Terminology is a system of terms belonging or peculiar to a science, art, or specialized subject, nomenclature.

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Meaning of a Jean Paul Sartre's saying [on hold]

Could you please what does Sartre mean when he says that:"freedom alone can account for a person in his totality."? And what does "account" mean in this sentence?
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What is the term used to describe the space under a roof that joins two buildings?

Sometimes architects will take two tall (say 8-10 storey) buildings that happen to be near each other, and build a glass roof between them. Down on ground, the area which originally would have been a ...
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“If done correctly, …”

Could you please tell me what does "if done correctly" mean in this sentence? If done correctly, all existentialism is applied existentialism.
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“Expected” in future and present

I'm going to conduct an experiment. Before it I have a bunch of events which I expect to happen. I call them "expected events". After the experiment was run, I have two kind of events: "expected" ...
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Is there a word for “ someone who hates people from their own country”? [duplicate]

A xenophobe is someone who holds a strong dislike toward people from other countries. My question is: is there a word for someone who holds a strong dislike toward people from their own country? I ...
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How did 'nominal' come to mean 'insignificantly small, trifling'?

How can a word that clearly means 'of a name' come to mean 'insignificantly small, trifling' and thus wind up becoming an advertising tool with a completely unrelated meaning?
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What does “source population” mean? [on hold]

Vietnamese are associated with the “source population” that ultimately was responsible for the modern Vietnamese, Thai people and Lao people. What does "source population" in the sentence mean? ...
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Correctly phrasing a sentence [closed]

Is the first sentence phrased incorrectly? Or should it be the second one? 1) "so what better than to enjoy that something special using our pick of elegant tableware" 2) "so what better way than to ...
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Word that is like a neutral version of 'cliché'; 'canonical' is likely a synonym

I've been struggling with thesauri, learned friends, and hopeless google searches. The word I'm looking for describes a 'go-to' example or conventionally used style that isn't official. Something ...
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What is the proper word for something that can be instantiated?

While reading a RFC for the Rust programming language, I came across this paragraph: Given the above code, there is no way for bar to choose a return type X that could fundamentally differ ...
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Alternative term for a story within a story

I am trying to find the term for a story that exists on the side, in the background, or margin of another story but may or may not be related to it. The only examples I can think of are in comics or ...
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Can I define our company's business as sell furnishings if we do not sell furniture?

Our company produces and sells rugs, throw pillows, decorative objects, cushions, lamps, wall decor products, curtains, candle holders and generally everything else which is decorative for the house, ...
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What is the general name for these articles which feature lists?

Well, recently the internet has been taken by storm by articles such as: "20 Ways To Subtly...", "5 Things to Watch...", "15 things only a Pakistani..." etc,. So, what do you call such features?
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Term for Word used by Public with a Technically Incorrect Definition

First off, I'm not referring to malapropism. I've heard and read a word used before to describe a word in which it is in the situation of being misused; The public thinks it has one meaning, and now ...
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Generic term for 'one who is being told a story'

So we have the term "storyteller" for anyone who is telling a story, be it via a book, verbally, the silver screen, or some other media. Do we have a generic term for the audience specific to ...
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Expressing directions [closed]

I am wondering how native speakers express directions. I know the basic ones like right, left, "in front of" "behind" etc.. but How do you say if something is in front of me but more like right side. ...
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What is the term for “Government by comedians”?

I'm doing research for a story where, before a person can run for federal public office, he or she has to have performed five hundred hours of stand up comedy. Every year the nation's leaders have to ...
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A word that means itself [duplicate]

Is there a term for a word that means itself? For example the word word means itself and is a word.
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Is there a term like “doggerel” is for verse, but general to art?

doggerel ˈdɒɡ(ə)r(ə)l/ noun verse or words that are badly written or expressed. Its most famous poet is Mcgonagall Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv'ry Tay! Alas! I am very sorry ...
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“Opensource” equivalent for hardware

Generally being open source is a description for software and computer programs. What should be called a hardware device, robot, etc. that people could freely take benefits of that and manipulate its ...
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Could a non-self-contained program be called as an “app”?

Can an add-on for a browser, a plugin for a text processing (like Word) or a content unit for a software (like an Anki deck) be called an app without misunderstanding? The definition of an app is a ...
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What’s so floppy about floppy disks?

While reading through Etymology of the use of "Drive" to refer to a digital storage medium and its various mentions of floppy disks, it occurred to me that, while drive is in origin a ...
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Milk storage freeze or refrigerator? [closed]

I was in some american company and during preparing a coffee I asked some girl with asian face "where is refrigerator?" She got confused and asked me "what do you mean???". I asked with details "where ...
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How can I express the idea of CSS floats to ordinary people?

Let me first explain what CSS floats are. Normally, without any floats, text and image look like this: If the image is floated left, it looks like this: If the image is floated right, it looks ...
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What's this type of elision called?

There's a usage where the word introducing a restrictive clause is dropped. Some examples: Nothing but champagne, now that I'm the boss. becomes: Nothing but champagne, now I'm the boss. and: ...
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How do I refer to the “will + infinitive” and “am/is/are + going to + infinitive” future tenses separately?

