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An antonym for “usability”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there another way of saying 'user-unfriendly'? Regarding the usability of some sort of system (whether soft- or hardware), what would be a good (and ...
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Technical term for “copy-catting nature”

There is a term for copy-catting nature for practical situations such as cars, systems, etc. For example an engineering project where some part is designed according to bird wing. This methodology of ...
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English equivalent of bêtise

The French word "bêtise" means something like a small act of naughtiness (frequently used for small misdemeanours of children). I'm struggling to think of an equivalent word that could be used with an ...
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In a sequence of words where the “ends” are opposites, what do you call the middle word?

For example, in the sequence late - on time - early, early is the antonym of late, and delayed would be a synonym. But what about on time, the "neutral" word in the sequence? What is the relationship ...
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How can you describe someone who gives up too easily?

A friend of mine said that he was a cynic. I had told him that he was giving up too easily. In this situation, the worst case outcome was rejection, which logically speaking, was equivalent to not ...
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Need a generic term for “model types” and “platforms” [closed]

We are a team of 2 developing a web application. It allows scientists to upload files with measurement data. My question is about how we should name one kind of metadata. An uploaded file might be ...
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Is there a name/term for phrasing something such that to disagree implicates yourself?

For example: Now available in all good stores. . . where to not agree to stock an item suggests that your store is not good, or: All rational people agree that. . . where to refuse to ...
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Is there an adjective for 'speechless-making'?

I wanted to write about intense fear, something like abject terror, but implying that it strikes you dumb with fear. Am I missing something obvious, or should I just settle for changing the wording to ...
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What's a word meaning a never-ending source?

Insatiable means can never be satisfied, sort of like a sink that can never be filled. Whats the word for a never-ending source? e.g. My source of funding is [Missing word goes here]. While we are ...
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Single word or two or any substitution for “collection of movie titles” [closed]

I am writing software to manage movies and TV shows which contain the list of titles seen by you. I need some name for it resembling something like: "list of movies" "personal movie collection" or ...
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What do you call someone who has extensive knowledge but won't share it?

What do you call a person that has a lot knowledge/information but decides to not share it? Is it really the classic know-it-all or enlightened?
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Is there a word to describe when a person with a non-English name adopts an English name, because it happens to sound very much like her real name?

This is especially common with the Chinese in America or Hong Kong. Example 1: A Chinese person called Lu Xi comes to America and adopts the name Lucy. Example 2: Or those named Mohammed from the ...
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Word for two people who are the same age [closed]

What do you call two people with the same age? I'm not looking for age range or age group.
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How to express something given to a customer for “free in a non-immoral, non-sexual, non-promoting context”?

I'm not sure what English word(s) to use for the German noun "Naturalrabatt" in the case of giving a retail customer a product for free in a non-immoral, non-sexual, non-promoting context. ...
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It's so cold that if it rains it'll snow

I want a replacement for rains in my title, as it doesn't really make sense since it won't rain, it will snow. I think I could use precipitates but I wouldn't use that in conversation as it seems ...
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To lose by theft

Is there a specific term for the loss of something by theft, or the non-specific suffering of theft? I am looking for something like "lose" but more specific.
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Word for the smell of old books

Is there any special word for the smell of old books? I know about the use of musty to describe them. But I thought there could be a special word too, just like petrichor for the smell of fresh earth ...
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A word to describe the next level of action

Is there a word to describe the next level of action? I know there is but I can't remember the word. For example, if plan A fails, plan B is the next level of action to take. And if plan B fails, ...
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How to spell [ʒʊʒd] and what does it mean?

I heard this strange word in American Dad over a year ago and it's been bugging me ever since. Not only do I have no idea how it's spelt, I have no idea how it could possibly be spelt. My only guesses ...
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Word describing “Nothing Changed”

We have a medical application that a doctor would uses to track a current ailment and its healing progress. For example, when a patient visits a doctor about swelling in their ankle, the doctor would ...
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Is there a word that describes words like 'freeware', 'shareware'?

I'm looking for a word that describes the way software is released. It could be freeware, shareware, donationware, commercial, etc.
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Ways of expressing the lack of ability to refrain from doing something

What are the ways of expressing the lack of ability to refrain from doing something? The only one I've found is help + ...ing. For example: She can't help singing along when she hears this tune. ...
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A word for a symbol which has outlived its origin

I am quite sure that there is a word for a symbol which was originated by a real-life, physical prototype but has since then outlived its origin. Most notable example: the save button with floppy ...
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Word for “creating laughter”

I'm looking for a literary word which means "to create laughter". Is there such a word in English? I'm going to use this word in the following title: Philosophical Theories of "Creating Laughter" ...
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Is there a name for synonyms that appear to have opposite meanings?

