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Is there a word for the totality of existence? [duplicate]

"Universe" doesn't mean everything in existence, because there might be multiple. "Multiverse" doesn't either, because different dimensions could have different multiverses. Is there a word that ...
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What is a word for “slightly smile with embarrassment”?

What is a word for "slightly smile with embarrassment"? Example: "You look great tonight," I said. She ______ed, trying to hide her face from me.
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Collective term for a group of naive people [duplicate]

For cynical people, the word "cynics" is commonly used. For example, on this page at dictionary.com, one of the definitions is cynical: (adjective) of or relating to the Cynics or their ...
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how you call the action of take a number instead of waiting in line or queue?

Is there a word describing this action? What is the name of the machine that provides you a ticket with your number or priority turn? you don't wait in line/queue in order, just take a seat and wait ...
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specific word or one word for using social websites while working [closed]

Kindly help, I am looking for specific word for using too much facebook/twitter/linkedin etc while working.
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What is a word for “to make explicit”?

The definition of explicit that I wish to use: stated clearly and in detail, leaving no room for confusion or doubt. E.g. the speaker's intentions were not made explicit. My motivation: ...
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Word that describes something that glows with light, but cannot break the barrier of darkness

What word could be used to describe a glowing object or mass that though it has a quality of brilliance, does not throw light to illume anything? Say, "The mysterious ball ____ with a self-contained ...
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2answers
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Is there a word for salivating in response to negative stimuli, as opposed to positive stimuli?

Like when you smell a dead rat your mouth produces saliva and makes you spit a lot. Or when you see something gross, doesn't make you vomit, but your mouth waters you spit a lot.
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2answers
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Handling someone in their own style

Looking for a phrase or single word to describe the strategy which a person employs when she deals with another person in their own style. For example: Let's say a person constantly says that God ...
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More Largeness is Larger, More Smallness is Smaller, More “Medium-ness” is?

Another single word choice here; this one is along the lines of magnitude, e.g., good, better, best. In this case, I'm describing more largeness as "larger," and more smallness as "smaller." The ...
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1answer
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Word to indicate the naming process of something due to an oft repeated name not originally pertaining to it

A word that describes the naming process of something, because it was so much repeated, like a nick name. Presently, The Company,(city) _______(Named thus by a general saying of a name) was a show ...
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3answers
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A word that means cast aside and taken back repeatedly

I need a word that defines that which is commonly tossed aside to be grabbed back again, like a notebook. I'm trying to use a word that defines this implicit nature in an object: something that is not ...
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5answers
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It's not 'suicide'. What is it? [closed]

It's not suicide 'Suicide' means suicide, n.1 a. One who dies by his own hand; one who commits self-murder. Also, one who attempts or has a tendency to commit suicide. suicide, n.2 a. The ...
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6answers
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Specific word for man who has an ungentlemanly attitude towards a romantic partner

I'm trying to remember a very specific (old-fashioned but not completely uncommon term) for a man who behaves in an ungentlemanly way towards a romantic partner --for example, a young man who boasts ...
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4answers
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Word or phrase for non-linear-but-still-greater-than-linear?

I am looking to replace "exponential" in the following sentence: "The development of new technology in this field tends to follow an (exponential) trend." In mathematics, there are many functions ...
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word for a condescending, snarky, yet awkward and jealous, person

i'm looking for a word for a person who is cynical, judgmental, nitpicking, condescending but also flawed, gawky and timid (in an unfamiliar setting), and is harboring some kind of jealousy towards ...
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3answers
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Single word for “very centered around one opinion”

What is a word for someone who is very centered around one opinion, and is reluctant to others? I keep going back to absent-minded or reluctant to change, but I know there is a word that is more ...
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1answer
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Single-word adjective meaning “of or pertaining to age”

I am trying to emphasize diversity in a group of people by describing their backgrounds with the following adjectives: "...[they have] a wide variety of socio-economic, intellectual and religious ...
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1answer
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What do you call it when a spectator distracts a player. [closed]

Like when a member of the audience yells at a player so he misses his shot.
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single word or phrase for particular feeling of release

Is there a word that describes when you have a great idea, revolutionary even, and then you find out it has already been done? Or maybe, that feeling - not futility, not Sisyphean - but that wry ...
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0answers
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A word for not ones own [duplicate]

Is there a word to describe something that is not our own? For instance: The thoughts I was having were not my own, they were _______. A possibility I thought of is alien.
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2answers
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Is “Sink” the proper word for responsibilities/people/projects that drains you without providing any benefit?

I'm trying to create some categories to help myself and eventually others to organize tasks, projects, and their life in general. For example, one category is habits. If done frequently over time ...
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3answers
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Words for places to live (besides house) [closed]

Where I live (northeast Brazil) we have the following: Apartment (Apartamento in portuguese) The general word for a set of bedrooms + kitchen + bathrooms + living room in an apartment condominium. ...
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1answer
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What does “steenking” mean?