If I wanted to refer to either of these future-tense constructions independently of the other, what would be the best way to do so? "will + infinitive" "am/is/are + going to + infinitive" It ...
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Synonym to “software wizard”

Some software programs provide helper functions which guide you through a certain process, and traditionally these are called wizards. I wish to provide this functionality in the administration-side ...
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Word to describe when a person is interrupted by a trivial correction, distracting from the point? [closed]

Is there a word for a "technically accurate correction, but one that nobody needed. Something that causes a digression, which may or may not have been an attempt to diminish the original point by ...
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'Klick' vs. 'Kilometer'

Is it correct to use the word Klick instead of Kilometer in the following sentences? It's about 50 klicks to the next gas station. The US is about 25000 klicks from India by air.
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What is the origin of the term “cooling glass” as the term for sunglasses in Indian English?

I live in India, and in the region where I live, I have never heard the term "sunglasses" used while speaking English. The term used here is "cooling glass" (in singular.) The term gets used quite a ...
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How can I use phrase “Running Amok” , can I use “My running amok”?

I want to use "running amok" like "my running amok". Is that right or not? I want to use this phrase literary. Like "my running amok" or "my amok run" or "my run amok" etc. Please correct me.
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Term for words which can have the same or opposite meanings in different contexts?

For example, usually up and down refer to opposite directions. However, in American English, we could say we are "down" to do something or we are "up" to do it and mean the same thing -- that we want ...
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Name for letter U in words like 'suede' and 'penguin'

What is the letter U called when it says the /w/ sound in words like suede and penguin? I've read that y and w are semivowels but the U in suede and penguin doesn't really conform to the definition of ...
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A term for “real law” [closed]

I am looking for a term to denote "real" law, as distinct from "theoretical law". An alternate formulation is to say that I am looking for a term to be a legal equivalent/version of "realpolitik". ...
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In social networks, what is the person who is friend with numerous group of friends called?

Assume there is a class of a hundred students. Naturally, they won't all be friends - or, at least, good friends - with each other and all hang out together; they will form small groups of, say, five ...
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Word for a ‘vignette’ on a specific topic within a book

I have a very strong, nagging suspicion that there is a specific term for what I am thinking of here, but I cannot for the life of me recall it. In books, it is fairly common to see brief—or ...
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What is another way to say “Helped me find clarity in my life”?

I'm trying to say that a certain experience helped me realize what I want to do with my life because it helped me better understand myself. I'm trying to find an expression that communicates this that ...
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What is another way to say “I needed to explore beyond my comfort zone”? [closed]

I'm writing an essay for medical school applications. Both my parents were physicians, so it is what I was familiar with growing up. Instead of pursuing medicine in college, I decided to pursue ...
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Is “bench press” a valid name for the bench used for bench pressing?

Someone asked this on Russian.SE: How should one express the concept of "take turns" in Russian? For example, taking turns using the bench press in the gym, or taking turns on the Xbox ...
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What is a hypernym for the ascending and descending legs of a flight?

If an airline flight is everything that happens in between your starting and ending gates. What is the generic term for each time the plane ascends or descends during an air route? In layman terms, ...
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What is the technical term for an infinite sentence?

Is there a name for the infinite (repeating, unending) sentence or paragraph? Here is an example of what I mean: Joe Blow is a chef, painter, author and vocalist from San Francisco who enjoys vinyl ...
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Why are open source and closed source usually not hyphenated? Should they be? [closed]

Typically, English writers do not hyphenate open source or closed source when referring to computer software. Why is this? Should they be hyphenated or is it best to not use hyphens for these terms?
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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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The myth of metals

The Greeks had a myth of metals. It was the idea that citizens were born of a certain metal according to their place in society. It was a useful lie- something that motivated people to do the right ...
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Is there a single word for a rational fear?

If a phobia is an irrational fear, it's there a word for a fear that is rational?
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Difference beween “oscillate”, “vibrate”, “shake”, “quake”, “resonate”? [closed]

[Background] I am not a native English speaker. I am learning electronics and comes to some circuit that can "oscillate". [Question] I want to know the difference beween "oscillate", "vibrate", "...
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What is the term for using a word to refer to things related to the word?

For instance, if I say: I love Shakespeare! I'm not saying that I love Shakespeare the man, I'm saying that I love his works. Another example I can think of is: I like collecting history. ...
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What are the leading or trailing days on a monthly calendar called?

Example sentence: When looking at the month view of an online calendar, users can toggle visibility of [whatchamacallit] days from adjacent months. When you look at a monthly calendar, and the ...
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Term for piecemeal hospital bills

A minor emergency sends you to the nearest hospital, where you get an examination, including X-rays and an MRI. Fortunately, you have health insurance. But a few weeks later, you get get a bill from ...
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Correct English term to indicate “the culture one is born in”? [closed]

What is the English term that one uses to indicate "the culture one is born in"?