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Word for a place or resource where everything can be found

To give a full understanding of my question, I'll give some short background info. I'm working on an Easter Island website where I offer travel tips of all sorts, a travel guide, tours and hotels. ...
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Word or phrase to describe female, but not overly feminine

While writing up a persona, I am trying to describe a woman who (I say) is confidently female, but not "overly feminine". By this I wish to mean the stereotype of a sophisticated woman who ...
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Word meaning: “The act of taking/obtaining that of which is rightly yours, but you've never had.”

Other examples include: "Liberating oneself by obtaining a right or value one deserves, but has never had." "To have the ability to do something for the first time." Something like secure, capture, ...
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'Male'/'female' is to 'gender' as 'left-handed'/'right-handed 'is to…?

Is there a word to describe this? For example, if I ask a guy What's your ____? It should mean I'm asking whether he's left or right-handed. Another example could be Our designs are not ...
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Help! A more elegant way of writing “attempt to replicate them” for Teaching Statement

Help! I'm writing up my Teaching Statement for an Assistant Professor position in the sciences. Because all I do is read and write science, I have no elegance in my writing at all! I'm trying to make ...
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English word that means out of place uncommon word

I am looking for a word or short phrase that best describes a scenario in which an author seems to have copiously placed uncommon or higher educated vocabulary in a lower reading level book. Meaning ...
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In a single word, how can you describe something as being made by women for women?

Can we say "for women and by women" in a single word? I'm talking about a service. Thank you very much.
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Another word for not present [on hold]

I need to know another word for "Not present" Here would be the example sentence. All the students were here except Joshua, who was not present.
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Word to describe 'frak'

Many (particularly sci-fi) shows or books invent words to replace real words, for example 'frak' in Battlestar Galactica replaces the 'F' word to get through censorship. Is there a word to describe a ...
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“Enclosure” vs. “attachment”

If I understand it correctly, one usually uses the term enclosure when referring to extra documents to e.g. a letter. But what if these extra items are not other documents and papers? Say I have ...
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Collective Success over Individual Action

Is there a word or phrase that captures the essence of collective success (as a group or team) over the action or accomplishment of individuals? Could be something borrowed in English from other ...
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What do you call the act of searching for something by walking?

Example: The police and dog spent the whole night [...] the area. Is searching the only word? Or there are other ones?
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Word for 'optimal given limitations'

I want a word or two that essentially say: 'The best we can do given limitations', I am thinking something along the lines of 'optimal solution under constraints', but this is also long. Any ideas? ...
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A word for moving from one website to another

Here's the situation: I browse Tumblr, and then I go to, let's say, Youtube. What is the word for the action? The noun? It's not conversion, or click-through, I just move from one website to another. ...
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What is the word describes walk with joy?

Two good friends seeing each other after years. They are happy and have lots to talk about. They are headed towards somewhere together, laughing. What is the most appropriate verb to picture their ...
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A word that refers to the availability of something moving from the wealthy/businesses to the common man/individuals

The best example I think is computing. The advent of the personal computer made computing available to the individual. I see the term "commoditization" used in conjunction with the idea, but that ...
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What are the “preparations” done before going to a competition called?

I needed help to find a word that is used to indicate the preparations done before going to a competition.
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What is the word that defines walking confidently, coldly and calmly?

Is there a word for walking confidently, coldly and calmly...but not angrily, frustrated or in a rush. And not a fake self-confident walk to make people believe you are an important person.
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Negative Comparatives & Superlatives

An Adjective can, in general, be converted to Comparative (-er) & Superlative (-est) ; for example : good better best happy happier happiest Now Superlative means "Highest in quality", ...
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word for a person who has shared similar experiences?

I am writing a paper on teaching life writing texts, and I have a section that discusses the benefits to a reader who has gone through the same traumatic experiences as the author of the text. My ...
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Word for incidents you think are still happening but aren’t

I am looking for a word, that is suitable for the following scenario in bold: For two years I used to go to the same restaurant with my best friend. Then I moved somewhere else. A year passed, ...
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Adjective in “Ulysses” that means “existing in this world as opposed to an imagined one”

I came across this word in Joyce's Ulysses, but can't remember what it was. I only remember looking up the definition, which was something like "existing in this world as opposed to an imagined one." ...
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What is a word that means “Knowing that someone will not do something that they threaten to do”

I was recently playing a manhunt game with my girlfriend and friends. After a while, she was the last alive and I threatened to break up with her to make her come out of her hiding spot. But my ...
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Adjective describing a person who has lots of children, not “fertile”

Is there a single adjective that means "this person has lots of children"? Context: I'm not actually talking about a person. I'm talking about a data structure in a computer program, where objects ...
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Word for “dearly missed”

For example: Smallville. The name belonged to her [...] hometown. I thought about yearned but apparently using it in cases like this seems grammatically incorrect?
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Word to describe the occurrence of two adjacent anagrams

If you have two words that are anagrams of each other and are used next to each other, what is that occurrence called? (fee free to correct the way I've phrased the question if it is grammatically ...
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looking for a name of a type of sentence that uses names of things

What is it called when you create a sentence made mostly of names, places or things? An example being After waking from (sleeping with sirens) i realized today would be (A day to remember) ...
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What's the word for 'new yet old'? [on hold]

I am trying to think of the word that describes something that is new yet old, contemporary yet classic, progressive yet traditional or any other similar meanings. The word is used to describe a ...
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Please find a word that it is not grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question?