I read some source code and came across this sentence: Hopefully it works, and we don't need no steenking BIOS anyway [...] You see the word "steenking" in there. I traced its origin down to the ...
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1answer
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The word for a two story apartment [closed]

In portuguese we have the word "duplex". This makes you think of a luxurious/semi-luxurious place. Is there a word for that in AE or in BE? Does it have the same connotation?
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One word Substitute [closed]

One word substitute for someone who remembers his/her friend only when he/she is in trouble and ignores them rest of the time.
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6answers
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Name for interior design style- room decorated with stuffed animals, animal skins and horns

I would like to know whether there is a term for interior design styles which decorate rooms with stuffed animals, animal skins and horns? Country style seems related but does not seem to quite fit. ...
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4answers
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How do I say 'I don't want' without phrasing it in terms of wanting?

It seems rather odd that there is a verb for wanting something, but not for the opposite, as it means we always have to phrase things in terms of wanting. For instance there's an opposite of having ...
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6answers
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Water that stays on the fields

What do you call water staying on a field which is not from a river or similar. At least in Hungarian flood is when flowing water leavs its normal boundaries. But there are cases when there is not ...
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2answers
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Word for someone who feels as if they must atone for something?

It is not that the person has done something that is necessarily wrong; it is more as if a situation occurred and the person feels they may have caused it, or the person feels guilty about it in ...
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2answers
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Alternatives - I am successful now “thanks to” my friend

I would like to ask which words can be used instead of thanks to in such as sentences that carry affirmative connotation as in the following. I am successful now thanks to my friend, who has been ...
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0answers
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definition of the word circuadjacent

This word is in The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald: Turning from the first glance at the circuadjacent splendour, it dwindled into nothing as he looked again at the lady. Neither I or ...
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What is the word for “the smell of rain”?

I've always noticed that sometimes rain can have a pretty distinct smell. Do we have a word describing the smell of rain? How can we describe the smell of rain? "The rain smelt like..." "The rain ...
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0answers
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Common name for rear and front [duplicate]

A car has two sides, left side and right side. Is there a similar term that can be used for rear and front together, if I'm not particularly interested which one is talked about?
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What is a term or idiom for “blah blah blah” talk?

I am looking for a term or and idiomatic expression to convey the concept of "empty, irrelevant" talk. I am thinking about those situations in which people want to express their ideas on facts about ...
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3answers
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Synonym for “done to stall time” [closed]

While procrastinating during the tedious process of typing random stuff, I wondered if there was any activity referring to what I was doing. What I mean is: is there any single word used to refer to ...
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0answers
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Anti-System Abstraction

I'm looking for the best word describing Anti-System, implying liberal of any controlling mechanism. The word can be historical (ancient greece, egypt, or persia), or it can be self-created. It can be ...
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21answers
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What is the word for always YES (100%) or always NO (0%), never in-between

For example: 1) In statistics, this attribute will always either be 0% or 100%, never in-between. 2) The boundary is either safe or destroyed, because there is never a state where it is only ...
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2answers
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Adjective that means “hard to pronounce” even you know how to pronounce it

I am looking for a word to describe a word or a sentence that is hard to pronounce, in a situation that even you know the pronunciation but just can't control your tongue. Tongue-twister is the ...
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1answer
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Verb for bringing something from out of a state of completion?

Let's say you are filling out a form. When you are done you can say, "I have completed this form." It is in a state of completion because all of the required entries are filled out. Now, let's say ...
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Trying to remember a synonym for a “fixed smile”

I remember reading this word in the writings of Anthony Burgess. I think it began with an 'r' and could also be used in a medical context when describing facial paralysis. Can anyone help me out?
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1answer
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Word/term for tutorial materials

We're working on some type of e-learning system in which users will be provided with tutorials and exercises. To title the tutorial materials, I was looking for an appropriate term/word but I could ...
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3answers
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A word meaning to dig land with your nails or fingers

What do you call "to dig land" with fingers? If I say “He desperately dug the soil” it sounds like the person is using a tool such as a shovel or a spade. Which verb means digging with only your ...
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What would you call writers who write books in specific genres? [closed]

For example, someone who writes novel is called a novelist. But how would you call, say, someone who only writes romantic novels? Or someone who only writes about life or relationships? Thanks in ...
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8answers
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What is a word (verb) for asking a question where you know the answer, and you're trying to get someone else to say it?

For example: "And Columbus sailed the ocean blue in...?" the teacher _____ed, scanning the room for someone to call on."
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7answers
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What is the word for making a point by saying nothing?

Instead of commenting on what he regarded as a ridiculous proposal he conveyed his disapproval by saying nothing at all. This is an example of xxxxxx.
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3answers
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Xylophone-like, piano-like, and violin-like

Is there a word or expression for a musical instrument which, like a xylophone or a set of bells, has set pitches (fixed frequencies) that no one can change or adjust (except by some extraordinary ...
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3answers
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Stubborn in the face of certain failure

I'm wondering if there is a word to describe the action of continuing with a course of action, despite being aware of the inappropriateness of it, or with the certain knowledge that it will fail. I'm ...
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7answers
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Is there a word for "to make parallel'? [closed]

Suppose I want to say something like "The author draws a parallel between the spider and the man by doing this...". Is there a word I can use in place of "draws a parallel between"?
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Is there a word for the side of a shoe that touches the ground but is perpendicular?

For example, when describing the shoe below, you might say that its ____ is black: