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Noun for “the acquisition and communication of ideas”

I'm looking for a noun for the "acquisition and communication of ideas". Communism would be a viable phonetic choice if it didn't have the political meaning. If there was a word meaning "idea-ism" ...
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Is the word “colic” a right word in this context?

If I drink too much water and run or do some extreme activities, I will feel something in my stomach. I also want to stop doing the activities because of that feeling as well. It's not hurting, ...
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What do we call parents who lose their child? [duplicate]

When a child loses his parents, he is referred to as an orphan. If a woman loses her husband, she is considered a widow. But if a parent loses their child, what do we call them? Childless? Childless ...
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Word/phrase for a story in which time passes between scenes

Stories like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn often have large time gaps between narration. Days, weeks, or even years might pass between chapters or scenes in stories such as these. What word or ...
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Formal word for “gotten made”

Is there a formal term for "gotten made" or "gotten synthesized"? To be more clear lets assume that I have a design for a special chair; I ask the carpenter to fix it for me because I don't have the ...
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Term meaning careful and thorough, almost excessively so [duplicate]

I'm trying to think of a term which means that one expends extra effort or materials in making sure that something is done properly, to an almost excessive or extravagant extent. One good is example ...
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Is there a word for making something or someone confess?

I am seeking after a single word for describing "make something or someone confess". Apart from a single word, welcomed are also idioms.
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What is a 'first enemy' called?

We have "best friends" and "close friends", because you give first importance to them. Like that, what should I call an enemy who is first enemy? I.e. you want to hurt him most then the rest of your ...
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Is there a common word for floor and ceiling?

Walls divide rooms but what do you call what divides stories? Looking from below it would be the ceiling, looking from above it would be the floor. But when looking at it from the outside? Is there a ...
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What's a word that describes this facial expression? [closed]

Is there such a word? Find this one hard to describe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77ZtOG6o6to&feature=youtu.be&t=6s Edit: Hey guys I hope it's less unclear now with an added video. ...
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Word for not caring at all about anything

I've looked at this question but it doesn't quite match the term I'm seeking. I once heard a speaker use a term to describe the syndrome accompanied with drug dependencies. He said the word and then ...
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“Canary in coal mine” in a word

Is there a single word to describe the canary in the phrase "Canary in a coalmine"? The best I can come up with is sentinel, but I'm nearly positive there's a more precise option. Edit: To clarify ...
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If “clearly evident” is redundant, what word or phrase suggests being indisputable but not readily apparent?

A recent question asks whether the modifier "clearly" changes the meaning of "evident". I would have said, prior to examining a few dictionaries, that evident did not necessarily mean readily ...
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what do you call someone performing below their potential [duplicate]

What do you call someone who doesn't know their worth or is under-performing their potential?
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Is there a single word that is the opposite of “want” (i.e. “do not want”)?

Is there a single verb that means "do not want"? E.g. "I want that object" or "I want to do this" vs. "I _____ (do not want) that object" or "I _____ (do not want) to do this"? Also in the case of ...
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What do you call a blanket used for moving?

When renting a moving van you can also rent or buy blankets to wrap around your furniture to protect them while moving. They are typically not too pretty, most often gray, made from cotton fibers from ...
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A simple word for 'things we dont do' [closed]

I need a simple word defining 'things we dont do'. Tell me as many words because I need to do an assignment. Please help me out. Thank You.
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A person or entity that decides how an obligation should be fulfilled

Let's say that I caused some nasty accident and someone was hurt and a judge told me that I have an obligation to amend their damage somehow. However, some other person (or entity) will decide how ...
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What's the name for a place where powder is kept?

In French we have the word poudrière which basically means a "powder house", although the military world seems to prefer the French equivalent of powder magazine. In English, poudrière gets ...
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Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”

An author I know wrote this on his Facebook page: There is a term of military art I cannot remember, that I need for a book, and that is driving me [batty] trying to find. So what is the single ...
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What do you call the final sip of water in a bottle (with all the saliva)?

When I was on a trip a while ago a friend had a word for the final bit of water in a bottle. The point of the word was to emphasize the (purported) high percentage of saliva in the final sip in a ...
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A word for “waiting for a reply”

I have a system which has the following structure: Inbound > Open > Pending > Awaiting reply > Ready > Closed I'd like to use single-words, so the one that sticks out like a sore thumb is "Awaiting ...
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Title or word to describe the first, original member of a family tree

I'm looking for a word to signify the ancestor from which a family tree is derived. They would be the first, from whom all other family members are descended. Does such a word exist? I imagine, given ...
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Is there a word for a combination of utopia and dystopia?

