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A “torque wrench” or a “wrench”?

Could "wrench" mean something different from a torque wrench? Would the meaning here be vague if I left off the word "torque" in the following passage? The biggest difficulty in giving ...
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Searching for the word for a certain type of book

There are (mainly) fantasy stories where you have to jump on and on inside the story by your decisions. What is the appropriate word for these books?
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“Scene”, “episode”, or “sequence” when talking about a movie?

How do you refer to one part of a movie, in which you would see only one character or a group of characters usually interacting with each other in one particular setting (= situation = place). This ...
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A word that sounds like “scoshe” meaning “small amount” or “smidgen”

Google and the thesaurus aren't helping, unfortunately.
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Describing the sound of liquid hitting the floor

I'm searching for a word describing the sound of liquid hitting the floor, nothing like water — more like milkshake/vomit. I know this sounds strange, but I was thinking of plunge. Only to ...
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Is there a word for a middle-aged person who tries too hard to keep up with trends?

Is there a word for when someone (often a middle-aged father) constantly tries too hard to keep up with 'trends'?
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Is there a pejorative alternative to “improvise”?

I'm looking for a word or phrase that implies improvisation in a negative context. "Jury rigging" comes to mind, but I'm in need of a term that can't be mistaken as anything but pejorative. The ...
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What is the opposite of “steep”?

In rock-climbing, we describe an incline as "steep" (which is anything from 90 degrees to overhanging) but we don't have a good word to mean "not steep". At least I've never heard anyone use one; ...
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Does one “drive” a motorcycle or “ride” it?

When you are the one steering the motorbike/motorcycle, are you driving the motorcycle, or riding the motorcycle? I am asking because someone tried to correct my status update. Here's my status and ...
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Phrases with as many different letters as possible

I remember there was a term for such sentences. Does anyone know what they are called?
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Noun for adjective “reservable”?

In English, is it correct to use the term 'reservability' for the ability to reserve a room? Or is the term 'bookability' preferable? Or anything else? Context: I'm translating a room reservation ...
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Is there a Name for this Style of Capitalisation?

It seems quite common on the web to capitalise certain words in a heading, or navigation bar, but not others. Here are some examples: Visit the Member's Page How to Format (as seen on this ...
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Is it 'juice', 'bouillon', 'soup' or what?

I've just opened one can of canned corn. Besides corn there is always some liquid inside — just like in case with any other canned vegetable. So what is that liquid? How would you call it? Juice, ...
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Single word for “Private Realm”

I'm looking for a word that would carry the same connotation as "Private Realm." If you can think of a good word, you can skip the rest of this. Context: I'm working on some architectural ...
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What word means “someone who ignores emotion in the face of pain”?

What word means "someone who ignores their own emotion in the face of their pain"? (Does it start with C?)
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Single word for “thin slice”

I thought of slither, but I ruled it out as it has negative connotations that I wish to avoid in the context. I would use the word in a phrase like "a thin slice of bread" or "thinly sliced carrots." ...
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Is there a term to describe something difficult to find but easy to understand?

Let's say I am writing a computer program, and there is a problem with my code so it won't run properly. Because my code contains so many lines, discovering the source of my problem will be ...
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Is there a single word to mean “rate of procrastination”?

Take the following contrived sentence: Our staff's productivity has doubled since we upgraded their computers. And now this one: Our staff's [rate of procrastination] has doubled since we ...
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5answers
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What's a good term to denote a fixed cost?

I'm looking for the X in the following sentence: Cost: $5 per item plus $20 X The X is a fixed cost paid once, no matter how many items are bought. This line is for a formal business ...
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What is the term for starting an essay with a story or anecdote to pique the reader's attention?

I am looking for the formal academic term for this - not "opener" or "opening." I want to refer to it in a presentation about creating hooks to pull in the reader. I once knew the term but cannot ...
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Is there a term for a flaw in logic?

I write code for a living and I'm trying to find the right word for a flaw in logic. "Error" seems too vague, I'm looking specifically for a word that describes a flaw in logic. Addendum 1: This ...
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What is a good synonym for “attribute”?

I am looking for a good synonym for the word attribute that can be used in these sentences: The item's attributes are... Colour is a type of attribute. Weight is a type of attribute. The item's ...
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What is a “thread of a bow” called?

Is there an English word (a noun) that is an equivalent to the "thread/string of a bow" from a bow and arrow?
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3answers
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Is “computing cycles” a correct term in English?

I work in the software industry. At my company, we're trying to find an English term for the unit of cost for a computer process work, which consumes CPU, Memory, disk-usage, etc. Our PM has come up ...
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Can there be a “100% sale”?

