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Word meaning “to walk/run around something”?

Example: I [...] the house to see what was happening in the yard. I thought of encircle and surround. But I'm not sure if can use them to mean "to walk around something."
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Word for saying something brief with a low voice?

Example: “Look,” [...] said Anna, pointing forward. At first thought of mutter but mutter implies dissatisfaction or irritation. Then I tried murmur, however, it's more a continous sound so it ...
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better word for items on a menu

Is there a better word or phrase for an item on a menu than "menu item"? I'm talking about restaurant menus, not user interface menus. "Menu item" is so dry... "Restaurant dishes" doesn't work very ...
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Adjective for “tuple of n elements”

We can say, first, second, third, fourth..., n-th, ... Can we say, pair, triplet, quadruplet, ..., n-plet, ... ? A google search for n-plet yields confusing results. So, could n-plet be ...
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Word to describe something that opens like a book?

More specifically, something with bound pages that inherently has a "front" and a "back", in which you start by looking at the "front" and flipping the pages over to see the back of that page and the ...
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Is there a word for a fake radar reading?

Is there a word for a radar (or any other kind of detection device) reading that is known to be false?
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Single word for “Expanding and Contracting”

Specifically expanding and contracting without the connotation of rhythm that comes with pulsate. Oscillate, librate, undulate might all be synonyms but lack association with expanding and ...
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Word for “someone who warns”

I'm trying to write out an document of sorts though I need the word for "someone who warns". I've done a bit of searching but couldn't find anything. I initially thought it was "warner" though it ...
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What do you call a registered taxpayer with no tax obligations?

What do you call a registered taxpayer with no outstanding tax-liability? I'll explain my hesitation with the term taxpayer: I take that payer means someone who pays money, so a taxpayer is someone ...
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Describe a fallacious opinion regarding one's own ability

What's a phrase that describes a unfounded tendency of a person to think that he or she is smarter or possesses more skill than average in a competitive environment such as the stock market or say, ...
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Word for “hold softly”?

If you search for hold on Thesaurus, you only find synonyms that mean 'holding strongly'. How about the opposite? What are some words meaning to "hold softly"? Example: Sophia [...] my palm and ...
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Word for a Refined idea which is a combination of two previous ideas

I'm looking for a word which means that my current solution is a refined version of my previous one, but it is also a combination of my previous idea and a 2nd idea. I found the following question, ...
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Is there a word to express the idea of everything one could need?

Is there a word to express the idea of everything one could need? I'm trying to figure out if there is a single word that best communicates this idea.
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Is there an -ocracy term for rule by tenure?

In a university department, for example, power could be held by those who have been there the longest. Is there an ocracy word for that? Preferably something generic to duration of employment. ...
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Word or phrase describing on/off state

English is not my primary language so I have hard time with this problem. I am currently writing comments to computer code. There is setting that enable/disable some functionality. What would be ...
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Is “tnetennba” a real word?

I've seen and heard the word "tnetennba" used, most famously by Moss in an episode of the It Crowd in which he was a contestant on a fake episode of the TV show Countdown. In this episode, no ...
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Word that refers to objects found in kitchens

What refers to tools common to the kitchen? For example utensils, plates, bowls, cups, cutting boards etc. At first I thought "kitchen appliances" but usually the phrase refers to electronic devices ...
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Word for something so obvious there is no need to state it

I am currently twirling around in circles trying to find this word. I've heard it used before, and I want to use it in something I am writing, but I can't remember it. On the tip of my brain, but ...
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Word for a task which is flawed or doomed to failure but which you have to do anyway?

I'm looking for a word which describes a task which I think is poorly designed and will lead to either mediocre results or failure, but which I have to do anyway, especially in a work setting. The ...
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What is word similar to FYI but not objective/neutral

FYI can be used in an email to inform the person reading the email about some information. It is comfortable using this between peers. But what if the mail is intended to inform someone higher in the ...
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What's the word for when a person states something as a fact when it is untrue? Not a lie

I'm thinking of a specific author who propagates misinformation as fact. There's a word for this, I think it starts with an 'e', but I can't quite remember it and it is on the tip of my tongue. Any ...
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describe a bedroom “filled” with furniture

I need a word that will give the illustration of a room "crowded" or "filled" with furniture. I know the above words are not correct, could someone give a more eloquent way of describing the room.
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What term means “words that look alike and mean alike, across two languages”?

Is there a term, perhaps used by linguists, that refers to two words that have a similar form, either written or spoken, and almost identical meaning or at least relatively similar, but appearing in ...
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What term means “all of the words one knows”?

What term, ideally used by linguists, refers to the entire collection of words that a person knows? For example, if someone opened up a dictionary, and created a list of all of the words they know, ...
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Does “argumentative” have negative connotation? If so, what's a more neutral word?

