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What do you call oxidized fruit?

I was just wondering if there was a specific term to refer to fruits when they have undergone oxidation. That is, their flesh turns a yellowish-brown. This usually happens when the fruit has been left ...
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A Vocabulary word meaning: “ to completely embody the meaning of a term ” [closed]

Example: ( a really REALLY bad situation ) This situation __ FUBAR Some synonyms I can come up with: embodies exemplifies
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What do you call a pair of words which would be meaningless without one of them?

I am referring to a set of words that wouldn't make sense if one word or the other was omitted. Like barbershop quartet, or Cyber Security. What do you exactly call this set of words?
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A word for someone trying to make people underestimate him

If someone is trying to make people underestimate him for some purpose, what would be a word for this kind of person or action?
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A word for “I am here!”

I will try to explain it as much as I can, so please bear with me. I am looking for a word which means/implies "I am here" but not for humans, please consider the sentence below: Using ...
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A positive alternative to “smelling” to describe something with a pleasant odor

When one hears that something smells, one would generally assume that it smells bad. Isn't there a word which wouldn't bring to mind the idea of a bad odor? For example, how would you describe ...
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A word for when a word is used incorrectly (grammatically) but can still be parsed in a grammatically correct way?

Does such a word exist? An example: Do good. Supposing that my intention in saying "Do good!" was actually "Do well (on your test)!", the sentence still parses correctly as "Do good (deeds)!" I ...
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On Saturday afternoon or in the Saturday afternoon?

She said she would give me her final answer on Saturday afternoon. Should it be in the or on in this case?
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Word for very-fine, see through

Uh, I know there is a word starting with d. it sounds kinda like diophanus or something similar. It referes to very fine clothing, nearly see through clothing. I really don't know the word. Any help ...
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What's the word for a migration from a manual-based system to a IT-based system?

For example, a company that has been using traditional mail can switch to e-mail. I want a generic term for such migrations (other example, tracking system, scheduling, etc.). Perhaps also Question ...
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What is the style of writing used in the Summa Theologica called?

St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica has a very distinctive and consistent style. It seems as though his style of writing starts with a proposition and then lists some objections, then a reply, then a ...
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What is a word for someone who wants to preserve others' cultures?

I'm searching for the word for someone who believes in the preservation of other people's cultures. Does anyone know of a good word for this? I don't think "anthropologist" is a good word, as that ...
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<something> and <something> is enough or are enough?

You don't have to call me again to confirm about our meeting - just this one e-mail from you and my reply to it is well enough. Should it be "is" or "are" in this case?
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Is there a word for place and year of birth and death?

Imagine a form like this one: year of birth: place of birth: year of death: place of death: How would you name that form?
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Is there a term for a euphemistic term being used literally?

Is there a term for using a word that's often a euphemism to mean exactly what the word means? For example, in Terry Pratchett's Discworld, what would the act of using the word "seamstress" to refer ...
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Term for not recognizing faces

I remember a term for someone who has difficulty remembering faces. I was reading several years ago, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and my friend told me that Humpty Dumpty had that disorder(he told ...
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“Race” is to “racism” as “religion” is to what?

I've heard "racist" being used in a few cases to describe bigotry towards people of a certain religion. It's a bit annoying because it implies that all people of a religion are the same race, which is ...
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What's a word for “a thoroughly enjoyable experience”?

What's a word for "a thoroughly enjoyable experience"? Something like the opposite of a "trial"?
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Adjective for “Visual Cacophony”

What is an adjective that describes something very visually crowded or busy? Cacophonous is perfect, but it describes sound.
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How do you say 'self-important' when applied to a group of people?

I am writing a text about how the team "Leopard Trek" (Tour de France) is perceived by people in Luxembourg as a 'luxembourgish' team, even though it has an international roster of multiple countries. ...
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What is the “group name” for students who entered / left university in the same year?

For example, I entered my university in 2006, so I am a student of "grade 2006" (a direct translation from my own language). What is the proper English? Besides, I need the word for students ...
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Adjectival form of the word 'aspect'?

What if any is the adjectival form or complement of the word 'aspect'? I was thinking of using "aspectful" but it seems a bit ugly. To provde a bit of context, I am working on a framework and ...
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What's the word for “doing useless things while you don't have anything to do”?

Can anybody tell me what the word for "doing useless things while you don't have anything to do" is? Let's say I am surfing on the web, reading some articles, etc. while I don't have anything to do. ...
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Word for “that which shows the reality behind a phenomenon”?

Is there a word for a tool, or concept, that allows you to see the reality behind a certain physical phenomenon, or a tool that exposes the behind-the-scenes details? For example, backstage would be ...
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Is there a word or term for an attempt to simplify but which complicates instead?

Specifically something which seems simpler than an alternative at first glance but is actually complex on a closer examination. There are some things that have been coming up at work that fit this ...
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What is the adjective form of “turmoil”?

