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

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Is “Milk and honey” a way to describe curvy women?

In Czech there is a term used for curvy women: krev a mlíko "Krev a mlíko" means "blood and milk". In this term, "blood" is a reference to red cheeks on a girl (which was considered a sign of ...
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Toll Booths 1,2 and 5

Suppose I have a collection of numbered items, say toll booths that are numbered from 1 to 10. Consider three sentences: Toll booth 4 is closed today. Toll booth 1, toll booth 2, and toll ...
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What is the word for “history of the study of the subject”?

Suppose the subject is nutrition. Is there a word for the history of the study of nutrition? Or the history of the study of a science for that matter? I thought it was one of those epi-ology words ...
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What tense uses a modal with “be” and a past tense verb

I am trying to determine the tense of a certain verb group. This group uses a modal/auxiliary with "be" and the past tense of the action verb. Examples: He may be finished. She must be ...
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Name for words with same consonant sounds but different vowel sounds

Is there a name for words with the same consonant sounds, but different vowel sounds? For example: talk, take sit, site taught, tote bough, bow My son has been mixing up these sets of words. I'd ...
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Acrylic vs methacrylate

A native Spaniard here, asking about what we call metacrilato — this manufactured product: What would you call it? I have seen use both acrylic and Methacrylate, maybe one of them is more ...
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prefix for “possible”, “supposed”, “potential” etc.?

I am looking for a prefix to express the meaning of something possibly belonging to a class / category, or being a candidate for the concept in question. For instance, a "[...]-solution" would be ...
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Need a word for the inability to feel anger

I need a term for the inability to feel anger. Features desired: Single word Prefer connotations of incapacity rather than benefit Prefer reasonably clear specificity to anger More clinical tone ...
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What to call the mean between Buy price and Sell price?

In currency exchange (for example when you have US dollars and want to buy euros, or the opposite), what do you call the mean between the Buy price and Sell price? In Japanese we call it TTM: TTM ...
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Most appropriate term for round and x-marker on a (scientific) chart?

In a research paper, I'd like to refer to some specific markers on a chart. One marker looks like an x, and the other one is small circle. What would be proper terms? Circular marker and x-marker?
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Is there a term that describes the class of words that, if accidentally dropped, completely invert the meaning of the sentence?

When typing a sentence, accidentally dropping a word is much more common than accidentally adding a word. I do it often enough in long emails that I have to double check any important draft before I ...
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Is there a term for spelling errors that occur when heterographs are mixed up?

For example: "I am quitting this job with immediate affect."
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Whats a word for a non-communicable (non-contagious) disease that has still spread throughout a population?

Normally I would use forms of the words epidemic, pandemic, or infection but these would imply that the disease in contagious. Are there any words that mean a disease has spread but is not contagious? ...
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Is there a specific term for an upwards (downwards)-pointing triangle?

I see Unicode expresses the character symbols as simply '[BLACK] UP-POINTING TRIANGLE' etc, but are there any single-word or 'catchier' terms for these orientations of triangles? ▲ △ -- ...
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What is a tool that encrypts data called?

If I have a software that encrypts data, how do I refer to it? 'Encryptor'?
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Is there a word for identifying shapes in other objects (i.e., clouds)

I"m looking for a word that describes the process or act of identifying a shape, symbol, or whatever from another shape. For instance, if you look at clouds, sometimes you see an animal, or shape. ...
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What is the term used “When a person is called in to work on a holiday”?

Someone asked me about what term is used for a person who is called in to work on a public holiday. (He told me that it is called pump of leave, but he himself was not sure of it.) So, there are two ...
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Is it accurate to say a baby is x inches taller or longer?

So today I was sending a picture of my new born to my British manager. I was saying that the baby looks a little bit different than the picture now he is 4 cm taller She replied me saying taller or ...
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Reduced color or paint

When I apply less amount of paint, how is the resulting color (or paint) called? Reduced color? Mitigated color? Diluted color? Modified color? Limited color? Decreased color? In other words, when I ...
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what's a word/phrase that describes unwillingness to share advice (such as strategy on how to improve in a sports match)?

I'm having trouble coming up with a word/two-word phrase describing unwillingness to share advice (such as strategy on how to improve in a sports match)? May someone help? I'm hoping that this would ...
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What do you call glyphs representing kills painted on a weapon or vehicle?

Media depictions would have it that in some militaries, soldiers traditionally paint icons representing enemies they have killed or materiel they have disabled on the weapons used or vehicles operated ...
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What is the term for a situation where you need to do first in order to do second, but to do first you need to do second?

Practical example: In order to get a job you need experience. To have experience you need to get a job. What is the right term to call this?
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Sixty-nine callback

In the movie 'Fight Club' I heard the phrase 'Sixty-nined you' for calling back. Is that common in American English or special for New York where you can press the 6 and 9 to call the last incoming ...
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Can the word 'loo' mean bathroom (with bath and shower and all) [closed]

English is not my first language, so I may be completely wrong, but I always thought that 'loo' meant 'toilet', the thing itself as well as the small room with just a toilet and maybe a small sink, ...
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What's the term for introducing an error when you edit a sentence?

