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A more formal way of saying “pointing out”

The goal of an edge detection algorithm is identifying pixels that belong to an edge of an object in an image ... The rest of the sentence should say something along the lines of "and point ...
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What term means “one who enjoys learning”?

Is there a term that means "a person who enjoys learning"? This term might be used to describe someone who: Is a self-motivated learner. Is curious, wants to understand many things. I understand ...
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What is the word for a person who does different jobs?

I'm asking about someone who's employed by a company and does different jobs (both a qualified and unqualified person). Who knows; maybe in English those two are two different words? What are they ...
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What's the term for expressions like “man's man” or “lawyer's lawyer”?

To indicate an exemplar or someone well-respected within their own group or occupation, sometimes you see expressions like "man's man" or "lawyer's lawyer." Is there a name for this construction? ...
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What is an English noun for whom you have a conversation with? [duplicate]

What is an English noun for whom you have a conversation with? I expect a word like 'counterpart.' I want a simple word for it to name a model in my web application.
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Smug know-it-all, but not quite

So there's this guy I know. And sometimes he acts in a particular way that I hope there is a word for (or at least a phrase). Let me describe: Situation: Dog bares teeth at his girlfriend, which ...
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Is there a single word that is the opposite of “want” (i.e. “do not want”)?

Is there a single verb that means "do not want"? E.g. "I want that object" or "I want to do this" vs. "I _____ (do not want) that object" or "I _____ (do not want) to do this"? Also in the case of ...
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What word or phrase means 'that which provides a sense of meaning to one's life'?

As in, "driving is my passion and my x". I've been doing my head in looking for some sort of term which denotes such a thing, and I'm also concerned using the term "passion" might render the term I'm ...
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Reciprocal of “conformant”

Is there a word or short phrase to express the reciprocal of "conformant"? For example, if the production processes at my factory are conformant to ISO 9001 standards, then ISO 9001 standards are ...
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What is the word for act of monotonously demanding for something (many be a toy) repeatedly?

What is the word for act of "demanding for something (many be a toy) repeatedly along with a monotonous sound (not very loudly and not crying)"? I guess 'whine', 'whimper', or, 'solicit' would not be ...
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A word for “characterized by a defined ending”

I am documenting some code and I need a word (adjective, preferably ending with "y") that means "characterized by a defined ending." Here is how I will be using it in a sentence: "Unlike active ...
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Is there a word for taking a (possibly undeserved) authoritative tact?

I feel like there's a word that I know but can't locate in my brain for regarding someone from a position of authority. The word, in itself, is neutral (not negative or positive) so it's not really ...
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Fitting word for “subject to physics” or possibly “subject to laws”

Is there a fitting word that means "subject to physics" or possibly "subject to laws"? It seems to me that I must have read such a word somewhere but I simply can't dredge one up. Ex: Any passengers ...
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What's the appropriate word for “ending a streak”?

I'm looking for the verb that best fits this situation. You promise yourself not to eat chocolate for 7 days. However, on the fifth day, you eat it. You could say you interrupted the streak. Is ...
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Term for student who was thrown out of university?

Is there a term or even a noun for a student who was thrown out of college/universite etc.? I want to emphasize that he was willing to continue, but was dismissed permanently (e.g. due to severely ...
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Taking advantage of a group

This is going to sound so stupid, but what word am I thinking of? My mind is telling me that is sounds something like platonize and it means to take advantage of a certain group (racial minority, ...
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Word for a misused word

I am looking for a word that describes the mistaking of a word for one that sounds similar. For instance "you aren't allowed to do that, but I guess we can make a deception." Obviously, "deception" ...
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Is there a word for someone who has a flaw?

I'm not asking "what do you call a person with a problem". It's close, but the question there is too broad for what I'm looking for. I'm trying to describe a Superman-esque character, where this ...
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Word to describe this kaleidoscope-like motion

I'm looking for a word which describes a certain motion, a way of moving. Namely, I'm searching for a word which describes how a kaleidoscope moves when you turn it, or how a web moves when you pinch ...
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*seniority* in the context of work

generally I associate "seniority" in the workplace with where an employee in the organizational hierarchy, and not with the amount of time an employee has been with the company. This term often ...
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The word for last year school, first year university students?

I'm looking for term to describe students which didn't study theoretical physics, but who learned physics in school. These are last years school and first years university students with major physics. ...
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The urban are urbanised, the urbane are ?

The two words 'urban' and 'urbane' are of related meaning; according to etymology one the child of the other. But how do we form verbs from these separate adjectives? We can speak of 'urban' ...
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What is the proper term for a ternary digit?

A binary digit is a bit. Is there an equivalent term for a three-state digit? (e.g., a digit representing true, false, or unknown)
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Is there a word for the state when a something has “hit the mark”

In Dutch one can say Schiet raak! meaning Shoot in such a way that you hit what you intend to hit! 'Raak' is a word that is literally defined as "hitting it's goal" and it can for example ...
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What's the opposite of “bootstrap” (in business)?

