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Term for the type of audible reaction typically written as “heh” or “hmph”

Is there a term for a person's audible reaction, the quoted written form of which we typically find spelled as heh or hmph?
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What do you call the interconnecting bits of a puzzle piece in English?

This is hard to describe, but I'm curious about what the proper word is for these thingies in English. So I searched for a picture on Google and circled what I'm referring to with red:
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Aeronautical equivalents of the nautical terms “port” and “starboard” [closed]

Are there any aeronautical terms for left and right sides of a plane, essentially equivalent to their nautical counterpart terms of port and starboard for the respective left and right sides of a ...
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A single word antonym of “absorb”

In textbooks, they say "absorb" heat and "give off" heat. Is there a single word which can perfectly take the place of "give off"?
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Word for logical fallacy of including a debatable proposition in a list of truisms

Is there a word for the logical fallacy of including a debatable proposition in a list of truisms? Sometimes a salesman or a politician or whatever will toss out a string of statements that he knows ...
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What is the name of a pick-up-sticks or jackstraws pile?

Is there a specific name (a single word or phrase) for the pile, heap, nest, clump, cluster, configuration, stack or arrangement of sticks or shapes used in pick-up-sticks or jackstraws, when piled up ...
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What's a noun for a cause of a bad effect?

What is a noun for an action or thing that negatively influences another? For example, If you don't keep up with your school assignments, all the bad grades you've accumulated will overwhelm you ...
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What is an appropriate abstraction which encompasses both 'receipt' and 'invoice'?

Is there a common supertype (parent class) for a 'receipt' type (class) and an 'invoice' type (class)? It should be possible to state "an instance of receipt/invoice is a supertype."
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Word for viewing angle

What is a word for viewing angle? For example, The color of a birefringent surface varies with angle you look at it from. It would be something like attitude or aspect.
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Word for “completely fascinated” [closed]

What is a word for completely fascinated? I want to convey the same meaning but using only one word if possible. Using two big words for this seems like an overkill.
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Closest in meaning confusion

I am preparing for an exam and came across the following problems. Since my english is limited in knowledge i am posting it here. The sentence: This nitrogen dioxide(NO2) plays a role in the ...
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What is a good antonym for 'one track thinking'?

the meaning to be conveyed is the quality of being able to explore a situation with multiple viewpoints instead of just stuck with one way of exploring the problem What word (or a few words) ...
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Word for going crazy

What is a word which describes when a person loses it, when they reach their limit or pass the tipping point? I'm trying to use it to describe a person's transition from sane to insane. For example, ...
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Is there an English grammar equivalent of the Italian “complemento”

In Italian, translating from the Italian wikipedia as accurately as I can muster, a "complemento" is a part of a sentence (one or more words) that specify, clarify and enrich the meaning thereof. ...
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Is there a word that means the results of a test can only be positive or inconclusive?

Is there a word for this? For instance, a medical test where a positive result would be conclusive but any other result would not be.
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Hypernym for “audiobook”, “podcast”, “speech”, etc.?

I am looking for a short and concise term (preferably one word) that can be used as a hypernym for essentially everything that contains (audio) speech (e.g. audiobooks, podcasts, recorded news ...
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Is there a word for “a person who hardly understands things”?

I have one friend who has a hard time understanding things other people say. While everyone except him understands what someone tried to say, this guy still understands nothing. We always have to ...
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Word meaning not knowing when to stop

Is there a word that means "not knowing when to stop"? I haven't been able to think of one as of yet.
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Opposite of “summary”

What is the opposite of summary as in a Summary Report or A Summary? Common suggestions are Exposition but that doesn't seem right at all, and other suggestions I find in a search are just antonyms of ...
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Equivalent for “inhumane” in regard to animals

It's probably appropriate to use the word inhumane when referring to the improper treatment of animals, but I was just curious if there was another term in the English language that refers to the ...
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Is there a word better than “exotic” to describe languages that are little known and little studied but have many speakers?

I'm looking for a word to describe languages which are not easy to study or find books about in Western Europe or North America. On example language, which I'm currently immersed in, is Georgian, ...
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Word that means “periodically purged” or “cleansed by fire”

What is a word that means "periodically purged" or "cleansed by fire"?
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How to best express synchronous/asynchronous in layman's terms?

I want to express in a description of personalized language instruction that some activities are synchronous, i.e. require a person-to-person meeting in realtime (e.g. in person, telephone, video-chat,...
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Closed -> Closure, Open ->?

Am I right in assuming that the word closure is derived from the word closed? If so, I would be interested to know the name of this procedure and what it yields when applied to the word open. My ...
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Word/phrase to mean something that just happens once

What is the word/phrase to mean something that just happens once? For example, I have often been told/expected to do this and not to do that. I become aimless and gradually lose the idea of who ...
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What's the noun for typical human behavior in a disaster?

