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What's the English word for the Spanish “sobremesa”?

In Spanish, the situation where you keep talking after the meal has ended with the people you shared your lunch or dinner is called "sobremesa" (literally over-table or after-table). Is there a word ...
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sound played when a key character appears

What is the name for the music or sound played when a key character appears in a play, movie or show; like in "Peter and the Wolf"?
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Word for “take with permission but no intention of returning”

In such cases, "borrow" doesn't fit, as it implies intent to return, nor does "steal", which indicates lack of permission. "take" seems too general. As a concrete example: "Hey, can I [verb] some ...
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What type of movement is this?

When animals and population instinctively move from one place to another and come back again , this type of movement is called?
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A word for 'independent episodes'

When we have a series of episodes where every single episode depends on and develops from the previous, we may call that a sequel, or maybe a continuum. Now let us say that we have a collection of ...
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Word for a lucky object?

What is the word for a lucky object, a thing you hold in your hand for good luck? Perhaps a stone. A small object that represents good fortune. I think it begins with tal- Like a necklaces of a ...
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A series of three is 'trilogy'. A series of two is______?

I am looking for a word that describes a series of two. 'Duo' isn't quite what I need. It is in line more with 'trio', 'quartet', and so on. I am looking for a word that would contain the same ...
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need a word FAST because i am writing a story! [on hold]

OK, so I'm writing a story and I have a part when someone finds out that someone has an ability and the person who has the ability didn't tell anyone about it and it gets found out and someone asks ...
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What is the name of this “yawning like” movement?

You may do this when you're tired or after a nap. This movement is usually called "yawning" but I think yawning is a bit different. With this movement, we may yawn too. After waking up, it usually ...
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Single word of “Senseless words”

I while back a heard a word that means 'senseless words' It was used in the following context: "You are speaking in ... " And the full phrase had the exact same meaning as "What you are saying is ...
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Single word for “continuous improvement”

I'm looking for a noun that represents the idea of ongoing improvement. It needs to be directional, alluding to movement and progress. "Improvement" by itself isn't right because it suggests that ...
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Another word of 'Technology' [on hold]

ancient word for 'technology' Please suggest
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What is a term describing the destruction of crops by insects, bugs, or vermin?

The term pestilence has some application of use to generally describe 2: something that is destructive or pernicious I have seen it used in reference to destruction of plants and crops by ...
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one word for “the desire to feel special to someone”

Is there one word which can substitute the meaning of "The desire to feel special to someone"?
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Word for “picking up something quickly/abruptly?”

Say, you'd been expecting a call and the person suddenly calls. Is there a word that feels more 'rushed' than pick up? I checked Thesaurus but none of the synonyms seems to fit the purpurse.
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What is the antonym for client-server?

For example - there are client-server applications. The application of this type runs on one machine (client) and conntects to another machine (server) in order to work. What can I call an application ...
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What do you call a Q&A user who posts a question but never checks back?

I have searched for a term that describes users who post questions and then disappear without trace. These users will post and write their questions in a great flurry, sometimes ignoring the basic ...
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What do we say when glue does not stick anymore?

I want to know how can we says to a glue that does not stick anymore, can we say "Glue has faded"? is there any specific word in English for this phenomenon?
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A word meaning <a short article or essay>

I recently came across a word somewhere that literally meant: a short article or essay It was most likely a loanword, either from Spanish or French. It began with a "C" or a "P", and was more ...
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Fruitful? Fruitless? Fruitempty? Fruitmore? [on hold]

I notice that the word fruitful's opposite is fruitless. It's kind of bizarre. Figuratively speaking, if the activity produces no fruit, it is fruit-less. But if it does produce fruit, shouldn't it ...
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Positive format of the word 'weird'?

What is the equivalent adjective of the word different? It must give a positive feeling and must be opposite to the negative feeling word 'weird'. I'm writing some dialogs for my short-film where ...
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Collective word for prefix, stem and suffix

Please, is there a collective word for all the parts of a word, prefix, stem and suffix?
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Word for paying in auctions? [migrated]

I am looking for a specific word that can be used in the following situation: You are in a auction, and want to buy it, so you "place" a price.
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conniption origin?

I viewed the thread about conniption dido - which I'd never heard before. But was wondering what true meaning of conniption was? I always figured it was an old medical term for seizure or ...
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Word for “entity who/that decides whether to grant or deny a request”?

Checker comes to mind but I want something better. The context I have in mind is in software development. What would you call the mechanism that will allow or deny user actions (based on users' ...
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A word that is a little less than cold [duplicate]

I'm looking for an adjective that says "It's cold, but not that cold". For example, lukewarm means (in my mind) "It's warm, but not that warm", and I'm looking for its cold counterpart. Every ...
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a term for a “not web” traditional application

I am writing a cover letter and I would state my experience in both web application and "normal programs". "Normal programs" sounds so bad, what is a good term that I can use without delve into ...
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What is the word to describe a situation when rival gangs come together to figure out who is stronger?

a very common situation when 2 hostile groups,gangs come against each other to fight and dominate? It could be a slang word, what is the occurrence of this situation? I can think of gang fight, but ...
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Word for “to speak louder than”?

I was trying to say: I had to shout so as to X the loudness of the music. And then I realise I didn't know any word whose meaning was "to speak louder than". Does such a word exist? At first, I ...
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Word meaning “to walk/run around something”?

Example: I [...] the house to see what was happening in the yard. I thought of encircle and surround. But I'm not sure if can use them to mean "to walk around something."
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Word for saying something brief with a low voice?

Example: “Look,” [...] said Anna, pointing forward. At first thought of mutter but mutter implies dissatisfaction or irritation. Then I tried murmur, however, it's more a continous sound so it ...
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better word for items on a menu

Is there a better word or phrase for an item on a menu than "menu item"? I'm talking about restaurant menus, not user interface menus. "Menu item" is so dry... "Restaurant dishes" doesn't work very ...
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Word to describe something that opens like a book?

More specifically, something with bound pages that inherently has a "front" and a "back", in which you start by looking at the "front" and flipping the pages over to see the back of that page and the ...
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Is there a word for a fake radar reading?

Is there a word for a radar (or any other kind of detection device) reading that is known to be false?
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Single word for “Expanding and Contracting”

Specifically expanding and contracting without the connotation of rhythm that comes with pulsate. Oscillate, librate, undulate might all be synonyms but lack association with expanding and ...
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Word for “someone who warns”

I'm trying to write out an document of sorts though I need the word for "someone who warns". I've done a bit of searching but couldn't find anything. I initially thought it was "warner" though it ...
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What do you call a registered taxpayer with no tax obligations?

What do you call a registered taxpayer with no outstanding tax-liability? I'll explain my hesitation with the term taxpayer: I take that payer means someone who pays money, so a taxpayer is someone ...
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Describe a fallacious opinion regarding one's own ability

What's a phrase that describes a unfounded tendency of a person to think that he or she is smarter or possesses more skill than average in a competitive environment such as the stock market or say, ...
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Word for “hold softly”?

If you search for hold on Thesaurus, you only find synonyms that mean 'holding strongly'. How about the opposite? What are some words meaning to "hold softly"? Example: Sophia [...] my palm and ...
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Word for a Refined idea which is a combination of two previous ideas

I'm looking for a word which means that my current solution is a refined version of my previous one, but it is also a combination of my previous idea and a 2nd idea. I found the following question, ...
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Is there a word to express the idea of everything one could need?

Is there a word to express the idea of everything one could need? I'm trying to figure out if there is a single word that best communicates this idea.
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Is there an -ocracy term for rule by tenure?

In a university department, for example, power could be held by those who have been there the longest. Is there an ocracy word for that? Preferably something generic to duration of employment. ...
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Word or phrase describing on/off state

English is not my primary language so I have hard time with this problem. I am currently writing comments to computer code. There is setting that enable/disable some functionality. What would be ...
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Is “tnetennba” a real word?

I've seen and heard the word "tnetennba" used, most famously by Moss in an episode of the It Crowd in which he was a contestant on a fake episode of the TV show Countdown. In this episode, no ...
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Word that refers to objects found in kitchens

What refers to tools common to the kitchen? For example utensils, plates, bowls, cups, cutting boards etc. At first I thought "kitchen appliances" but usually the phrase refers to electronic devices ...
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Word for something so obvious there is no need to state it

I am currently twirling around in circles trying to find this word. I've heard it used before, and I want to use it in something I am writing, but I can't remember it. On the tip of my brain, but ...
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Word for a task which is flawed or doomed to failure but which you have to do anyway?

I'm looking for a word which describes a task which I think is poorly designed and will lead to either mediocre results or failure, but which I have to do anyway, especially in a work setting. The ...
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What is word similar to FYI but not objective/neutral

FYI can be used in an email to inform the person reading the email about some information. It is comfortable using this between peers. But what if the mail is intended to inform someone higher in the ...
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What's the word for when a person states something as a fact when it is untrue? Not a lie

I'm thinking of a specific author who propagates misinformation as fact. There's a word for this, I think it starts with an 'e', but I can't quite remember it and it is on the tip of my tongue. Any ...
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describe a bedroom “filled” with furniture

I need a word that will give the illustration of a room "crowded" or "filled" with furniture. I know the above words are not correct, could someone give a more eloquent way of describing the room.