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A correct word for 'learnful'

I am looking for a word that would fit in the sentence it was a very learnful experience. i.e. I learned a lot during that experience. "Learnful" feels correct to me but the dictionary disagrees. ...
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How to frame a sentence which means that someone has passed the day idly lying back on the couch?

I want to frame a sentence in English which means that someone has passed the whole day lying back simply on the couch idly and doing nothing. But I cant frame that in an appropriate manner.
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What word means “explicitly forbidden by the most fundamental laws”?

I am working with engineering equations in a vacuum system and want to emphasize that a certain set of parameters will not work. Usually, this is due to real world effects (friction, pump efficiency ...
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what does 'swing your other leg over' mean? [on hold]

I cannot find the phrase in any dictionary. What does swing your other leg over mean? EDIT: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio/playtime/playtime_20150519-1500a.mp3 Audio programme, ...
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Is there an adjective to describe someone who feels the desire to run away from situations?

I'm looking for a word that could be used to describe a person in this way. E.g. "I'm feeling very ____ today"
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Inverse of dependency

In a project management context where A and B would be tasks, if A needs B, then B is a dependency of A. Is there a word to describe what A is to B? As @KateGregory put it, I want to replace "we need ...
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What is a good word for a lack of knowledge on a particular subject matter?

I would like to know if there is a word for the above situation. Particularly, I would like a word that replaces "X" in the following sentence: You are so computer-X. If it has to, it could fit ...
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What is the correct technical term for this “pool house” on my villa?

I have built a small "pool type" house on my estate villa. The house has a separate entrance, so where I enter the villa via my secure gates, the villa sits on the side. It has separate rooms and is ...
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Is there a word for wanting bad things to happen to others?

The German word schadenfreude is often used in English to express the pleasure derived from seeing misery in others. From dictionary.reference.com schadenfreude noun. satisfaction or pleasure ...
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Noun/verb to describe strong belief in a company as evidenced by joining it?

Is there good noun verb to describe strong belief in a company as evidenced by joining it? For example, we know that company X is amazing because of the endorsement it has received from ...
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Word that means “Sneak and Steal”?

I'm looking for a word that combines "Sneak" with "Steal", like: To sneak and steal It would be best if it were archaic, but I'd love to hear all possibilities of course. Thank you! EDIT: Thanks ...
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word for six-month period…not as an adjective or as an associated adverb, but as an affirmed set word [duplicate]

In English, we have 7 days → a week 14/15 days → a fortnight 30/31 days → a month 365 days → a year Is there any word for six months? Not half a year, or biannually (which ...
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Is there a word or term for one who is obsessed with names?

This is for a piece I am currently writing. Since I could not find anything from a Google search, I figured it would be wise to enlist the knowledge of the smart cohort of Stack Exchange. My question ...
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Opposite of “depends on”

Imagine a web page (A) which contains some repackaged content from another website (B). A depends on B. If B were to keep a list of web pages, like A, that depend on it, what could we call that ...
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Hypernym for “import” and “export”?

What word could describe an operation of either importing or exporting? X is to import and export as migration is to immigration and emigration. Porting isn't the word I'm looking for, I don't ...
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What is a common word that describes men who don't attract women

How do you refer to men who are unable to get women for courtship? Context of the question: A man might want a woman for sex, just for sex, for marriage, for a relationship that might not necessarily ...
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Is there a more literary term for a “parallel” in a story?

Right now I'm writing an essay on Death in Venice, and I'm having trouble finding the right word or phrase to express how Aschenbach is parallel to the old man on the boat to Venice (both dress up to ...
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A term for products whose “secret” features are well-known (but not publicized)

What do you call those household items whose selling features are purportedly practical, functional and ‘innocent’ but instead are often bought for completely different, and sometimes ‘naughty’ ...
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What's a word that describes acting coldly to hide the fact that you are hurt?

Someone who acts cold and impassive to mask the fact that they are actually hurt. I've been trying to come up with the word for hours, but came up with nothing.
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A word for a big, difficult, weird question [duplicate]

Is there a word that describes an important question that is difficult to answer? I'm attempting to get permission for something big.
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Antonym of test run

I have developed an algorithm that aims to produce some scientific results. These calculcations use a lot of computing time, so most runs use a much faster, stripped-down version of the algorithm. At ...
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The summer equivalent of “winterize”?