In disaster scenarios, such as citywide power outages or massive blizzards, people often flock to gas stations (for generator fuel) or clear out supermarkets. One might call this "common sense". I ...
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Word for application that is both sender and receiver

I am developing a software application that acts as a sender as well as a receiver. What is a single word for this? This is a peer application running on two different machines, sending data to and ...
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Two single word (if possible) each to describe two different Leave types [closed]

There are two scenario as follows: Person who receive "Leave Credit" when attending some events. Person who "Request Leave" when they want to take time off. I was thinking of using "Credit" to ...
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What is the sponsored party called?

Google results for sponsee have scattered definitions in unreliable sources, so it does not appear that is a real word. I'm looking for something similar, a single word. The specific context is a ...
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How to describe the smell of fish

Some fish such as blue fish have a kind of strong smell. What words (noun, adjective, etc) can describe specifically this kind of fish smell? Stench seems to mean any smell that is unpleasant.
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Word for “to make changeable”

What is a verb meaning to make changeable or to make variable? For example, Though normally his opinions were final, a recent stroke had ___ed his mind. When group policy changed, a ton of ...
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Which is the word that means neither “believer” nor “atheist” but somewhere in between?

What word means neither "believer" nor "atheist" but somewhere in between? The word starts with the letter 'A', I tried "agnostic" but according to my instructor there is another one.
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What word would you use to describe someone who tries to one up everything you say?

What word is appropriate for someone who tries to one up everything you say? For example: Me: "You are a great friend" Person: "Well, you are my best friend"
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What is the name of combination, in error, of similar or related words? (E.g.: segueway)

Is there a technical term for combination, in error, of similar or related words? This question is prompted by the following malapropism or solecism, from an article by Elizabeth Montalbano in ...
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Is there a word that means the opposite of “to capitalize”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there an antonym for “capitalize” (as in letter-case) Is there a word, preferably not from the realm of computer programming, that means the opposite of "to capitalize"? ...
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Term for reference to ambient surroundings when creating a work?

Is there a term in English (or borrowed from other languages) that describes the moment wherein an author mentions what is happening whilst creating the work one is reading? As an example, consider ...
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What is the term for police officers in command positions?

Members of the military who hold command/leadership positions are referred to as "officers." The same is true of firefighters. However, when it comes to police, the term "officers" refers to all ...
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What do you call a definition in which some (but not necessarily all) criteria must apply?

This is an algorithm for deciding whether a patient suffers from a specific disease or not: A patient has rheumatoid arthritis if at least four out of the following seven symptoms are present: ...
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Is there a better term for 'low-level?'

In computer programming, low-level means something used as a base upon which to build more complex mechanisms. To the untrained ear, I think the term might imply inferiority, which is simply not the ...
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Word for journey to mastery

I'm looking for a word that sums up one's journey from beginner to master in any given field. Let's say there's a pianist who practiced from childhood 10 hours a day for 20 years to become a master. ...
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What's the term for when a word is said so many times it sounds weird? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a word or phrase for the feeling you get after looking at a word for too long? If you say a certain word enough times, it starts to sound/feel different. I had ...
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What would you call a person being coached? [duplicate]

I am looking for an intuitive one word description for somebody that is being coached, as in enjoying the services of a coach. I am thinking of something analogous to the oft used mentee as somebody ...
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What word can fulfill the most parts of speech?

I know there are several parts of speech: Noun Verb Pronoun Adjective Adverb Preposition Conjunction Interjection There might be others as well. Sometimes a word, depending on how it is used, can ...
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Harry Potter Half-Blood Prince fiasco

"If I'm having lessons with you, I won't have to do Occlumency lessons with Snape, will I." ''Professor Snape, Harry — and no, you will not." "Good," said Harry in relief, "because they were a —" ...
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What is it called when words are deliberately spelled incorrectly but pronunciation is kept unchanged?

For example, Night -> Nite Through -> Thru The -> Da Though -> Tho Nite even appears in some dictionaries as having the same meaning as night. What is it called when words are ...
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A person you have a relationship for only business

In a piece of software, what would I call a person you have a relationship for only business in real life. He/she is not your friend and you are not working in same place. For instance, you are ...
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What is an adjective that means a person that easily trusts others?

I'm looking for a word that could describe a person who is very gullible and easily trusts people. My specific example is Fortunato from Edgar Allen Poe's story: The Cask of Amontillado Edit: the ...
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What's a word like “disregard” or “bypass” that means “hides”?

Imagine that someone skips a step, with the hope that the audience will never know that it existed. I was thinking extends or circumvents. I'm not sure if these words are on the nose; I am looking ...
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What is the opposite of “personification”?

I want a word that means the opposite of personification. What is the correct word for describing people with the characteristics of an object/as if they are objects? I found the word chremamorphism ...
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Word for person who doesn't want to hurt others' feelings

What is a word for someone who has a hard time denying other people's requests and who speaks politically correctly because he will feel guilty making someone feel offended?