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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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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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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" ...
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One word noun for “truth-teller”?

There is a single word to describe people with a lack of honesty: liar. Is there an equivalent single word to describe an honest person? The word must be a noun and not an adjective. The are ...
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Short phrase for “things I did (wrote, drew, created, etc) when I was younger”?

What's a one or two word phrase that conveys the meaning "These are some things that I did when I was younger."? The context is a blog that features Writings, Photography, and Artwork. The short ...
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Which word meaning “someone who kills bad substances” can be used in an ad campaign?

We have an idea to post short ads like "our company is hiring" in company blog posts. The company develops software and one of duties of people we want to hire will be finding, locating and fixing ...
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Is there a word for someone who is a lover of the incidental or coincidence?

Bit of a weird one. I'm trying to write a song at the moment and I have the subject sorted but now I want to find out if there is a word for it. I find myself tending to like melodies and lyrics that ...
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Is there a single word for “money-mindedness”?

I'm looking for a single word for describing a person "whose motive is dictated by money"...I seem to recall there was an elegant word for this, but I can't remember it now...can someone help?
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What is the female version of “phallic”?

What is the female version of "phallic"? phal·lic/ˈfalik/Adjective Of, relating to, or resembling a phallus or erect penis. It would have a definition as: Of, relating to, or ...
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What is the name of that motion where one repeatedly bows to another with arms outstretched?

What I'm thinking of is usually not performed as a very deep bow as the torso doesn't really move far from the vertical. And when it's done, it's often performed in rapid succession, with kind of a ...
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What's a word for saying 'entering a room suddenly and fast'?

I'm looking for a word that means 'enter a room fast and suddenly'. Using a dictionary I got the word 'to plunge' - however I'm not sure if that's correct. When looking up 'to plunge' ...
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What is a good word between 'slave' and 'servant'?

The word 'slave' suggests someone is owned and serves but brings to mind meanings of oppression. 'Servant' suggests someone is not owned but is merely employed to serve. Can anyone give me a word ...
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Synonym for “utilize” that means “to use without waste”

I'm looking for a synonym for utilize that sounds less dry and emphasizes that nothing is being wasted. "The program utilized all the supercomputer's resources." Ideally, this word would make the ...
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Single word to use instead of “can't” or “won't”

I'm looking for a single word to use instead of can't or won't. (Single also meaning no hyphenation or conjunctions/contractions. The differences between the words in regard to being unable to vs. ...
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A term for released software that is still being actively developed

I'm writing an academic paper that deals with classifying software and I'm trying to think of a term to describe software that is still being actively developed, with new versions being released ...
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What's a word that suggests having very long ears?

I'm looking for an adjective that describes a living being as having very long ears (rabbit, donkey, etc.) preferably ending in "-uous".
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“Things which are hung/mounted on wall” in a single word?

Is there an umbrella term for things like: wall clock wall-mounted TV tapestry I'm looking for a single, or at most two words for naming a concept in a programming project.
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What is the pejorative for people who only practice their faith while at the place of worship?

What is the phrase or word for person that are very faithful in their place of worship (the pejorative usually applies to persons who are showy to the point of hypocrisy), but that are anything but ...
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What is a single word describing this type of statement?

Scenario: A gang from the west of the USA wants to kill gang members from the east of the USA. The gang from the west meet a gang member from the east and ask: 'Where are you from?' The gang member ...
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What would be an appropriate opposite of “exceed”?

Exceed is commonly used, but when I found myself wanting to use the opposite I couldn't really find a single word that would do it. fall short of and inadequate are a little off. How about deceed?
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What are the correct titles for the attendee/guest relationship?

Apologies for the horrible title. If I'm invited to an event and I bring a plus one, they're are my guest and I am a guest of the event's host. But what am I to my guest? I've tinkered with ...
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What word would you use for movement of bushes?

Say there's a small animal hidden among bushes and it causes the branches (if they can be called that) of the bushes to shake/move slightly. Now the sound of this could probably be described using ...
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What is a single word describing a person who opposes another, yet is of equal status to them?

Can anyone give me a single word describing a person that is equal to somebody in status but an opponent to them at the same time?