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Is there a word meaning hitting your mouth with something?

Like getting punched in the mouth. Or getting hit by the broom's handle when that one guy in front of you, who's carrying a broom, suddenly stopped.
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Word related to physical attraction of smoking?

A long while ago I happened upon a trivia website that mentioned there's a word related to the act of smoking being attractive -- either that smoking is becoming of a certain person, or that a certain ...
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What would you call this angle?

In painting (as well as in photography, I suspect) there's full face, profile, half-profile, and three quarters. Here's an example demonstrating three of the four (Portrait of Charles I, the one that ...
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Sound of a dinosaur's Syrinx

I recently watched the old Jurassic park movies where there were certain scenes where when the dinosaurs (velociraptors ?? Some people don't believe that) are hunting the humans and in the thrill of ...
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Formal, scientific or mathematical word describing the discrimination between “multiple-choice” and “single-choice”

For example; I am constructing a web page that asks two questions. The first question is titled Marital status: from a list of choices; there can be only one. The other is a multiple-checkbox ...
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As teacher is to student, research guide is to what?

If X is Y's research guide, Y can say "X is my guide." So how does X say in one word" Y is my ..... ? A clarification - In my part of the world, in an educational context, a guide is someone who is ...
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What is a word for “returning a feeling”

"You don't have to remind me of that every time, son. This isn't our first mark, and it won't be our last," Dr. Evans replies. Rhea understands what this is now. It's how Dr. Evans imagines it will be ...
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The tendency to try to find the answer to questions in one's own mind

What is the tendency of humans to try to find in their own minds the answer to questions they do not know the answer to, called? The tendency that fuels belief in conspiracy theories, and as some ...
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Is there a word in English for a joke that isn't funny?

There are words like dad joke, lame joke, pj (poor joke) for a joke that isn't funny at all. Is there a single word for such jokes that are not amusing?
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What was the original word used in the expression “studiously avoiding their glance”

Formerly, there was a distinct word that sounded a lot like studiously and meant to pretend not to do or notice something. It hasn't been used much in a long time, but I remember John Fowles used it ...
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Is “smothersome” a word?

A variation of "smother", obviously, to describe someone with an inclination to smother other people. "You're just too needy and smothersome." Thoughts? Corrections? Suggestions? Edit: Apologies ...
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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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Which is the correct orthography?

Which is the correct orthography: "Four month-time"; or "Four months' time"; or "Four months time"; or "Four months-time"?
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What would be the first use of the noun 'longboarding' for skateboarding, surfing or skiing?

The skateboard longboard goes back to Hawaii in the 50s, surfing back much earlier, and skiing back into the nineteenth century yet I can't find incidences in print earlier than the 70s. Many ...
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What is the word that includes “Chiefs” and “Sergeants-Major” together?

Is there a word or two that can combine Chief Master Sergeant/Petty Officer and Sergeants-Major? I want it in a sentence that involves both sets of ranks like: "'The Chiefs and Sergeants-Major' will ...
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so-and-so/such-and-such term used with countries and places

I'm trying to find a nice place holder to express 'X country' or 'country X', like 'when telling people that you are from country X...'. The first idea that came into mind was so-and-so: wiktionary: ...
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A word that means/defines to live a philosophical life[style]?

So this is a continuation of sorts to a thread I started a while ago about *a word that means/defines The Converse of Philosophy... * The question is... If the etymology of bio- is [Greek bio-, comb....
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What is another way to express recidivism but lose the criminal element?

I am writing a web site that performs calculations used to inform business owners how many of their customers are repeat customers. The calculation will appear in a table, so I'd like the label to be ...
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What's a word for the object that an attachment is attached to?

If a file is attached to an email, the email has an attachment. What does the file have? An attachee?
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A song that was once meant for other singer, but later also sung by the author himself

What do you call a song which was once written for some other artist by an author, and later sung by the author him(her)self? we call it "cover" if the song is played by other(not original) artist, ...
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Term for a television event that causes you to be awake during sleeping hours

Sometimes people are awake during hours that they'd normally be asleep because they're watching an event live on tv. For example, people in Australia watching the Tour de France live would be watching ...
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one word for the person who gives away his own award to another person

I am stuck with the one word which describes who is generous enough to give away his own award to another person.Please help!
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Word for “looked calmly”?

"He [looked calmly] at me, as if nothing were wrong at all, even though the rest of us were freaking out"
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A word that describe excitability due to youth

I am looking for a word that describe, with some specificity, the tendency for a person to be easily excited and interested by something due to the lack of age or experience. Sentence: Weapons ...
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other ways of saying 'to want something bad enough'

I've been surfing the web looking for an alternative to 'want sth bad enough' but I haven't found anything useful. I've got a dialogue between two characters who are a couple. They're facing ...
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How to overcome confusion of contrasting word 2?

