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What is the word used to describe “an article in a series”?

I was wondering what is the word for the “next article” in a series of readable articles. I was thinking it could be instalment but I think that is more for describing updates in software or games. ...
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Better adjectives to encapsulate this particular usage of “useful” and the opposite

I'm trying to find words to best differentiate attentions such as jobs, free time usage, and goals into two categories. There are tasks that serve some level of reasonable necessity and most often ...
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want a single word [duplicate]

A single word for a person who does everything according to their will only ? Who only listen to themselves? Who do Not care about other people? Can I get a single word for these type of people ?
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“Predication” — the logicians' usage

There are several distinct ways to differentiate men and women — chromosomal analysis, self identification, and visual inspection — we review each predication below… Here predication is referring to ...
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Word meaning the feeling of thinking there are more steps on a flight of stairs than there are

I remember reading about a word describing the weird sensation felt when one reaches the top of a flight of stairs one step sooner than one expected to.
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What is the cultural equivalent of anachronism?

An anachronism is something that is out of place in time. What word do you use if it's something that is out of place in culture? For example a movie may use a kissing scene to depict intimacy even ...
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Is there a word like “inherit” for when a widow(er) takes full ownership of the shared estate?

Inherit/inheritance seems to apply to heirs, successors, and new owners. Maybe new owner could apply, but it is strange to think of it that way, as it might suggest that the widow(er) didn't have a ...
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What do you call the subject person that a makeup artist works on?

Is there a term to call the subject person that the makeup artist works on? The person being applied makeup or hairstyled or makeover?
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What is the word or phrase for doing a Ponzi scheme by accident?

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudster uses money from new investors to pay old investors, so that it looks like he is doing something profitable. At some point, when all the investors want their money, he ...
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What is the term for “Government by comedians”?

I'm doing research for a story where, before a person can run for federal public office, he or she has to have performed five hundred hours of stand up comedy. Every year the nation's leaders have to ...
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Term for opposite of self-driving car? A term for what we now call a “normal” car

Is there a word for the opposite of a driverless car? I want a simple term to describe the (now) normal cars that require a human driver. I'm writing a story set in the near future after driverless ...
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Noun for something that has been “appended”

I have appended something to the end of something else, but I don't know the word to describe the what has been appended. Even after it is one big "something", I was wondering if there was a word that ...
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Is there a single word for attitude of showing off one's weaknesses?

Think about a sports player who, upon getting injury, does not tell themselves, "It's fine, I have the team that relies on me, I can continue playing", but instead shows it off, as to get others' care ...
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Word For Horribly Complicated For No Reason? [closed]

I've noticed that some people really love to overcomplicate things to seem intellectually superior. For instance, say I somehow dropped a pile of clothes on the ground. They'd then ask me: "When would ...
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Term for person assimilating all events into furthering a prior agenda

Extreme example: Team discussion about whether to buy A or B ends with decision to buy A. Proponents of B are perpetually unhappy with the decision and will see any future crisis as an opportunity to ...
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What will you call a concave triangle [closed]

What will you call a triangle with two sloping, concave sides ? See the below Image, Consider triangle A, triangle B and the entire structure as a whole.
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Mistrust of cultures and subcultures: Alternatives to xenophobia?

I'm seeking terms that emphasize a distrust or misunderstanding between ingroups and outgroups. There are a few issues I have with using xenophobia. Xenophobic groups tend to be rather large and ...
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Is there a word for an assertion or directive that contains a subtle joke or conundrum? [closed]

Two famous quotations (at least) contain irony (wry wit? subtle brainteasers?): Epimenides was a Cretan who made one immortal statement: "All Cretans are liars." (if true, he was telling a lie, and ...
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Word for a person who hates India

Anglophobe is the word for a person who hates England. Oxford Dictionaries defines it as noun A person having a strong dislike of England or Britain. Is there a similar word for a person who ...
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English term for describing certain features of a robot [closed]

What is a good term to state that a robot vehicle can function in various artificial environments that imitate real word conditions and applications?
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Word for Crowdsourcing in the reverse direction (or antonym for Crowdsourcing)

Generally, Crowdsourcing means leveraging others' abilities and facilities to perform tasks. Simply someone assign its work to a group. So, what's the word for the reverse operation: a group of ...
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What is a general name for things that are being measured?

Kilometere is a distance measurement unit. Kilogram is a weight measurement unit. The Gini index is measuring inequality. distance, weight and inequality are all ... ?
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What is a synonym for “necessary kindness”?

I'm currently searching for a word for what I call "necessary kindness". Let's say there are two people who normally don't get along with each other. When they are together in public, however, they ...
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What's the Word For Having Influence via a Second Party [closed]

I'm trying to find a word that succinctly describes one person's impact on many through others. My real life example is a coach. The coach taught me directly. I coached my daughter, using what I ...
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What is the word for individuals who unwittingly post very similar questions asking for the same words, without doing any previous research?