Several years ago, I recall learning an English term that described the following sort of error: I write (or begin writing) a sentence without error. I decide to change something in the sentence. I ...
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What do you call two words that contradict each other in a sentence?

I'm having trouble as to what you call two words that contradict each other. For example, "That was weirdly normal." I think this kind of word play is used in puns and jokes. But I do not know how you ...
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What is the definition of “iat” in Commissariat/Secretariat

What is the definition of "iat" in Commissariat/Secretariat, also what are some other "iat" words. (Links, if you have any, please.)
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An unlikely but very bad event (technical word)

I'm looking for a word that describes an event or situation that is problematic but unusual. The word should indicate that something is theoretically possible, but so unlikely that you could ignore ...
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what is the term when the kingdom ruler changes through an assassination

In the ancient times ,there was periods they changes the ruler of a kingdom or empire by assassination him . what do we call that? changing the king in a quick time through assassination? do we call ...
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What does it mean in this context by “Gem”?

From here, I found such a sentence: This Gem won't cover hardware details... Besides, I also found a book named: GPU Gems I could not look up the meaning of "Gem". What's its meaning in ...
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Non-obvious or nonobvious?

I've seen both, even in the same Wikipedia article entry. Is there a right and wrong version, or is either version OK as long as I'm consistent? I'm using the word in the context of patent law, as in ...
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Is there a word for a bright spot in the shadow of a lens or lens-like object?

Or for example on the bottom of a pool as light is focused by waves on the surface of the water. It seems awkward to just call it a shadow since it implies being darker than the surroundings.
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Terminology - What is the exact word to describe 'being skeptical of something/someone'?

What word do we use to define someone who is accusing someone/something for everything going around him or her. For example, lets say Jack accuses Jill for everything happening to him. He falls off ...
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Term for distinctive wasp flight pattern

Many wasps have a characteristic way of flying back and forth while approaching the opening to their nest (see for example the intro paragraph in this Wikipedia article on yellow jackets). Is there a ...
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Common test result attributes

I am having troubles finding the right words or labels for a part inspection as my native language is not English and I can't seem to find the right search keywords to look at application ...
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Individually meaningful building block of a complex word

If there is a complex word that consists of two simpler words, what would you call each component, or individually meaningful building block, that the big word consists of, relative to the big word? ...
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What do you call an event that happens without a cause?

I used to think those are random events but someone over at physics.stackexchange.com insists that randomness means something else so I am at a loss here. Can someone help me out? What do you call an ...
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Why are financial terms not self-descriptive or well-chosen? [closed]

There are some lingual debates about naming concepts correctly so that you can understand the real concept from its given name. I'm entering into financial markets (I'm a computer programmer who is ...
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English term for switching phonemes between words? [duplicate]

Is there the English term for switching phonemes between words, creating something like Freudian mistakes? For example, changing 'lumberjack' to 'jumper's luck'. As fair as I can remember, one of ...
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The instrument that measures the consumption of water

What is the English name of this instrument, that measures the consumption of water? In Hebrew we call it "Sheon Mayim" (literally: "water clock"), but in English, water clock is a clock for ...
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A word or term for a physical type of a prize?

Is there any phrase with the word "prize" that would describe that the prize is a material one? I.e. you would get some kind of a product or thing, not money.
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Is there a term for someone who “can see multiple perspectives”?

A colleague of mine is trying to describe herself as "capable of seeing a situation from multiple perspectives" or "able to look at the big picture from various viewpoints". I feel like there must be ...
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How did the term “dongle” come into use? [duplicate]

Why was the word "dongle" chosen to represent this kind of hardware device? I can imagine that it was related to the word "dangle"... since dongles tend to dangle - but that's just my hunch and not ...
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Is there a term for an uplayable Solitaire hand?

Occasionally I deal myself a hand in solitaire - Klondike - that is unplayable. It's so infrequent that I feel as if I've dealt myself a winning hand - in Bizzaro world possibly. I was thinking ...
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What happened to the “knee”?

When describing bends in piping, joints, and in many other contexts the word "elbow" is used. You go to the hardware store and you see 90 degree elbows. The word elbow is used everywhere. Why not ...
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What do you call a circular paved protuberance added to a paved street?

I used to own a house located in a modern suburban street with a circular protuberance, a circular paved (tarred) surface appended to the paved street it was part of. Four houses with their gardens ...
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Is there a term for words that indicate “direction”?

For example, words like "left", "right", "close to", "above", "across from" etc. I've found on a lot of websites they're called "directional words" but I was wondering if there was a more technical ...
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Find or invent a term for “Completely intersecting minus one”

I'm writing a paper that frequently references regions on a string, and these regions often intersect. I need to succinctly describe regions that almost completely intersect. For example, given the ...
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Meaning and etymology of “Hat-trick” and “Brace”

We all know that in the footballing world, when someone scores 3 goals, they call it a Hat-trick and when two, a Brace. I was wondering how these words are related to numbers 3 and 2? Is there any ...
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Poor but not financially, rich but not through money

I'm thinking of these concepts, because I'm writing an article: Some people are poor financially, but they act like ladies and gentlemen. In other words, they have kind hearts, big spirits, profound ...