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Word or phrase for the opposite of a distraction?

I'm looking for a word or short phrase that means the opposite of a distraction. More specifically, something previously distracting that has since faded into... well, I don't know into what. So I ...
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What do you call a woman who's feeling “emotional”?

It's that time of the month, your female partner has begun to fault pick you, for no explicable reason she becomes weepy, and anything you say or do will be criticized or misinterpreted. Is there a ...
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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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One word for the thing that other things depend on? [duplicate]

If a have a sentence: "A depends on B", then I can describe A as a "dependent" (adj.). How can I describe B with one adjective?
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An experience that induces self-doubt is a(n) ________experience?

If I were to challenge a great intellectual, who knows his area extremely well, on one of his points he has made; thinking about how I can repudiate his argument, how I will phrase my ...
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English expression for facial hair (beard) of a woman

Is there a specific term for facial hair around the mouth (or a beard) if the person in question is female? I'm looking for a translation of the German "Damenbart". Some dictionaries provide ...
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Single word that means “to look down on others”?

What is a single word in English which means to look down on others (due to their younger age, lower socio-economic position, lesser experience, etc) Not look down upon everyone else in general, ...
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“Taste” is to “flavor” as “touch” and “sight” are to what?

For the senses, we have: flavor for taste aroma/odor/scent for smell sound for hearing ____? for touch/feel ____? for sight/see So one tastes a flavor, smells an aroma, hears a sound, feels a(n) ...
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Is there a word to describe a 'fork-tongued' shape?

For example, in the image below (the green shape), what is this called? It is like the bottom of a traditional bookmark, the ribbon of a medal, or a snake's forked tongue. Does anybody know if ...
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Is there a “-nym” word for the members of a political party?

In an answer to a previous question, I referred to "tea-partiers" as the demonym for members of the Tea Party in US politics. But I know that's not right; demonym describes the name of the ...
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Word for increasing complexity or image resolution?

Is there a word (verb) which means 'increasing the complexity of the structure' or 'increasing the image size/resolution?' I thought of tessellate but its meaning is not exactly what I need. Also, ...
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What do you call a man who knows well how to fix his household appliances?

Some men are really good at fixing things, especially the household appliances while they're not specialists or technician. Is there any words to explain these people?
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One word for “The amount paid to a person A because of the damage caused to him by person B”

I know there's a word for this but can't remember it. Can someone please help me figure this out. It also means, amount paid to a king after winning a war by the defeated king. Thank you :)
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What's the English word for the Spanish “sobremesa”?

In Spanish, the situation where you keep talking after the meal has ended with the people you shared your lunch or dinner is called "sobremesa" (literally over-table or after-table). Is there a word ...
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Looking for an imperative word or expression [on hold]

Hi guys im looking for a way to say "do something" in another way, one word or a slang will be great
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Word for a task which is flawed or doomed to failure but which you have to do anyway?

I'm looking for a word which describes a task which I think is poorly designed and will lead to either mediocre results or failure, but which I have to do anyway, especially in a work setting. The ...
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sound played when a key character appears

What is the name for the music or sound played when a key character appears in a play, movie or show; like in "Peter and the Wolf"?
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What is the name of this “yawning like” movement?

You may do this when you're tired or after a nap. This movement is usually called "yawning" but I think yawning is a bit different. With this movement, we may yawn too. After waking up, it usually ...
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What is a word that means unforgettable but with a negative connotation?

When I look up unforgettable in a thesaurus, I get words like enduring, remarkable, or exceptional. These all are positive; I just cannot forget such a wondrous thing! I, however, want a word that ...
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A word meaning <a short article or essay> [on hold]

I recently came across a word somewhere that literally meant: a short article or essay It was most likely a loanword, either from Spanish or French. It began with a "C" or a "P", and was more ...
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A series of three is 'trilogy'. A series of two is______?

I am looking for a word that describes a series of two. 'Duo' isn't quite what I need. It is in line more with 'trio', 'quartet', and so on. I am looking for a word that would contain the same ...
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Word for “take with permission but no intention of returning”

In such cases, "borrow" doesn't fit, as it implies intent to return, nor does "steal", which indicates lack of permission. "take" seems too general. As a concrete example: "Hey, can I [verb] some ...
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How to refer to the “elevated areas” of a mountain?

For example, in the following picture, I see two "elevated areas" (one on the right, and one on the left, at the distance): The only word that comes to my mind is hill. But I'm not quite sure, ...
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What type of movement is this?

