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What do you call the act of taking science and making it available to the broader public?

In French we have a word, vulgarisation, which is the act of synthesizing complex knowledge into a form that a broad audience can understand. I know that the final product is called popular science in ...
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Word / compact phrase for written fictional works?

While literature is colloquially often used in this context, that word is clearly defined in most dictionaries as: Written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic ...
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Word for “putting an end to one's solitude” or “be with someone”?

In Arabic there is a one-word verb that approximately means "being with someone and not letting them be alone". It could be used in phrases like: "يؤنس وحدتي " or "تؤنسني " Is there a transitive ...
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Word for someone who has a fear for not getting what he believes he's due? [on hold]

There is all different kinds of phobias. What is a phobia for someone who fears that he won't get what he believes he's due?
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An expression meaning the feeling you get seeing something so beautiful it hurts [on hold]

I'm trying to find an expression (a single word, not a phrase) that means simply that! I'm sure I can't be the only person to feel this. I'm sure I heard it mentioned in a radio programme once but ...
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Word choice: complement of 'Budgeted', but not 'Filled' [on hold]

I am trying to figure out a good word to use as a complement to budgeted. I've used filled before, and I would like to avoid using it again if possible. Context: I am making a simple over/under ...
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How to best convey excitement for the next assignment, quarter, or project? [on hold]

I’ve just received feedback on my work during the second quarter of the year (Q2) from my manager. I would like to reply to this feedback and end my reply with a sentence along the lines of" ...
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Word a male can use to refer to a female that is not old or young (girl/lady/woman)

I'm a married male in my mid-thirties and meet a woman of a similar age and talk about business. I want to refer to this meeting later, and it feels weird to say "I met a girl today...," (feels like ...
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He nearly drowned

Imagine two similar, but technically different scenarios: While swimming he was caught by the torrent. It put him under water, he breathed in some water, got unconscious. Some passers-by pulled him ...
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What do you call the people who are trapped in the ruins of a building?

For example, what would you call the people who are trapped in the ruins of an earthquake? I thought of survivors but that doesn't imply they are stuck somewhere in any way. Suggestions?
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Is there a word for 2 different sentences with the same meaning in some context?

For example: I often want to eat pie because I really like it. and Due to my overwhelming approval of pie, I commonly long for ingesting it. These two sentences happen to have the same meaning ...
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Word: Tacky Rich People/Trashy Wealthy People [on hold]

Is there any single word to describe, as the title says, tacky rich/trashy wealthy people? The word nouveau riche describes this pretty nicely, while ODE lists the following as synonyms: the new ...
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Is there any slang word for somebody who doesn't show up for a date?

Is there any slang word that describes somebody who doesn't show up when you date him?
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Words or phrases for 'credit takers'

Let say, A and B work in the same office. Every time A talks to B about his idea or working style, B always takes that idea to his boss and acts as if it was his own idea. What are words, phrases or ...
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Verb for “I wish I were” him?

Is there a verb to describe a person who you wish you could be? For example, if you wish you were Bob, then I __ Bob.
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What word can I use instead of “tomorrow” that is not connected with the idea of the rising sun? [on hold]

Long story short, I'm writing a story about vampires in a larger historical context. They likely have their own slang to help them avoid any references to the sun and to God, since both of those ...
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Term for competitor that is not the favourite

In a betting sport such as horse racing or boxing, the competitor for whom the odds are lowest is known as the favourite. Can the other competitors be termed something in contrast?
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Single word for something that is harmful, yet necessary [on hold]

Can anyone please help me to substitute "something that harms us, but we which also we depend on" with an equivalent word or phrase? An example: "Every year, river water causes flooding in its ...
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EXPANSION of IT MEANS [on hold]

IT FULL FORM AND WHAT IS MEANT BY IT? i want to it company full form what is meant by it it means a information technology or another meaning is there show me the correct answer
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An exact word for the opposite of academic progress? [on hold]

I have been confronted with a word so many times for which I couldn't find any equivalent in English. What is an opposite term for academic progress? I mean specifically when one is no longer doing ...
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Word or expression for someone who intentionally says false statements to bring someone else down?

Someone who intentionally says false statements and/or facts about someone else (directly related to and/or about them) with whom that person is in a conversation (with or without other people ...
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What's the word for a tiny sharp piece of wood under your skin? [on hold]

When you work with crude wood (or iron) without gloves, you easily get injured with a tiny sharp piece of wood which remains under your skin and needs to be removed. What is the word for this small ...
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Word for someone who is hungry for power and control

What do you call someone who's running after power and is hungry of controlling everything/everyone, all the time? Somehow like a moderator Darth Vader.
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Word for substances which help you escape your problems

Is there a word like dopamine, which can be used to describe a substance that helps you escape/forget your troubles? E.g. Sleep is my dopamine Alcohol is my unknown word.
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“Niveous” poetic synonyms

Are there any more poetic synonyms for "snow-white" and "niveous"? I was searching but I've only found "nival".
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Single word for feeling bad about feeling bad

There arises situations when at first we feel bad about something and then later we feel bad about feeling bad in the first place about that something. I don't exactly remember the situation I was ...
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What do you call someone who always puts blame on others?

