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Is there a term|phrase for a grading assessment that counts the best m of n?

I'm assigning weights to different course assessments. Assessment Weight ============================ ====== Assignments (best 5 of 8) 50% Mid-term exam ...
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What is the word to signify “someone is yet having that specific relationship with me”

I'm looking for a word to express my thought or feeling. Say for example, I'm talking or writing about my life. Therein, I've to say about my wife ( who is yet my wife in legal terms or so & still ...
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Looking for a special synonym for “sharing”

For sake of naming convention, I need a noun synonym to share that start with "ea" or "e". Is there any word that meets this constrain?
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What is the word for a non-creative task?

Example: "More Effort" is good for [non-creative] tasks, like building a wall or cleaning your room. But when it comes to creative tasks - like writing a novel or music - it is good to get your ...
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3answers
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Word for a person who represents everyone

I'm looking for a word to fill in the following phrase on my school elections. "Foreign by birth. __________ for all." In the blank I was thinking "people's person", "representation for all". I want ...
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Derogatory word or idiom for city dwellers

I'm looking for something people from rural area would use, especially when they refer to that person's inability to adapt to the country life.
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What is the historical English word for graffiti?

Given that graffiti has existed even before the Italian loanword became commonplace, what is the traditional English word to describe it? The closest I can imagine would be "epigraph", however, this ...
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In search of a English word [closed]

my question is that if a person A does something bad to another person B but regrets it and helps B so that A can forgive himself.....is there any English word to sum up that sentence?
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False hope that somebody will change

Would someone please help me in finding out a elegant way to describe someone who has fallen for the wrong person and is now desperately looking for slightest (and even non-existent) hint or evidence ...
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Single word for “This task cannot proceed until these other tasks are completed first”?

So, I'm creating a complex task manager. I have a list of tasks, but certain tasks cannot be started until others have finished. However, the position of a task on the list does not necessarily ...
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1answer
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Name for the future time period with the creation/surpassing of artifical intelligence?

I need to know the term or time period to come that means the creation or surpassing of Artificial Intelligence. I know that there are different time periods humanity has gone through like the stone ...
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Single word for “show while listening for events/requests”

The majority of components in a computer program I'm currently developing are allowed to "present" themselves to an external entity through a given medium (e.g., to a user through a pre-defined UI ...
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7answers
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Word for something needing maintenance

I need a word for an item in a game which is not actually damaged but needs maintenance or servicing (preemptively replacing worn parts ...), like they do on airliners after every so many hours of ...
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Is 'unrattled' a real word? [closed]

I want a word that describes a person who wouldn't change their position no matter what. Is unrattled a correct word to use?
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2answers
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Word like “zeitgeist” for beliefs

I'm looking for a word that refers to the set of common beliefs of a culture or era. Things like "psychics aren't reliable" or "flying is safer than driving." These are empirical propositions that ...
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5answers
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Single word for lazy student

I'm looking for a single word for "lazy student". In my own language there is such a word that a teacher would use for a student who doesn't engage and doesn't care. In English, the word "slacker" is ...
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3answers
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What's the boundary wall on/of a roof called?

I walked over to the boundary wall of the roof, determined to see over the edge. What word can I use instead of the phrase in bold? EDIT: When roofs DO have boundary walls, usually a few feet high, ...
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Word for the noise made by a helicopter?

I once read about a nice word that describes the specific noise made by a helicopter in flight. It wasn't a generic verb like "rattling" or "juddering", but one that only applies to helicopters. It ...
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Is “specieal” an adjective for species?

I'm trying to find an adjective for the word species. Usage could be: The zoo tried to maintain specieal diversity. Is specieal the correct adjective for species or is there another word? Edit: ...
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Another word for “tricked”, but NOT in a negative context

The sentence I am trying to use this in: Hopefully, having understood the terms above will have also tricked you into a better understanding of [irrelevant and arbitrary complex subject]" The ...
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Word for superficial (but unmerited) appearance of substance/character

What is a word for someone or something that superficially seems to have a lot of substance/character but is actually shallow/empty? I can't help but think I've heard a word like this before. "Glib" ...
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4answers
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A boss who rejects questions, or chooses not to discuss reality [closed]

What word would describe, "a boss who rejects questions, or chooses not to discuss reality"? He consistently defers to a lighter topic, or flat-out avoids contact.
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1answer
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What terms can be used to determine the state of a switch? [closed]

So, I came to naming a variable in my PHP today. The variable was to contain information about the state of a switch, E.g - on and off. However, I couldn't, for the life of me, think of what to name ...
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A word for “who does what” [closed]

A word for "who does what". For example, "I need to understand who does what in the company".
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Concise phrase or term to express “There are no plans to address or implement this suggestion”

For an online issue tracker of a programming language, which takes community suggestions, I need a one to three word 'label' to mark suggestions and proposals which the core design and development ...
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3answers
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What is a word for a timeout in days?

I am looking for a word that describes an amount of time in days from a certain starting point, after which some action should happen. timeout cannot be used, as it does not clarify that the amount ...
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6answers
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Is there a term to say yes to something without being committed to it?