The words flammable and inflammable mean the same thing, but (to someone unfamiliar with their meaning) appear to be opposites (because of the "in" prefix). Is there a name for such word pairs that ...
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Is there a word to describe something that's perceived to be funny or clever only because it makes a reference that appeals to a certain group?

Consider the following pun: "What do you say when you see an empty parrot cage?" "Poly-gone" It's funny in the way that bad puns are, but it had a sense of novelty when my grade school teacher ...
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Is there a synonym for lazy with a positive connotation?

Is there a word or phrase to describe someone who is willing to do extra work in the short term to avoid work in the long run? I have seen "lazy" used for this, but I'd like to know if there's a more ...
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Is there a word that describes 'the study of measuring distances'?

When talking about distances (miles, kilometers, etc...), is there a word that describes the field that specializes in those sort of things. I remember someone told me about this last week. I Googled ...
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“Poison” is to “poisoned” as “venom” is to what?

As the title says, poison is to poisoned as venom is to what? I tried looking up venomed but it means something different. Is there such a word?
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Engineering from or Engineering in

Should i write Bachelor of Engineering from [Place] or Bachelor of Engineering in [Place] Seems both sound right to me, or might be i am not good in my English language usage.
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Looking for a single word for 'blind worship'

Is there a single word for 'blind worship' as in worshiping an actor blindly notwithstanding the bad performance?
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Does the noun 'hand in' exist?

I know that there is a verb "to hand in" (see Merriam Webster). Is there a noun which means the action of "handing something in"? Is this also called the "hand in"? Does a sentence like "When is the ...
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What do you call a person who is regionally biased?

What do you call a person who is regionally biased and has an unreasonable hatred/dislike for people from other regions of the country/world? Something like a racist, but the point of discrimination ...
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Is there a word akin to “hungry” or “thirsty” that implies a need to urinate?

Sometimes my brain (maybe because I'm not a native English speaker) tends to come up with logical extensions to common formats; in this case, more than once I caught myself thinking (not out loud, ...
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What do you call someone with the same occupation as you, but works for a different company?

What do you call someone who works in the same field or occupation as you do, but in a different company or organization?
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Someone who walks on a tightrope [closed]

Is there a single word or concise phrase for someone who walks on a tightrope?
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Is there a specific word for hemocyanic blood?

I would like to be able to use a word specifically meaning the blue blood -- having hemocyanin rather than hemoglobin -- that, for example, an octopus has. I have been unable to find one using the ...
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In old books, why is the first word of the next page printed at the bottom of this page?

In old books from the 16th to 18th centuries, the first word from the next page is often printed right justified on its own, at the end of the current page. It's not in every book of this period, but ...
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The term used for short form of a word [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the term for neglectful spelling of words such as “you” as “u”? what is the proper word to say words that is being used as in chat.eg:- ...
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What is the opposite of “free” as in “free of charge”?

What is the opposite of free as in "free of charge" (when we speak about prices)? We can add not for negation, but I am looking for a single word.
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Difference between “retro” and “vintage”

What's the difference between retro and vintage? (or antique for that matter)
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What's a term for pure text data (non-image non-video non-audio)?

I am looking for a word that means plain old normal data. I am trying to express the size of a database and clarify that doesn't contain any images or videos or audio files so that the number is ...
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Difference between “transparent” and “translucent” [closed]

What's the difference between transparent and translucent? I am trying to describe this record pressing.
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Is lamb meat called ‘agnew’?

In Wikipedia, specifically at the entry on the Middle English creole hypothesis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_English_creole_hypothesis it appears that ‘agnew’ is being listed as being the ...
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A word to express the idea of “human traits” [closed]

Is there a single word that can succinctly express the idea of "human traits" or "human behaviours" or "human habits"? Words that I have thought like race, species are not good because the sound too ...
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What Sound (onomatopoeia) does a launching Rocket make? [closed]

I searched all the internet and comics but couldn't find any onomatopoeia for Rocket blasting into space. Any ideas?
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How do you call a “Director's cut/minority report/dissenting opinion” if it regards a report/book?

There is "Director's cut" for movies and "minority report/dissenting opinion" for legal issues. What do you call a (longer) report, where the author states some things a little (or very) different ...
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Interjection for the sound of a bell

I saw this other question, but it's not quite what I'm asking. A bell makes a sound. How would you write that sound in English? As an interjection, e.g. "boom!" I'm sure it varies with the type and ...
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X, Y, Z — horizontal, vertical and …?

When working in a 2D coordinate system you could say that X is the horizontal axis and Y is the vertical axis. Extending this to 3D, is there a similar word for the Z axis? (I'm aware of Width, ...
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Term for buzzing or hissing sound often created by vibration

Specifically, I am referring to the hissing, buzzing, S-like, or fuzzy sound that is created when electronic speakers play sounds or music near their volume or frequency limits. I recall having ...