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Word for writing from memory

Is there a single word that means "writing from memory?" Just as when one recites a poem or speech, he or she reproduces it from memory verbally, is there a single word that expresses the same ...
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Is there a term or word for solving a problem that oneself created?

I am looking for a word or term for the concept of solving a problem that oneself created. An example would be a solution to smog: if there wasn't so much emission and pollution, there would be no ...
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In a photography context, what is the opposite of a keeper?

If I take a sequence of photos and decide that one of them is the best of the bunch, I might call it a keeper. What would the others be called? I'm looking for something slightly less harsh and ...
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Single word or phrase - conspiratorially exchanging glances

Is there a single word or a phrase for conspiratorially exchanging glances when someone does something inappropriate?
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What word to choose as the opposite of “self-aware”?

What word would describe the quality of not being self-aware? unselfaware unself-aware un-selfaware un-self-aware non-self-aware I am aware that it is allowed to have multiple hyphens in a word. ...
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Native English [Brit./N.Amer.] ways to greet someone after the event?

Suppose you forgot to wish someone an occasion, and you're wise after the event, how do you go about offering your wishes given that a couple days have gone by since? "[Wish you a] Happy ...
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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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In reference to statistics as it relates to information about research?

Academia.SE is working on retagging statistics and I was trying to figure out if I was missing a word on the tip of my tongue. Here's the original thread. These are the three definitions for ...
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A word for the act of locally improving the situation in a stagnant environment

I'm trying to find a word to describe, given a stagnant (i.e. not improving) environment, the phenomenon of improving the local situation as much as possible, possibly even up to a fixed upper limit ...
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Proud by thinking that one cannot be surprised by what others know

I would like one word for "proud by thinking that one cannot be surprised by what others know". Arrogant is explained as "having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or ...
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Is there a word for “environmental needs”?

I am looking for a word that refers to the environmental needs of a species for survival (think of climatic conditions, but not necessarily restricted to climate). My native language is not English, ...
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Is there a word for dying too much?

I know that such a word would deny the meaning of death, but I was wondering if there was a word that enclosed this meaning, perhaps poetically. Context: Metaphorically speaking one could say one ...
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what is an equivalent for 'fitna'?

Fitna is a word in the Arabic language which, I believe has no equivalent in English only if 'Fitna' itself will enter English. One meaning to it is temptation or appeal, but it's not that which I'm ...
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Adjective for “nonbinding, advisory”

The legislation recommends, but does not require, that women make up at least 40% of the board. The legislation is ___________. I think there's a perfect word for this, but it eludes me at the ...
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A word to define somebody that uses different objects not for their original use

I'm looking for a word that is used to describe somebody that can build or fix things with objects that aren't used for that specific task. Synonyms for this would be resourceful and ingenious.
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Word that covers the following: A single episode of a series, a single movie (in a series of movies or not), an audio track (on an album or not)

As described in the title, I'm searching for a word that covers all this different meanings. All of these meanings are in the field media but that didn't help me finding a word. One first guess of a ...
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Is there another word for a “large family” or “small family”?

I'm searching for another, perhaps more technical term for a large and a small family. To clarify, I simply mean a family with many children and one with very few, if any, children. So I'm not ...
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What is 'decreased activity' an example of?

People use decreased activity (for example) where decrease in activity would be more literally correct. For example, reasons for my decreased activity usually refers to reasons for a decrease, not to ...
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To purposely quote something incorrect

Is there a word for quoting something differently in order for it to fit the purpose of the conversation? E.g "oh you're such a nerd" "nerd and proud!" Which is a quote from XMen "Mutant and ...
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Is there a term for a grammatical construction like “Exhibit A”?

Is there a term for names that consist of a noun or noun phrase followed by an ordinal letter or numeral? For example: Exhibit A The Land Before Time IV Patient Zero Perhaps ordinal proper noun or ...
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Word denoting “the time it took to assign a task to someone”?

Is there a word in English denoting the time it took to assign a task to a person? This word is to be used in a web page design to display a certain task that is assigned to a a specific person and ...
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How to convey the meaning of “ordering a mess of papers and books”

How do English people convey the meaning of the action of tidying up a great unordered amount of sheets of paper, books, and notes in a single word or phrase?
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A word to express 'to temper expectations' or 'to buffer something'

I'm trying to figure out a word that expresses the idea of "tempering expectations" or "buffering" something. I've heard the word in the past, but I really can't figure out what it is, so I'm hoping ...
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Edited title Use of 'late' for resurrected people - maybe spoiler alert if you chose to look at the edit!

My question concerns the use of the word late when referring to someone who has died. EDIT: Thanks to the comments received, I have edited this question to be more generic and avoid spoilers. ...
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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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What are some adjectives that mean 'subordinate alternative'?

