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Word to describe protocols which avoid infection/contamination [closed]

I used to know a word which has now evaporated from my brain and I hope this community can return it to me. The word is used in medical or forensic contexts and describes practices which ensure that ...
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What is the name for a person who betrays their country? [closed]

A person or a group of people who betray their country, practises treason.
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what is an equivalent for 'fitna'?

Fitna is a word in the Arabic language which, I believe has no equivalent in English only if 'Fitna' itself will enter English. One meaning to it is temptation or appeal, but it's not that which I'm ...
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Specific word or psychological term?

What is the word or psychological term used for - "Start liking someone whom you hate as time passes, due to being forced to stay with them for long duration of time (say about 10 to 15 days)" - [Some ...
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Is there a word or phrase to describe someone sitting with their legs tucked?

Is there a word or phrase (would prefer word) to describe someone sitting with their legs tucked. I'm not sure if this makes sense, but what I'm attempting to convey is that they are not outstretched ...
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Is there a word for a “cheap page-turner”?

The word page-turner describes a book that is so exciting or gripping that the reader feels compelled to keep reading. It seems that the connotation is more-or-less positive. Is there a negative ...
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Word meaning indifferent but with strong opinions on both sides

For instance, "I'm blank to eating peanut butter for lunch because I really love the taste however I always end up with a mild allergic reaction afterwards."
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What is the word for when someone gives you something for free instead of charging you for it?

What is the word for when someone gives you something for free instead of you paying for it? For example: Some shopkeeper is about to close his shop, and you catch him just in the nick of time, you ...
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Someone who's escapist and minimally optimistic?

(Source) “The menu is mostly history: the classical period, the Carolingians, Britain up through the fourteenth century, American Puritanism as seen by historians after Perry Miller, the United ...
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Word used in English, though actually French, for “the art of mixing lab science with field work”

I have been told that there is a word, probably starting with B, coined in French, probably by Louis Pasteur, though used in English, which has the following meaning: The successful blending of ...
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What does a cat's tail do?

A friendly dog will wag its tail, especially when it's happy to see his owner. Cats can communicate their approval and appreciation too, but I don't remember ever hearing a cat wagging its tail for ...
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Word meaning useful and essential

I'm looking for a word meaning a thing that essential and indispensable, but with strong connotations of being functional and useful. This thing is essential because it is useful. The closest I've ...
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Is there a term for coining a phrase for a word that already exists?

Usually a new term emerges and it becomes necessary to add a qualification to an old word for disambiguation. examples: "mono sound" versus "stereo sound" "analog watch" versus "digital ...
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Organizing into dimensions

I'm looking for a word for the process of organizing things into multiple dimensions. For example, if you had an online shoe store, you might want to decide to let customers filter your shoes by ...
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In search of a word: Contingent but without fail

I'm in search of a certain word which I cannot find in the dictionary or the internet, but I found something like it. The word is contingent. con·tin·gent (kn-tnjnt) adj. Liable to ...
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Technical Term Specifically for Multi-Example Rhetoric

I'm looking for a technical term to describe a rhetorical device. The device I have in mind is when multiple examples are used to support a claim. (See the addendum for specific instances.) My ...
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1answer
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To purposely quote something incorrect

Is there a word for quoting something differently in order for it to fit the purpose of the conversation? E.g "oh you're such a nerd" "nerd and proud!" Which is a quote from XMen "Mutant and ...
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What is the word for “inclined to vote in an election”?

I'm looking for something analogous to how "litigious" means "unreasonably prone to go to law to settle disputes". Is there a word for this? The best I can come up with is "democratically inclined" ...
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What's a better word for “vegetable food products”

I'm looking at describing the demand in vegetable food products in a project. Using the term "vegetable food products demand" seems a bit heavy. I wonder whether there's a better word or phrase for ...
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What do you call a sick person who is lying in bed?

Some conditions require that a person lie in bed all the time until recovered. Is there a name for such conditions or people experiencing them at the moment? For example, I am currently <bed ...
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Field Name for “positive, negative or neutral”

I have a Web form which allows users to give feedback, as a hazard, incident, comment or suggestions. I'm trying to work out what the best descriptive name for the "Feedback Type" would be, whose ...
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What's a word for “weird but somewhat normal?” Or odd/disgusting instead of weird

For example: being attracted to a cousin. picking your nose and eating it. liking the smell of your own flatulence. etc.
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A word/phrase meaning “to ask about a person's feelings”?

Example: Speaker A: "Are you feeling well?" Speaker B: This is the first time you [...] since morning. You're not thinking about your business anymore?
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Like masthead, motto, logo

What is the word for an image and/or phrase that might be painted or hung on the main wall of an organization's lobby? Not their "logo" but a deeper, more complex, more internal symbol. That's ...
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What do you call someone who specialises in tea?

