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Have definition; searching for matching word [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Other expressions for “to be the devil's advocate”? Given the definition: "the adoption of an ostensibly defensible position, less because one actually ...
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Is there a name for an answer to a question that does nothing but rephrase the question in an answer form?

(if you can think of a better title please change it, I know it's bad) Is there a name for an answer to a question that does nothing but rephrase the question in an answer form? For example, if you ...
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What word means “the ability to read more than one form of writing”?

If a person can speak and understand two languages, he is bilingual. How would you describe a person who can read and write in two languages with very different forms of writing, such as Chinese and ...
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Word for parents of your child's partner

There are words for relationships obtained by marriage or partnership of family members: xxx-in-law. But, surprisingly, there is no word (that I know of) for the parents of your child's partner. Or is ...
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Winter — wintry; summer — summery; spring — ?; autumn — ?

wintry: characteristic of winter, esp. in feeling or looking very cold and bleak: "a wintry landscape". summery: belonging to or characteristic of or occurring in summer; "summery weather"; ...
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Meaning of “goodies” [closed]

I see the word goodies being used widely on the internet, but I can't construe its meaning clearly. Could you explain it thoroughly?
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True statements with hidden meanings

I'm trying to think if there is a word to describe the above scenario. The British chancellor has stated that the next budget will be "for working families". What isn't stated is that he is trying to ...
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What do you call someone who has a 'problem'

I need one word(or two) for somebody who has a problem. Any problem. For example, when the person to whom an address belongs (in a letter) is called an addressee(not entirely correct) So in similar ...
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Term for graphical representation of sound

What is this called? How do we say oscillogram of the sound in one word?
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Word for “measured quantity” [closed]

What is a word which refers to any number of items that exist as measured quantities in something? This is like measurand, similar to how operand is some kind of modifier to an overall o.
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Word for introducing people without knowing their names

I have heard that English has a word for the situation in which you are talking to an acquaintance when another acquaintance walks by whom you greet. Neither knows the other so you are about to ...
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Word for “best person in a group of bad people”

What do you call someone or something that is the best in a group of bad people or bad things? For example, a prisoner who is the best in terms of behavior in the prison, even though we know that all ...
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Word for person who always judges their actions positively

What do we call a person who always tries to judge their own actions in a positive way, or convince themselves that what they do is always right?
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Word regarding a lyric remembered wrongly

I remember having come across a particular word long ago. This word means a part of lyric that has been remembered wrongly, i.e., a section of lyric that has entered one's memory with the words ...
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What is the noun that corresponds to the verb “to miss”?

Is there a noun that precisely describes the emotion of missing someone/something? There is longing, but I don't think that's quite right. You can feel longing for something without missing it. I ...
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What is a single word meaning “authoritative source of knowledge”?

I'm looking for a word that means authoritative source of knowledge. The word would preferably be a noun and could refer to a group of people or a collection of knowledge. Additionally it'd be ...
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Word for someone who goes in a specific direction

What is the word for someone who follows specific instructions or does what he is told? And is there a word for the person who makes someone like this? The maker could be a tyrant or some sort of ...
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Use of “B defers to A” when A takes precedence over B

If A takes precedence over B, is it correct to say B defers to A? I searched the web for precedence antonym but found nothing useful.
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What do you call someone who reviews, and approves or denies, an application?

The person who applies is called the applicant. What is the correct term to use for the one on the other side of an application? [such as a job application] In my case, the applicant applies to be ...
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How do I ask someone if their name represents a singular entity or a collective entity?

In a website I am programming I present the user with the option to name their website site, which can be a singular entity "Mel Tormé" which would present the menu options "About me", "Contact me" or ...
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Word that denotes the belief that women are inferior to men

Is there a single word that denotes the belief that women are or should be inferior to men? For example, That ideology advocates murder, rape, slavery, homophobia, xenophobia and [insert the ...
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Is there a name for the time after dinner?

A coworker recently taught me a Spanish word, sobremesa, to describe the time spent at the table after a meal, relaxing with one's companions. Do we have a single word or stock phrase to describe ...
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What's the antonym for Schadenfreude?

Schadenfreude is the joy or pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. What is the word for joy or pleasure derived from the happiness of others?
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Corresponding Descriptive Word For Unable To Distinguish Flavors [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pertaining to the Senses If colorblind is a descriptive word for people who cannot distinguish colors and tone deaf describes people who cannot distinguish one tone from ...
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“Blind” is to “sighted” as “Deaf” is to..?

What is the opposite of the adjective deaf? e.g. The seats close to the interpreter are reserved for the hearing impaired. It is imperative that all [not deaf] people sit in the remaining ...
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Can the term “jack/jerk off” be used for female masturbation?

