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Word for “work completed on behalf of”

I hope you can help. I am updating my CV/résumé and I am using one word for each section. I must admit I am stumped in one area. I need a single word to convey the following description: "Work ...
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A single word for the state of extreme inner melancholy and wistfulness

I am looking for a word that refers to the state of extreme, deep melancholy mixed with pain, anxiety, and wistfulness; the state in which one feels that their hearts are going to burst with sadness.
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Word for discrimination based on (partly) consisting of mechanical parts [closed]

There are a lot of words for various types of discrimination. What is the word for discrimination based on (partly) consisting of mechanical parts? EDIT: Comments ask for clarification so: I mean ...
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Is it correct to use the word “devastated” to refer to the pain we feel towards other people? [closed]

I think the word devastated is mainly used when something bad happens to oneself (maybe I'm wrong?) Say, can I use it in the following way? I felt devastated after watching the survivors of ...
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What's the opposite of “speaking clearly”?

When somebody talks in a way where they swallow parts of a word, talk very fast or talk in a way that is difficult for most listeners to comprehend, what do you call the way this person speaks? I'm ...
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What's a word that means to 'intentionally withholding information'?

I was reading an online editorial a week or so ago in which its author employed an awesome word, the meaning of which was "to intentionally and deliberately withhold information [essential to the ...
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A word for “remorse” but without guilt

What is the word for the feeling of "remorse," but without guilt? Such as, sadness for a poor outcome, but with the realization that the actions taken were necessary or the best with the given amount ...
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What are entries of the same year called

I want to know a word for a group of students who enroll in a university at the same department at the same time. I tried looking it up in google but didn't get any real results.
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Single word for “less mass per unit volume” (the complement of “dense”)

I've been looking for the antonym of dense. I'm looking for an exact opposite: a single word the means, precisely, "having less mass per unit volume than another object". That is, I'm seeking a ...
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Inheritting the characteristics of a role in a play/movie

I'm looking for a term for a person who enacts a role in a play/movie by forgetting himself, or "leaving himself and acquiring the role's characteristics." Sometimes it implies "Moving his soul to ...
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Word meaning “kicking softly” or “brushing with the feet”?

Example: I walked to the wall window, [...] the sawdust on the floor. I could write brushing the sawdust with my feet but I want a shorter alternative, say a single word. Any suggestions?
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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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Word that corresponds to “flew” or “drove” when riding a train

My daughter recently journeyed several hundred miles by rail. Had she taken a bus, I could say: "She was bussed from San Francisco to Houston" Had she flown in an airplane, I could say: ...
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Struggling to find a word for a respectful, silent response

I'm having a senior moment. The word I'm looking for is a third grade vocabulary word; it's not in any way obscure. "After she told her story, the others reacted with a respectful, something moment ...
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Term for when consecutive events are “broken”

This is the use case: "...5 doughnuts to be awarded each consecutive day you visit the shop until the ???? is broken." I'm thinking it's going to be along the lines of consecusion or ...
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One word for “insulting someone by mimicking them”?

Suppose John has a foreign accent and Mark does not. The two get into an argument with each other. At some point, Mark has no good reply, so he simply mimics John in his accent to insult him. Is ...
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Is there a term for “capable of transferring”? [closed]

I am a software developer and am having trouble with naming an entity. In my project, by convention, we give our code objects capabilities by extending them with a module named with an "-able" suffix. ...
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How to qualify a critic's comments which lead to improvements?

I would like to include a sentence in a response to a critical reader thanking him for his "fertile" comments, in the sense that they lead to improvements of the text he read. "Fertile" in a ...
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Is there a word for the urge to do something creative?

Is there a succinct word for the 'itch' to do something creative? For example having a niggle in your brain where only doing something creative can make it go away? Thanks in advance :)
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Word that refers to the “quantity/amount” of floor?

For example you would say: Miles and miles of road Tons and tons of food How about when referring to the floor inside a house (given that the house is relatively big)? Example: [...] ...
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Equivalent word for “womaniser”? [duplicate]

The word "womaniser" typically refers to a man who charms a lot of women - what would be an equivalent word for a female who charms a lot of men?
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A word to define somebody that uses different objects not for their original use

I'm looking for a word that is used to describe somebody that can build or fix things with objects that aren't used for that specific task. Synonyms for this would be resourceful and ingenious.
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How to call someone that acts only by instinct without being rude?

I know there's the phrase "You are an animal", but depending on the context, cultural background, etc. the recipient of the saying may not end very happy. Is there another way to describe someone that ...
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Word that means desired attributes

Something like deserdia but google turns up nothing, means list of desired characteristics.
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Name for second mail accounts used only for unimportant websites to avoid being spammed

As the title suggests, what is the name or the best way of referring to the second mail accounts many users on the internet open only for unimportant websites in order to avoid being spammed. ...
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What's the job title for temporary position when the real one is not in the office?

