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

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Is nationalism specifically secular?

Does the word nationalism specifically imply a feeling of kindred superiority in a secular sense? For instance, if country X opposes themselves to country Y based on religious practice or reasons, ...
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what is the way of ending formal mails?

what are the ways in which we can end formal mails and also let me know what kind of beginnings are appropriate for formal mails? I generally mention : Opening:Dear Sir/Madam Closing: Thanks and ...
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Is there a term for this phenomenon?

I've been wondering for a while now whether there is a word (or linguistic term) that specifically refers to an instance where a clause can be part of either the clause before it or the clause after ...
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Is the term “step-action table” jargon?

I'm an engineer. My doc team has been using step-action tables to create user-facing documentation for some software that I've built recently. I think these tables are awesome, but I keep seeing ...
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What's the name for when a layman thinks a technical task is easier than it actually is?

As a software engineer, my job is highly technical. A co-worker and I were remarking that frequently our non-technical co-workers will assume that we're not working if a task takes longer than they ...
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What do we call a person who studied humanities, e.g. at university or college?

What do we call a person who has a background in the humanities as a field of study, e.g. linguistics, comparative literature, but isn't necessarily a humanities academic? Is that correct to say a ...
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Mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive

Is there a word that means "Mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive" (as an adjective) or "to be mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive" (as a verb), or is there a noun that describes ...
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What is the word for this container?

It's glazed ceramic, tan and brown. There's no handle. It's about 21" tall and about 10" diameter. It's quite heavy. The sides are straight up and down. Thank you.
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For a business document, what term would be used for stating the last time the document has been modified?

I need to translate a german business document where in the footnote of each page a single word or term determines the last approved modification of the document. So far, I found "as of", "as from", ...
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In an official business document, what term do you use for cost estimates in work days?

For a translation of a german document to english, I need a term for extimating how long a task will take. I've found that some people seem to use "rate per day" or "man-days", where the latter would ...
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What is the terminology for a stone used for sculpting?

So, when sculpting, the sculpture is originally an irregular piece of stone. Is there any special word for that piece of stone?
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Is there a term to describe the physical location of an object, as well as the time in which it exists?

Where such a term would reference the location/time of an object, almost like it was of a property of the object. That is to say, if a duck is red, blue, yellow etc, we describe it has having a ...
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Clear-cut = human-driven disturbances? [on hold]

I was wandering how to correctly title my research paper. In this, I compare the dynamic of natural disturbances - windbreaks, insects, fire... to extent (dynamic) of clear-cuts over multiple years. ...
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How to refer to sections of an S-shaped curve?

Suppose that I have an S-shaped curve. What term do I use to refer to each of these three separate sections of the curve: the upper section, which starts from the top end to the leftmost bend, the ...
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Terminology: Philosophy tests with “thought experiments.” Linguistics tests with what?

What is the term, if any, for the type of test done in linguistics to check if a proposed description of a language “rule” is actually valid? An example of this type of test is done by Geoffrey ...
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Plumbing terminology. A name for a pipe.

So I have this pretty large-size (water) pipe that runs to my house. A couple of years ago I had some guys run a smaller pipe from that "large-size" pipe to my barn. Well, my question is this: what do ...
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Is “plurality” a valid word, and if so, what's the difference between it and “pluralisation”?

When I saw the word "plurality" being used in a grammar context, I thought they were getting mixed up with election related terminology - winning more votes than anyone else, but not getting a ...
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Word to describe people in internet thinking very same, using same websites, reading same resources [duplicate]

Is there a term or word to describe people in internet feeling very same, like if they were doing absolutely same things using internet? Here in the web we have too many apps and websites, but many ...
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Term for both utopias and dystopias?

I am writing a comparative analysis paper of Walden Two and Brave New World from a political theory perspective. What I was wondering is if there is a term for these kinds of work which bridges the ...
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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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Word that Means a Pool of PCs that Distribute their Processing Power Equally?

I want a word or phrase that means a group of PCs that distribute their processing power equally. For example, when one computer is in sleep and another is active, the active computer can be boosted ...
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An alternative to using the word “Resources”?

I am stuck with a labeling issue. we have a software that allows users to publish content including release notes, product screencasts,white-papers etc. So far I have been using the label Resources ...
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“effective and efficient estimation” or “accurate and efficient estimation”?

In math, we always need to derive some methods and strategies to estimate an unknown thing. For a good method, first it should get an estimation that is as accurate as possible, and second it should ...
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Word for displaying the percentage of works hours logged by employee

In a project we need to display percentage of work done by the employee. For example in a week of 40 hrs, employee only logged in 20 hrs of work. Then we need to display 50%. That percentage can be ...
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Is there a word to collectively refer to “the things on the office table”

For example, "Confectionaries" is to refer to all kinds of candy. I'm looking for a word to describe all sorts of things one might find on the office table (pen, paper, paper clips etc)
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What is a “biological-only” father called?