I feel that this would be reeeally, really useful. A term that wraps up this sentence nicely would be swell: 'Yes, though as of during now till then if I think of a logically sound reason why the ...
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1answer
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Opposite of “mental picture” [closed]

Is there a good antonym to "mental picture"? For example: "Remembering the Kana" uses mental pictures, but no physical pictures.
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What is single word or phrase/idiom for “someone speaks alot but works very-very slow” [duplicate]

What is single word or phrase/idiom for "someone speaks a lot but works very very slow" for example.... someone said/planned he would do 100 task but actually finished less than 10 task
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2answers
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More descriptive, strong verb to replace “came back”

I am writing an exposé in writing class. In my lead I am trying to find a verb to replace "came back" Here is the example: Billy Bob "came back" from behind to win the trophy. In the active ...
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24answers
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What's a good term for source code that could theoretically still run, but is purposefully not?

I'm a software engineer. There are many times when I write a good chunk, or even the entirety of, a feature, but opt not to make it actually run in the program for some reason or another. This code is ...
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7answers
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What is a less vulgar, but informal phrase for “talk a lot of s***”? [closed]

For some reason the phrase "talk a lot of stick" is coming into my mind when I think of a person who talks a lot of shit, but I couldn't find anything when I Googled it. Is there any phrase which ...
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6answers
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What's a word for someone with low level of knowledge in an area, and no intention of going further?

Over on Photography Stack Exchange, people often describe themselves as "beginners" or "newbies". Nothing at all wrong with that — in fact, it's great. Both of these terms have the implication of ...
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Is there a word to replace the phrase for 'couldn't have been more different'?

I don't think the phrase is formal and academic enough, but I can't think of a word to replace it. I want to say something like this: The two frogs both agreed that they needed to fight, but their ...
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2answers
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What would be a word for the science of buildings? [closed]

I'm trying to come up with a word for the science and study of buildings and of their inhabitants. This would include, but not be restricted to, the study of building physics, energy, indoor ...
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1answer
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Help for literature school work

One word to describe someone who is secretive or shy, possibly doesn't like to be around people and old?? I have been asked to describe this lady in one word but this is what I have come up with just ...
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love synchronism [closed]

I am looking for the one word that describes a couple or two people who might call or text at the same time because they are in sync with each other. Others would call it a coincidence but there is a ...
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What would be the first use of the noun 'longboarding' for skateboarding, surfing or skiing?

The skateboard longboard goes back to Hawaii in the 50s, surfing back much earlier, and skiing back into the nineteenth century yet I can't find incidences in print earlier than the 70s. Many ...
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1answer
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What is a phrase or word for 'not logged in' state?

On a website, if you log in, you're in a logged in state, if you then log out, you are in a logged out state. What do you call the state before you have ever logged in to a site? Is it correct to ...
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Word meaning “to make something erroneous”

What verb means "to make something erroneous or wrong"? The context is However, in the first trial of the experiment, the yeast was siphoned through the device into the other test tube, _____ing ...
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1answer
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Countable noun for a coin or a banknote

I am looking for a countable noun which can stand for either a coin or a banknote. Currency and money are the only two words I can think of, but not being countable they don't fit what I'm looking ...
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What words describe the relation between “dollars” and “cents”?

A dollar can be divided up into 100 cents. A Swiss franc can be divided into 100 rappen. What are the words that describe these units (dollar vs cents or franc vs rappen)? I found out that ...
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1answer
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Is there a word for a person who likes to bath a lot?

I like to spend a lot of time bathing..I kind of enjoy it...I just cant get enough of it..I can be under shower for hours. Is there a word for me? I tried googling around but all I could find was ...
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9answers
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When you're angry at a situation but there is no action you can take

In a situation where you are so angry at something, but there is nothing you're able to do, and you quiver/shake, what is the word or phrase I'm looking for. An example would be if a group of people ...
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1answer
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What do you call someone who reacts impulsively in distressing situations? [closed]

What do you call someone who reacts impulsively when faced with distressing circumstances? I would prefer a formal word that would be appropriate for essays.
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1answer
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The opposite of “lenten” [closed]

What is the opposite of lenten? I need some expression for not lenten cookies, is there some?
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1answer
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Word to describe a boring person [closed]

I need a word to describe a boring person in a sarcastic way. Like "what is up with the _____" where the word missing is something like interestingness so that it puts forward the idea that they're ...
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10answers
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word(s) to describe someone judge others by one tiny detail

I wonder if there is a word or a few words or phases that describe a person very often: judge a person based on one or two tiny details or critise harshly over small mistakes that one made ...
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Term for a doorway without a door

Is there a specific term I could use in a floor plan for the doorway leading from one room to another? For example: a person is in the living room and looks through the "doorway" that leads into the ...
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1answer
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Is there a word for urge toward clicking ad on a useful website/article?

Whenever I browse through a website/blog and find an article/info useful then I click on one ad on site (I don't use ad blocker). I have this urge to give back and I think this is a "valid" way to ...