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What's a word for “apprehensively hoping”?

I'm talking about that feeling of hoping that something will happen, despite that thing possibly causing a negative effect—in spite of that negative effect, even. Context: I'm a software developer. ...
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Looking for a special synonym for “sharing”

For sake of naming convention, I need a noun synonym to share that start with "ea" or "e". Is there any word that meets this constrain?
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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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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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A term for “combining of related phrases”

Sometimes two related phrases are reached for simultaneously. I recently heard a newscaster combine "standpoint" and "point of view," so that his sentence began "from a football standpoint of view..." ...
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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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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-, ...
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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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Is there an unambiguous term for “singer or band”?

Say you want to ask someone what their favorite "music-creating entity was", but in more eloquent terms. iTunes just uses "artist", but out of context that term is very ambiguous. I don't really like ...
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Word that Resembles The Dutch Word Kudde

Kudde, Couth, is there an english farmers word that resembles Kudde. Kudde means herd, flock, fold, drove, livestock, and bevy. So I'm looking for a word that means something along the lines of ...
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Is There a Word for “Burning Fungus”?

I'm reading the etymology of the Latin word fomes, it's a fungus. Are there any words to accompany this one by meaning the "burning of a fungus"?
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Word for the result of shining a laser at something

Say you point a laser at a wall. What would be a word to identify what shows up on the wall? So far I've just been using the word image, but I am not sure if that makes sense.
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what do we say when a fever or cold has subsided and it's almost over with?

We say pick up or catch a cold when we first get it. Then when it really intensifies we say smth like "it's settled /settling in", I don't know whatever else people would say.. Anyways, when it ...
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Creating a word for a child of a parent-word

I have a word for example, Scope, that I'd like to make a child word for the same thing, I thought "ette" as a suffix would be appropriate. A Scope of a Scope would be a Scopelette, for example. ...
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non-fiction Vs non-fictional

Can I please get an explanation as to what the difference between these two sentences are? And what is right in the context of the highlighted word. ABC is a cable TV network that delivers ...
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Someone who is passionate about finance?

What is the best word to describe someone who loves finance or finance enthusiast or anything related for that matter? I would like to describe someone with that word or you could say a special tag ...
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definition of the word circuadjacent

This word is in The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald: Turning from the first glance at the circuadjacent splendour, it dwindled into nothing as he looked again at the lady. Neither I or ...
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Anti-System Abstraction

I'm looking for the best word describing Anti-System, implying liberal of any controlling mechanism. The word can be historical (ancient greece, egypt, or persia), or it can be self-created. It can be ...
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Word for a post-meeting 'justified prejudice'?

I am looking for a word which ultimately explains a dislike/hatred of a group of people, but unlike a prejudice can be justified through prior experiences and is potentially considered acceptable to ...
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Is there a term to define the set of all answers given to a questionnaire?

Is there a non-plural word to define the set of all answers given by a student to a questionnaire? The word would be used in a REST API to identify the resource of the set of all answers given by a ...
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Another term for 'feature / featured / article / write up' for a brand

I am currently working on a website that will allow users to sign up and create their own product features. In this context, a product feature is a write up with pictures and information about a ...
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Musical Performance With One Singer And Two Speakers?

What is the term for a musical performance where one person is singing, and two other performers (a comedy team) contribute non-musical spoken words? My friend, Throxter, is suggesting it is a duet ...
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“Tense” Equivalent Neutral Term for Singular / Plural Form?

Here's one for the English professors: I originally came across this problem when answering a question here. We all know that tense refers to the temporal form of a verb. "Act, acted, will act, has ...
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A verb that means “to both create and save something”?

Sometimes in computer programming, I write a function that performs both the action of (non-trivially) creating something and then also the action of saving that same thing created. I'm just wondering ...
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single word for a person who makes things difficult

I am in search of word that exactly means 'a difficult person of my description'. For example, I am on the look out for a heart specialist and ask my friend if he is familiar with any. However, he ...
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The word describing a seriously humorous oxymoron

Is there an English word (and if there is more than one – besides Oxymoron - which is the best?) to describe an oxymoronic figure of speech that is humorous because of the seriousness of the subject, ...
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Word for “unduly elevated as a standard with biased emotion”?