Multiple questions herein ask "Is it grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question with X?" So, I'm definitively asking, are there any words for which it is absolutely not grammatically ...
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How would one term this particular relationship?

While postulating a French universe, my brain voted that Bill Gates should become Bill Gateaux. What term or short-phrase would one use to describe the word 'Gateaux', relative to 'Gates', where the ...
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One word adjective which means “that can't be given up”

For Example: People have (immense) faith in God. In place of immense, what would be the proper word to convey that 'the faith is not immense, but it is that which can't be given up, due to the fear ...
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What's a word for being curious in a worried manner?

Example: My wife was reading the news, her hands shaking, her mouth hanging open. [...], I leaned over to have a peek. Is there a word a bit "stronger" than curious? One that shows a bit ...
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Is this arrogance or something else?

What do I call someone who has a "things are as I say they are" attitude? Example: I say the sky is green, if you don't agree I will punch you till you do. or Example: Someone says they are from a ...
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Is there a word for when a child no longer “hero-worships” their parents?

A part of growing up, is losing your "hero-worship" of your parents. The moment you realize they're not larger-than-life, but they have got flaws... The moment you start looking at them with new ...
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A man with a wife is a husband, a man with a concubine is what?

As concubines are rare these days (and bastardry ignored), I a wondering if there is symmetry in names of male roles in relationships involving concubines or mistresses as there is with wives, or if ...
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What's a word for being disappointed in a surprising manner?

I know the question a bit vague but that's the only plausible inquiry I could come up with. I wanted to what word can be used if someone is disappointed and they are surprised as to the fact that to ...
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The late professor X gave a talk

Is "the late Professor X gave a talk" correct? I mean: Correct not in a Zombie sort of way, but to express "Professor X gave a talk while he was still alive, which he is not any more".) If deceased ...
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“At peak” without implying it'll never improve again?

If something is currently at it's highest state ever achieved (so the right-most point on a graph would be the highest point) I have a tendency to want to say that it's "at its peak", but as far as I ...
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Better term than “hardcoded” for end-user documentation

The term "hardcoded" refers to configuration that's imbedded in a program's code. To a programmer, it may have a negative connotation (if it is a bad design decision) and to a non-technical user, the ...
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Word for sadness at something ending, but excited about new

Is there a word that describes the combination of feeling sad for an ending of something, but excited at new prospects. The closest I had was "bittersweet change" Examples: 1) At the end of a ...
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“Male/female” is to “gender” as “man/woman” is to what?

What is the hypernym for man and woman? I don't think it is gender because that would've been male and female.
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Word for “waiting longingly/expectantly”?

Example: Many people [...] for the end of the days. I thought of the word anticipate. But I think it sounds a bit like an understatement.
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Some idioms for “psychotherapist” and the meaning of “therapist” in the US

Some Russian-English dictionaries like Multitran suggest that the word "therapist" has a meaning of "psychotherapist" in the US slang. Is it generally true? Can you please suggest me some compact ...
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Term for tactics Politicians use to win support of populace

As it's Election's time in UK and some other countries as well, we're used to listening politicians' oratory. During the speeches we often observe how politicians try to win public support by ...
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What is a good word to describe someone who is talking down to you and thinks your decisions/actions are wrong?

So if someone is giving you an attitude when you are telling them about certain life decisions you made. And that person really doesn't understand the situation, not to mention they are ignorant... ...
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a better alternative for “computerize”?

Is there a better alternative for "computerize"? Although the word is used in many writings, it doesn't sound good to me. I don't like it. For the context: consider a psychological test (e.g., an IQ ...
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Words for the tendency of a system to either accelerate or reduce changes

Dynamic systems often have feedback mechanisms whereby changes in the system can either be self-reinforcing, causing the system to change more once it has started changing, or self-opposing, causing ...
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What is the effect of 'stiff' in this sentence? [on hold]

In Ray Bradbury's A Sound of Thunder, there's this part that goes "...there's a stiff penalty..." What is the effect of 'stiff' here? It supposedly has some effect on the reader. Stiff means firm ...
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Is there a word for “not thinking clearly because of anger”?

For example: two are arguing and one makes a personal attack. They both become angry causing neither to speak reasonably. Any word for this? EDIT: In my example, instead of 'angry', I should have ...
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What is the name of a fallacy for thinking something is easy for others because it is easy for you?

I don't remember where I was reading this, but whoever posted on the page said something along the lines of there being a fallacy that means: believing a task to be easy for others because it is ...