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How to describe a “noise” which is intentional and not annoying?

The word "noise" inherently has a negative meaning: an uncertainty in measurements, or an assortment of annoying background sounds. What word or term can be used when a "noise" is intentionally ...
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What do I call a person who reads documentation or guides in a cursory or superficial manner?

What do I call a person who reads documentation, guides or tutorials in a cursory or superficial manner, i.e. without doing so thoroughly?
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What is the name of the sign indicating positive or negative numbers

I want to describe patterns where there are numbers in pairs like these: -1 and +1, -944 and +944. Now I want to write a sentence that someone should "look for equal numbers just with opposite X". ...
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What is the word for a person who never listens to other people's opinions and ideas? [closed]

There is one person I know who never accepts other people's opinions and ideas, even if those opinions and ideas are worthwhile. What single word might describe such an attitude?
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What do you call a person who is very fussy about weather? [closed]

A person who often says - This is too sunny or this is too cold.
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What do you call someone who finds everything

I'm trying to define a character for a short story I'm writing, but I'm having a hard time defining him. He has the ability to find everything. What you do call someone who can find anything/...
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Word for not feeling part of a social or economic class

Is there a word for a feeling or person that is part of a social class, but doesn't feel like they belong in that class? Say someone was poor their entire life and won the lottery. People they may ...
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What is the opposite word to “straight man” in comedy?

The New York times (February 10) article titled, “Panic in the locker room!” written by co-ed columnist Frank Bruni begins with the following sentence: “A news flash for every straight man out ...
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Another word for agnostic when used to suggest independence through a lack of concern

As described here, in technical domains agnostic can be used to describe a state of affairs where one thing doesn't care about the specifics of another thing it's related to. For instance, in ...
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What is the word for “stepping stone” if it is used in a derogatory sense?

I checked the meaning of stepping stone in a dictionary, it was a means of progress What would be the word for stepping stone if I want to use it in a negative sense? For example, He used ...
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What do I do to a door knob to open the door?

I want to know the verb that describe the action that rotate or move or twist a door knob to open the door. I talked to my friend and said "please press the button before move it (the door knob)" and ...
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Developing a crush or infatuation

For "crush" in meaning: 2 informal a brief but intense infatuation for someone, especially someone unattainable What word would replace the terribly technical developing a crush? Does one only ...
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Human body with “skin peeled off” or “without skin” [closed]

My art teacher used a word when describing a sculpture of a human without his skin (exposing muscle beneath). What was that word?
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Word that conveys being absent from an appointment

Is there a word that conveys being absent from an appointment? The closest words I can think of are "ditch" and "dump," but both are rather informal. I want to say something along the lines of: I ...
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An antonym for “what you might have assumed”

It is right on the tip of my tongue, and I have searched the online thesauruses but I can't come up with it. What's the word that could fill in the blank: He came to the ___ conclusion that you ...
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Term for piece of music without voice

We call a piece of music with voice a song. What do we call a piece of music without voice? We sing a song but play a XXX.
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What are these symbols called? ~ ` ^ [closed]

What can I call the following symbols? ~ ` ^
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Is there another way to say 'secret handshake'?

I feel that 'secret handshake' isn't an appropriate name for the way some people elaborately greet each other. Some friends have complex hand grasps and what not, and other people may simply shake ...
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The shape of lightning

Is there any word to describe something that has lightning/tree/vein like structure? Edit: I forgot to mention that I'd prefer a word that emphasizes the random nature of these structures. Otherwise ...
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Using “actual” to signify “current”

The New Oxford American Dictionary gives two meanings for actual: existing in fact; existing now; current How common is the second of these meanings? Is it something that can be used without fear ...
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Defining profit loss in laymans terms - without using loss in the explanation

I'm updating a training manual and need to define loss (in the context of a business) in a simple sentence. Currently it reads as (previous author): Loss: Loss is profit loss due to product theft, ...
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What is a word for “loudly whispered”?

Example: "Don't make a sound!" he _______ed, trying to be as loud as he could without being too noticeable.
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How to call the two distinct points on a heart-shaped curve

A heart shape as it is usually drawn (♥) consists of two smooth curve segments which join at two points, one at the top and one at the bottom. What is the most concise way to refer to these points? I ...
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What is the opposite of a “reply”?

Some might say that the "question" is that which you "reply" to. However, when I "post" something I also get "replies". Thus, if I am the reply, is there a general word for the thing that I am the ...
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Attainable through aural practice

Is there an adjective meaning attainable through aural practice? As in "This language skill is more easily attainable through aural practice." That is, the more you listen, the more that skill ...
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What is this type of hat with small pom-poms at the sides called?

