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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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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

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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What are products called when their “secondary” or “hidden” uses are exploited?

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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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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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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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 do you call someone who dresses strangely or extravagantly?

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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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?

What would you call a person who misses someone dearly? Perhaps also a person who's life was changed by that person?
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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 is the scientific term for a habit of doing something without realizing it until someone points it out to you?

For example, when I'm really concentrating on something I'll start chewing on my tongue and will rarely even realize I've started doing this unless someone asks me what the heck I'm doing. I vaguely ...
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Single Word Request for Orders “Sent Off” to Another Company for Processing

I am looking for a word to use in an order management application to name orders which have been "sent off" to a second company and are awaiting shipment. We use "PROCESSED" on our end for this. I ...
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What word means someone who’s satisfied with superficial knowledge?

I used to know this word but cannot remember it. Basically it’s someone who likes the prospect of being knowledgeable about many things, or at least wants the appearance of erudition, but who is ...
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Is there a word to (best) describe someone who sees and remembers every single thing?

Basically, as the title says. Is there a word to (best) describe someone who sees and remembers every single thing?
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Is there a word for “environmental needs”?

I am looking for a word that refers to the environmental needs of a species for survival (think of climatic conditions, but not necessarily restricted to climate). My native language is not English, ...
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What's the term for this event? [on hold]

What's the term/word for a situation when people give something that they need or give other people help when they actually need help. Or when people ask for help to other people who actually need ...
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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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Word for “bizarre incident”?

I checked Thesaurus for incident, but the synonyms are "milder" version of the word. Is there one that has the connotation of being bizarre? (e.g. a pet hangs itself on a tree). After hearing ...
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Hypernym for “to increase” and “to decrease” [closed]

I'm writing a walkthrough for a video game I really enjoy and I came to a point where there is a system that you can change the "power level" of monsters. It goes up and down, 0 - 1 - 2 - 3 - ect... ...
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A person who studies random things? [on hold]

What is the title of a person that studies random stuff? or a bit of everything? For example, A geologist studies the earth. A _____ studies random stuff.
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Sight is to Visualisation as Sound is to?

Unsure that the word exists, given our preference for sight to convey abstract information rather than sound, but I was hoping one of you might know?
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Word for “not trying one's best” or “appearance of little effort”?

I will provide definitions for which I can't think of the word: as though not trying one's best having the appearance of little effort The word is used to describe something that you look at and ...
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An antonym for “shortcut”

I know it isn't "longcut", although the term is used sometimes, humorously. How do I correct someone who believes a way to be the shortest route when it is in fact a longer route, or the longest ...
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What is the name of a group of foods that are not cuisine, cooking technique or ingredient specific?

What would the name for a list of foods that are not specific to cuisine, cooking technique or ingredient? This is a question about how to precisely categorize foods using plain English. A curry is ...
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Qualitative Measurement

If a measurement is a quantitative observation, then what is the word for a qualitative observation? Measurement: 1 cup X: smells old
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Word for something that showcases all the idiosyncrasies of its time

I can't remember a word which means something (a film or piece of art or anything) which showcases all the idiosyncrasies of that time. We watched a 1960's film about our company and everything in it ...
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Is there a word for someone who is very friendly but only on a very shallow level?

It's not being a sycophant, because he doesn't want any favors from you. It's just all small talk. I would like to know the best word to describe this behavior or this person?
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Another word for “manufactured” with regards to argumentative statements

which on the surface look genuine and possibly discovered but are in fact architected in some way to support a pre-existing position. there is the element of deception, intentional or otherwise I'm ...
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A Single Word for “Secretly watching your crush”

What is it called, if someone watches their crush from behind without the crush knowing? I often watch movies in which a guy looks at a girl he likes, happily watching her for some time and ...
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Word for politicians and judges

Is there a word to describe a group of politicians and judges? The best I came up with is "public figures" which is both too wide (there are lots of public figures which are not politicians or judges) ...
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Alternative word for “statistics”?

Statistics seems to mean both numerical records (e.g. "baseball statistics"), and also the analysis of that data (e.g. average, ANOVA, confidence intervals, etc.) In my work at the moment, I need to ...
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Another way of saying 'Physically, mentally, psychologically, spiritually(maybe?)'

Is there Another way of saying 'Physically, mentally, psychologically, spiritually(maybe?)' So instead of saying Drugs are bad 'Physically, mentally, psychologically... is there a nice phrase ...