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Word/phrase that means “the sound that is produced when objects are being moved by a stream”

Is there a word/phrase for that? Example: I closed my eyes, and listened to the [...] stones.
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Opposite of suffix “less”

I'm looking for a suffix that has the opposite meaning of the suffix "less" as in "stainless". That is, a suffix that means "not free of ...". In German, for example, there is the adverb "behaftet" ...
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What do we call people who go to the gym?

A group of people who regularly attend gym classes or work-out. What are they called? Is there a single-word for this particular group? Apart from my calling them fanatics, mad (BrEng)/crazy (AmEng), ...
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Is there a noun that means “the state of being flustered”?

I was writing a bit just now and found myself typing the word "flusteredness", which gets the meaning across but is rather awkward and decidedly non-standard. Is there a more common or natural word ...
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Noun for enable (“enability”, “enabliness”)?

I need a noun to describe the state of being enabled/disabled. Do any exist? UPDATE: For example, I have some device (or software control), which can be in an enabled state or a disabled state. Let's ...
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Antonym of prior to?

Given the following sentence, in the context of a video about flying a plane: The heading remained unchanged prior to 02:50 Reversing the meaning of this: The heading remained unchanged ...
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What do you call a person who doesn't keep his word? [duplicate]

What do you call a person who doesn't/can't usually keep his/her word ?
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Is there a word for this situation?

Some co-workers of mine from another office play a "question game." I wasn't there for the question, but here it is: Is it accidentally impregnating someone if you know you're trying to get her ...
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Common ground between Deck and Graveyard in trading card games

I am developing a Trading Card Game and I am in need to extract functionality from two of my classes as they are both doing almost the same. it is about the Deck and Graveyard constructs which are ...
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Is there a single word to describe a combination of a projected video and a live stage performance?

We're developing an entertainment module for a conclave. The format agreed upon is this: an audiovisual is projected on the screen, but is punctuated by live performances on the stage. For example, a ...
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Less-technical synonym for “timestamp”

I've already looked at Is there a word for "a point in time"?, but there doesn't seem to be any answers other than "timestamp". While I agree that it is the most technically accurate ...
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What is the term for a Monarchy with only a King or a Queen, but not both? [on hold]

A typical Monarchy can have a king, queen, or both. What is the term for, like the current British Monarchy, having only one of a king or a queen in power? Surely there is a term that distinguishes ...
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Term for person who conducts illegal business

What is the term for a person who conducts illegal business? Surely it is not illegal businessman, but maybe that could work.
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Word for feeling in the mood to experiment

I am looking for a word for being in a mood to experiment or try something you would not normally do for a situation. A person might say: "I am feeling .... today, and will go another way". I knew ...
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a word for “time to self-destruct” [on hold]

Is there a word which means "It's time to self destruct" or "It's time to die" or "Your time is over on earth" ? For example, what would person 1 tell another person 2, when person 2 is on her/his ...
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A derogatory definition for a politician

I am looking for a definition, a negative one, to describe a politician who is not doing politics in the public interest.
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Negative counterpart for the word “rave” in the sense “favorable criticism”

What is the one-word for a piece — art piece etc., maybe topic, subject — that has gained popularity through negative reviews or appraisals? In other words, I am looking for a one-word noun or ...
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What do you call an “atheist” who might believe in an afterlife?

Is there a term for someone who proclaims they don't believe in an afterlife but they are not sure whether the supernatural exists? I don't mean agnostic. Atheists don't believe in a deity, but an ...
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Is there a word to describe a person who likes chaos?

I am wondering if there is a word to describe a person who likes chaos. By this I mean a few specific things: The person is pleased to hear when chaos is created, or confusion emerges The person ...
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What is a good word for a person who doesn't masturbate?

Is there a word for a person who doesn't masturbate? If so, what would he/she/it be known as?
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What's a better word for “cowardly”, that doesn't sound like name-calling?

Would an average reader know what "pusillanimous" means? That would be the kind of word I'm looking for if anyone would - it sounds more distant than "cowardly". "Cowardly" sounds like you have a ...
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Is there a word for “back and forth”?

I'm struggling with how clumsy the term "back and forth" sounds, is there a word that essentially means a repetitive back and forth motion? IE: The machine ____. (moves back and forth) or operates ...
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Is “completabilty” an actual word, and if not, what's a valid replacement?

I'm looking for a word for the ability of something to be completed, or fulfilled. My situation is specifically about sales orders. I found completability, and wiktionary.com says it's a word, but ...
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Is there a word or phrase for ethical value based on economic value?

I'm not even certain that such an ethics system exists, but I can think of at least a few people who consider economic levity to be a sign of moral absolutism, and that those who are economically ...
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A word for old-fashioned, dirty bar/place (spit-and-sawdust)

Is there a (common) single word for an old-fashioned, non-modern, simple, dirty, untidy bar/place ? A noun would be preferable. Details: There is an informal British term: spit-and-sawdust ...
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What's the term describing someone who's obsessed with his/her own face?