It seems argument has a negative connotation, almost like bickering. What about argumentative? How to favorably describe a person who doesn't take things at face value but rather debate on veracity ...
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How to say one observation sparked the remembrance of a concept

When I looked at two of my friends fighting, it made me remember of a scene in a book I read. Is there any word to say "remember" but in the sense that you time traveled to a particular experience or ...
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7answers
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A word that means that something is not real but feels real

I want to describe this room that takes me to places, a bit like a teleporter. However, its just my imagination playing around with me. Is there any word to describe something that is not real but ...
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A word to mean shine [on hold]

When sunlight fall on new leaves, they glow. Is there any word to describe this shiny glow of the surface of the leaf?
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An expression for someone who causes “pain” and for those who receive this “pain” [duplicate]

What do you call a person who gives only pain to his dear ones (whom he cares about the most)? What do you call a person who gets only agony from the person he cares most?
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Request: Single word for “barely failing to touch or grasp”

The title pretty much says it all. I'm just looking for a word to use to describe an agent coming ever-so-slightly close to reaching a goal without actually doing so. The best I've been able to do ...
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5answers
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Lost meaning due to constant repetition

How would I say that a phrase or word has "lost it's meaning due to constant repetition." Take the word "awesome": "Awesome" used to denote a situation in which the speaker (or writer) was ...
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2answers
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Term for forgetting names

Is there a concise term for forgetting names? I've found definitions for pathologically forgetting words in general (e.g. Anomic aphasia), but nothing that directly defines forgetting names ...
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2answers
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Umbrella term for travel 'ingredients': hotel, flight, car rental, …?

What's the catholic/encompassing/general term for these travel essentials? 'Travel items' is wrong; they refer to actual physical objects. 'Travel necessities' is also wrong; they technically aren't ...
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How can I describe a low temperature that doesn't actually feel cold?

Last night, I walked home from my bus stop (in Belgium). Since it was around 11 PM, it was quite cold, probably only about 4-5 °C. However, it didn't actually feel cold at all, and I didn't feel ...
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Is there a name for a word where all the letters are in alphabetical order

After this question, is there a word for a word where all of its letters are in alphabetical order? Examples of such words: AEGILOPS BILLOWY ALMOST (If the word in question is also one of those ...
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2answers
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Person who doesn't want to listen to others' personal feelings [on hold]

What is the equivalent word for a person who doesn't want to hear/listen others' personal feelings/information. If not, the equivalent word for a person who are stubborn in listening to others' ...
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Word for “partially buried”?

Example: They sat on the lower part of the beach, [...] in the sand. The word buried would imply they are completely or almost completely beneath the sand. Is there a word to show they are just ...
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Word for to share thoughts about something

Looking for a word that you would use when you want to share thoughts about something. For example. Me and a friend watch the same movie then we get together and share thoughts about it. pretty sure ...
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What is a word that means unforgettable but with a negative connotation?

When I look up unforgettable in a thesaurus, I get words like enduring, remarkable, or exceptional. These all are positive; I just cannot forget such a wondrous thing! I, however, want a word that ...
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3answers
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Longest word with just one vowel [on hold]

What is the longest word with just one instance of one vowel?
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4answers
307 views

Person who doesn't share

What is the equivalent word for a person who doesn't want to communicate to share any of his/her secrets, life's stories or personal information? Need some words related to the above described ...
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What is the demonym for a citizen of Niger?

If a citizen of Nigeria is a Nigerian, what is a citizen of Niger referred to as? The Wikipedia article on Niger and the online Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries say that the proper term is Nigerien, as ...
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What is a term that measures whether a business organization is flat or hierarchical?

I'm looking for a term that measures the level to which a business is flat or hierarchical in its organizational structure. For instance, if an org has an average of 10 employees per manager, it's ...
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Like 'resize', but for lengths

Suppose I'm drawing a rectangle on screen. I can 'resize' it - change its length and/or width to make it bigger or smaller overall. Now suppose I'm drawing a line, which I can make shorter or longer. ...
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One word for “things that I love to share” [on hold]

I would like to know, is there any single word for "Things that I love to share". This is running in my mind from long. Please let me know if there is any.
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Single word for a person who want to learn new things [duplicate]

What would you call a person who always want to learn new things (new skills/informations)
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1answer
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Bad makes you better? [on hold]

Is there a term for when a person does a job so poorly that you go out of your way to do your job better? All I can come up with is reverse inspiration, but I can imagine some long German word that ...
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1answer
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word for trading for an item you do not want

I am writing a poster listing on one column items I have to offer, on the middle column items I want, and on a third rightmost column items I know my friends want. The header of the first column is ...
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Excesive instances of citing or making reference to something

What is the word for the act of repetitively making ad nauseam reference to something, or citing it to the point that either it annoys or it becomes trite?
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'at the bottom' - Synonym?

On top = atop, so is there a similar shorter synonym for at the bottom? In general, what are some formal terms describing this issue? How can I find resources on such synonyms?