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Is there a good word for a square-rectangle relationship?

Any given square is always a rectangle, but a rectangle isn't necessarily a square, so squares and rectangles have a _ relationship. I've been noticing this sort of thing everywhere ever since I ...
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Word for a body of water that is sufficiently populated with fish and worthy of fishing in

My game is exploration-and-interaction base. Now that the player has struggled and found a fishing rod, I would like my character to convey the message that "this pond appears to be sufficiently ...
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What is one word for truncating a string and adding “…” at the end of it?

In software apps sometimes a string's length is greater than its container so the string is truncated. Example: "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" becomes "The quick brown fox ...
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The “explanatory” textually-presented preamble on a film

I can't think of the word for this... Sometimes at the start of a film, it is let's say necessary, or at least the producers think it is necessary, to have an "explanation" of what the hell is about ...
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Information unavailable to the audience

What is it called when a character knows something the audience doesn't? For example, if the character was stating something obvious like "today is your birthday", saying it only to inform the ...
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How do you properly say “missing each other” (that's SO the wrong word!)?

Imagine I sent a message to someone over Instant Messaging, and then went offline. 5 minutes later, they come online, send me a message and go offline. 10 minutes later, I come online, find their ...
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How would you say e.g. creativity isn't something that only belongs to graphic designers?

Can't think of the word or phrase to use, can anyone help me? Creativity isn't solely the domain of graphic designers? Something to do with prerogative?
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Is there a single-word synonym for “preserved” as in “Fruits preserved in syrup.”?

To preserve - To prepare (food or any perishable substance) so as to resist decomposition or fermentation. Is there a single-word synonym for "preserved" as in "Fruits preserved in syrup."?
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Word for someone that doesn't like to pause while talking

I come across this quite a bit and it manifests itself in different ways. The situation I encounter the most is from people who don't seem to want to be interrupted, they need to finish getting ...
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is there any word that means “current and upcoming”?

I want to find a word that could mean current and upcoming but couldn't. Or is there any other shorter ways to describe it? can anyone help me?
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Single word for making a bow

A bowyer is the person who builds the bows used in archery. Is there a single word (verb/ noun) describing this occupation (= making bows)? Maybe I am a spoiled German speaker, because in German, if ...
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Word or phrase to describe someone who learns from another’s experiences

Context: I'm 22 years old, I am very bright in a logical way, my whole life growing up my parents struggled a lot, and I took that all in. I took in their worries and knowledge and now exercise it as ...
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Derogatory term for inconcise writing

I am looking for a derogatory word or short phrase to describe unconcise texts or the process of their creation, i.e., the text is redundant, overcomplicated and filled with irrelevant details or ...
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Is there a word to describe the situation where you call someone and hang up so they call you back?

Is there a word to describe the situation where you call someone and hang up so they call you back? The purpose of this is usually so that they get the calling charges. I was thinking it's kind of ...
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What is another way of saying“ instil fear ” and “shamelessly”?

I was writing an essay and found no other way of expressing "instil fear" and "shamelessly". I am looking for ways to say these in a more formal manner.
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Word for “descending out of control”

Example: I tried my best to dodge trees and rocks as I [...] down the slope. What's the best fit for the sentence above?
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What word describes a person that demonstrates “poor priorities?” [on hold]

What is a word that means "poor priorities?" (Typically would be used to describe a person.)
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What is a word to describe the action of someone who repeatedly says a mantra to internalize it?

What is a word to describe the action of someone who repeatedly says a mantra to internalize it? for example "yes I can ,yes I can "
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The act of baiting someone into (incorrectly) calling bullshit

Is there a single word, or commonly-used term, to describe the act of baiting another person into calling bullshit, when in fact you're not bullshitting? Conceptually, this either a sub-type, or the ...
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Word or phrase for a person who is impatient and likes studying new things by example?

Is there a specific word or phrase to describe a person who is impatient learning new things dislikes reading lengthy passages always likes learning by example plus doing experiments in parallel? ...
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Describe a project that delivers content on multiple vehicles with a word or short phrase [on hold]

Say a company makes a project that delivers content on multiple vehicles: a mobile game (for android, iOS, windows phone, blackberry, whatever), a tv series, a feature film, youtube shorts, novels, ...
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A positive word for self-doubt in a dubious belief system

I'm looking for a positive word or phrase - though ideally, a single word - that suggests that old dubious beliefs are being re-examined and questioned. "Self-doubt", has a negative connotation and I ...
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Best etymological calque of the word Schadenfreude

This question is purely theoretical (i.e. I don't foresee actually trying to use the word), but using arguments based on etymology, as well as euphony and (least importantly) comprehensibility, what ...
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word for A question that needs to be asked again? [on hold]

This is to name a section of bullet points in a status report. The section basically contains questions from the previous days status report that haven't been addressed yet.
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What is the difference between “matter-containing media” and “matter”?

