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Mars Anniversary

Does a word already exist for the anniversary of an event as measured by the orbital period of another planet? For example, (as of today on Earth) Curiosity Mars Rover has been on Mars for one Mars ...
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A single word meaning deep love of reading

Not bibliophile, or really anything "biblio-" because that means a love of books, which might mean a collector or someone who loves the books themselves, but not necessarily their content. Also, not ...
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Antonym for Claim

I am looking for an antonym for the word claim. The closest words I could find are reject, deny, and, of course, disclaim. My problem with disclaim is that I have only ever seen it used as ...
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Adjective to best describe sense of helplessness

I am writing a small piece on the current financial and economic crisis, and I am looking for adjectives or short expressions that describe the sense of helplessness that seems to hang over many ...
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Is there a word for scrambling lyrics because the melody is repeated?

I'm a huge fan of the musical Les Miserables. Oftentimes I will find myself absentmindedly singing songs from the musical while I'm doing mindless tasks like cleaning. Since certain melody phrases ...
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Looking for a word or phrase that conveys the modification of something in a certain way

We have a piece of software that takes client provided data and processes it. A lot of times our client's data will fail because the data in a particular field is either too long or missing ...
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What's the opposite of “bootstrap” (in business)?

When starting a project or business, there are two extreme approaches. One is where you do everything yourself without external help: learn the techniques yourself, develop your own tools, providing ...
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What's the name for period of arrival ahead of time?

I need the antonym of delay - name of the period before early arrival/departure and the scheduled one. A bus that arrives five minutes late has five minutes of delay. A bus that departs five minutes ...
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Word for having a definite opinion while simultaneously withholding judgment?

Someone with this attitude would have a definite or even strong opinion on a given issue, but would also be willing to change their mind should new information arrive. The word could also be used to ...
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What do you call someone who always talks a situation in their favor?

What do you call someone who always talks a situation in their favor? For example, Tom tells Mary that she has a piece of meat stuck in between her teeth. Mary replies "Oh I purposely left it there". ...
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Is there a term for words that indicate “direction”?

For example, words like "left", "right", "close to", "above", "across from" etc. I've found on a lot of websites they're called "directional words" but I was wondering if there was a more technical ...
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Unambiguous Opposite of “The Subtitle of a Film”

A word to refer to the "The Far Side of the World" part in the film title Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (MC:FSW) might be subtitle. By here, the "Master and Commander" part is called ...
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What is a baby ling called?

Here is a ling. I was wondering what a baby ling would be called, as a a baby cod is called a cod-ling.
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Hypernym for “conjunction” and “disjunction”

Is there a hypernym for conjunction and disjunction, in their logical senses? Just using "junction" doesn't seem right to me.
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Word for “Approximately Optimize”?

For me, the term "approximately optimize" doesn't make sense since: Optimize - To make as perfect or effective as possible. Approximately - Almost exact or correct I can't quite think of ...
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A word for passing through a tollgate, turnpike, etc

I'm looking for a noun that describes a car passing through a tollgate; it's this event I'm trying to name. A person going through a turnpike might be similar, I guess. Possible use of word would be ...
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Commonly understood term or phrase to distinguish an entire hierarchy of employees in an organisation from the direct team

I have a system where manager can toggle between viewing their direct reports and all the employees who ultimately report to them. High level HR users have a third option of being able to view ...
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Term for reference to ambient surroundings when creating a work?

Is there a term in English (or borrowed from other languages) that describes the moment wherein an author mentions what is happening whilst creating the work one is reading? As an example, consider ...
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More appropriate word for a “shape” of environment

I am researching about exploration in robotics field, for example, how to make roomba (I hope you all might know this cleaning robot) explore more efficiently in an office room. For some cleaning ...
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“for the sake of” | synonyms

Are there any other ways of writing the below while keeping the same meaning ? "for the sake of" I have used it so much in my essay so I am searching a thing which gives same meaning.
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Word for suggesting solutions to a problem solely to demonstrate contempt for the expected problem-solver

I have noticed that, with certain kinds of problems - political problems spring to mind - some people (who are not in a position to make decisions about the problem) are prone to suggesting a certain ...
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Term of Art Designation for a Tightrope Walker's Balancing Pole

One hot and humid summer day--7 August 1974, to be precise--my father, in a tone of unusual excitation, bellowed for me to join him in our living room where he directed my attention to the television ...
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Seeking a noun for “a condescending, didactic, long-winded speech or soliloquy”

Looking for a noun Intended meaning: “a condescending, didactic, long-winded speech or soliloquy for the purpose of one’s own self-aggrandizement” Prefer it not to end in (-tion) Below are my ...
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Is there a word for a last name that is also a word? If so, what is it?

For example; Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, John Doe, Sweet Brown (all these last names are also words).
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person providing identity for illegal operations

In electronic theft cashing out stolen money is a large problem: if you hack into someone's bank account and transfer the money to your bank account, the operation is trivially trackable to your name. ...
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What word describes the object for which a payment was made?