Many newcomers on EL&U post very similar single-word-requests, all asking for more or less the same words. The two main categories appear to be asking about verbosity and thriftiness. What is ...
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Word for “Living Below Your Means” [duplicate]

Definition from Google, Living Below Your Means is defined as: Spending less than what you're making. Ideally you're spending less than your last month's pay checks so you're not living pay check ...
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To have no memory

What adjective (or possibly noun) could refer to someone having no memory of what happened some time before? Example: "He woke up _______ of the events from last night" I found amnesic, but I am not ...
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What do you call the feeling you get when you're satisfied to the point of nausea?

So you're craving something, say a particular chocolate or sex with one very attractive person that you desire. Take the sexual encounter one for example. You sleep with the person so many times until ...
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Is there a word for “teacher's withholding knowledge” [closed]

I know there's a sinhalese word (ගුරු මුෂ්ටි) but can't remember the English word for that?
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What's the word for an act of making people do what you want thinking its what they want

What is the English word for this; making someone or some people do something you want while thinking its what they want... For example I want to get my stuff at home so I told my brother that he ...
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What is a word that means “Appreciative of Creativity”?

I was trying to think of a word to replace "appreciative of creativity" in the sentence below: Hipsters are young, independent, deviant from social norms, and appreciative of creativity. Please ...
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Weird sounds from your joints [duplicate]

English isn't my native language. I need some help. I look for a word to name a sound. This sound you can hear when you bend your finger in opposite site. This sound you can hear in your knees when ...
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Is there a word for something hidden in pants/trousers pocket but its shape is visible?

How do I describe the shape that is visible from the exterior of a pocket? For example, when we put a cell in our pants pocket, we can ‘see’ it is a cell phone. How do I express this in a sentence? ...
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What is a word for 'reverse' homesick? Not wanting to go back [closed]

Is there a word for reverse homesickness? Let's say, if you visit a place, and you like it so much, you don't want to leave.
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What's the word for telling on someone, or inform against them? [duplicate]

The informal word for telling on people is "dobbing" (and we call that person a "dibber-dobber", at least here in Australia. Is there an actual word for it? Example: Sue went to my mother and told ...
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What is the English equivalent for the German idiom “Angstgegner”

After seeing the soccer game against Italy I wondered what the correct equivalent for the German Angstgegner is (Angst=fear, Gegner=opponent). Explanation: The word itself does not say anything about ...
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Are there any synonyms for the noun 'crush'?

I must clarify, when I say 'crush', I mean the subject of an unrealistic, one-sided infatuation. For example, it can be used in this sentence: 'My celebrity crush is David Beckham.' Could that word ...
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What do you call someone with no ambition? [closed]

I'm looking for a noun to use in a description of someone who genuinely works hard and does well, but with no direction. He has no goals, and is aimless. He just doesn't know what he wants to work ...
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An adjective describing “less noticed”

I am looking for an adjective that describes something as "less noticed." For example, a piece of work in literature that is "less noticed" by many contemporary people, or some important work that ...
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How can I express the idea of CSS floats to ordinary people?

Let me first explain what CSS floats are. Normally, without any floats, text and image look like this: If the image is floated left, it looks like this: If the image is floated right, it looks ...
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What's a word for someone who likes and praises in front of others, but isn't that way normally to you? [duplicate]

What do you call that phony person who favours and compliments you in front other people, such as your friends or family, but in general they normally aren't that way to you? They could be aloof and ...
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What's this type of elision called?

There's a usage where the word introducing a restrictive clause is dropped. Some examples: Nothing but champagne, now that I'm the boss. becomes: Nothing but champagne, now I'm the boss. and: ...
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Help me find the right word for “variants” of a product

I'm writing an inventory management application that distinguishes between a product (eg. Coca Cola) and its different "variants" you can buy (eg. 330 ml can, 500 ml bottle etc.). What is the proper ...
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If a ship sinks, what does an airship do?

We were having a discussion at work about airships (zeppelins, blimps, etc.) and someone spoke about them sinking when they crash. Someone else said they can't sink because they're not descending ...
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Alternative to 'dirty minded?' [closed]

For example, an aunt saw you come out of a room with another guy. The first thing the comes to her mind is you are having sex with the guy. What words would you use to describe her?
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How to describe the “waiting time” as someone else has yet to finish the dependent task?

I cannot start my next task until the other person completes his task. I need a good word to publish this to senior management.
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A word for someone asking too many questions..?

I'm typing an email, well my 3rd to the same person, where I've been asking one question after another instead of putting all of them in a single email. I'm very much entitled to ask questions and the ...
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Antoymn for slowcoach?

Hurry up and get ready for school. Don't be a slowcoach! Be a ______ ! What fits in the _____ ? Hopefully something other than fastcoach! I found some old discussion but nothing there seem to ...
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Word to describe when a person is interrupted by a trivial correction, distracting from the point? [closed]

Is there a word for a "technically accurate correction, but one that nobody needed. Something that causes a digression, which may or may not have been an attempt to diminish the original point by ...
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What is a word for someone whose emotions are not hurt easily? [duplicate]

What is a word for someone whose emotions are not hurt easily? I'm looking for something more specific than 'robust' and 'stable'.