I winterize my car in preparation for the harsh winter. I want to say I summerize my snow blower for summer storage. But "summerize" seems not to be an English word, and in any case, it is homophonous ...
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Words for adding to beginning and end of list, and beginning and end of node

Say, I have a small list of numbers: [2,4]. (I'm using a bit of math/code notation, but the idea is the same) If I were to add '0' to the beginning I would have [0,2,4]. I believe this is known as ...
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Names of specific phobias

I need help. I'm trying to find the phobia names of these fears: Fear of your own identity Fear of not knowing
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Word for a non-subscript symbol

Is there a word in English that refers to the symbol that has another symbol associated with it as a subscript, superscript, leftscript or rightscript? For example (lacking Latex here), if I have the ...
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What do you call someone who dresses strangely or extravagantly? [on hold]

Someone who, in normal settings, dresses like this: (Without falling in the category of a transsexual or a cross-dresser.) Example sentence: S/he wears _______ clothes and costumes all the ...
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Term for intentionally blanking or blurring parts of images or videos

Names or other sensitive information in an official document, or in a previously secret document now made public, are often deleted to protect the privacy of the individuals. It's usually done ...
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Another word for “understated sexuality”?

I am trying to find a proper word for describing a visual concept. At the moment the closest description is "understated sexuality", but maybe there is another word to describe a woman that is ...
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Word for someone who can't keep up with the times?

Is there a word that means roughly 'someone who refuses to accept change and insists that things should be done in the old established way'? I'm looking for something like behind the times or has ...
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What is a word or phrase for how you feel when you discover something that you don't think you can have [on hold]

The title is relatively self-explanatory. For example, I have been introduced to something that I want but only a few people will get one (e.g. winning the lottery, finding a four leaf clover, or ...
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What is a word for what gladiators do?

I was writing a story about gladiators and wanted a word to describe what gladiators do (besides fighting), as in the phrase "X isn't just...". Arena fighting sounds too long and gladiation, which was ...
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A positive way of saying “Grammar Nazi” [duplicate]

Grammar Nazi is usually how they describe someone who corrects other people's grammar (or spelling, or other errors). Is there any expression that shows such a person in a positive light? I ask ...
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A generic word for any 'specialized genre'

Is there one? For example, "Bill was a hipster who only enjoyed [very strange and specialized genres of] music".
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What is an appropriate term for being habitually put down by criticism?

When people you encounter tell you that No, you will never be successful. You suck at everything. You're a failure to society. etc. And you are terrified of the fact that they may be right, ...
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Is there a term or word for solving a problem that oneself created?

I am looking for a word or term for the concept of solving a problem that oneself created. An example would be a solution to smog: if there wasn't so much emission and pollution, there would be no ...
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Subtrahendum/Subtrahenda

We are familiar with addendum (and addenda), which we take directly from Latin to mean "something (or things) added" This is used especially in regard to written work such as books. Today I was ...
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What is a good antonym for “redundant” (engineering)?

What is a good antonym for redundant? The definition I am looking to find an antonym for is: Source: Dictionary.com Redundant adjective Engineering. ... d. (of a ...
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A word to describe a London projects dweller

Actually, I think I would also love to know the proper British English word for the type of housing that's called 'projects' in US (slums?), but it's a secondary question after all =). The main ...
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Word request: person from a different company that supplies people/services

What is the word for a person from a different company that supplies people/services for you to use constantly?
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What is the correct verb to imply the move of a moveable bridge?

Moveable bridges are the ones that can move, to allow the boats, etc. pass, like this one: For such purposes, the traffic on the road needs to be stopped, so that the bridge *move*s and allows the ...
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A word for an amused surprise?

You tell your friend about a person's funny habit and that person shows it right away without knowing. You tell your friend "See!". You are surprised but you were right. What is the verb for that kind ...
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More emphatic term for “Expert”?

I've hit a wording problem in the controls for a game that I'm writing. I need two nouns with increasing emphasis for someone highly skilled in a given area. "Expert" is an obvious choice, so I need ...
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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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Is there a word for an idea similar to negative evidence?

My question will best be summed up by this phenomenon. A few thousand years ago, all Jews believed that the tablets containing the ten commandments were square, there was no debate regarding their ...
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What adjective would you use for “not readable color”?

Imagine you received an email, which looks like this: I guess there's an adjective to express that either the background or the font color should be changed, because it's really hard to read. My ...
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What's the opposite of “speaking clearly”?

When somebody talks in a way where they swallow parts of a word, talk very fast or talk in a way that is difficult for most listeners to comprehend, what do you call the way this person speaks? I'm ...
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What would be the best terminology for these plans? [on hold]

We have three plans for our website, currently named: "Pro", "Premium", and "Platinum" Pro is the basic. Premium is for professionals. Platinum is for industry (companies, and such). However, my ...
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Is there a word or expression to describe a desperate act of “trying to be different”?

In the introduction of my paper/letter to a scientific journal, I would like to describe that, in a particular area of research, there are a lot of new methods presented during the last years, that ...
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Word/phrase for “treating the problem rather than the symptom”?

Is there a word that means the equivalent (or close to) the expression "treat the problem rather than the symptom" ? If not, is there a concise way to say this? For example, in discussing ...
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What do you call someone who misses someone? [on hold]

What would you call a person who misses someone dearly? Perhaps also a person who's life was changed by that person?