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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 is a term that talks about non-firearm weapons?

I am currently working on a presentation and in part of it, I will be talking about non-firearm weapons of the shooting type like bows and arrows. What would be a easily understood term that is not ...
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Word meaning “likely to cause controversy?”

Example: The name Self-Arming Group isn't as [...] as Gun Club, but controversial nevertheless. What word can I use in the example above?
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Word which encompasses both “logs” and “notes”

I'm building a software component which will allow users to view both automatically-generated log entries and human-created notes in the same list. Both are time-stamped and will be displayed in the ...
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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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Word for Adjectives with conflicting meanings [duplicate]

First, I've been through, Word or phrase that can mean something and its opposite. I'd like to know if there's a word specifically for Adjectives, even phrasal verbs are welcome. Recently, came ...
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''contralesional or ipsilesional'' [on hold]

For a report, I'm writing a definition as: [...] is a failure to report, respond or orient to stimuli in the contralesional or ipsilesional side. I'm very unhappy about my use of ''...
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Word for “to use someone's own tactics against them”

I'm looking for a word to describe using someone's own tactics against them. A formal word is preferable but a colloquialism will work as well.
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Is there a verb for “walking slowly into water”? [closed]

I need a verb meaning "walking slowly into water" that fits this example: She shivered a bit - as the lake water was cold - but then continued to ____ into the deep.
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what do you call a civilized person? [closed]

what do you call a civilized person? Civilian doesn't count, since a soldier can be civilized as well. I need one word to describe a person that is civilized, but not necessarily a civilian. It ...
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Sarcastic empathy

What is a single word that means sarcastic empathy? For example, when one says to you "I'm sorry. That's devastating." where devastating is obviously overly-dramatic or excessive to the point of ...
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What is a word or phrase for someone who professes to know something but actually doesn't?

Is there a word or phrase that describes when a person professes to know about a certain subject, but in fact knows nothing about it?
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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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A word for a relationship in which one thing (or state) must exist in order for another thing (or state) to exist

I can't think of the word to fill this blank: More importantly, now we've got ourselves an "organic" roadmap—that is, one that follows the natural order of our concerns, rather than a logical ...
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A word for a person concerned with spelling

What do we call a person who is very much concerned with correct spelling of a word but especially with name. That person is ......?
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What do you call an awkwardly unfunny and cringeworthy person?

That person who tries to act funny or "cool", but he turns out to be cringey and tacky instead. What do you call that person? Example: Look at Todd, interfering in our conversations, telling us jokes ...
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What is the single word for the way money throwing on stripper? [closed]

What is the single word for money throwing on stripper? We just don't throw money like that, we just slide each note money on them.
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Word about “considering a problem” or “considering the solutions to a problem”

Is there a word that describes the condition of thinking about a problem/the solutions to a problem? For example, when a person has a dilemma, it means he is thinking about choosing between two ...
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Hypernym for “team member” and “contributor”

I work on a web app where the users make forecast of people. They have to inform for each person with forecast if it's a "TEAM MEMBER" (i. e. the user is the manager of the resource) or a "...
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What's the name of the tiny grooves of a zipper? [closed]

As in: "The speedy sound of a zipper going up the _____s."
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Term for “to have a hidden purpose for being involved in something”?

The hidden purpose can be selfish or not. He or she is involved in something to ensure their purpose is fulfilled. Example : She joined our group to help us. She has no _____. He will only join us ...
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A word for “impressed surprise”? [closed]

She picked up the phone. "Hello?" "Hi Emily. It's me, Tim. The guy you met from the party. I'm just returning the call." "Oh, hi Tim. Wow..." she said with ________. "I didn't think you'd call..."
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Passive vs. permissive

What is the difference between passive and permissive? They both seem to have the same meaning, in the sense that they both allow something to happen and not doing anything about it and if they are, ...
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Describe the relationship between thought and intelligence [closed]

I suppose this could be interpreted as a philosophical question, but I'm asking it as an English one because I think there's a perfect word for this that's escaping me. Some words I think are ...
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What's the term describing employer-employee and similar role relations?

What do you call a word relation such as employer-employee, parent-child, teacher-student or doctor-patient, i.e. the relation between two roles that are dependent on each other? You can generally ...
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Is there any female equivalent to ‘Esq’ or ‘Esquire’?

