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

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Antonym of “Portable” in the context of a computer programme?

First, some background information... In terminology regarding computer programmes, the term portable typically means being operational without having to install. In more advanced speak, it's where a ...
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Do scenarios hover?

I was recently editing a document produced by a consulting firm. I came across the sentence: Under this scenario, Kazakhstan can expect to secure its energy sector. I quickly replaced under with ...
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Is there a name for these type of words: where, what, near, up, down, how, if, would and so on

Is there a word to describe the collection of words of the type shown below. I'm not looking for a grammatical classification... knowing that they're mostly adverbs doesn't help. Is there something ...
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Term for an argument which cannot be distinguished from sarcasm/jest

What is the word or phrase identifying an argument or statement for which, based on the source, you cannot tell whether the person is being honest or not? The kind of argument or statement where you ...
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Word for cutting a sentence in half the rest of the meaning inferred

Is there any word for cutting off a sentence on purpose when the rest of the sentence can be inferred? I see this used sometimes when someone is talking about a grave danger. It is sometimes finished ...
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Street intersection name [closed]

What is the proper way to call a street intersection? Do we call it Sixth and Spring or Spring and Sixth?
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What's it called in english to be cautious about something you do?

Is there a term in english for where you want to describe the discreet or cautious approach you take, when you want to make sure you're not risking or jeopardizing anything in doing a routine job? ...
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What is name for saying “I feel X” as differentiating it for simply stating “X”

I am looking for the term describing the difference between: "The hotel is perfect." "I feel the hotel is perfect." I am making a case that sentences with only this difference can be considered ...
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The phrase “more sharp” vs “sharper”

So I was talking to my fiancee and she said "more sharp" to which I said "you mean sharper?". This is in context of talking about her current earrings being "more sharp" then her usual ones. She then ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “Sharp Showers” in UK Met Office Forecasts

The UK Meterological Office is the government body responsible for weather forecasting here. On TV and radio forecasts, they have taken to using the phrase "sharp showers" to indicate sudden, heavy ...
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A site where human bones have been discovered

Is there a shorter way of saying "other sites where human bones have been discovered"? I mean a site that is not a burial site, e.g a person has an heart attack, falls down on the ground and dies but ...
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Is there a term for nouns that describe the performance of a verb?

There are nouns that describe the performance of, or ability to perform a verb? E.g. perception / perceive communication / communicate collaboration / collaborate Is there a term for these nouns ...
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Name for a device purposefully put together from faulty parts

A tech jargon question: A friend thought he once heard a funny (?) jargon word for a device that was put together from faulty parts on purpose, maybe even with the very questionable intention to sell ...
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Enter or insert into the orbit?

There is a term orbit insertion which means a maneuver performed by a spacecraft flying by a celestial body in order to become an artificial satellite. What word or phrase would you use to describe ...
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What would you call the “neutral” variety in a range of food products?

Imagine you are naming a range of packaged, vegan, meat-like pan-fry kebab products that come with different marinades. There's a Curry, a Döner Kebab, and a Gyro. The final product of the range ...
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What would you call this “double entry” principle in English?

There is a system for entering the number of the ball that falls out in a lottery game. It consists of two computers operated by two different people. They each have to enter the ball number they see ...
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Is trypophobia a real word?

When I took psychology a semester ago, my teacher insisted that she has never heard of the word. When looked up in Merriam Webster's Dictionary, it did not pop up. Do medical professionals use this ...
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Parenthetical plural of unique examples

Sometimes media announcers, especially sports and business reporters, will make their examples plural, or parenthetically plural, even though those examples are obviously unique. For example, an NPR ...
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General technical term that uncontroversially encompasses both bacteria and viruses

We can speak of "microbes" or "micro-organisms," and I used to think that these terms clearly included viruses. And they are used this way by at least some other people; here's a website that refers ...
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Origin of term “Microbe” [closed]

What's the origin of the term microbe? According to related definitions and topics, I think it may be micro + be. If it is, what does "be" stand for?
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When was the term “gender essentialism” coined, and when did it come into common usage?

When was the term "gender essentialism" coined, and when did first it come into common usage? I was under the impression that the concept originated though the feminist existentialism work of authors ...
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What is the word for this military term, more specific than “envoy”?

"Envoy" apparently means messenger or representative, but the military term I want needs to be more specific. I'm thinking of a group, or just one person, who goes out before battle, meets the enemy, ...
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Why “resolution” means “number of pixels” [closed]

For whatever reason, word "resolution" (which has a very different meaning) people began to use as the determinant of the size?
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What is the word that sounds like “caromize” which means “cook a dish until we can reduce the juice in that dish to being viscous”?

OK, once I watched the Master Chef program and I heard people use a word that sounds like "caromize" to express the meaning of “cook a dish until the juices of the dish has reduced and is viscous”. ...
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Sword of Damocles

In an amusing Greek parable, Dionysius II teaches his courtier Damocles that luxury and wealth also come with responsibility and peril. This has given rise to the term Sword of Damocles. However, ...
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Word for “example of what not to do”

I found the term "anti-example" when googling for a word that means "example of what not to do" but I've never heard of it being used in common usage and googling it doesn't seem to lead to any ...
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How do you call a road without asphalt?

