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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/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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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 ...
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Expression that means naked dress/garb (see description)

People play strip poker and get naked through the game but what about when they start playing poker without any clothes on. I want ro say "they are wearing/putting on _____ before playing poker." ...
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Word meaning “of or relating to songs”

Are there any words that mean "of or relating to songs"? I can think of audio, which means relating to any sound, or melodic, which is relating to just the melody within a song, but nothing about ...
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What is the adjective for this kind of presentation of data?

For example, one can state Jane is a student. She is 20 years old. Jane likes swimming and reading. Jane's closest friends are Carmen, Mia and Alison. Otherwise, this can be stated as Name: ...
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What is the word for accepting help from someone else, not by merit, but because they know you? [duplicate]

So, say that someone is about to start at a new school, and your sister says "Oh, I aced that class! Let me introduce you to the teacher; maybe he'll give you less homework/give you more ...
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Adjective for objects (graphs, networks or polygons) having the same number of edges

I am looking for an adjective form to describe similar geometric objects (graphs, networks, polygons) that have "the same number of edges" (for a technical audience, a scientific paper). [EDIT] Based ...
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What can be the full synonym for “fitness enthusiast”? [duplicate]

What could be a single word to "fitness enthusiast" ?
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Is there a word to describe a person who is always curious?

Is there a word or phrase for describing a person who is always curious? Curiosiac? Example usage (as requested by a comment): The boy is such a ___, he asks questions all the time! UPDATE I ...
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Word to describe people in internet thinking very same, using same websites, reading same resources [duplicate]

Is there a term or word to describe people in internet feeling very same, like if they were doing absolutely same things using internet? Here in the web we have too many apps and websites, but many ...
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What are the formal English words for “compensated public holiday”?

As per the title, what are the formal English words for "compensated public holiday"? As in when a public holiday falls on a Sunday, normally the next day (Monday) will be a day off. How should I ...
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Is there a city/town or village equivalent of a compatriot? [closed]

Like a town compatriot or city compatriot or village compatriot?
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Word for “Shared but not exclusive”

A word I know exists is escaping me right now and I'm hoping one of you can help. I'm looking for the word to replace X in the sentence: "The skills of person A and those of person B are not X." ...
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What's Old English for “petal”?

What was the Old English word for petal? (As in "rose petal".) I've done research. And it seems the word petal is a relatively recent addition in the English language.
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Is there a word that means “standard of activation” or “trigger condition”?

Imagine you want to promote a certain behaviour in your offspring, say, to keep their room tidy. So, you set the following rule, (foolishly) thinking it will get the result you want: if I cannot see ...
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What is a word or phrase that means “both achievable and challenging?”

The adjective "achievable" places an upper-bound on difficulty, whereas "challenging" is a lower-bound. I would love a word or phrase that binds difficulty in the sweet spot between these two. In ...
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“Humble Project Starter”

Trying to think of a word or phrase for someone who was instrumental in getting a project started but was only minimally involved with the project itself. Needs to be humble. Example: She was ...
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Word indicating that the authority of the speaker changes the meaning

Is there a phrase or word that indicates that the authority of the speaker changes the literal meaning of what was spoken? Something like: Me: I finished cleaning the bathroom Golf buddy: You ...
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A word for describing their friendship … not satisfied with close , intimate etc.? [closed]

Which word can I use to describe the friendship between the two friends in the story 'My lost dollar' by Stephen Leacock? I thought of these words but dont think they fit in well : close, intimate, ...
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Is there a phrase to indicate the other party said something obvious [duplicate]

My first language is Spanish. In Spanish, we have a phrase to indicate when someone has said something so obvious or basic that everyone knows and so there's no need to say it. Is kind of sarcasm. Not ...
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A word or term to describe someone who likes to make people look stupid [duplicate]

Is there a word for someone who tries to trip you up during conversation almost so you muddle your words and sound confused to the point where they appear to have have won a debate? Someone who uses ...
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Is there a one-word adjective for “needs moderation”?

When forum posts get flagged for some of several reasons (offensive, copyright violation, etc) and are waiting for a moderator to look at them, they are [adjective]. I'm not looking for "offensive", ...
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What is the name of this rhetorical device involving the use of One. Word. Sentences. For. Effect

I am trying to find the name for the rather recent, I think, rhetorical device of one-word sentences used for emphasis and effect. For example: Columnist Ruth Marcus, writing for the Washington ...
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What do you call someone who censors another person?

What do you call someone who inappropriately censors another person? Is there any specific word for someone who derives pleasure out of censoring another person? To use it in an example: [Word] like ...
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Word for someone who picks best of many things and employs them for a task or to build something

Say one is building/designing a car. He knows who has the best engine, exhaust, gears, brakes, tyres, roofs, rims, interior, etc. He gets some, many or all of these parts from different places and ...
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How to refer to someone without specialist knowledge in an academic journal paper

I'm writing a journal paper and I want to find a suitable way to refer to someone who lacks formal training in a specialist field or specialist knowledge. The only example I can think of so far is ...
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Term for both utopias and dystopias?

I am writing a comparative analysis paper of Walden Two and Brave New World from a political theory perspective. What I was wondering is if there is a term for these kinds of work which bridges the ...
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Is there an idiom or word that describes something exciting or unsettled till the end

Suppose I watch a movie or event, do a task or listen to a story. All these events are exciting and they keep this excitement up throughout until the end. It keeps us engaged and exhilarated till the ...
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What's the proper verb to describe quantitative research?

What would be the proper verb for an action that measures with numbers something that used to be measured qualitatively? I mean the verb for converting quality to quantity. For example: Fornel ...
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Looking for a single word for sudden realization of not understanding something

You try your best but not comprehend a certain topic for a very long time and eventually you begin to understand it. At this point you would feel sad because you spent so much time on trying to ...
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Is there a term for an infographic appearing to give numeric information but not doing so?

In an infographic at http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-11/fact-check-negative-gearing-kelly-odwyer/7401096, there's a display of what proportion of various professions use negative gearing. At ...