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What's a word for an individual item (has a serial #) in stock/inventory management?

Is there a single word for an item with a serial # in stock/inventory management? Every item has an "item number", specifying its type. Some types of items (usually small things) don't have serial ...
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Opposite of “nesting”

Generally, if some object is nested, it is in a hierarchy level below another object. For example: * Layer 1 - Layer2 "Layer 2 is nested in Layer 1". What do I call it, if I would "de-nest" Layer ...
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Special case of Polysemous

I just read a paper which heavily used polysemous, which means (think like ancient Greeks: poly + meaning -> πολύ + σημασία -> πολύσημος -> polysemus, which I think is polysemous in plural, but ...
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Word for someone preferring homeopathic treatments to western medicine

Similar to an anti-vaccinationist, I'm looking for a word that means someone who prefers homeopathic treatments instead of prescription drugs or refuses (or even simply distrusts) medical treatment ...
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Adjective (or adverb) form of contains or container

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe an arbitrary thing as being 'capable of containing, storing, and/or holding other things'. Asking around I got suggestions such as "fillable", "...
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What is the recipient of a disclosure called?

I am working on a software application in which users have facts about themselves which they must disclose to their employer or to a regulatory body. We are pinning down terminology to use for the ...
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'Predator' is to 'Predatory' as 'Prey' is to…?

I'm trying to find a word like 'predatory' that refers to prey instead. Looking through some physical books gave some information about the root word 'praedor', for which I found this Wikitionary ...
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What is this type of statement called?

Having made (in vain) a good faith effort to answer this question without troubling the esteemed community, I pray the following expert-level advice on what I think all will agree is a thought-...
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Looking for a word referring to someone who says/tells something/to someone else

I'm sorry if this has been asked before, but I can't seem to be able to search for it due to its common words. I'm having problems coming up with a word for "someone who says or tells something to ...
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A single word for gathering travelers

I am looking for a name of a group of people that travel the world in search of experiences and dinning together with like minded travels.
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Word for “things which exist”

Is there a noun that denotes "things which exist"? The only noun form of existence that I can find/think of is "existence" which is the condition of existing, not the things which do. It's to ...
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Is there a synonym for “schadenfreude” that sounds more colloquial?

Is there a more colloquial synonym for "schadenfreude"? I'm specifically looking for a noun that denotes a pleasure derived from other people's misfortunes or sufferings. Sadly, I couldn't find any ...
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What is a word that means “something that is commonly known, but not commonly talked about”?

For example, nobody likes to use the restroom after they take a shower because you slide around on the seat, but that's not something commonly talked about between persons. Or the well understood, ...
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What do you call a person who asks a question but leaves you in the dark as to what its about?

I have a friend who is forever asking questions but always seems to give out vague information about the question until he's pressed for it. I would like to know if there is a title that you can give ...
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What is the collective term for ironically cruel medical impediment names?

Some nouns used in medicine ironically contain the letter that is difficult for the sufferer to say, or difficult to deal with: Lisp ('s') Rhotacism ('r') Blaesitas ('b') Dyslexia (difficult to ...
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What's a word for a 'thing that makes one sleepy'? [closed]

I'm imagining the sleep equivalent of words like aphrodisiac, appetiser, etc. For example: Oysters are an aphrodisiac Hot drinks are a {thing that makes one sleepy} thesaurus.com doesn't ...
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What do you call someone who is able to learn the new technologies?

As I renovate my CV, I would like to find a word (or two) to replace this phrase: Able to learn state of art technologies So for example one would say: George is able to learn state-of-the-art ...
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What is the best word to describe someone who always anticipates things?

What is the best word to describe a person who always anticipates or thinks of future or possible things (occurrences) according to previous events; i.e., who extrapolates to the consequences of ...
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What is a single word to call someone who adores you?

I want a word to describe person Y who adores person X. As in this case, person Y admire person X one-sided. So what would be the word to call person Y? A more specific context is when this person Y, ...
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One word for a watch enthusiast / watch lover

What is the one word for a person who is interested in wearing different types of "watches" and has a collection of various "watches". Eg: John makes sure he wear a different watch each day to ...
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Gesture is to physical motion as [blank] is to speech

I am looking for an equivalent word for gesture in reference to speech. 'Overture' came up in offline discussion but it isn't quite right.
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What do you call a person who's not yet a customer?

I'm currently doing an Applied Business assignment based on Business Planning - we had to generate our own business idea, including creating aims and objectives for the business. I've decided for one ...
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One word to denote “A noun that conveys wrong meaning” or misleads

Suppose I'm building a website and I want to have a page to help the user know about the website: the apt title would be Help, but I've named it About. (Normally About pages tell us about the author /...
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Alternative more-to-the-point words for “hot” (as in temperature)?

What word other than hot can I use to distinguish hot as in temperature from hot as in very spicy food? Especially in connection with food, the word hot is very ambiguous (well, unless it's chili-...
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Is there a term for letting out an exasperated sigh through the nose?

