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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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There is a word for mis-characterization of a political figure

What is it called when someone (example: a political figure) is mis-characterized constantly and untruthfully? For example a campaign constantly hammers the message: "Senator X promotes high ...
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Is there a word specifically referring to the stand upon which a large book is displayed, opened to a page?

I'm thinking in particular of dictionaries or illuminated bibles being displayed on these stands, which are at least waist-high on a standing person, constructed of wood. Is there a particular word ...
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Is there a word or phrase for giving something to a highly respected person?

I am looking for a better word choice for give when we give something to a highly respected person (or an entity, such as an organization, a government, or a country). The basic sense of the word ...
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More advanced way to describe a country has many resources

My question is: Instead of "this country has many resources", what can I say? This country is abundant in many resources?
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Is there a word that means “both micro and macro”

I am looking for a word that means "micro and macro". For instance, if I was describing an economic phenomenon that can be observed on both the micro and macro levels of the economy, I could call it a ...
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Is there a term for the sound of a bicycle bell?

A bicycle bell is a percussive signaling instrument mounted on a bicycle for warning pedestrians and other cyclists. Wikipedia says that a bicycle bell produces a "ding-ding" sound, and so, since I'm ...
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Word for someone who pays attention to details

I know I've seen a word that describes a person who has a high perception of details (for example, seeing specific information in a log file), but I can't recall it now. Insights?
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What do you call someone who likes controversial things? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do you call a person who does/thinks the opposite of the crowd for just that reason? For example, there is an almost-normal person, but this person has a special ...
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“Sender” is to “receiver” as “distributor” is to what?

I'm looking for a word that means the party being distributed to by a distributor. I'm in the film industry. There are wholesalers and distributors. Even though both roles could be called ...
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“I have an answer for your question, but you might not like it.”

What would be a single English word that could reflect the phrase (if such a word exists): I have an answer for your question, but you might not like it. or We corresponded, but you might ...
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Word for describing in a positive sense

What is a word that means to say in a positive sense? For instance, when writers say that a person was sexually assaulted instead of saying raped. Or people use let go instead of fired. What is that ...
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Is there a single word for “not yet released because it is still being worked on”?

I am working on a quality assurance system where some procedures might be in a state where they haven't yet been released because they are currently being worked on. They may have also been a previous ...
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Adjective for withstanding the passage of time

Is there an adjective meaning that an idea or object has longevity, or will still be relevant in the future? (I believe I've heard such a word, but I can't think of it at the moment.) Usage example: ...
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Is there a term for a word that is the same upside-down?

I know palindrome is the term for a word that works backwards and forwards, but is there a similar term for a word that can be flipped/reversed and remain the same? For example, the word SWIMS or the ...
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Name of a sequence of moves in martial arts?

What is the name of a fixed sequence of moves used in training of martial arts? Precisely, used in training, not in actual combat, as both parties know exactly what is to come and follow a fixed ...
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English equivalent of bêtise

The French word "bêtise" means something like a small act of naughtiness (frequently used for small misdemeanours of children). I'm struggling to think of an equivalent word that could be used with an ...
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Adverb of “English” [closed]

Dictionary.com defines Englishly as in the manner or style of the English people. Is there an adverb for the word English in the sense of English language? Is there one word for saying in English?
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What is the proper term to describe the levels of experience for a trade?

For the life of me I can't recall or even Google the proper term to describe the levels of experience for a given trade. For example let's say there are 5 levels of experience to trade x: Rookie ...
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What is the acronym for a minor in a subject at a university?

I'm filling out a resume and need to list my education. For my bachelor's degree, it's just "B.S. Whatever", no problem. I also have a minor. What is the acronym that I should use for this?
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Closest in meaning confusion

I am preparing for an exam and came across the following problems. Since my english is limited in knowledge i am posting it here. The sentence: This nitrogen dioxide(NO2) plays a role in the ...
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What's the noun form of “insufficient”?

I'm trying to write something and I'm trying to say "..but this is written by an insufficient lad.." but it sounds weird. I was wondering what's the noun form of "insufficient" ?
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What category includes “document” and “video”?

I want a common word that could categorise both document (like presentation/portfolio etc.) and video. Any good ideas? I need something simple enough that everyone can understand & not just the ...
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Term for people who cause accidents just to look like a hero

What's the term for people who cause accidents so that they can step in, save the day and look like a hero?
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Is there a stronger word than “incite”?