What is the right word to call a road without asphalt? I found the term "beaten path", but it seems to be used mostly for human-made (rather than car-made) paths within a forest. What I need to ...
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Name for first line of something

Is there a term for the first line of something, whether it's a poem, song, or prose? Addendum: Sometimes, though not always, the first line is the same as the title, such as in Walt Whitman’s poem ...
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What's the proper term for “Organize by subject, with a heading”?

I've noticed that people usually organize things by Grouping things with the same subject/topic together, then Putting a short heading at the top. What's the proper English word for this kind of ...
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Any words or phrases that mean “being jealous or envious but without letting it be known”?

I'm really curious because I get jealous over certain things but I of course make sure no one finds out. but I'd like to know if there is a word for it. I'm jealous but I don't in any way show it. My ...
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Is the word “patch” appropriate for source code update?

I've just checked in Wikipedia for some context where I could use the word patch, but most of the example usages I found only refers to "Software update" but not "Source code update" Is the word ...
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What would someone who has seen too much of something be called? Or is there no word for this?

Like when someone discovers something about their government that was suppose to be hidden & they get eliminated because they found out about it.
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Is there a word or phrase to define several words linked by hyphens, such as in “a sit-back-and-wait-for-it attitude”

some more examples: "And she gave me that aren't-I-just-gorgeous smile." "The I-did-it-my-way approach." "A from-this-day-forward-I-have-no-son scene."
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English word for “Zeitgeschehen” (present happenings)

The German word Zeitgeschehen is a noun that describes present happenings in general. Zeitgeschehen is most commonly used as the name of a section in media. Society, culture, news, … are put together ...
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A word or term to describe a person who feels pleasure in picking on one's skin

What do you call this behavior where gratification is felt when picking on one's or somebody's skin? I have this one friend who feels pleasure in doing such behavior when he is bored or nothing to do ...
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The difference between 'transfer' and 'transit' in the context of airports and train stations

There appears to be a fine shade of meaning between the words 'transfer' and 'transit' in the domain of airports and train stations, possibly sea ports as well. Consider this typical usage ...
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Alternative to “autopsy” for software

We're developing a software feature that allows the user to examine the result of a series of rules after those rules are executed. We've tentatively called this feature running an "autopsy". ...
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“increment or decrement to bring into range”

I'm looking for a (preferably single) word for "increment or decrement to bring into range", with particular emphasis on 'bring into range'. 'Reconcile' or 'limit' are not bad as far as target ...
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I am trying to remember a word/phrase that is often used to describe backwards and heavy handed laws

I am having the darndest time trying to remember this word/phrase. I have seen it used many times over the years to describe laws, rules, and policies that are usually very heavy handed and backwards ...
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Word or phrase for someone accepting a story completely & unquestioningly

If someone accepts a version of a story completely, without questioning any part of it, they ..... what? I'm looking for a word or a phrase or a more elegant, eloquent way of saying it.
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PC:“You are an American”, MSF: “No Sir, I am from Kentucky”, what kind of response is that? [closed]

edit: it seems this question is better ssuited for writers se, how do i move this there? I know following types of responses: Truthful, dishonest, sarcastic, unclear, In the movie edge of tomorrow, ...
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Which speech impediments contain the phonemes affected by said impediments?

There are at least a few terms used to describe specific speech impediments which are themselves difficult for a person with said speech impediment to say. For example: Lisp: Frequently conceived ...
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What is the antonym of “isolated” in the context of chemical substance?

I am looking for a word which would mean "not an isolated substance". I would use "blend" or "mixture", but these would imply that the components where isolated in the first place and then blended ...
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What do you call a day that is different from the usual days?

I am looking for a noun or adjective that describes a day that is different from the other usual days, in terms of routine. My usual routine every day is to stay in the house, do the household ...
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Term of Art Designation for a Tightrope Walker's Balancing Pole

One hot and humid summer day--7 August 1974, to be precise--my father, in a tone of unusual excitation, bellowed for me to join him in our living room where he directed my attention to the television ...
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Word for “a deep study”

In the past few years I've started to do personal studies on different topics ranging all parts of life. They range in length from a week to a few months, on and off, but focus on understanding a ...
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Word for a team from company 'A' working for company 'B ' at B's workplace? what this process can be called? [closed]

I think we can call it 'remote team' but is there any other more formal word for team and the process?
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A word for a squared layout of differently shaped objects

I am looking for a word which describes a layout of differently shaped and oriented objects that are all square relative to each other, and which leaves a minimum but necessary amount of space between ...
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Term describes the feeling of weariness or boredom

What do you call the state of tiredness or lack of interest. It is subtly different from ordinary boredom. A feeling like "the world is so boring"but just a little different, implying that the state ...
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Why is it called an Asynchronous method?

I was looking for an antonym for asynchronous (for documentation purposes) when I discovered that asynchronous means "not in parallel". To me an asynchronous call was always one that effectively ran ...