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If something with no specific time associated with it is called timeless, what would you call something with no specific place associated with it?

I would, quite simply, like to know what the word is for something that could happen in any place; similar to the word "timeless", though that refers to something that could happen during any time. I ...
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Is there a word for the fear that one might be a hypochondriac?

This seems like a fundamental thing that would have a word for it—oftentimes one worries about a health condition, but then one is afraid to get it looked into as one is afraid of being a ...
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Noun opposite of complex, intricate

So something that is like "straightforwardness". I remember using it in essays years ago but now it's completely out of my mind and it's driving me crazy! The sentence I want to use it in is as ...
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Other words for “jumping in excitement”

I have this young character and I'm trying to describe his excitement through his body language. Is there any other words or expression which means "jumping up and down with excitement" or something ...
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What is the stick, dug with young plants for support, called?

I am looking for the word/name that describes a stick dug along with young plants to support/direct the plant growth.
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Nearly substitutable word of hater [closed]

What do you call the person that hates woman? One day an adult male loved a woman but due to some misunderstandings she went unfaithful thenceforth he hates women. Now what would you call that type ...
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Is there a term for turning a short statement into a long essay just to make sure no one gets offended?

Let's say you want to state "X people tend to be Y", e.g. Actuaries tend to be overweight. Gays tend to be emotional. Indecisive men are usually seen as unattractive. Chances are that ...
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What do you call those films with nudity, if not pornographic scenes, but not marketed as porn? [closed]

Probably has the same audience as porn but instead has mainstream studio producers and full-length cinema release.
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What word can I use when I need help to accomplish my task? [closed]

What is a word that I can use when that I need help to accomplish my task? For example, a situation where I want to learn another language and I am in need for native speakers of that language to help ...
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Is there a term similar to “country” which would also include a union like the EU?

I'm working on an interface where users can make selections from a few different groups of items. One of them is currently split because it comprises both European countries as well as the European ...
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What is a person that leaves a piece of advice called? [closed]

Piece of advice / tips. E.g. "Don't eat yellow snow" or "There's this great restaurant down at [location]" Is there a word for someone leaving advice like this?
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Someone that ignores others but hates being ignored themselves

I know this person that common courtesy doesn't apply to. If I don't reply to a text or a missed call from them within 5 minutes, it's always quickly followed by another 10-15 texts or calls one after ...
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Is there a word that describes a person who easily gives up on others

Example: Person A had expectations of person B. After A gets to know B, person gives up on building a enriching relationship. A stops investing in the other person (i.e. stops giving feedback, stops ...
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Word to describe a person who knows the names of things without knowing how they work

Benjamin Franklin once said, “What signifies knowing the names, if you know not the nature of things?” I'm wondering if there is a single word to describe a person like this. E.g: ...
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Word for dismay about what someone is about to say?

What is noun that can be used to express weariness or dismay about what someone is about to say? I looked at a few different sites and no words came up. Example: Howie looks at his brother with ...
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What is a word for “having the form of a Brussels sprout”?

Inspired by Dictionary.com's Word of the Day, "botryoidal" (adj. -having the form of a bunch of grapes), and the ongoing naming process of a product at my work which has these features: What is a word ...
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What's the word for an incompetent athlete?

What would you call an athlete who is weak, slow-moving, in bad shape etc. As in, for example, "No wonder he won in a fight with Kyle, that guy is just a ___." As you can tell, I am looking ...
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Word for continuation of a section

I'm writing my resume and my work experiences end up being separated in two by the end of the page. What is the word that indicates the follow up to a section. Something like: Work Experiences ...
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Word for something 'done out of anger'? [closed]

Is there one word that suggests that something was 'done out of anger'? Usage similar to something done deliberately or intentionally, only including the motivation of anger.
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What do you call a stack of ordering forms? [closed]

Sometimes, a restaurant will prepare order forms for customers to tick which food/drinks that they want to order. Then the waiter/waitress will come to collect them and reconfirm with the ...
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Is there an alternative adjective to 'written' with an -al suffix?

I'm ideally looking for a single word adjective with an -al suffix. i.e. similar to 'verbal', and 'visual' but that relates to written communications rather than spoken or illustrative communications. ...
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An entity is a part of another, what would this larger entity be called from the other's perspective?

A is part of B, that would make B A's _____? What's an appropriate word to use here? A is a constituent of B, but what is B relative to A? The question arose from naming a variable in programming. I ...
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Is there a word for identifying oneself with a brand?

The title seems clear to me but I'll add an example: There are several different apps for Telegram (Android, iOS, PC, etc) that all have the name Telegram and use similar Logos, designs and have a ...
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What is a word for an entity which only provides a predefined set of tasks but doesn't want to engage new types of tasks?