Actual sentence: Another surprising finding was the lack of any neurotic traits in the bonobos, even though these are widely found in other ape species. In this sentence, two contrasting ...
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What is the name of the construct [adjective][noun]

Is there a special name for an adjective-noun phrase that denotes a specific type of thing and for which further modifiers cannot be inserted between the two? For example, "emerging technology" ...
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An adjective that relates to Purpose or Intended Use

I want to talk about anxiety that a person is not using something for its purpose. I want to use an adjective, such as "Bob has ____ anxiety". What word could fit there? I tried "purpose anxiety", "...
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Words describing ways in which words are used

What umbrella term can be used to describe the collection of writing techniques encompassing "irony, sarcasm, satire, simily, allegory, etc.", indicating the way in which words are used within a text, ...
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word for an intense look

I'm looking for a word for an intense look to replace "gaze" in the following context. I look at Adaneene with resignation; I shouldn't have expected anything different, but instead of looking at ...
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Spicy-hot and temperature-hot single-word-request?

'Hot' has more than one meaning. Is there a separate word for hot when talking about spicy food supposed to temperature-hot? As it is awfully confusing when talking about Indian food. In Indian ...
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How to describe the lower area of upper ray in a 'hockey stick'-shape angle?

I am trying to describe the area depicted below. It is the beginning of the upper ray coming from the vertex of the obtuse angle in a 'hockey stick'-shaped function. (In other words, it's an area past ...
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Single word/phase for “if they can do it, why can't I?”

Is there a single word/phrase to describe the personality attribute of "If they can do it, why can't I?" nature. Need this for grounded theory analysis of interviews for my PG. Thanks a lot
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a single word that can have a different meaning attached to it

What is the terminology for a single word, i.e., cat, but has another meaning in its place like; feline, animal, or beast? I don't think it's a connotation or a hyperbole...
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What is the classifying noun for a person who is both a project term member and a consumer of the final product?

In a scenario where, two people, say a capenter and a plumber, are both working on a shopping mall construction project. The carpenter, lives in a foreign land, will return home when her direct ...
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What is the origin of the word 'aphotic'? Is there a noun meaning “the state of being aphotic”?

Some adjectives ending in -ic are derived from nouns. For example, hyperbolic is derived from hyperbole, and parabolic is derived from parabola. Aphotic is an adjective meaning "lightless; dark" (...
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What word could be used for a thing that holds a measure that lies between true and false?

In fuzzy logic a value can be partially true so I could present it as a degree of truth. However, I'm looking for a word for this thing that contains a measure that lies between true and false. The ...
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“Here is ” followed by how

Which is more appropriate?: Here is how we do it This is how we do it. PS - Where does the ? go in the query above?
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Is there a word for weekend/weekday split?

I am trying to present a bunch of data using a number of time period splits. For instance, I can present the data by: Day of Week (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, ...) Month (January, February, ...
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are there any terms or terminology which is used when you are awaiting for visa?

There are two terms which I made up for the phenomenon that I am awaiting visa processing. The two terms that I used to describe my state are: 'visa no-man's land' and 'visa-watch' Maybe ...
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How to name process of illustrating definitions for words?

So lets imagine that I have many words. For each I would like to see how they are looking more or less. For this, I am planning to request google like: illustrating definition for word 'football' ...
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That what is being composed

Is there a word for something that is being composed? For example: "Function f is a composition of functions g,h,i and j." How do I refer to g,h,i and j? Can I say "composees"? Saying "the functions ...
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What is the opposite of “borked”?

What would be the opposite word when something was borked, but it is not borked anymore? For example in the context when the traffic was borked, but it's not anymore (like unclogged).
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What do you call those small wooden footbridges over water?

Those planks or bamboo bridges you see in some resorts and some sea settlements in Asia?
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Is there a word for the fear that one might be a hypochondriac?

This seems like a fundamental thing that would have a word for it—oftentimes one worries about a health condition, but then one is afraid to get it looked into as one is afraid of being a ...
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How do I say “He played varied roles very well in the movie”

What is the best way to say "the actor plays various roles in the movie?" What I really want to say is that the actor played many different kinds of emotions and personalities very well. I'm having ...
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Is there a term similar to “country” which would also include a union like the EU?

I'm working on an interface where users can make selections from a few different groups of items. One of them is currently split because it comprises both European countries as well as the European ...
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Word for continuation of a section

I'm writing my resume and my work experiences end up being separated in two by the end of the page. What is the word that indicates the follow up to a section. Something like: Work Experiences ...
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What is a word for an entity which only provides a predefined set of tasks but doesn't want to engage new types of tasks?

Let's assume an entity was created to satisfy a predefined set of tasks, and cannot accommodate other new types of tasks. What is a formal word for this? For example, a service provider provider ...
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Antonym for “infix” (“outfix”?)

infix: implant or insert firmly in something, as in the particles of mercury will infix themselves in the structure of the other metal How about the opposite? Is there something called outfix? I.e. ...