What is the adjective form of "turmoil"? Might it be "turbulent"? I have a feeling that that isn't it, though.
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Is there any adjective synonymous to “to the point”?

Is there any adjective synonymous to "to the point"? For example, "Jack's and Jill's answers are quite to-the-point, but Mary's answer is the most-to-the-point one" EDIT: A better example: ...
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Is there an idiom for people who boast too much?

I am looking for idioms or informal/slang/colloquial expression for some people that make you think that they are able of building a skyscraper, constructing a spaceship, playing the piano better than ...
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What's the word for someone who pretends to buy something from a street-seller, in order to draw other people?

So there's a guy on Oxford Street in London who's always shouting through a PA system from his shop that they're "closing down tomorrow" and all their crappy perfume is on sale. I walk past this place ...
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What do you call the sound of a bell?

If you wanted to describe the sound of a small brass bell that you can hold in your hand (this is an example image of what I mean - what word would you use? Brrring? Bling?
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What's a better word than “colon-ized” or “title-rrhea” for this style in book titles?

With a few online searches I found Nelson's complaint about long book titles and the trend to use colons, Kottke's list of reworked titles (then: The Grapes of Wrath, now: California Dreamin': ...
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What is a single word for a ruling representative of a supreme leader who carries out his orders?

What is a single word for a ruling representative of a supreme leader who carries out his orders and at the same time has almost complete rule over the portion of the earth in which the supreme leader ...
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What is the flat part of an iron called?

What's the word for this part of an iron?
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What is a word for partaking in art?

I'm looking for a word to describe the complement of "to create art". I'm trying to describe the act of being affected by it, or by "receiving" it. Specifically, I want to fill in the blank for the ...
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Word for “order doesn't matter”

You have some data and some code that operates on it. The order in which you process each data element doesn't matter, and hence the task is parallelizable. The order of computation on each element ...
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'Right' is to 'Integrity' as 'Just' is to what?

Or put another way, if integrity means doing the right thing when no one is looking what is doing the just thing when no one is looking? As I understand it being right is a qualitative trait, while ...
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Is there a single word for a “friend of a friend”?

I am looking for a word that I could use instead of "friend of a friend". On certain occasions, it happens that you may want to talk about a friend of a friend with someone else. In such cases how ...
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A single word that means “to push yourself”

I'm looking for a word that means "to push yourself". Endurance sort of fits, except that it means enduring a situation where one can't change things. I'm looking for someone pushing themselves when ...
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What is the term for an item/entry in a compendium?

A compendium is a concise, yet comprehensive compilation of a body of knowledge. Source: Wikipedia What then would I call an entry or item of knowledge that is contained by a compendium? Is ...
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Synonyms for “taking cover”

What are synonyms for taking cover? Is there a word that means "running to shelter or refuge to save myself from incoming pain or trouble"? I want to use it in these contexts: Taking cover time. ...
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What is an appropriate word for a third-tier item (primary, secondary, …)? [closed]

If a first-tier item is called primary, and a second-tier item is called secondary, what can third, and greater, -tier items be called?
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Name and origin of writing with period after each word

It may be limited to the web ecosystem, but I've read a lot of those sentences lately, where each word is followed by a period. Examples: Oh. My. God. Best. Job. Ever. No. F***ing. Way. ...
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Word request: exploration of frontier research/science ideas?

I'm looking for a word that describes new ideas in a particular scientific field that aren't necessarily based on research or science but still interesting to discuss. So the word should encapsulate ...
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Is there a technical term for insideout-ness?

So the technical term for right or left handedness is chirality. The technical term for evenness or oddness is parity. Is there a similar term for inside-out-ness vs right-side-out-ness? EDIT: I ...
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What is the proper substitute for “Batmanning”?

After planking, owling and leisure dive, now there is the trend which is called "Batmanning". Obviously it is a made-up word. Is there a proper substitute for it? What is the verb that defines the act ...
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What do you call this type of lock?

What is the general term for the locks in these photos? The trademark name is Codelock, and I would call them electronic locks or keyless locks, but is there another term, especially for the kind ...
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What is a word or expression to describe anxiety about the passing of time?

What is a word or expression to describe a feeling of anxiety about the passing of time? I am not referring to boredom which refers to not having anything to do or being dissatisfied with what I'm ...
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“Nose” is to “nasal” as “ear” is to what?

If the adjective relating to the nose is nasal then what is the adjective relating to the ear? I don't think it's "aural". I think it begins with ot-.
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Is there a verb for online-ness and offline-ness?

If I refer to the status of something as enabled and disabled, the verb is to enable and to disable. Are there comparable single words for the status of something being online and offline? So far ...
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What is the proper word to say “terrorist hood” in English?

What is the correct word for the thing that gangsters have on their head during hold ups?