When starting a project or business, there are two extreme approaches. One is where you do everything yourself without external help: learn the techniques yourself, develop your own tools, providing ...
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Statistics terminology: Is there a word for a flat bottom?

I'm wondering about the opposite of a plateau. I mean, I tend to associate "valley" with a downward spike, as in peaks and valleys. I want to talk of "a flat bottom on the data graph" in the same way ...
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Grammatical word for feeling related [closed]

There is a specific word for charaterstic of sentences which are not objective and are somewhat related to feelings , there was some "be" property in sentence.i mean there was a sentence example and ...
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A word or phrase meaning the opposite action of embedding

When I want my document to be displayed the same on different devices, I can embed used fonts in the document. But sometimes I want my documents to take less space so I want to remove previously ...
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Word for “not able to be escaped from by struggling”

What is the word that means "not able to be escaped from by struggling"? I heard it many years ago and have forgotten it due to advancing age and mis-spent youth.
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What word means to work yourself into redundancy?

I heard a word recently and totally forgot it. It means to work towards rendering yourself unnecessary. Something tells me it starts with an A. Please help,...my brain is going crazy :-)
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Word or phrase for all changes to an employee’s role/position/level?

What is a suitable word or phrase describing all changes to an employee’s role/position/designation/level in a company? These changes would include promotions/demotions (e.g. “Staff” to “Executive”), ...
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Tasks for tutorial class sessions, not at home

Writing worksheets for students at university, I'd like to distinguish tasks intended to be solved in tutorial classes from tasks intended as homework. What would be the appropriate term to refer to ...
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Referring to two or more choices [duplicate]

Example: I wasn't sure if it was A, B, or C. [...], I still knew I would fail. I thought of either way but I think is not grammatically correct. What should I chose if I'm referring to two or ...
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How to describe useless conversation?

Is there a word or concise English expression for the kind of discussion that is heated, perhaps a bit contentious or pretentious, but ultimately off-topic, vague, or too abstract to be useful? A ...
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Use one word to express this: be unable to tell “s” and “th” apart

Someone cannot tell the pronunciation of "th" and "s" apart. I am sure there's a single word that can express this in the context. But I can't remember it now. Anyone can help?
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Is there a word with the meaning to mix “s” and “th” when pronounced?

I remember I have met a word which means people cannot distinguish "th" from "s" when they speak but now I can't recollect it. So I need some help here. Does anyone know that word? P.S. It is a single ...
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Is there a word for an example that is wrong?

Is there a word for an example that is wrong? That is, using an example in an argument that is either a misrepresentation or does not illustrate what the arguer suggests it does. Is there a word ...
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What do you call those high areas that give you a full view of the city?

A place where you could sit and see something like this (with a fall if you step further): (Not looking for a technical term, just a common one).
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“corollarily” or equivalent?

A corollary in mathematics is a useful side-effect (with other related meanings, but as it pertains to this question, that's the relevant definition to keep in mind). I want to use the word ...
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Is there a non-derogatory synonym for “propaganda”?

Is there a non-derogatory synonym for propaganda? Specifically, I’m talking about a word to describe the sum of all messages a particular political member has broadcast (through various media), but ...
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A word for more than one but less than 2 [closed]

"How many friends should I bring? "you can bring one…….maybe '1 1/2' friends." The question was "plural" so is answered in a "plural" form, but logically refers to "singular" (=1). A single word ...
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An active verb “to find peace in” something

I'm looking for an active verb which means something along the lines of "to take or find peace in" something. Something like soothe is the opposite of what I want, in the sense that the something is ...
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page : paginate :: paragraph :?

Is there a verb that means "to typographically format a paragraph" the same way that paginate means "to typographically format a page"? I'm inclined to coin paragraphinate.
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What do you call the action of making desserts?

A person who makes desserts is called a pastry chef, but is there a name for the action itself of making desserts? "Cooking" is too general, and "baking" implies bread, cakes, etc. which is not quite ...
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What is the opposite of “Boon”?

If I grant someone a Boon, I am granting them a temporary positive effect. If I were to grant someone a temporary negative effect, what would an adequate word to describe that be? I was initially ...
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Word for words expressing utterances

Is there a term for the sort of words that sometimes precede dialogue or quotations, like say, ask, write, answer, cry, and reply?
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What do you call a man's skirt?

I've got an article of clothing I'm struggling to name. They're typically worn by men in pictures from ancient Egypt. They look like a light fabric skirt. I don't want to refer to it as a skirt ...
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Another way of saying “easily deceived”?

What's another way of saying easily deceived? I want to have a better vocabulary. Easily deceived sounds a bit basic to me. Is there a better word for that phrase?
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Antonym for lying?

Is there an antonym for lying? The lyric "You keep lying, when you oughta be truthin'" in "These boots are made for walkin'" made me wonder: does a single word exist which means to speak the truth?
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Fickle people who agree just to annoy

During an argument one person capitulates, not because they agree, but just to irritate the other with phrases like: Yes, of course you are right etc. Is there a specific word to describe this ...