Sentence for Context: Please contact Ann preferably via email, or ___ by telephone. 'alternatively' and 'secondarily' are ambiguous, because it can just mean that telephone is a coequal, without ...
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Word to describe a person who is leader

I am pretty sure that there is a special word to describe person (specially in politics) whose party gets recognized by that person? For example, Party-A belongs to Person-A, instead of Person-A ...
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Adjectival form of “library”

I can only think of librarily and librarish. Can I use those? Are there other better alternatives? Example: The topic of this book isn't very "[...]". I don't think you should donate it.
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What is a word for “Reason to Leave”?

What is a word that means "Reason to leave"? For example, if I said, "That was my reason to leave," how could I replace "reason to leave" with a single word? Thank you!
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No adverb of controlled?

Can anyone confirm that there is indeed no adverbial form of "controlled" that could be used with verbs that describe actions done in a controlled way. For example, it seems to be wrong to write ...
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A word to describe if some is in my team or is a contribution

I work on a webapp where the users make forecast of people. They have to inform for each person with forecast if it's a "TEAM MEMBER" (i. e. the user is the manager of the resource) or a ...
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Name for the property of a thing that allows it to be described practically infinite ways

There are things that can be described in numerous ways, but the description still means the same thing. Is there a word or phrase that encapsulates such things, or the property about the things that ...
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Is there a better way to refer to a future reader of a literary work?

What is a less bland way of referring to "future readers" of text? Enigmadan asked a question today (December 11th, 2014 for [future readers]) If there are ever any [future readers] ...
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Single word of “Senseless words”

I while back a heard a word that means 'senseless words' It was used in the following context: "You are speaking in ... " And the full phrase had the exact same meaning as "What you are saying is ...
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What does one call an individual receiving a subsidy?

If a subsidiary is a company; what does one call an individual receiving a subsidy? 'Recipient' would be an obvious choice—I was wondering if there is a more specific word?
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is there a word to represent once every nine months

is there a single word to represent "once every nine months"? Since 9 months is a fraction larger than half a year, semi-annualy seems wrong.
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What's a better way of saying “rarely used”

I'm writing an article about using rarely used English words and how to learn and use them. As an example I'd like to find an alternate way of saying "rarely used" I believe there should be one word ...
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A phrase containing all “special” characters

A pangram is the phrase that contains all letters of given alphabet. Is there any name for a phrase containing all "special" letters of given alphabet? By "special" characters I understand all ...
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A synonym for “over” in “over a distance”

Could you give me the best synonym for over in this situation? Aqueduct: artificial channel for conducting water over a distance. I know it is the best preposition for this context. But I wonder ...
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What is the word for a word that comes at the end of a sentence?

What is the word for a word that comes at the end of a sentence? As in a word that ends a sentence. A terminal word? Or terminator?
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One-word synonym - 'the following' (ie: what follows next)

Please beware that I ask only about definition 2, so I'm seeking a nounal synonym for the following = [treated as singular or plural] What follows or comes next: Particularly, is there an ...
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What is a stationary?

There's a hipster shop concept generator that combines regions with nouns and offers them jokingly as hipster shop concepts. Like "Have you visited this new Swiss cheese and German beer store?" ...
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What is the correct word for this collection?

Suppose I have two lists A & B. This list A contains groups. Groups contain sub-groups (also called types). List B contains items. Each item can be of one of the types from list A. If I remove a ...
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Any terms meaning the 'first snow of autumn'?

I am wondering if there is a term for the 'first snow of autumn'. The word I am looking for could come from the semantic field of meteorology, or perhaps farming etc. I know of the terms 'killing ...
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regular exceptions vs. irregular exceptions

Are there any established words or phrases for the "exceptionless exceptions" to a general rule, exceptions that follow more specific rules that have their own logic, as opposed to exceptions that are ...
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Alternate, but not exclusive interpretation

Is there a word to suggest that an interpretation is another possibility, but that it isn't necessarily exclusive with the previous interpretation. Here's an example of what I'm writing: Firstly, ...
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If you ask: Where do you live? Versus: Do you live at so & so and vice versa. Is one is called general and the other is called particular?

If you ask: Where do you live? Versus: Do you live at so & so or vice versa. Is one is called general and the other is called particular? Another example is: What do you think about sex? versus ...
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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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Inheritting the characteristics of a role in a play/movie

I'm looking for a term for a person who enacts a role in a play/movie by forgetting himself, or "leaving himself and acquiring the role's characteristics." Sometimes it implies "Moving his soul to ...
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Is there one word to replace 'It is/was not mine?'

This came up recently when someone asked to use one word to describe the previous project we had all worked on. It wasn't a pleasant one, and most comments were negative. I simply wanted to say, it ...