No matter what had really happened, this person will always blame and find an appearing logical/thought out way/strategy to it that, fundamentally, it's the other person who was the cause for all the ...
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Men who are lured by the seductive beauty of women are called? [on hold]

What do you call such a man who is taken advantage of by the attraction of beautiful woman. This person is basically fooled by such a woman/girl.
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One who can not bargain [on hold]

A word for one who can't bargain. He/she just buys straight it suits the budget, otherwise doesn't buy. Is there a word for such a person, because we can't categorize him/her by extravagant.
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What is the correct verb to imply the move of a moveable bridge?

Moveable bridges are the ones that can move, to allow the boats, etc. pass, like this one: For such purposes, the traffic on the road needs to be stopped, so that the bridge *move*s and allows the ...
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Is there a word for satisfaction in others receiving justice?

Is there a word for satisfaction of hearing about justice that does not affect you? e.g. you hear on the news that a diet foods company has been ordered to compensate customers for deliberately ...
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Is there a good word for “unsurpassability”?

I hope that this is a good forum to post the query below, and please excuse me if it is not -- this is my first visit. I am looking for a noun that describes a state of not being surpassable or ...
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One word for an exactly opposite situation

Is there a word to describe an exactly opposite situation? In context, if someone describes a situation in which he found himself, and I tell him I found myself in the exactly opposite situation, what ...
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What is a word for someone who will only take credit for something if it benefits them?

For example, someone who will not say they suggested the restaurant if someone in the group said they didn't like it. Synynoms could include: noncommittal, unaccountable, fickle. Someone who ...
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Something that can not be undone or undo [on hold]

A word for something that can't be undone or undo ?
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One who believes in their own religion and criticizes other religions? [on hold]

What is the word for a person who strongly believes in their own adopted or birth religion and opposes or criticizes other religions?
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What's a good word for “to turn into a library”?

I'm looking for a single word to describe the act of making something into a software library. Software libraries are collections of code with a well-defined interface, such that it is easy to ...
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What is an adjective to describe something that caused a problem?

I have an error message that describes the cause for a problem/crash in my application. What is an adjective I can use to refer to that error message? I would like to say something like this: ...
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A word for high level officials in the government

What is a good word for high level officials in the government? The officials I have in mind are in the upper echelon in the government hierarchy and can wield broad power. What I want to say is: ...
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Hypernyms for directions

I am searching for hypernyms to summarise and differentiate between two groups words describing possible movement directions in a 2D space. up, down, left, right up-left, up-right, down-left, ...
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Too serious to take seriously

This is a concept I often find myself trying to articulate in political discussions. You have a situation that everyone openly acknowledges, but it is so entrenched that people may paradoxically ...
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Better than expected as an adjective?

Is there an adjective that can sum up "better than expected"? For example: "Progress was better than expected." Is there a single word I can use to describe what the progress was like? I'm looking ...
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Is there a word for using a word twice to imply something different? [duplicate]

Is there a word for using a word twice to imply something different? eg. Are you done, or are you done done?
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Word for foundation patches

Sometimes when you put powder on your face after applying a foundation it leaves white patches due to heavy sweating.What are such patches called?
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Looking for a specific alternate word for proved

I am looking for a very specific word to be used in place of {word} in this sentence: He {word} himself well. An alternate sentence that would have a similar meaning: He proved capable in ...
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Word to describe “planned disrepair”

This comes from a software world. There is a hidden feature in our product that is no longer needed but may be needed someday. Typically, if we remove a feature we would "deprecate" or "obsolete" ...
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Is there a word to describe a claim that cannot be disproved because the situation will never occur?

I'm looking for a way to describe a statement or claim made by a person that can't be disproved purely on the basis that the situation itself will never occur (or is highly unlikely to). For ...
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A word for “hard and diligent work under sleepy-eyed conditions”?

How would you describe one who works hard with full interest and consciousness, including spending sleepless nights. In such a scenario, sleep is deprived deliberately by the person. What is such hard ...
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What is a word for the 7 deadly sins AND the 7 heavenly virtues all together?

Obviously, just for the 7 deadly sins you would use 'sin' and for the 7 heavenly virtues you would use 'virtue' or 'heavenly' but what word would you use to describe all 14 of them together?
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What is a noun or adjective to describe somebody who juggles work, study, hobbies, family and more?

I'm trying to describe someone who burns the candle at both ends. They work full-time, they study full-time, they have creative projects on the go, they raise their family and manage their property - ...