I apologize for this potentially obscene question. Can the terms jack off or jerk off be used for female masturbation? If not (which is my intuition), what would be the not too poetic vulgar slang ...
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Word for parent of a single child?

Is there a word that means “a parent who has exactly one child”? EDIT: I am asking for purposes of creating a computing construct. But if there were an answer that is clearly correct for another ...
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A word or phrase to describe people who are practical and “care more about themselves”?

What is a word or phrase to describe people who are very practical and shrewd, and more concern about achieving their goals rather than looking at softer sides such as friendships, etc? It is more ...
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Is there a word for “flashbacks within flashbacks”?

Is there any single word in English for flashbacks within flashbacks?
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What do you call it when some group is feeling self-satisfaction by praising themselves?

What do you call it when some group of people is feeling self-satisfaction in praising themselves, even though others don't think them praise-worthy?
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A word that describes a core feature involved?

I have made an application which is mostly programmed in PHP, but have also used some other languages. Now I want to describe that I have made a program that is "corely" programmed in PHP, but still ...
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Deleter or deletor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rule for adding -er vs. -or when nouning a verb? Assuming it would even be a word, how would I describe someone or something that "deletes": deleter or ...
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What's the word for the condition where you need to defecate?

"hungry" describes the condition where one craves intake of more food. what is the English name for the condition where one needs to expel the end result?
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Are restaurants retailers?

Can I represent restaurants by the noun retailer? I also want to group the entities hotels, museums, restaurants/cafes/bars and retailers. How do we group these cleverly? I am going to refer to them ...
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What comes in between predecessor and successor?

I'd like a good word for "current item in a succession of items". Let's say I am looking ahead, towards my successor. Back behind me, I can also see my predecessor. What am I? I'd hate to use the ...
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Terms to describe age groups

I have three age groups that I want to distinguish in my research project. They are as follows: 18-45 years - I have called this group young adults 46-65 years - I have called this group adults 66 ...
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What's the term for untapped capacity or inventory that is brought to market by rising prices?

I want to answer this question on Homebrew.SE, but I'm at an uncharacteristic loss for words. One example of the concept I'm trying to describe is gold that had heretofore been sitting in people's ...
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Word or short expression to describe basic foods as a dish ingredients (like rice, potatoes or pasta)

Is there a word or a short expression to describe such basic foods like potatoes, pasta or rice in a context of dish ingredients? So you can say for example: "Broccoli isn't usually eaten as a __"...
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What is the inverse of “guardian”?

If I am your guardian, what does that make you to me?
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What do you call it when a name/word is better known by a pejorative?

A while back, the US Congress passed a bill called the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”. The bill quickly became known as “Obamacare”. During the time prior to when cannabis was made ...
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“We'll do it in a…”

Today in my mathematics class my lecturer used a phrase I am very familiar with, and I suspect many others may be familiar with too. However, when thinking about how one would write a particular word ...
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A feeling of there is “something more to it”

Sometimes after encountering certain events or incidents, we may consequentially sense a kind of uncanny feeling. It often feels like there is "something more to it" or "certain enlightenment or ...
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Is there a word that means both opening and closing a door?

As in, Please do not __ this door after midnight. Operate? Move?
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What is a good term for someone who refuses to debate an issue ab initio? [closed]

A neologism would be fine. I was thinking of “ruglifter”, as in someone who is wont to sweep dirt under the rug. edit: I was aware that using "from first principles" would render the question ...
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Adjective/noun to describe a small but extremely useful thing

I'm looking for an adjective/noun for a thing (e.g computer) that is small/not fully functional compared with other, similar such things, but whose performance is extremely advanced. [Updates] My ...
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What is the word for a step that is too small?

What word would you use to descripe a step of a process that should be combined with another step because it is too small to be its 'own' step? Example. Create a copy of the file. Rename the file. ...
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What do you call someone who studies calendars?

I was looking for a word that describes someone who is an expert in or studies calendars, and I couldn't find anything. For more context, I am looking for the word you would call someone who knows ...
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A word that describes a smooth and feel-good transition [closed]

Is there a good adjective that describes the experience of entering from one magical world to another as a very smooth, magical yet almost like real and feel-good way? I thought of a few like say "...
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What is someone who for non-malicious reasons always interprets words in the least generous way?

I recently made the unfortunate mistake of apologizing for having been "disingenuous" towards a friend. Luckily my friend was generous enough to assume that I had mis-spoken and ask for clarification; ...
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Idiomatic expression for a difficult choice

This has cropped up several times in the past couple of months, and I've been struggling to find a fitting word to describe this phenomenon. I'll describe it: You have two choices(no, it's not ...