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

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What are the machines at the grocery store entrance called?

What are the machines at the grocery store entrance called? I'm talking about the 'CoinStar' machines specifically, but what is the general name for them? I'm planning on creating one, but to do ...
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Is there a verb to express moving files within a cloud, similar to “to upload” and “to download”

Writelatex is an awesome cloud solution to write LaTeX documents online. Through one of their dialogs one can "upload" files to the cloud. However, when looking at the options offered, all but one - ...
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Less technical term to describe how often a recurring schedule repeats itself?

Defining a recurring schedule requires two steps: How often the schedule repeats itself (e.g. weekly, every 2 weeks, every 3 weeks, etc.) Inside each repetition, when the recurrently scheduled event ...
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What is the difference between “deployment” and “release”?

In work environment, we frequently encounter the words "deployment" and "release" in technical context. I often hear them used interchangeably also. It is mainly related to "Release and Deployment ...
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Is there a term to describe the tendency to do what's minimum?

I will try my best to describe. Some times, I have found that people tend to do the minimum procedures to finish what they do, and find improving unnecessary. I understand different people have ...
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Question about meaning of “Object” in the Declaration of Independence

Referring to this: "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, ...
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What to call someone who always sincerely shows on the outside how and what he feels on the inside?

So, this person is very open, honest and brave to display his vulnerabilities and feelings (because that's what feels natural for him, and as a good thing, to do) whether he's out in public, with ...
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backquote vs backtick

What is the difference between backquote and backtick . Really, i search on this issue . And it seems that are the same . ` If so , Is it a synonyms ?
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How to define a numbering system clearly and succintly

I'm attempting to write a definition of an ordering scheme, and can't find the correct wording. The ordering should allow for different types of numbering systems, such as: Item1, Item1a, Item2, ...
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Term to describe fictional texts written in a non-fiction style

The term "creative non-fiction" is the opposite: a non-fiction work expressed in a fiction style, such as a historical novel. It may be a little less common, but is there a general term for the ...
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What do you call the the effect that causes people to miss the “the the” in this title?

Ages ago someone told me that most readers will not spot a double-the in a sentence. Something about the way we process words apparently filters out the extraneous "the" but I don't know what that ...
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Term for something similar to hijacking a meeting?

When someone says hijacking a meeting, IMO it usually means that someone has made the meeting all about his/her agenda. One time, I was invited to a meeting to talk about "ABC", but they only ...
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Expanding a contraction, where the expansion is not as it would seem

Consider these two sentences, one with a contraction, one without: I didn't check my voicemail. I did not check my voicemail. didn't is expanded to did not. Now consider: Why didn't ...
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English equivalent of komorebi (木漏れ日) — “sunshine filtering through leaves”

Is there an English equivalent of komorebi (木漏れ日), which means the sunshine filtering through the leaves of a tree (or trees)? It is made up of three kanji and the hiragana particle れ. The first ...
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Using 'certainly' at the end of a sentence — what is the correct punctuation and what is the construction called?

Consider this construction: Certainly, I will see you tomorrow. The word 'certainly' constitutes an introductory phrase, and the appropriate punctuation to use is a comma. (AFAIK). Now, ...
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Word or phrase for a scam-like enterprise based on ignorance

I've noticed a spate of schemes to raise money on Kickstarter, Indiegogo and through more traditional avenues that involve claims that are essentially physically impossible. A rudimentary due ...
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What is a word for an employee of a company that deals with community-related matters?

As in someone who interacts with the greater community and enforces an ethical code within the company. We came up with a few possibilities like "Crime Prevention Officer" or "Public Liaison Officer", ...
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Hypernym for cash flow directions [duplicate]

Is there a specific accounting-oriented hypernym for the directions of cash flow, i.e. debit and credit?
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Is there a term for if someone uses their own words on idioms consciously?

For example, instead of "barking up the wrong tree", someone uses "pulling out the wrong plant". Consciously or not, is there a term for saying idioms in your own words?
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In networking, is there a word for the first n bytes of an IP address? [migrated]

I have two IP addresses. They share an IP address to the nth byte. Is there a word that effectively says that they have the same IP address up to the nth byte? Are there different words depending on ...
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Single word for person entitled to receive a sales commission

I need a fairly specific single word for a person who is entitled to receive a sales commission. "Agent" for example isn't specific enough. A short phrase is also usable. Adjectives ditto. The ...
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generic reference, specific reference, and “particular reference”?

Webs are beautiful. (I'm sure it is a generic reference.) The web is beautiful. (I'm sure it is a specific reference.) The Web is beautiful. (This web refers to the World Wide Web, a specific web in ...
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Is the word “comparator” widely used outside of IT and computing — say, in statistics?

I came across the word “comparator” in the report of International Monetary Fund under the title, “Can women save Japan?” (WP/12/248) co-authored by Chad Steinberg and Masao Nakane “Japan has FLP ...
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Difference between “day after tomorrow” and “day after next”

According to the internet's wisdom, the term "day after next" means a day that might never come - basically some day in the future, if any at all. However, in Covert Affairs (S04E14) they seem to use ...
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What's the accusative absolute?

I'm no grammarian and so I am seeking an informal and comprehensible answer. I read the following definition for accusative-absolute, but I don't fully understand it, possibly due to the many ...
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Use of “perform” in academic jargon?