Mr.A is the CEO of the company. Mr. B will be in charge when Mr. A is away for vacation, business trip, or etc. Is there a word or prefix to call Mr. B, for example, temporary CEO, acting CEO?
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Name of each item when comparing two things

I am thinking specifically of comparing two files using diff in linux or git (for those of you familiar with it), but this relates, I think, to any comparison. I have two files. File 1 and File 2. ...
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Name for the stick running through the small and narrow leaf of a big coconut leaf

Is there any specific term in English for the stick running through the small and narrow leaf of a big coconut leaf? In coconut tree, there is a stick(resembling a spinal cord) running through ...
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big to small, and small to big approach names

In a book, I read: Engineering is all about breaking down big problems into smaller ones and putting the solutions for those problems back together. My generalized interpretation of this text ...
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What are some words I could use to call someone who is not good at work? [closed]

I asked this question because the other question on workplace.se. I realized that "enemy" is not the right word to express my idea. I was working with that person for about a year. He was bad at ...
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Is there a name to describe a video game player who plays for aesthetics?

Word to describe a video game player who plays for aesthetics or other useless-in-game achievements? I'd go with overachiever but it doesn't sound like internet slang, nor is it very concise. Stolen ...
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What would you use for “one who contacts or contacted”

Google shows contactor as a word but not contacter.. But contactor is a term for an electrical component. I feel like contacter would be appropriate but I'm not sure. Which would be correct?
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Use of peri- prefix where sub- and super- are commonly used (Or, is periterranean valid?)

While trying to construct a description of the various train networks of London, I wanted to use the word periterranean to mean "close to the ground", with reference to subterranean (under the ground) ...
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What's the word for “believing one is the center of the universe”? [duplicate]

I want to describe a character who thinks that the world revolves around him, thus he believes he is the center of the universe. Is there a single word having the meaning of center of (one's) ...
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Cool rush of air uphill

Do you know the word to describe a cool rushing current of uphill air? I think it has something to do with the air coming from a cool place on a warm day.
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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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Is there a name for laughter that happens when you're infuriated?

I listened to the Comcast representative call on soundcloud recently, and although it was infuriating, I couldn't help but start laughing out of sheer disbelief. Other things that seriously aggravate ...
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Term for Being Aware of New Things

Is there a term for being aware of new things, such as 'my ____(being aware of new) for music has increased since having used this new website'.
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What's a more common term for “penny jumping”?

In securities trading, we have a particular term which I think has broader applicability, so I'm seeking a more common (or at least more universally comprehensible) term for it, that I can use in ...
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Single-word “mirror” synonyms

I was looking for the synonyms of the noun mirror: A surface capable of reflecting sufficient undiffused light to form an image of an object placed in front of it. The majority of the synonyms ...
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Is there a word or phrase that explains that the usage of “we” in some contexts does not necessarily mean “all of us”?

I need to explain to a person that the word "we" doesn't necessarily mean "all of us" in some contexts. For example, a speaker giving a speech may say, "What we learned from the Great Depression ...
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What do you call the fire that is built outdoors and for cooking only (not for camping)?

Example: The barbecue tasted incredible, with that unique aroma that only [...] gives to the meat. I thought of using the word campfire but in the sentence the barbecue isn't taking place in a ...
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Simple word for “Convert data strings to bytes”

I'm searching for a short term of "Convert data to bytes". It has to be a verb, because it should tell that it's a operation. I thought of something like "byteify" - but that looks ugly to me... The ...
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One word to describe increase in number of items? [closed]

I am looking for a single verb to describe when the size of a list is increased by adding more items to it. Like: The list ... as more items was added to it. My first thought was that there ...
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What is an adjective for “requires a lot of work”? [closed]

For example, Starting a new business requires a lot of work. What would be an adjective in: Starting a new business is _.
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Term for “preview entries” that web sites show on index pages?

Blogs and websites typically provide an index page of entries where they show an excerpt of the post. Excerpts usually include title, author, post date, and a blurb. What is the term for these sorts ...
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Can I use the word “canceled” to refer to someone not attending to a gathering?

Example: She decided to come to the party even though her friends cancelled. Or is there a more appropiate word/phrase for this case?
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Suggest some word [closed]

Can someone suggest a list of words used for a single thing (robot, machine, website, human, etc.) that can do multiple operations? I am searching for a word that I can use for something that do ...
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What is a word to describe one's force of personality

I'm looking for a general term to describe an innate ability to compel others to obey. This effect might take the form of seduction, charm, intimidation, inspiration, etc. I do not mean a measure of ...
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A man who keeps his word

I'm looking for an appropriate word to describe someone who is a man of his word. Trustworthy springs to mind but doesn't seem appropriate, as it doesn't imply an honorable connotation associated ...