I have seen these types of hats many times: They are small hats with ear covers, usually with two pom-poms at the sides and a big one on top (not shown here). What is the name for these type of ...
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Is there a specific term used to describe the “Jr.” following a person's name?

Consider the name John J Doe Jr. If John is the first name, J is the middle initial, & Doe is the last name, what is Jr.? I checked with Webster years ago and they could not find a specific name....
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The word for understanding that everything is one? [closed]

Is there an actual a word for the understanding that everything and everyone is one?
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Eulogy : Praise , what would be an equivalent to “criticize”

Usually a eulogy makes the dead person sound a lot more impressive than they really were. A couple of less common synonyms for this kind of "praise the dead" speech are panegyric and encomium. ...
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Word for “opening and closing the mouth?”

Example: The stranded fish were flapping desperately on the sand, their mouths closing and opening, seeking for the water that wasn't there. Is there's a word that means opening and closing ...
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What is a term describing the destruction of crops by insects, bugs, or vermin?

The term pestilence has some application of use to generally describe 2: something that is destructive or pernicious I have seen it used in reference to destruction of plants and crops by ...
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What is a word called that consists of a repetition of one word?

What is a word called that consists of a repetition of one word? I came across the word polypoly in one of the other question asked on the site, and it got me thinking whether there are other ...
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Is there a word that describes the swift and skillful covering of the natural emotions?

Some people become adept at completely hiding their natural reaction to a situation. Some may call this lying, or just control. Neither of these describes when it is done swiftly in the moment, and ...
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Word that means “plagiarism” but only in relation to plagiarized ideas

I'm looking for a word that has the same meaning as "plagiarism" but in relation to plagiarized ideas only, i.e. not related to writing, art work, drawing etc.
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Is the word 'request' by itself as polite form of asking for something?

Is there a difference in the degree of politeness between saying 'I request that you...' and 'Could you, please, ...'? I realize that I could say 'I kindly request...' or 'I would like to kindly ...
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More natural noun for someone who you chat with [duplicate]

I'm looking for a noun, that people would use naturally while refering to a person who they chat with – in the context of online chat. Imagine that you are looking for someone you could chat with. How ...
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word for racial polarization (similar to “partisanship”)

There is a lot of sensitivity regarding race in the United States. In my view, the topology of this sociological landscape is characterized by one factor--but I can't think of the word for it. There ...
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A word describing the substance in the human eye

How do they call in English that yellowish substance that is sometimes gathered in the corner of a human eye during the sleep?
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What's the hypernym for “owned” and “rented”?

If I must ask a person if his house is owned or rented, which word would make a proper relation? I am looking for something like this: What's your [...] with the Property (or Car, or Camera)? ...
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Is “submittable” a valid word?

Is "submittable" a valid word to describe something that is eligible to submit?
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What's the term for the inner perimeter of something?

Say I have a building with a sidewalk on its outside. To walk it I might say something like: "I'm going to walk the perimeter of the building." Now say I want to walk around the perimeter of the ...
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What do you call an object that goes in a “slot”?

What do you call something that goes into a slot? "Slot" here would be (according to Wiktionary): A narrow depression, perforation, or aperture; especially, one for the reception of a piece ...
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Word for the mutual transfer of belongings to their appropriate domains

I'm looking for a word that describes the following situations: A man and a woman are breaking up. Over the course of their relationship, their possessions have become intermingled: a box of his LPs ...
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What are synonyms of the word “metadata”?

Metadata is "data about data". Are there other words with similar meaning?
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How are artificial constructions such as l33t classified with regards to English?

L33t or its various other titles* is a derivation of English but I have no idea what term should be used to describe it. Other examples of these things would include lolspeak and the massive ...
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What is the opposite of indented (because “exdent[ed]” appears not to be a word)? [duplicate]

I've always used the word "exdented" when describing a paragraph of text (or, more usually, a section of computer code) where the first line is set further left than the remainder of the paragraph/...
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What verb should I use for an SMS or Whatsapp message? [closed]

So when I say that I sent you an SMS or a Whatsapp message, I say that "I texted you", what should I ideally use?
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Word for a book or notebook that describes the contents of a specific set of other (note)books

I believe, in the before time, when wikipedia was just an idea, there were these things called encyclopedias that came in many volumes. One of the volumes actually described the contents of the other ...
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What do you call someone who (over)uses archaic terms and expressions while writing?

I came across a literary article from one of my cousin's numerous English books. The author, in what I presume to be an effort to showcase their vocabulary and command over English, seems to have ...
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Word for a kind of obviously misleading, over-sell

Do you know those infomercials that present some new product that is supposed to make your life easier, but the demonstrations they give for how hard it was the old way are totally overblown to the ...