Let's assume an entity was created to satisfy a predefined set of tasks, and cannot accommodate other new types of tasks. What is a formal word for this? For example, a service provider provider ...
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Single word for “irritable depression”

What is the word for someone who is in a condition of being stressed so that they are in a constant state of "the straw that broke the camel's back?" I'm looking for a specific word, not a broad ...
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Word to describe belief in God

I'm looking for a term or word for someone who is certain there was a God, but is no longer around. Maybe God died, went away, or just no longer keeps an eye on us. I thought agnostic, but that ...
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Antonym for “infix” (“outfix”?)

infix: implant or insert firmly in something, as in the particles of mercury will infix themselves in the structure of the other metal How about the opposite? Is there something called outfix? I.e. ...
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Plumbing terminology. A name for a pipe.

So I have this pretty large-size (water) pipe that runs to my house. A couple of years ago I had some guys run a smaller pipe from that "large-size" pipe to my barn. Well, my question is this: what do ...
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Heady - Does this word mean what I think it means?

When I look up the word "heady" in the dictionary, it seems that the main definition is "tending to intoxicate." Farther down, "having an exhilarating effect" and "intellectually demanding" are also ...
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Word for “the distilled embodiment of a contentious issue”

I'm thinking of something like the recent FBI–Apple case, which focuses in on the precise point of departure between the two sides of an issue. It would be used like: "the case has become a ____ of ...
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A derogatory word for “success” or “succeed” [closed]

What's the derogatory word to describe someone you hate having his/her way? For example, what would a democrat (resp. a republican) say if Trump (resp. Clinton) wins the presidency?
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Word for non-consecutive numbers? [duplicate]

Is there a word for a pair of numbers like 6 and 8, which are two apart? Another example would be 11 and 13. Thanks! (I have also asked this question on ELL.)
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Unhappy about one's appearance?

Is there a single word that means "unhappy about one's appearance"? E.g., Anne of Green Gables was very unhappy about her hair and never missed an opportunity to try to dye it.
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hiccup-like noise made while trying to speak when stabbed?

Say someone was stabbed and he bleeds but he remains conscious. Axiomatically if he were to speak he would speak with extreme difficulty. What do you call the hiccup-like noise/sound he makes while ...
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a word starting with t means “take your time” [closed]

I heard this word in "the vampire diaries" before, but I forgot it. tick-tock? t____-torque? t___-t____
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A word/term that means “the fitting, correct or appropriate word.” [duplicate]

I often find myself wanting the right word for something that pops up in my mind. Today I was wondering if there is a word that means "the correct word or phrase." Example : I am not looking for a ...
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Phrase that refers to the period from 60 days ago to 30 days ago

If someone says "in the last month", it refers to the past 30~ days, but I would love to learn if there are phrases or words describing the period of 60 to 30 days before today? For example, today ...
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A word for a 3 D image that moves or changes depending on view

I know it is not a trompe l'oeil. Something else maybe, because 3D image seems ambiguous.
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What do you call a person who seek the truth [closed]

I have seeker, but it's too general. I'm looking for a word that describe a person who specifically seek a purpose
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Term for when noun becomes a verb [duplicate]

Is there a term for when a well-known noun such as Google, Yelp, Snapchat, etc. become a verb. People now say, let's google it and it is understood that they will use google to search something. Or ...
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What do you call a person who is chosen (by a higher authority or deity) [closed]

I have looked everywhere but couldn't find the word.
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I can't think of a word that means “one person can see something but the other people can't” [closed]

So what I mean for example: A man can see a ghost of a past person but other people can't. Sort of like a seer but i'm looking for a better word than that.
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What's an interesting way to denote “secret sender” — usually of a great gift?

I am starting a website for surprise gift-giving where the name of the sender will not be mentioned and will be open to guessing. The gifts are very dignified, so only loved ones will be sending, ...
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Term for a word used to pad a sentence while the speaker thinks of what to say next [duplicate]

Is there a word for a term employed to play for time and allow the speaker a little longer to work out what he/she wants to say next? Words like um and er fall into this category, of course, but so ...
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What's the word for something that's shaped through a hole?

Scenario: I am pushing clay through a hole, and on the other side it is coming out as a cylinder. What is the correct term to describe it coming out of that hole?
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What do you call a person who suggests ideas?

Sorry if it has already been asked, but what do you call someone who gives ideas/suggestions? At a business meeting or a group discussion, for example.
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What is a specific name for this type of shirt? [closed]

I'm basically talking about the shirts that we usually wear to play sports like tennis and soccer
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Commissionaire in American English?

As I understand it a "commissionaire" is only used in British English (or so says the dictionary), but then what is the American English alternative?
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Problem that causes progress to come to a complete halt

There are some problems that are minor and do not affect the overall operation at hand enough to stop it. For example, a broken radio is not a significant enough problem for driving a car. However, an ...