I am looking for a word that conveys the strongest level of inciting someone, pushing someone to do something: Their boss VERB'd them to work as hard as possible. The strongest I can think of is ...
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Are there words with positive connotations used to describe atheists or other non-religious people? [on hold]

Most words used to describe the lack of religion of people have negative connotations, for example: infidel, nonbeliever, disbeliever, unbeliever, skeptic, doubter, atheist, agnostic, heathen, ...
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Interjection of exasperation or frustration when something is not working properly

When I am exasperated or frustrated when something is not working properly. Not like shit or fuck, those are just "something bad is happening", and too broad. I want something that's more like ...
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Word for someone who thought of an idea

I was looking/wanting a word to describe a person who thought and kindled an original idea and was the first to do it. Say you come up with an idea for a device or an idea for software or something ...
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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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How does one translate 'mast' into English

The Persian word مست (romanized as 'mast') is a staple of mystic poetry. Literally, it means drunk or inebriated. More accurately, it is used to mean a state of spiritual euphoria. It has very ...
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Is there a word for “underneath a tree”?

Is there an adjective to describe an object (edit: e.g. a dog house or a headstone; the object is not necessarily a living thing) on the ground and underneath a tree? I thought of "treeside", but its ...
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Word for lack of comprehension of something easy to comprehend

So, I was watching this Vsauce youtube video, which discusses Déjà vu, Presque vu, and Jamais vu. Now, all three concepts are something I'm aware of and have experienced, but it made me think of ...
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“Patronize this the _____” when talking about food

There is a word in a video that I cannot figure out and have trouble hearing. The phrase as I hear it is (excuse me for inaccuracies): "Now don't be afraid to go out on into the lobby and ...
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One word for taking something without feeling

I am looking for a word that explains the state of mind where one is neither happy nor sad about something, i.e., being unbiased in one's feeling towards something or even-minded about something. ...
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A word describes things that can be used only once

I am wondering if there is a single word that describes things that can be used only once. My focus is links that usually sent to our emails in order to activate accounts or reset passwords. However, ...
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The “process” of long-term excessive use of alcohol

This is the kind of a Winter Holidays related question: How is the "process" of long-term excessive use of alcohol during the holidays called in the US and GB? The Multitran dictionary gives me these ...
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Word to describe the fear of unknown future

Is there any word to describe the fear of unknown future? Like when you cannot anticipate your future, you don't know what will happen or what can happen, not near or immediate future, but some future ...
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Is there a term for “genocide” of the elderly?

The word infanticide means: killing of babies: the practice of killing newborn babies Is there an equivalent term for killing the elderly?
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Acrylic vs methacrylate

A native Spaniard here, asking about what we call metacrilato — this manufactured product: What would you call it? I have seen use both acrylic and Methacrylate, maybe one of them is more ...
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Need a word for the inability to feel anger

I need a term for the inability to feel anger. Features desired: Single word Prefer connotations of incapacity rather than benefit Prefer reasonably clear specificity to anger More clinical tone ...
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How can I refer to a period of day when people are awake/active?

The context is comparing air travel vs overnight train travel. In this case, air travel takes 1 hour, plus time required to travel from city to airport, arrive early for check-in & security, then ...
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Word meaning the outcome is different to that intended

A friend has said that there is a word meaning the outcome is something very different from that originally envisaged. For example: The Australian government introduced a "First time home owner" ...
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One word to describe being 'committed to the environment' [closed]

How can I say that I am committed to the environment in one word?
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Is there a word for something that gets “acted upon”?

For instance, say I have two individuals and one is active, the other passive. I know I can call the active person the "actor"—he "acts upon" the passive person. But what do I call the "acted upon"? ...
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Word to describe an attribute one would either love or hate

He has an audacity that those who know him either adore or despise. His audacity is _____ . There's only two kinds of people: those who love olives and those who hate it. Olives have a _____ ...
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Is there a word for people who love everything?

The closest I could get was xenophile. Also, optimistic would be a close second and I say that because I don't think that optimistic is a better description than xenophile because xenophile actually ...
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Word that means that someone is too powerful

More specifically, if they have the power to wiretap your communications, powerful as in power, not as in strength. A _____ [powerful] person who holds a menacingly huge amount of power who makes ...
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Appropriate word for non-regular procedure

One can think of a routine or common procedure to be applied (here it is in case of technical sequence of operations) on any system. When some exception occurs - the common/ normal routine is NOT ...
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Is there a word for my ex-spouse's new spouse?

With modern high divorce rates, a lot of people get married more than once in their lives. Saying "my ex-wife's new husband" is a bit awkward. Is there anything more graceful? I came across it in ...
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A word for 'something more' or 'missing from life'

I am trying to think of a word, or phrase to describe this feeling. There is something more to my life, something meaning to happen or occur, and I don't know what it is. There is an anticipation of ...