This came up with regard to a leasing software application. Occasionally lump sum payments must be made and the reasons the payments were made - i.e., the object paid for - must be documented. I ...
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A word or phrase for an unremarkable event that occurs with uncanny frequency

I am looking for a word or phrase for an unremarkable event that occurs with uncanny frequency. To give a specific example, one might be seeing a random shopper drop their bag every time you enter a ...
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Word or phrase to use “when you told a story/situation and it happend you later”

English is NOT my primary language . In my language we have a phrase to use in this kind of situation . You were telling a story or a situation to your friends and later it happens you . For eg : ...
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Adjectives to describe a big human achievement vs. a quick achievement

Premise: It took 13 years and 3 billion dollars to sequence the first human genome by scientists. What would be an adjective to describe this feat? However, now a new software can do the ...
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An adjective to describe a question with an ostensibly simple answer

In other words, the correct answer to the question is actually NOT the simple answer that first comes to mind. I remember coming across the word a few years back but have forgotten it since. If ...
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one word for “the desire to feel special to someone”

Is there one word which can substitute the meaning of "The desire to feel special to someone"?
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What is the most succinct term for “refusing to take the bad with the good”?

I'm looking for a readily identifiable term so some reference to Falstaff or "The Pregnant Spoon" won't really work. So a broad term for the verb meaning the act of doing this or an adjective ...
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What do you call the action of making desserts?

A person who makes desserts is called a pastry chef, but is there a name for the action itself of making desserts? "Cooking" is too general, and "baking" implies bread, cakes, etc. which is not quite ...
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Is there a word that describes an inept schemer?

I am idly curious as to whether there is a word for someone who is prone to scheming, but not terribly good at it.
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Indicate direction or point to object by gesture of the head

Indicate direction or point to object by gesture of the head. Visually, it is a short jerk of the head in the said direction. Say a SWAT team leader silently directs his men to go to the left. Would ...
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What does “wooden clothes” contained in “Comfort bag (assorted present kit) and the sender of it “have had themselves” mean?

Toru Hashimoto, Mayor of Osaka’s comment asserting the “Comfort women” system during wartime was ‘A necessary evil’ was appalling, and I feel deeply shameful of his sensless remarks as a Japanese. But ...
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Word for bias against or fear of foreign languages

This came up as I was writing a comment for a discussion on another site on the network*. The discussion was about non-english creative works, and I warned against "xenophobia," but that's not quite ...
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An adjective that would substitute “underfunded” here?

Tom remains underfunded to start up a business. The context is that this man has an excellent business plan and entrepreneurial spirit. But the bank wouldn't lend him money in absence of ...
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Word for “drawing a decisive conclusion about a phenomenon according to specific personal experience”

What is a single word for "drawing a decisive conclusion about a phenomenon according to specific personal experience"? I often encounter people who can follow a pattern like that in an argument: ...
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To either revive or kill something

I'm wondering if there's a word out there for me. I think that a clever use of a prefix would do as well. So, to revive means to make alive, and to kill means to make dead. Is there a word that means ...
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A case that exhibits all the possible conditions a subject can suffer from?

We have this Hungarian phrase "Állatorvosi ló", which literally translates to "Veterinarian horse". It originated in 19th century Hungarian literature, when someone created an illustration of a horse ...
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Terminology for pairs of words with the same meaning, similar or same pronunciation but different spelling

Is there a term describe word pairs like colour/color that have the same meaning, similar or same pronunciation but a different spelling? The most common examples I can think of are English/American ...
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Single word for 'How you are found' [closed]

I'm building a search engine for businesses and I'm wondering if there is a single word for 'how you're found'. The context is that I need a word to describe a group of properties that determine ...
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Is there a word meaning “an unwanted eponym”?

An eponym is one way to eternal (if posthumous) fame. But is there a word meaning an eponym someone would sooner not have? (One would presume that Captain Charles Boycott, Mr Justice Lynch, and ...
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Is there a more concise way to describe this hairstyle?

Is there a more concise way to describe this character's hairstyle, other than 'a bun, with parted bangs and tassels framing her face'?
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Most fitting word for a time interval with specific start and end? [duplicate]

If I'm talking about an appointment of a specific time and duration, what's the most fitting word? "Time span", "time range", "time interval"? Anything else? By "most fitting" I mean that it should ...
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What would you call a person who keeps on boasting about himself and is jealous of others' achievements? [closed]

I have come through some words like schadenfreude and envy, but am still looking for a better word or a phrase, or a group of words that will do the trick. Actually I'm trying to explain the nature ...
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Is there a word for the end of a bridge?

I would like to say that someone is standing at the end of a bridge, waiting to meet someone else. Is there a word for the end of the bridge, besides just 'end'? I'm thinking something like a ...
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Which word or phrase describes a hotel room that is a stand-alone little building?

I know about the term "bungalow" to describe some hotel rooms, but if it's not a very tropical place, what's another word that can describe this type of room? The room is basically a little house… is ...
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What do you call a person who asks for an appointment and the person who was asked?

Andrew wants to make an appointment with Sally but Sally needs to determine whether the time Andrew stated is suitable for her. What do you call Andrew and Sally? I found words like ...