

A sudden feeling of hunger and wanting to eat may be called a hunger pang. Is there a word for a sudden feeling of tiredness and wanting to sleep?
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Noun for 'expecting' as in 'expecting couple'?

The words pregnant and pregnancy cannot be used for both parents, so what's the noun for a couple that is expecting? Neither expectancy nor expectation fits, and they don't mean pregnancy. I'm only ...
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Technical term for social questions?

Is there a (technical) term that can summarize "society" practical and in theory? Like when I say a country has its politics, education system and ... "society issues"? Asked differently: is there a ...
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Alternate, but not exclusive interpretation

Is there a word to suggest that an interpretation is another possibility, but that it isn't necessarily exclusive with the previous interpretation. Here's an example of what I'm writing: Firstly, ...
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What term is used to refer to quiz bowl players?

Is there a special term for quiz bowl/knowledge bowl/trivia game-show competitors or people who otherwise spend their time remembering trivia for such competitions?
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Word for “A society/group/system that does not value aesthetics”?

Is there a single word that means "a society/group/system that does not value aesthetics"? I can't think of anything. Any suggestions?
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Note without text and vice versa

Is there a word for (1) note marks in the text with missing corresponding description in the margin/foot, and (2) descriptions in the margin/foot with missing note mark in the text? I know of words ...
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Word to describe someone who fears the strong but bullies the weak

A person who shows respect towards or fears those who are strong, aggressive, always ready to fight when pushed around or something unfair happens to them, but bullies the weak or those who dare not ...
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A word describes the person who tends to stereotype people

Is there a word/adjective (single word) that describes the person who likes consiously or uncousiously to stereotype people? I was thinking that there might be a word such as stereotypist, but such a ...
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Is there a single word for “not pregnant”?

Is there a single word that is the antonym for "pregnant" to describe someone "not pregnant"?
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Word for widespread problem

I'm trying to come up with an noun that communicates a widespread problem. Namely, the fact that 1 person has such a problem isn't a bad thing, but the fact that so many people have this problem is ...
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Word for an Original Idea

Is there a good word for an idea that someone came up with on their own? I'm talking about an original idea. The reason I want such a word is for my notes so that I can annotate, with as few words ...
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Word for an animal that has been ridden too much?

Example: That man is as tired as a [...] donkey. I thought of the word overridden but I think it means something else.
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A term for the object of insincere justification

Sometimes people make insincere arguments to justify an action (or inaction), based upon the impact to a particular group. For example, a person might say "Building that sports arena near my house ...
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Word for “collection of information used to make a decision”

I'm looking for a word that puts a portfolio, kit, packet, etc., in the context of being used for decision-making. Examples of how this word may be used: A mailer to inform voters about ...
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Perseverance of the whole in spite of the loss of individual elements

Is there a word, phrase or expression that can be used to describe the following kind of situation: The arrangement of well placed pieces on a chess board; one guarding the other, which in turn is ...
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What's a word that means intentionally gullible? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a word to describe someone that is easily persuaded to believe things that they are aware is likely to be too good to be true. Something along the lines of an optimistic cynic, ...
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A word that means suffering great loss if failed but highly profitable if successful?

This is a task that'll bring you back a great profit if successful but may also end you up with heavy loss even your life. I have been thinking whether there is one word or a phrase or some self ...
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Is there a word for 'within ten units of'?

Is there a word that can used like decade, but when talking about units not years? For example, everyone knows that: 2006 is within a decade of 1998 1989 is in the same decade as 1984 However, ...
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Word for cut-the-knot style solutions

I have to solve a Rubik's cube, so I rearrange the stickers. My friend asks me to remind her to read chapter five, so I immediately say, "Don't forget to read chapter five." I have to find d such ...
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Is there a word that means “having beautiful hair”?

I know that "callipygian" means "having beautiful buttocks"... so I was wondering if there is an English word that means "having beautiful hair". I tried googling this but couldn't find anything so ...
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How can i refer to people who live in the other half of a duplex?

Is there a word to refer specifically to the people who live in the other part of a duplex (two-family house)? Not neighbor, i think, as that's more generic.
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What verb best describes the process of engaging in a debate or argument with someone?