I'm reading the english wikipedia entry titled "Radiation". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiation you can find the word in the first paragraph, or by searching. so... What is the difference between ...
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What's the word for “running with your arms outstretched as though flying”?

I caught this on an 'odd words' sort of program on public radio, but didn't hear the full word pronounced, just that it started with an 'f'. I studied the unabridged OED for a bit, but couldn't find ...
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Word describing a person's momentary pleasure, but overall discord

I once read an article that used a single word to describe a frame of mind in which a person experiences momentary pleasure amidst overall discord; or perhaps the word was describing the opposite: A ...
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Word for “only caring about oneself ”

I was trying to convey my opinion about a person I knew, when I faced this question. I had to describe a person who cared only about himself: his personal well-being, wealth, luxury, happiness are his ...
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Language proficiency

Sometimes, a native speaker of a given language receives their higher education through another language; say, a native English speaker whose higher education takes place in France, through French. ...
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What's the informal word for a small challenge?

Example: I challenge you to get her number. If you get it, you earn a beer. It's sort of a friendly bet. It's a short 3-5 letter word. I've heard it but can't recall it. Please help. Something ...
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Is there a single word for “Seeing the Unseen”?

Is there a single word which means “Seeing the Unseen”? Imagine one needs special equipment or accessories (for example, a microscope, telescope, or periscope) to see something that otherwise is ...
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Word for “translating” English to English

Is there a specific word for "translating" a work from period Modern English into contemporary English? For example, if Locke's philosophies were rewritten point by point in contemporary English, ...
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What are “real stores” called in English, as opposed to “online stores”?

In a piece of software, what would I call a store that sells items to the public in real life as opposed to an online store (ie. a health-food store). It will look like this: ____ Store ...
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What is a word to describe the character of someone who plans his actions in advance?

I am looking for a word to describe some individuals who cautiously plan for the future all the time.
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A word for someone trying to make people underestimate him

If someone is trying to make people underestimate him for some purpose, what would be a word for this kind of person or action?
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Verb for “to form the union of A and B”

You can say "to intersect A with B" for "to form the intersection of A and B". But is there also a verb for "to form the union of A and B"? "to unite A with B" doesn't seem right, at least in the ...
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A word for a worldly wise person who pretends to be naïve?

What is a word for someone who is experienced and wise, but who deliberately acts naïve? I don’t intend it for sarcastic use; I’m trying to describe someone succeeding in making people think that ...
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Person who fills out a form - single word

What single word would I use to describe a person who fills out a form? So if Abigail fills out a form she is a... whatever the term should be. The form is an application but the applicant does not ...
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Is there a single word for this sentence? [duplicate]

If I say something repeatedly to myself in order to believe in that, do call it inculcation ?
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A term for someone who distributes flyers

I am looking for a single word to describe someone who distributes flyers. Distributor doesn't seem right, part-timer may not be true, labourer is too generic. Is there a job title for such a role?
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What is a good word that means “group of groups?”

If you have a bunch of groups of different things, and you group the groups into a bigger group, what do you call the bigger group?
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What is it called when someone uses a particular expression very often? [duplicate]

Many people have a habit to use a specific word or phrase frequently in their speech. For example I use the word "Actually" a lot to begin my sentences with. Some people use "For example" a lot. If ...
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Word or phrase for when you're hungry but nothing sounds good to eat

So I'd guess almost everyone knows this feeling: you're hungry but nothing sounds good to eat. I don't think there is a commonly known word or phrase, but anyone know of a word or phrase that has ...
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Is there a word to describe the kind of sentence where one uses one's own point to prove one's point?

These sentences sound illogical. Their arguments can fall to pieces easily. "God exists because The Bible says so, and The Bible is the word of God." "Whatever is less dense than water ...
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The stages of history

Is there a word or short phrase that encompasses the three main stages of Western history: ancient, medieval, and then modern?
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Unable to enjoy the moment because I know it's going to end

Is there a word for the feeling when you are unable to enjoy a moment because you are aware that it will end soon? I am preferably looking for an adjective. Scenario - my buddy has a huge crush on a ...
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What is an antonym for the term “straight-A student?”

I'm looking for a word or phrase that implies stupidity in the context of academics in the same way the term "straight-A student" implies intelligence.
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Expression for a “smiling face tiger”

The Chinese expression "smiling face tiger" (笑面虎) is defined in English at one website as "an outwardly kind but inwardly cruel person". More broadly it doesn't need to refer to someone who is ...
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Is there a name for a personality trait (or psychological condition?) for adopting the accent, mannerisms, idioms or traits of others? [migrated]

Is there a name for a personality trait (or psychological condition?) for adopting the accent, mannerisms, idioms or traits of others? I mean, unconsciously adopting, not "consciously making fun of". ...
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Is there a word that describes someone who will go along with how you feel, or will go along with whatever you do

I'm writing a story and I can't think of a word that describes someone. The quote is, "Who do I want right now? Sympathy or" So I'm looking for a word that describes this character. If you're mad, ...