I was think of narcissistic but this is a more general term describing someone's self-obsession with various aspects of himself/herself. I was wondering if there's not a more specific term, ...
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A synonym for “bastardized” without the evil slant?

With the following definition: To lower in quality or character. Synonyms found: corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect ...
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Do these phrases have any sense? [on hold]

To besmirch the honor of mr. Johnson. When we compare mr. Johnson with mr. Jackson, we disrespect the latter one (is it understandable that 'the latter one' refers to mr. Jackson?).
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Is there a word for “a point in time”?

I'm looking for a simple word for a point in time for the name of a database column. The column is for "datetime" objects and it feels wrong to call the column "date", since that implies that the ...
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What adjective would best describe this difference between two doctrinal stances?

What adjective would be suitable here to describe this particular difference between two doctrinal stances? ... Well, as the matter of fact, neither "Mormons" nor "Jehovah's witnesses" are ...
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What would you call size that fits between small and medium?

Our UI supports small (32px wide), medium (64px) and large buttons (96px). Now need appeared to add 48px wide buttons and it would be nice not to rename all the rest, just to give them a name which ...
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Phrase to describe a chair being pulled

I'm lost for words to complete this sentence: The sound of the chair _ against the floor can be heard clearly as the room silence with my sudden action.
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What would you (negatively) call a person who insists on repaying even a small amount of money?

Let's say you paid for a friend's bus ride, and he insists on paying you back rather than just let it be and stop worrying about it. You even find it rude on his part that he won't just forget about ...
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Idiom/saying/word request for “inappropriately complex analogy”

I'm looking for an adjective, saying or idiom for an analogy which makes the things even harder to grasp, that was supposed to make things easier to understand. Examples: A guy makes an analogy to ...
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What is a single word meaning “authoritative source of knowledge”?

I'm looking for a word that means authoritative source of knowledge. The word would preferably be a noun and could refer to a group of people or a collection of knowledge. Additionally it'd be ...
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What is the word for a person who does different jobs?

I'm asking about someone who's employed by a company and does different jobs (both a qualified and unqualified person). Who knows; maybe in English those two are two different words? What are they ...
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Short for “time period in life” like teenage

I am looking for a word to describe a time period in life, like teenage, but that would work for any time period, like 11 – 22. I want to say it is xxxxxx in everyone's life.
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Need a word to represent the opposite of busy

Today I came across the Japanese word which conveys the meaning of having a lot of free time, and is the opposite of busy. The closest word which I can think of is idle, but that word seems to mean ...
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What is it called when something is described by what it isn't?

I'm not looking for a particular part of speech. A corollary to this idea, and in some ways the opposite, is when something is defined by/as itself. A lot of times you will find this in bad ...
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Remind me of the word that fits this 'concept'

I'm a developer, and as part of the development process we'll often 'do something once if it hasn't been done before' in certain parts of our code. For example, if I require a connection to a ...
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Did 'courgettes' ever have an English name?

Americans call them 'zucchini', which I assume is the Italian name, whilst we in Britain use the French name - courgettes. But I am wondering if the vegetable ever had an English name. The earliest ...
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Hypernym for “company”, “band” and “organization”

I'm making a website and I'd need a hypernym to refer to company/band(/artist)/organization, so I wouldn't have to use all the words every time. What would be a common one?
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A word for someone reporting about other people to the government

Is there any pejorative word for someone reporting about other people to the government or other power about other people, but who is not working for that power (is no spy)? That reporting is usually ...
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Term for main part of desktop computer

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Computer-aj_aj_ashton_01.svg How would I describe the part of the desktop computer in this picture that isn't the monitor, keyboard or mouse? The part that ...
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Need a word that has the opposite meaning of “nominal”?

I'm looking for a word that has the opposite meaning of the word nominal in the sense of in name only. Here's an example (fill in the blank). Brian was in charge of scheduling in his ...
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What would you call a “sheath” for a spherical object?

I was looking for a word to describe a sort of cloth sheath you could use to store a boule de pétanque. I found myself in the strange position of knowing the appropriate word in French (housse) and in ...
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One word that can be used to represent Weak student?

Is there a word/term in English that describes a student that has bad grades, weak performance... I am writing a PhD thesis so I need a word that can be understood by native and non-native English ...
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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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Word meaning A journey of self discovery and introspection

What would be an appropriate word for "A journey of self discovery and introspection" or possibly, "To discover that you are not how you conceptualized yourself"?
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What do you call someone who balances work and personal life well?

Work–life balance is a concept including proper prioritizing between "work" (career and ambition) and "lifestyle" (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation). ...