I am looking for a verb which means to engage in a debate or argument. For example, how would I fill in the blank in the following sentence? "That is just my idea and I have no intention to ...
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Is there a pejorative/offensive slang word or phrase for a man who suffers from erectile dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction is defined as the consistent or recurrent inability to acquire or sustain an erection of sufficient rigidity and duration for sexual intercourse. Clinic 45 I'm a ...
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Might someone tell me a word for the following characteristics? [on hold]

I am looking for a word which describes something similar to words like: lust, bloodlust, desire, craving, swarm and panic.I am trying to describe a situation where a group of people is calling out ...
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What is the inverse of “detect”, meaning “to lose sight of”?

I'm not quite looking for an antonym of "detect" (e.g., overlook) but more of the inverse action that means "lose signal" or "lose sight of".
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trying to find a word that rhymes with “elk”

I compose limericks and I am looking for a word that rhymes with "elk".
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A word for “life experiences”

I am looking for a word that has the same meaning as "life experiences." I tried to use legend, but I think it is too big for an individual person like me.
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How do you refer to an item that you already mentioned in a previous example?

This is a bit hard to explain so here's an example: Colors are interesting. They stimulate organisms in inexplicable ways. Like, why does red infuriate bulls? Or why does blue tranquilize ...
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A word for something that is immoral, but beneficial?

Is there a word for something that is immoral or unethical, but must be done since it is beneficial. For example you would use the word to describe something like this, "we must kill those who ...
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Word for knowing exactly when to keep and get rid of things?

This to me sounds like a challenge, as American Consumerism may have completely stamped whatever word this was out of my language. Is there a word (that people know...) for knowing exactly when to ...
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Hypernym for “goods” and “services”

I'm coming up with a model for how human relationships work, and trying to break down the fundamental areas of "value" that people exchange. One of them is simply related to real world survival, and ...
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If you ask: Where do you live? Versus: Do you live at so & so and vice versa. Is one is called general and the other is called particular?

If you ask: Where do you live? Versus: Do you live at so & so or vice versa. Is one is called general and the other is called particular? Another example is: What do you think about sex? versus ...
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What is a hypernym for “geography”, “areography”?

I am looking for a hypernym for words such as geography (Earth) and areography (Mars), primarily out of curiosity. In my workplace, we have a database and that has a column for "geo_id" which of ...
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What's the English for the Italian 'materico'?

Speaking about contemporary art, I often use the adjective 'materico' to describe the quality of a painting realized with thick layers of colour. It is not simply a question of thickness. In the art ...
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Word for a person who is responsible for their job and doesn't neglect it

This is a topic for a TOEFL essay: What are some important qualities of a good supervisor (boss)? Now I'm looking for a word that best describes a supervisor that doesn't neglect their work, and ...
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Hypernym for “clock” and “watch”

Yesterday I said: "I can't read analog clocks", but my interlocutor corrected me saying that what I was pointing at was a watch and not a clock. Now, I am aware of the difference between the two, ...
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Word for “having characteristics of the beach?”

The city had a tropical, [...] feeling to it. I thought of the word beachy but I worry people will confuse it with the other similar-sounding word.
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What word means to feel better by writing about what you feel?

What word means "to feel better by writing it down?" Usually speaking about your emotions.
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A word for the act of locally improving the situation in a stagnant environment

I'm trying to find a word to describe, given a stagnant (i.e. not improving) environment, the phenomenon of improving the local situation as much as possible, possibly even up to a fixed upper limit ...
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What is the word for a sentence that initially sounds profound or deep, that is, in fact, meaningless or empty?

I'm sure I saw, recently, a word for this, but I can no longer remember, or find, it.
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What is the word for a rapt state induced by a yearning for the unattainable?

I cannot remember the English word for a known meaning. The meaning of the forgotten word from the dictionary is a "a rapt state induced by a yearning for the unattainable".
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Word for secret knowledge that is not publishable, but known by “everyone on the inside”

I am looking for a word, or name of a concept, that describes a secret that is kept from one group of people, e.g. a society (outsiders), is known by a specific group of other people, e.g. ...
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Hypernym for 'parallel' and 'antiparallel'

What is a word that includes both parallel and antiparallel ? This bothers me all the time when I do my math or physics homework.