To simplify things, I'll put it as if it were my father: My mother conceived me without being married, and my father never acknowledged me. I don't remember ever having met my father. What is ...
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Is there a specific word for a person who tries to tell you what you think or believe?

Is there a specific word for a person who tries to tell you what you think or believe?
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What do you call all the pieces of a song minus the lyrics

I think there must be a good word for this, but can't think of what it might be. Harmony and Melody are pieces of it, beat seems simplistic, Instrumentation seems too scientific and dull. Any Ideas? ...
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Is there a term for constructions like “he/she”, “his/her”, “yes/no”, etc

I'm referring to a construction in a text where two options are provided, of which only one will be valid in practice. For example: The user has the option to choose his/her own avatar.
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Terminology to describe the formal use of “I wish to”

I am aware that there is a similar post, however, is there a more specific term (other than simply formal) to describe the use of "I wish" in the following case: If your Ladyship doesn't wish to ...
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What is the act of breaking a pen nib after signing a death sentence called?

I have noticed that every time a judge sentences someone to death sentence, he breaks his pen’s nib after signing his order. So what is this act called? I mean any specific term or single word for ...
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Is there a shorter/better term for disagreement in number than singular-plural mismatch?

Consider someone mentioning "a bacteria", where the number of the pronoun article doesn't match that of the noun. I suppose one could say there's disagreement in number, or the pronoun article ...
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Does “the military” refer to any military?

When someone uses the term "the military" is it implied they are talking about the military of the current country they are in, or any military? For example I sometimes see on application forms "Have ...
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Term for people that think the minority or farfetched view is always the truth? [closed]

Not just limited to conspiracy theorists, but folks who have a tendency to believe in alternative, super minority views as THE truth and strongly believe in them with little validation or proof. They ...
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Why is “violated” being used as future perfect with a person as the object?

On Aviation StackExchange, I've seen these: I don't think you will be violated.. He was subsequently violated... Pilot [...] may now be violated for it. ... pilots have been violated... It seems ...
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Term for the person working with chocolate

What is the term for a person working professionally with chocolates (stuffed chocolates and alike of the finer sort)? I'm looking for the "title" of such a person in the same manner as the word ...
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term for the finalizing dialogue used when ending phone conversation

How do you term the finalizing dialogue used when ending a phone conversation.Particularly with a loved one like a close immediate family member,Partener &/or offspring.
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A term for “utopic tool”

This question is more philology than engineering. As a non native speaker, I am looking for a word in english to describe a tool that has reached its perfection. So it is a synonym for ...
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Generic term for either debit or credit

In double-entry accounting, transactions are a series of debits and credits applied onto various accounts. What English term could be used to represent something that is either a debit or a credit in ...
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What are people, male or female, working in a Brothel, called?

They sure are not called call girls or hookers (absolutely not!). I don't believe "call girls" because these are people working in an establishment, right there, not making calls, not that 'kind'. ...
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J. Oliver's usage of the word 'bog'

I have a question about the usage of the word 'bog' in the following sentence: Bog standard scoops of ice cream etc I understand that the meaning is 'form'; nevertheless, this is the first time ...
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Origins of the sports idiom “playing 500”, meaning same number of wins/losses

In sports, people often say that a team is "playing 500", meaning that they have the same number of wins and losses for that season. Why not say "fifty fifty" or "half and half" or "50 percent"? Why ...
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Scientific Nomenclature: italics or roman in an italic environment

Scientific Nomenclature says that: Italics are used for bacterial and viral taxa at the level of family and below. All bacterial and many viral genes are italicized. Serovars of Salmonella ...
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An adjective for your place of origin when it differs from your place of birth ? (like in Switzerland)

My question may seem strange since in most English-speaking countries, someone's origin is defined by their place of birth (at least that is what I think). But in Switzerland your origin is defined by ...
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Term for phrases which are synonymous as a whole but antonymous on a literal reading

Is there a term of phrases where there are multiple ways to say the same meaning (that is, the phrases are synonymous), but on the surface, the structure of at least some of the phrase components have ...
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Is “apt alliteration's artful aid” actually alliterative?

... and if not, what is it? This cropped up in a facebook expat group that I am in, when one commentor insisted it is assonance, not alliteration. As the only linguist in the group I was called on to ...
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What's a good term for source code that could theoretically still run, but is purposefully not?

I'm a software engineer. There are many times when I write a good chunk, or even the entirety of, a feature, but opt not to make it actually run in the program for some reason or another. This code is ...
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What word describes writing a word someone else said while trying to write something else?

I was trying to write "diagram" and someone said "poop" and I ended up trying to write "diapoop." I quickly caught myself, but I've always wanted to know what word is used for this phenomenon, if ...
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What are these containers called?

The german term is Absetzmulde (Image search). They look like this: Image source: Sirch GmbH There are varios different styles of bulk goods containers that can be easily loaded on/off a truck, but ...
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Phrasal verbs with synonymous opposites

There are some cases in English where one can substitute in a word that normally has an opposite meaning, but instead produces the same meaning. For examples, consider the following meanings and ...