The word I am looking for should be an adjective. or a noun. Example: Speaker 1: Your argument for socialism is invalid because X Y Z. Speaker 2: But I got hoes in different area codes. How many ...
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Term for a storyline that splits in two

Is there a term for a storyline that splits into two points of view? For example, two characters who travel together split paths and plot unfolds in two different timelines. It can probably be applied ...
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Word for a book that describes translations

I am looking for a word that is used to describe a book that contains one-to-one translations of words from one language to another. For example, a chinese-english dictionary is one of these types of ...
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Is there a word that's used to describe when a person takes the words of someone else's and says the exact opposite for comedic effect?

On YouTube, in the comment section of a video, there was an argument and one person in the argument kept saying they "parodied" a sentence in the original comment. But instead of mimicking and ...
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A word to describe interest in a process related to a certain situation but not in the situation itself

The word to describe a person's interest in a process related to a certain situation but does not necessarily convey their interest in the situation itself. To provide context: Over the last 4 years ...
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institutionalized + preposition?

I'm writing an essay on Reconstruction for English and stumbled into this problem. "the South had been heavily institutionalized ___ slavery" What would the correct preposition be in the blank? Into ...
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Word for every time that is not a certain time?

Alright, I was just thinking about something, and I came across this question: is there a word for every time that is not a certain time? Example: Michael Bublé surfaces only at Christmas. I want ...
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What's a word similar to the adj. form of “elect” but for a position that was held previously?

I'm working on my CV and I'm trying to describe an elected position I held with a title. "Treasurer Elect" does not fit since I was appointed to the position in the past. "Elected Treasurer" also ...
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Is there a word for the revenge of a cat?

I found this meme from 54 Great Examples of Modern-Day Neologisms: But it also invokes a serious question to me: is there actually a word for the revenge of a cat, because you make fun of it? Or, ...
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Someone who throws the match?

The verb is "Match Fixing", but what about the person who throws the match? Is there a good noun for this? "Match Fixer" and "Game Thrower" sound strange to me.
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2 different types of adjectives

I wonder if there are words for the following kinds of adjectives: 1. Ones that are used to generally describe a person or thing (e.g. fast, lively, stupid, etc) 2. Ones used to denote some temporary ...
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Contrasting penal substitution, a phrase for co-responsibility for another's actions?

Suppose person A is responsible for the actions of B, but in addition to, not in place of, B's own self-responsibility. This is in contrast to penal substitution where A's atonement can replace B's. ...
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what is the hidden meaning of “flow into the gaps”

Could anyone please interpret it for me, "flow into the gap" in this sentence: "Few cultures just keep going all by themselves, they steal rivals' ideas, they flow into the gaps that others leave ...
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Wanting to revisit the scene of a crime

I once came across a word meaning a need to revisit the scene of a crime (not recidivism) - not with a need to re-do the crime - just to go back, what's the word?
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Is the right word here “generalized”?

I am looking for a word that would naturally fit in the blank. The context: Wirth did not specify a certain age as the only target for this problem; rather, he noted that whoever is older than ...
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Is there a word meaning “vicarious speaker”?

I remember that there is a word (I can't recall if it is an adjective or a noun) referring to the author when he/she makes a point vicariously through his character's voice. As far as I can recall, it ...
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Word meaning something like “created by the addition of several subcomponents”

I remember hearing it in context the context of describing a social science modeling tool. The example I remember talked about trying to ascribe values to component parts that compose property ...
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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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Is there another name for non-finite verbs?

I'm looking for a word to refer to the present participle, past participle and gerund forms. I think that is non-finite verbs, but I was wondering if I could use another word. I've seen nominal forms ...
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Word for the subject of a declaration (about a person) (counterpart of 'Declarant')?

In a legal declaration document between two people, if the person making the declaration is a declarant, what's the word for the person the declaration is about? Example of such a declaration: ...
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Adverb for a third of a year

Similar to Is there a proper term to describe 1/3 of a year (4 months) Are there any words to describe a trimester as an adverb? The only one I've seen is triannually (in the link above) which is a ...