Is there a term for when a person is getting really irritated/frustrated by someone, but they don't want to yell, so they do that thing where they exhale sharply through their nose? Say, for example, ...
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Single word for both rate of 'production' and 'consumption'

I'm modelling a system and certain components can both consume and produce resources at a certain rate. Is there a common word that entails rate of consumption and/or production. The closest word I ...
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Advance to same level [closed]

I was trying to think of a verb today that means "to advance multiple developmental paths to the same level." An example of a context in which this would be useful is in data storage. I have two ...
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Adjective for thing you do for others

I sometimes write university projects for students and fix friends' computers, sometimes for money. I call things I do for myself personal projects, personal work, personal act, etc. What adjective ...
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One word for “any way around it”

Let us say I frame a sentence as follows: Is there any way around this problem? I want to convey the feeling that bypass, or trick without actually using the problem, without actually dealing ...
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An adjective similar to ominous

In education, teachers may use the term "the district" when referring to the school district. It often has a negative connotation. An example may be: "I heard 'the district' is going to cut all of ...
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A noun for chosen loneliness

I'm looking for a single word, kind of like loneliness, but without the negative/saddening meaning for describing the act of being alone but preferring it, doing it by a conscious choice.
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Word for secret knowledge that is not publishable, but known by “everyone on the inside”

I am looking for a word, or name of a concept, that describes a secret that is kept from one group of people, e.g. a society (outsiders), is known by a specific group of other people, e.g. ...
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Word to denote time to expiration

Is there a single word to denote the amount of time before something expires? For example: The password is valid for another 10 hours What's the word that is equivalent to "good for a period of" ...
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Looking for an English word or expression for not having a real boss in charge

There is a Hungarian word fejetlenség, literally, having no head, in the state of having no head, meaning a situation where a state or an organisation is an unruly mess. Is there an English ...
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A word for “in terms of time”

What is the word that describes the context of time to replace e.g. "in terms of time, ..." Like I can say, It is more tiring mentally than physically; It is longer physically than "in terms of ...
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Is there a noun for something being contained in something?

In a mathematical context: Let's say x is contained in an interval I. How can I express this as a noun equivalent (but correct) to the "containedness"? I found things like "inherence", "immanence", ...
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Single word for a very small amount of time [closed]

In French, if I want to quantify a very small amount of time (but not fixed: it can be 5 ms or 0.1 ms) I can use a pouième. Is there an equivalent in English? I'm not looking for an expression but ...
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How to describe “diluted” words, whose meaning has become too ambiguous

How to concisely and accurately describe the effect many words (usually adjectives/adverbs) are suffering from, where: they have a clear primary meaning but end up being used merely for emphasis, or ...
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What is the name for the regulated sector that is opposed to the unregulated sector of freelance work?

A freelancer is an independent contractor working in a largely unregulated sector of service-workers. The opposite includes companies, institutions, and professions, that are regulated by business-...
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A word or phrase roughly meaning “you are the cause of the problem you try to cure”

I've heard it used in a religious contexts along the lines of They invent the problem which they claim to solve. I know it's also common in marketing, where if I try to sell you a pen, I ask you ...
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WordSearch: Name for ontology practitioner?

What is the proper name for a practitioner of ontology? Note that there are also philosophers of ontology, who are not practitioners (they don't use ontologies).
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What is the word of “he/she is not the project owner, but he/she is also notified?”

As the title, is there any correct word to address the meaning? I come up with "notifier" but seems not correct.
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Is there a term for an infographic appearing to give numeric information but not doing so?

In an infographic at http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-11/fact-check-negative-gearing-kelly-odwyer/7401096, there's a display of what proportion of various professions use negative gearing. At ...
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Words to describe a person who is arrogant [closed]

I am looking for words to describe someone who is arrogant/pompous/ungrateful/incorrigible.
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3answers
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Word for a person who is arrogant, overconfident and insults others [duplicate]

I am searching for a word for a person who is always arrogant and overconfident. He always thinks whatever he said is true, whatever he knows is true and best and insults others. The main problem is ...
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A word for someone who gets scared easily

I have looked online and most websites reference words such as cowardly and spooked. Those however don't seem to reflect what I am looking for. I am looking for a simple word to call someone who ...
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Is there name of the person in the comprehension position and production position?

The four aspects of communicating are: reading, listening, writing and speaking. Reading and listening are comprehension, writing and speaking are production. So, what is the word for a person in the ...
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Word or phrase to describe increasing periods between attempting the same operation

I'm looking for a term (single word or phrase) that describes the trick in software development to (typically exponentially) increase time between successive attempts to do an action on a server, for ...
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What is the English word to describe the habit of unthinkingly using many meaningless words such as “ah,” “well,” “I mean” in speaking?

I was annoyed to hear a famous economist used the word, “yousuruni (in essence)” incessantly in discussion about Japan’s economic policy - “Abenomix” in recent TV show. The economist shouldn’t have ...
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What word or phrase is like a more negative version of “astonished”?

Is there a better word for the following example than astonished? I was astonished at the lack of respect Joe showed to his parents. I’m trying to use the word astonished in a sentence, but I ...