I'm an iPhone developer and I've recently changed the price of my app from $0.99 to free. Wordnet defines sale as: an agreement (or contract) in which property is transferred from the seller ...
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Do my prejudices get “fulfilled”?

When reality agrees with my prejudices, they get __. What's the right word? For example: "I had long been prejudiced against city-dwellers as wayward and spendthrift; and when I saw the lust and ...
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Is there a term for “mains power” in U.S. English?

I'm not sure if this is a case of selective memory, or if it's real. It seems that Americans do not use the term "mains power," which is common in British English. The closest synonym I know is "wall ...
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Politically correct term for someone who is Internet challenged?

What is the politically correct term for someone who is not very Internet savvy?
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A one-word synonym of “to give meaning to”?

As the title suggests, I'm looking for a verb whose definition is "to give/assign meaning to", "to define a function of", "to invent a use/meaning for" or something close. This might be a little ...
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Is there a specific word for this kind of re-sealable plastic seal?

You know those re-sealable plastic bags, where the seal is one plastic strip that you squeeze between two other, parallel plastic strips on the other surface? Like on a Ziploc™ bag, only without ...
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What did they call illegitimate children in Old English days?

I know that the word bastard in this sense appeard only in 13th century. So what was the normal term before that?
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Word describing the reversal of emotions

A boy is highly confident one day and the next day scared, timid and shy. A girl is emotional one day and emotionless the next. Is there a term for a drastic switching of emotions? A ...
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Is there a more generic word for US-centrism?

When an article (or any kind of document) is written specifically from the point of view of a citizen of the United States of America, I could complain about a US-centric bias. Are there other words ...
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Other words/expressions for “mathematical equation”

Do you know any expressions that have the same meaning as mathematical equation? I search through list of synonym and I cannot find any replacement.
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What's the perfect word that brings to mind a red-headed woman?

I'm not talking an artificially-dyed Hollywood redhead, either. I'm looking for a word that perfectly recapitulates the kind of redhead who has lots of freckles, an extremely light complexion, and the ...
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Term for “over stimulation”

I'm looking for a certain word, usually being said about the current generation, something like attention deficit caused by over stimulation (like people don't want to wait for more than 30 seconds ...
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Is there a single word for “one who speaks/boasts a lot about everything”?

I'm looking for a single word to most aptly describe a person possessing the following "qualities": Appears to be superior in every technology/skill under the sun, which he deems worthy of knowing ...
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How to name a part of a piechart

Which term best suits to describe a part/slice/share/portion of a piechart, disregarding what the chart is about ?
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What do you call the publisher's logo on the title page and spine of a book?

There is a word for the publisher's logo at the bottom of the title page and on the spine of a book, but I can't recall it.
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What is another word for an identifier?

Edit: Give a better explanation of my problem. I am writing a computer program. I like to make analogies within my code to help me express the intent when I read it months down the line and it all ...
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4answers
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More than an intermediate but less so than an expert

What is a word for a person with more expertise (in certain field) than an intermediate but less so than an expert?
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Naming 1, 2, 3, … millennial celebrations

I know that after 100 years there are centennial celebrations, after 200 years bicentennial, tricentennial, etc., Similarly, are there terms for 2000, 3000, etc., years of celebration?
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That which was promised

My brain immediately suggested the non-word "promisand", but I doubt I would be understood if I said that. What's a good word (or failing that, phrase) for the action or thing that was promised? ...
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“Upper-case” is to “capital” as “lowercase” is to what?

Is there a corresponding word to go with capital to mean lower-case?
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Expression for the connection between RNA strands

I'm searching for proper expressions that mean connection of RNA strands. Up to this time I came with strands connection, strands conjunction, and strands ligation. Are my expressions proper, or do ...
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What is the word for an action that is “considered to be frowned upon”?

I'm looking for an adjective to describe a behavior or action that is considered to be a faux pas, or is frowned upon. Picking your nose is [word]. Wearing socks with sandals is [word]. ...
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What's a word for a group of questions asked together?

Is there a word for a set of questions that are asked together and are related? For example, one asks the question: Do you go rafting? And follow up with: If yes, where? If no, what do ...
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Synonym for “media item”

I am looking for a synonym for "media item" by which I mean a single photo, article, video, document, etc. I need one term as a handle for one of any of these types of items. I am honing my domain ...
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Opposite of 'contaminate'

Contaminate (transitive verb) means "to add a little bit of bad stuff to (something), rendering it bad". Or thereabouts. Is there a word for "to add a little bit of good stuff to (something), ...
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A polite substitution for “lamer”

Is there a polite word that can be used to designate someone who didn't really understand what he or she was doing? Or, in general, someone who is intentionally ignorant of how things work. A "lamer" ...