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Correct word choice for “get a new subset from set”

I am trying to choose a title. I have a big data set and I will get subsets of this data set using statistical techniques (random sampling etc.). Which one of the following is correct? If more than ...
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7answers
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Is there a specific word for describing a person who gets lost easily?

When we travel around, some people get lost much more easily than others, since they cannot remember directions correctly. Is there any specific word for these kind of people?
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What adjective would best describe this difference between two doctrinal stances?

What adjective would be suitable here to describe this particular difference between two doctrinal stances? ... Well, as the matter of fact, neither "Mormons" nor "Jehovah's witnesses" are ...
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7answers
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Is there a word that means “make someone (or something) redundant”?

For example, by improving some system, some function is now redundant. So the improvement XXX that function.
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6answers
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What is a verb for “the usage of an angry tone of voice”? [closed]

I am looking for a term meaning the use of an angry tone of voice without the raising or lowering of one's volume. Something like yell, but without the implication of raising one's voice. I'm ...
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8answers
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What is the sound of nails scratching a chalkboard called?

Does the high-pitched sound of nails scratching a chalkboard have a name? I thought of "squeaking" or "screeching" but I don't think either of them correctly describes it.
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2answers
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What is the social context of “pizzazz”?

The word can also be written "pzaz" and "pizazz". I have found some definitions, but I want a synonym. As English is not my natural tongue, I also don't exactly know what it means socially. Is it the ...
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3answers
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Is there a single word for “copied & pasted”? [closed]

I'm looking for a single word alternative to "copy & pasted" in: I copy & pasted that into the document.
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4answers
4k views

Is there a single word meaning 'to grow and flourish'? [closed]

Can anybody tell me if there a single word which has the meaning 'to grow and flourish'?
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7answers
12k views

Single word meaning “pregnant woman”

Does such a word exist? It has occurred to me that the "woman" part is redundant, since only women can be pregnant (except for Arnold Schwarzanegger in Junior)
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7answers
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Is there a word for a 60th of a second?

I was thinking that there should be a word for a 60th of a second, is there? Our hours and minutes are split into 60ths so it makes sense to me. Also, 60fps (frames per second) is a common framerate ...
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1answer
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Shorter word for 'Settings' [closed]

I am creating an application which has a button which opens the settings pane, but there is just not quite enough space on the screen for the whole word (in a readable font size). Is there a shorter ...
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9answers
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Word meaning “absorbs everything around him”

I'm looking for a word to describe my son. Basically, he sucks in virtually everything around him - music, books, adult conversations, etc - and adds that to his mental image(s) of how the world ...
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6answers
1k views

Word for hope-instilling? [closed]

What's a good word for hope instilling, as in "it is (hope instilling) to see that the first thing we teach our children is to say hello"..
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5answers
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Term for something that appears complex but is actually very simple

The Japanese have a term for something that appears simple but is actually very complex in detail: Shibui. It should be said that this is only one aspect of Shibui, as with many Japanese ...
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6answers
1k views

A proper name for Microsoft software

I've been doing some research and experiment with Microsoft software such as SQL Server 2010, SharePoint 2010 and Exchange 2010. Now I have to write a report on what I've done. I need a proper name ...
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4answers
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What is the adjective for the attitude displayed in this situation?

I'll describe a situation that might sound random and sudden, but I'm sure we keep seeing now and then; I'd like to know if there's any suitable adjective that you can think of. 'Oily' and 'smarmy' ...
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6answers
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Proper term for people from eastern Asia

I once posted an article on the web in which I referred collectively to people from China, Japan, and the Koreas as "Oriental". I got an email from someone who informed me that this is an offensive ...
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5answers
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What's the term describing employer-employee and similar role relations?

What do you call a word relation such as employer-employee, parent-child, teacher-student or doctor-patient, i.e. the relation between two roles that are dependent on each other? You can generally ...
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7answers
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Looking for a word which means “relating to the order in which things are written down or expressed”

I am looking for a word (which may not exist!). It means something like "relating to the order in which things are written down or expressed"; not, however, the the order in a dictionary (that would ...
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3answers
310 views

Looking for a certain word

What do you call a person who advocates the use, against an enemy, of methods borrowed from that enemy, or applies the same moral standards as the enemy does or otherwise copies the enemy's behavior ...
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6answers
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Term for “soft hate” [closed]

I don't know the word for it, so I will call it hate, but it might seem too extreme a word for people from the US. Example from one of the comments I got: Maybe you're playing the wrong sort of ...
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3answers
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What is the antonym of “boldface”?

Is it nonboldface? Is bold's antonym nonbold? Is it unemboldened? Is it hyphenated? What word do I use to mean text that is not in boldface style?
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4answers
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Someone who stubbornly refuses to talk

A situation may arise, for example, when parents refuse to give the child something he asks for. Then the child won't speak to parents unless they try hard to convince him. What is the English word ...
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10answers
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Equivalent word for 'Unfriend' on Social media sites?

I understand that 'Unfriend' is not a valid English word. But, is there an equivalent word for the act of 'Unfriending' someone, like on Facebook? 'Not being on talking terms' is something a friend ...
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3answers
360 views

Subscriber is to subscription as provider is to …?