‘Esq’ or ‘Esquire’ is used as an honorific before (or after) the name of a male individual. Link: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/esquire Is there any female equivalent to ‘Esq’ ...
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Term for Word used by Public with a Technically Incorrect Definition

First off, I'm not referring to malapropism. I've heard and read a word used before to describe a word in which it is in the situation of being misused; The public thinks it has one meaning, and now ...
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Term for associations made by a reader between fictional characters and people they know

Is there is a term for the mechanism where a reader consciously or unconsciously associates a fictional character with someone they know? * A conceivable example might be a parent reading about a ...
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Differences between “knowledge” and “experience”

Context: I'm exploring how people acquire, share and efficiently apply knowledge and experience; structuring my thoughts by writing axioms, propositions and formulae. When writing, I struggle with ...
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What's a word for information that is highly specific and largely irrelevant to most people? [closed]

I can't think of this word I have in mind to describe information that is highly, I don't know, "academic" in nature, but not of much value to everyday life. Can anyone help?
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correct word for “proving a prediction false”?

Which word should I use to say that " A is trying to prove B's prediction wrong"? For example, in the recent United Nations water scarcity report, UN predicted that in 10 years from now, two-thirds of ...
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2answers
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More inclusive/formal synonym for “grandfathered in”?

The expression "grandfathered in" or similar expressions like "grandfather clause" aren't always immediately clear to people for whom English is a second language. But I'm hard pressed to come up ...
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8answers
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A word for “the shelves of candies or mints next to the checkout desk of a supermarket”

I need a word or a fixed phrase, something short that describes the following: the shelves of candies or mints next to the checkout desk of a supermarket Is there a one-word name for it? I can't ...
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English word similar to Greek Kleos?

Is there a single word in English that conveys the "immortal glory" aspect of Kleos as opposed to the "hereditary glory"? Wikipedia: Diotima ... makes specific references to Alcestis that died to ...
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Word for a proposal or action that is unintentionally self-defeating

Is there a word or idiom for a proposal or action that is unintentionally self-defeating? For example: We all agree that we have too many x. I therefore propose creating an x to standardise our ...
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One word for “any time after this moment”

I was just wondering if there is some sweet and apt word for the phrase "any time after this moment".
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Synonym for “godchild” without religious connotation

In English is there a synonym for "godchild" (or the gender-specific versions) without a religious connotation but without necessarily having other specific connotations? All the words I'm coming up ...
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2answers
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Word for cheap manufactured art

There's a word for cheap manufactured art but I can't remember it and it's almost impossible to search for a word like that. Does anyone know what it is off the top of their head?
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Word that means “healing” or “spiritually healing”?

I know there is a word that means 'healing' as in "The therapy session was very ______", blank meaning it was healing (possibly of emotional wounds from the past).
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Is there a single word to describe “just another random thought”? [closed]

I'm looking for a single word to describe: just another random thought Or a single word to describe : the state of being lost in random thoughts
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Is there a word or idiom to describe an attempt to win an argument through the introduction of a concept outside the grasp of the opponent?

Is there a word or idiom to describe an attempt to win an argument through the introduction of a concept or word that is intellectually outside the grasp of the opponent? For example, after a ...
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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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1answer
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Use of “eclectic” when referencing objects in a set

I have often referred to my music tastes as being eclectic, until I recently encountered a possible aspect to the definition I had not previously considered. In referencing musical tastes, there are ...
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Word for the opposite of universality

I am looking for a word that implies the unique/non-translatable aspects of a specific place or culture. It's for an academic paper, so feel free to pull suggestions from theory etc. The author ...
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Word for someone who feels that they deserve all the bad things that have happened to them

Question is in the title, basically. Recently I was talking to a friend who feels like they deserve anything bad that happens to them. I thought this would fall under self-pity, but the person isn't ...
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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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A term or word used when finding something great [closed]

I'm looking for a word or term that is used when you find something great or of value. I'm looking particularly for when people find a great sale at a store or find an item for a bargain.
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What's a word for an instance in which one has an opinion about something without having tried it?

What do you call it when someone has a strong opinion about something without having any experience with that thing? For example, if someone writes an entire newspaper article about how disgusting pie ...
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What's a word for “a joking dramatic exaggeration”?

Like: "Sam and Lilly hate each other now. Their relationship is spiraling to an end." "It is," she said, and she spoke like a fortune teller that made my previous _________ about their fall ...
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Word or phrase for departure/arrival (time + place)

Perhaps this is a silly question, but is there a common word/phrase/term which would describe a time + location tuple (time and place), for flights or maritime links? I.e. say I have a flight defined ...