When animals and population instinctively move from one place to another and come back again , this type of movement is called?
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A word for 'independent episodes'

When we have a series of episodes where every single episode depends on and develops from the previous, we may call that a sequel, or maybe a continuum. Now let us say that we have a collection of ...
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Word for a lucky object?

What is the word for a lucky object, a thing you hold in your hand for good luck? Perhaps a stone. A small object that represents good fortune. I think it begins with tal- Like a necklaces of a ...
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What do you call a Q&A user who posts a question but never checks back? [duplicate]

I have searched for a term that describes users who post questions and then disappear without trace. These users will post and write their questions in a great flurry, sometimes ignoring the basic ...
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Single word of “Senseless words”

I while back a heard a word that means 'senseless words' It was used in the following context: "You are speaking in ... " And the full phrase had the exact same meaning as "What you are saying is ...
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need a word FAST because i am writing a story! [on hold]

OK, so I'm writing a story and I have a part when someone finds out that someone has an ability and the person who has the ability didn't tell anyone about it and it gets found out and someone asks ...
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Single word for “continuous improvement”

I'm looking for a noun that represents the idea of ongoing improvement. It needs to be directional, alluding to movement and progress. "Improvement" by itself isn't right because it suggests that ...
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Excesive instances of citing or making reference to something

What is the word for the act of repetitively making ad nauseam reference to something, or citing it to the point that either it annoys or it becomes trite?
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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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Does “argumentative” have negative connotation? If so, what's a more neutral word?

It seems argument has a negative connotation, almost like bickering. What about argumentative? How to favorably describe a person who doesn't take things at face value but rather debate on veracity ...
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Word meaning “to walk/run around something”?

Example: I [...] the house to see what was happening in the yard. I thought of encircle and surround. But I'm not sure if can use them to mean "to walk around something."
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What is the antonym for client-server?

For example - there are client-server applications. The application of this type runs on one machine (client) and conntects to another machine (server) in order to work. What can I call an application ...
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What is the word to describe a situation when rival gangs come together to figure out who is stronger?

a very common situation when 2 hostile groups,gangs come against each other to fight and dominate? It could be a slang word, what is the occurrence of this situation? I can think of gang fight, but ...
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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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Word for “entity who/that decides whether to grant or deny a request”?

Checker comes to mind but I want something better. The context I have in mind is in software development. What would you call the mechanism that will allow or deny user actions (based on users' ...
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A more succinct expression for “The day before yesterday”

Is there a more succinct expression for "the day before yesterday"? In German for example, gestern = 'yesterday.' The prefix vor roughly means before, so logically, vorgestern means 'the day before ...
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What word can be used to describe someone you're following? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s a good word for a person that’s being followed? For example, a Twitter user can have many followers. Twitter refers to the users that another user is following as ...
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Do we have established terms yet for persons either addicted or averse to social media?

Terms for addicts are easily enough improvised by adding -oholic to the name for a specific social media platform, e.g. “Twitter-oholic,” but is there something more generic, & less ...
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Is there a word for a person who is able to focus on multiple tasks at same time?

I thought of the word 'multi-tasker' but is there a better word which can express focussing on multiple tasks with equal efficiency? For instance, it is said that Leonardo Da Vinci, a polymath, was ...
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Word for “picking up something quickly/abruptly?”

Say, you'd been expecting a call and the person suddenly calls. Is there a word that feels more 'rushed' than pick up? I checked Thesaurus but none of the synonyms seems to fit the purpurse.
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A word for the act of locally improving the situation in a stagnant environment

I'm trying to find a word to describe, given a stagnant (i.e. not improving) environment, the phenomenon of improving the local situation as much as possible, possibly even up to a fixed upper limit ...
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What is a one or two word phrase for “Social Media following”?

I am writing an application and need to find a short way to describe a shared group of people who follow certain aspects; for example, hashtags in Twitter or fans of certain pages on Facebook. I had ...
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Word for person who eats insects

I was reading this article about eating insects. What is a word for a person who does it?
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A word that describes something that has been given a name

Is there a word besides named that describes something that has been given a proper name? For example, a guitar is just a guitar, but if I call it, say, Shirley, is there another word that would now ...
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What is the proper English term for polycopié (de cours)?

In French, several universities use polycopiés instead of course books for teaching. The term polycopié can be translated as handout. Is it correct to use it in this case, in which a polycopié ...
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What do we say when glue does not stick anymore?

I want to know how can we says to a glue that does not stick anymore, can we say "Glue has faded"? is there any specific word in English for this phenomenon?