As the title suggests I am looking for a noun which describes the connection between a person (the provider) and the objects or services he provides. It will be used in the same context as the pair ...
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8answers
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Read, write, speak and?

Saying "I can read XXX" is precise in referring to the ability to understand only written text. Saying "I can understand XXX" could refer to either reading or understanding audio. Is there a single ...
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2answers
1k views

A word to describe the color of hair that is nearly jet-black, but slightly brown? [closed]

What is a word to describe the color of a person's hair whose hair is nearly jet-black, but slightly brown? For what it's worth, the person whose hair I have in mind is female with long, straight ...
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11answers
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Single word for people who are like “a frog in the well”

Is there a single word describing someone who is like a frog in a well? The frog believes the well is the entire world. How can I describe people who think that their own small environment is the ...
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2answers
207 views

Is there a term for preloading video?

When playing videos with slow connectivity from YouTube, I often pause the video to allow the loaded video portion to grow. I was wondering if any of the technophiles could weigh in on a possible ...
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9answers
5k views

What should I call a place that sells “street food”?

Today I went sightseeing in my city. After I got home I wrote the diary in English, but I didn't know what to call a place that sells "street food". Should I call it restaurant, cafe or something ...
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4answers
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What word should I use when I want to say someone said?

A said that "if you want to get this job, you must know about computer hardware." B state that "you must finished this task within this week, otherwise we will have problems" I know and use only 2 ...
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3answers
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Image in article

What would you call an image in a newspaper article that appears in the flow of the article with text wrapped around it? For example an article with two columns — on the right column there's an image ...
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7answers
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Word for people who buy things because they are more expensive/ for the brand

Is there a word for people who buys things because they are more expensive or because they are specific brand or label? These people don't buy the items because they are higher quality. They buy them ...
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6answers
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What is the word for the high-pitched “sex sound” a woman makes?

The other day I was texting someone and I was talking about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I wanted to say it's cute when she makes that [high-pitched sex sound a woman makes] sound when she's fighting. ...
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3answers
257 views

What are the reflective thingies called in English?

I'm looking for the proper word for these things you wear to avoid being driven over by cars at night.
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5answers
27k views

Word for someone who sleeps during the day

People are sometimes said to be a morning person or a night person. I also know that the term for something related to night is "nocturnal". Is there a specific word for a person who sleeps during ...
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4answers
172 views

Footage shot in advance

Is there a word meaning "footage shot in advance" in English? I mean, there's a live TV show and before the host starts interviewing his guest, some material from her earlier life and work, or ...
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4answers
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Verb form of “likely”

Is there a verb meaning "to make likely or probable" or "to make unlikely or improbable"? I'm more in need of the latter, but I assume that if the former exists, the latter might too. Edit: I'm ...
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6answers
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Is there a single noun that describes “need not”?

There are four types of deontic modality, which can be expressed by the following modal expressions: Can Need not Must not Must Out of these, 1, 3, and 4 respectively corresponds to the following ...
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6answers
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Noun describing one who “acts on emotion primally”?

I’m looking for a noun to describe someone who “acts on emotion primally”, or something similar. To clarify, I’m trying to make a point about how the fanaticism of tech-fetishes (iPhone fanboyism and ...
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3answers
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Term for space in a bank where tellers work

Is there a term for the work area inside a bank branch, the "behind the counter" area where tellers work and cash, checks, deposit slips, etc. are kept?
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1answer
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“Interested” is to “interesting” as “curious” is to what?

I can't find any perfect matches in dictionaries. Does there exist such a word at all?
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2answers
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Is there a name for the phobia of not having access to the internet?

Nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. Is there a name for the fear or phobia of being away from / not being able to reach the internet?
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2answers
598 views

Is there a single word when the clock hands meet?

I'm not sure if such word exists, but English is not my native language. The word I'm looking for describes the time when the clock hands overlap. In my language there is such a word, it is "cager", ...
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5answers
646 views

Neutral term for a person in the same organization

Is there a neutral term for a person who belongs to an organization to which I also belong, not implying a personal relationship? Inside a business, one might use colleague or peer. Business to ...
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3answers
5k views

Synonyms for “Needs some attention” and “getting attention”?

I have a particular English issue. I'm looking for short (one word if possible) descriptions of two concepts mentioned in the subject of this question. I'm building a software application and I need ...
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24answers
10k views

Is there a word for a non-geek?

I am looking for a term which clearly defines somebody as a non-geek, without being derogatory. The best example I have seen is muggle, but it needs context to be understood, as in "You don't meet ...
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3answers
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What is the inverse term for a proxy?

I'm in a similar situation to crodjer, in that I am struggling with a word to describe a concept. In his case, he had a job, for which some people are responsible, say: a, b, c, d and e. In my case, ...
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6answers
698 views

I want to murder all humans [closed]

Ok, not really. But I was wondering what the appropriate word is for that; "Genocide" applies to murdering all people of a certain race, while "Omnicide" means ending all life. What is the correct ...