I was reading this article when I came across the following quote: "it’s a savvy and interesting thing to not perform the legitimacy of The Professor. Because this is the double thing: you’ve got ...
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Gill or Branchia

I am writing a dialog and I need to mention Gills (or Branchias), the respiratory organ of animals like fish. I was wondering which one would be more common or casual in English speech (say, in the ...
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Is there a word for a plot detail that becomes important retroactively?

I know that foreshadowing is when you drop hints about the future, but is there a name for it when a statement which is innocuous at the time suddenly becomes very important in the light of new ...
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What's it called when you use the characteristics of a noun as an adjective?

Please feel free to edit this question so it makes sense. For example, if you're saying: He has a bearish personality. We're using the qualities of a bear, (big, grizzly, perhaps dangerous), ...
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Passivity as a passive activity?

I was reading "A fault in our stars" by John Green and he did something rather interesting. The scene is one in which the mother wants her child to attend support group. All the child wants to do is ...
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Can't think of a name for a rhetorical figure

I have a feeling there's a name for a rhetorical figure, or perhaps a misuse of language, along the following lines: He went out to get drunk, and the mail. In other words I'm looking for a term ...
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What is the opposite of “Last updated”

I have a web site that manages issues with a building. I'd like to be able to sort the issues by "Last updated" - the most recently updated issues. "Opposite of last updated" - the issues that have ...
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What are the technical symbols used in the margin of a page called?

I research Latin texts which discuss a peculiar medieval practice: the addition of minute graphic symbols into the margins of the page, for example in order to indicate passages of interest, flaws in ...
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Researchers and universities are to Academia as covert operatives and secret compounds are to…?

The domain or the world of academics - teachers and researchers in universities and colleges - is referred to as academia. What do you call the domain of secret agents, spies and covert ops teams, ...
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What word means a rare but destructive natural event? [closed]

Is there a word that describes a natural phenomenon which rarely occurs, yet when it does so, it causes widespread destruction?
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Histonic cancer: Ok English? Or, Japanese English?

Histonic cancer Would this term be understood by English-speaking medical professionals? Google shows only 53 hits, and all are from Japanese or Chinese sites. If it is not natural English, ...
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Names for different age group

What are the age group names for each increment of a decade,starting from 0 and up? i.e. Octogenarian or teenager ?? Thanks
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Grammatical term for a noun phrase which consists of an alternate descriptor of the object

(EDIT: It's called a noun phrase, not a clause) I'm wondering what the correct term for this type of clause is, and what the appropriate punctuation is. For example: "I have lost my red hat, the ...
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What is a term or expression for a very imaginative person?

Someone who has a lot of ideas and different (efficient/productive) approaches in dealing with various situations. Someone who always comes up with some/another different, unexpected way for ...
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Category type for Observation/Forecast/Diagnostic/Analysis [closed]

I'm trying to build an application that searches archived weather data. I need a category term for which the values can be any of the following: Observation Forecast Analysis Diagnostic The best ...
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Terminology of a non-numbered page of text having 12 points?

I was in a law lecture and the lecturer referred to a sentence three-quarters down a slab of unstructured text as 'point 9'. The idea being, she explained, that a page of text 'has 12 points' and you ...
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Terminology for expressing the scale of a measurement system

I'm looking for the most applicable terminology for defining the scale of measurement units in a particular system. For example, for a distance, in 'metric', the 'small' scale could be 'm/s' and the ...
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One word to call people that attach their feelings to a concept

Is there a way to express in one word when people attach their personal feelings to a concept or an idea and then become very vehement at defending it because they consider it personal criticism. As ...
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Looking for a term that is the opposite of “location-based crowdsourcing”

When referring to services that provide access to crowdworkers to perform tasks to be done on a computer with an internet connection (e.g., Amazon Mechanical Turk), in contrast with those that allow ...
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marketing style of fairness products [closed]

If you have seen any ad of fairness related products, most of them show women who are disadvantaged by their complexion. Say, they show she isn't selected for a job interview because she isn't "fair" ...
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Confab still used?

The other day I used the term confab, and the person I was talking to (50-ish, smart) had never heard the term. I know it was a buzzword in the 1980's, and I was amazed that she had never heard of it ...
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What is the etymology of “Augenphilologie”?

Augenphilologie was used in the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night, and it seems like a fantastic word to use in writing. But I’m not sure how to use it in a sentence, or what its definition is ...
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What is a term for an invalid comment which is claimed to be the cause to something? [closed]

A comment that isn't related and ultimately doesn't make sense. E.g., someone doesn't clear the garden and another person calls him by "dude, are you a woman/dog/cat...etc. (you could put any word ...
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Is there a word or expression to call someone who easily gives credit, especially to insignificant efforts? [closed]

A common example would be a professor who is too mild in his marking of a poor assignments. Another example could be someone who doesn't add or say much with his words, but still receives a lot of ...
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Is there a word or expression for the “no it isn't.” “yes, it is.” to and fro, mutually?

The point in a conversation where it all gets rather child-ish from both sides: A: That ball is pink. B: No, it isn't. Are you blind? It's obviously purple! A: No, it isn't! B: Yes, it is! A: No, it ...