There are a number of works that depict an ostensibly utopian society which has elements of or is arguably a dystopia (such as Orwell's Brave New World or what Nineteen Eighty-Four's Airstrip One ...
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Orchestra Without a Score

What is the term for an orchestra or group of musicians playing without sheet music? Essentially they are "winging it" or improvising. Maybe I need to clarify the question. I recall a specific term ...
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Word for “to make italic”?

When we make text bold, we can just use the verb "bold". When we make text underlined, we can use the verb "underline". But which verb would we use for making text italic?
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“Adjacent” is to “adjacency” as “contains” is to what?

An adjacency relation is one which denotes whether two objects are adjacent. The two neighbors are adjacent, and hence have an adjacency relation. What is the equivalent for a "contains" ...
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Word for people who buy things because they are more expensive/ for the brand

Is there a word for people who buys things because they are more expensive or because they are specific brand or label? These people don't buy the items because they are higher quality. They buy them ...
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Idiom or word for a very crowded place

There is a popular idiom in Russian for describing a really crowded place: "(there's) no room for an apple to fall" ("яблоку негде упасть"). I struggle to think of anything similar in English, and ...
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Is there an idiom for people who boast too much?

I am looking for idioms or informal/slang/colloquial expression for some people that make you think that they are able of building a skyscraper, constructing a spaceship, playing the piano better than ...
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Water : Aquatic :: Sand : xxx?

Just as aquatic is to water and aerial is to air, what is an equivalent word for sand (or earth, I suppose)? For context, I’m trying to describe the locomotion of worms within desert sand (as opposed ...
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Antonym for the verb “subordinate”

I'm looking for some sort of antonym for the word subordinate, to be used in a sentence such as She [verb] these principles above all others. It's being used in an academic paper, so it ...
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Antonym of “deepen”

Since there is no word "shallowen", is there a good antonym of "deepen"? The meaning of "deepen" that I am referring to here is "to cause to become deeper." It doesn't necessarily refer to digging a ...
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What is the adjectival form of “nemesis”?

If I have a non-person object or idea that I consider to be my nemesis1, how could I refer to the object as a noun but use an embellishing adjective to emphasize that the object is my nemesis? For ...
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What do rodents do?

I wonder if there is a English verb to express the way rodents (rats, mice, etc.) bite on something they are trying to eat or bite. In Portuguese we have the verb roer which comes from roedor which ...
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Synonym for I will get back to you or I come back to you?

What is the synonym for saying I will get back to you or I come back to you?
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Antonym of “low-ball” as price

What is an antonym or popularly used phrase meaning the opposite of low-ball used to refer to a price?
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What's the word that describes this ability/quality?

What is the word that describes someone who displays the ability to think of alternative ways of dealing with a situation, especially a situation that calls for it and then acts upon it? In my native ...
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How do I say “every three hours” in one word?

Given that tri-hourly means thrice every hour, how then do I say every three hours?
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Is there a word for batlike? [closed]

The word for snakelike is ophidian. The word for froglike is batrachian. Is there a word for batlike?
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What's the Best English word for 6 months in this group: daily, weekly, quarterly, 6 months, yearly? [duplicate]

While writing programs, I need to create a drop down for setting periods, like daily, weekly, monthly, etc. Using one year as a time frame. This question is driven by lack of a better word. I've had ...
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A word for “every two days”

Is there an adjective that means "every two days", i.e. is to a day as biennial is to a year?
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Are there any words I can use to disambiguate “biweekly”?

We have two words for events occurring in periods of years - biannual meaning twice a year, and biennial meaning once every two years. However, my colleagues talk about having meetings biweekly. This ...
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Term for “Every 2 weeks”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any words I can use to disambiguate “biweekly”? Is there a term two designate a frequency of "every two weeks", like "weekly" for "every week".
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Is there a term to describe an event which happens every 18 months?

Obviously every year is annual. Every two years is biennial. Does the English language have a term for every 18 months?
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If annual means one year, is there any word for two,three, four.. year [closed]

From WordWeb: Annual: Occurring or payable every year What is the corresponding single word for occurring every two year, three year, four year etc. I understand that it's surely not exhaustively ...
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Would “pentaminutely” reflect an event that occurs every five minutes?

Would the compound pentaminutely (from penta- and minutely) be correct in describing an event that occurs every five-minutes? Or is there a better word? Edit: For clarity, I'm looking to name an ...
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“each day” → “daily”; “every other day” →?

Is there an adjective that means "every other day"? I found "bidaily" but it seems to mean "twice a day", not "every second day" (not even both as "biweekly" does). I'd need this word to very ...
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How do you say “three times a month” in one word?

We say semimonthly when we describe something happening twice a month. for example "a semimonthly publication", "a semimonthly meeting", etc. Is there any word we can use to describe something that ...
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How can I describe a person who does not get to the point?

When a person talks about something, s/he doesn't get to the point but starts with a pun, intending to let us figure out its purpose. Someone told me I could use reserved to describe that person, but ...