Someone who is qualified at wine is a sommelier and someone who is qualified at coffee is a barista. What do you call the equivalent of someone for tea? Also, I'm thinking there might be a word ...
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What is a word that could define someone who's good at showing superficial kindness and friendliness towards others? [duplicate]

What is a word that could define someone who's good at showing superficial kindness and friendliness towards others but speaks ill of them or gossips about them behind their back ?
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Is there a word for a professional who has a beautiful and neat handwriting and whose work consists of using that attribute?

These days, when we use the computer for everything, it may be very difficult to find professionals who have beautiful and neat handwriting and whose work consists of using that skill. A century ago, ...
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3answers
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What is the word for “a road that vanishes into the distance”?

I am looking for a word that would describe the image of a road that vanishes into the distance. I am fairly confident that there is such a single word since I remember a long time ago finding it and ...
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1answer
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Words that mean “obsessed with theory” and “obsessed with data”

I'm looking for one-word terms to describe someone obsessed with theory and someone obsessed with data. We use the Spanish terms 'teoricón' and 'datoso' which roughly translate to 'theorophile' and ...
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Any word for the study of the origins of notations?

Etymology is the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history. Is there such word to designate the study of the origins of notations? ...
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What's the single word to describe the smell of the perfume of someone who just walked by?

I read the word sometime ago and can't remember it. the smell of the perfume of someone after he/she walks by..
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3answers
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Word for “moving up one conceptual level”

Bats and rats are mammals. 1 and 2 are positive integers. Oaks and maples are trees. Carrots and cake are food. I seek a word to describe this, the process of finding a concept that encompasses ...
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2answers
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Name for the “clue-following” genre?

I'm looking for a term for the kinds of films (or books or radio shows, etc) that include Indiana Jones, National Treasure, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Sahara, Treasure Island, City ...
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1answer
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a word for “switch on and off” [duplicate]

I'm trying to say: In simulations specific effects can be switched on or off to determine their impact. This switched on or off seems to me rather clumsly. Is there a single verb with that meaning? ...
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Card with 10 tickets. What is it called?

I'm looking for the English word to describe a card which can be sold to a customer which contains several tickets. For instance, in a fitness center you can buy a card which allows you to participate ...
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Word for “having a lot of irregular bumps”?

I'm looking for a word to describe the bark of a tree or the inner walls of an intestine — specifically, their random and irregular patterns of bumps. Any suggestions?
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1answer
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Term for organization being sponsored — “sponsee”?

I have seen a few sponsorship agreements and in one of them the term "sponsee" was used to define the organization being sponsored. Is this an actual word? If not, please provide me with ...
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“Childlessness is hereditary in our family” What do you call a statement containing a contradiction such as the example?

This kind of sentence is usually absurd and may or may not be recognized as such by the person who utters it. She will regret it till the day she dies, if she lives that long! "Aren't you going to ...
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Is there a word like behold and hark but for any combination of sensory methods e.g. “be-sense”

I am looking for a word similar to behold and hark which applies to calling attention to or attending with senses to some phenomenon using any combination of sensory methods/channels (light, sound, ...
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1answer
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Is there a word to describe this linguistic error?

Francis Galton originally used the term "regression to mediocrity" to refer to the phenomenon that children of very tall parents were on average less tall. More generally, the heights of children over ...
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Common/less formal word for “distinctiveness”

The building looks plain. Its only distinctiveness is the cat logo. I'm pretty sure distinctiveness is not an everyday word. What's a better alternative?
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What is one word or phrase to say “I will set an object or I will remove the object's placeholder”

I'm trying to name a method in a programming language and can't figure out what it should be called. I'm looking for a single word or phrase that means "If you give me an object I will place it on ...
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1answer
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single word for “positive attribute” [closed]

What is a single word that means 'positive attribute'? Possibly an antonym for "shortcoming." I need this word to describe some of the good features of a neighborhood. Maybe "features" is the word? ...
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Word for sudden feeling of tiredness and wanting to sleep

A sudden feeling of hunger and wanting to eat may be called a hunger pang. Is there a word for a sudden feeling of tiredness and wanting to sleep?
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Noun instead of gerund 'expecting' [closed]

What noun can be used instead of the gerund expecting? Users below have suggested expectancy, but neither its definition nor expectation's, mentions pregnancy. I ask not about ...
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1answer
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Technical term for social questions?

Is there a (technical) term that can summarize "society" practical and in theory? Like when I say a country has its politics, education system and ... "society issues"? Asked differently: is there a ...
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Alternate, but not exclusive interpretation

Is there a word to suggest that an interpretation is another possibility, but that it isn't necessarily exclusive with the previous interpretation. Here's an example of what I'm writing: Firstly, ...
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1answer
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What term is used to refer to quiz bowl players?

Is there a special term for quiz bowl/knowledge bowl/trivia game-show competitors or people who otherwise spend their time remembering trivia for such competitions?
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Word for “A society/group/system that does not value aesthetics”?

Is there a single word that means "a society/group/system that does not value aesthetics"? I can't think of anything. Any suggestions?
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Note without text and vice versa

Is there a word for (1) note marks in the text with missing corresponding description in the margin/foot, and (2) descriptions in the margin/foot with missing note mark in the text? I know of words ...