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

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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"?
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What is the term for the condition in which someone is mentally fragile due to explosion?

Some soldiers develop chronic psychological complications due to being too close to an explosion. They become somehow unstable, very irritable or confused. I mean being mentally ill because of being ...
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What are “get well” efforts?

What is the meaning of the phrase "get well" efforts? For example: "Get Well" efforts for newly deployed systems were becoming a standard practice and were consuming funds intended for more ...
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Generalized statements, mostly political

Is there a term used for statements made by politicians (and others) that are nebulous and allow people to infer what they want from them? For example, politicians speak about "Christian values", "...
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Architectural term for this large horizontal structure below an external window?

What would one call the large horizontal structural fixture (on which the five faces are embedded)? The image is from the Chicago Civic Opera Building, built in 1928. This throne-shaped 49-story ...
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What do you call an android that used to be human? (no organic parts)

I was wondering - Let's say we take your consciousness and put it in a complete cybernetic body? What would the term for that would be? I thought it would be Cyborg at first, But I know that's short ...
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A word for when you speak ill of something and it turns out the person you are speaking to likes that thing

Is there a word describing the phenomenon of when you insult or speak badly of something but it turns out the person you are speaking to likes or owns or is related to that thing? E.G. you say "The ...
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What is the term for a person that feels the urge to read everything?

It seems there could be more than one term, to describe different flavors of this urge: The urge to read may stem from inherent curiosity, so "bookworm" may fit. It is not precise enough because the ...
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Single word for watching and/or tracking

On an online discussion forum, there is a count of "Unread" posts, but actually it's new activity in topics which are marked by the user as "watching" or "tracking" (which have specific consequences). ...
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Whence visa “stamp”?

This question is inspired by http://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/69496/whats-the-deal-with-stamping-us-visas. The US government calls the visa sticker that is inserted into a passport a foil. ...
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What is a term to refer to two ideas in exact opposition (e.g. good & bad, positive & negative)? [closed]

So basically, I know the name for both sides of a coin, yet not the coin itself. In other words, when you refer to a coin, you don't want to say 'this object with one side heads, and the other tails',...
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Name for 'it' within grammar

I was about to ask a question like this: I just accidentally stabbed myself in the finger with a very sharp knife; when referring to the knife directly, is it more correct to say: "the knife ...
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Henceforth, heretofore and notwithstanding thenceforward wherewithal

I love * these kind of words: Moreover, therefore, heretofore, hereto, however, notwithstanding, furthermore, henceforth, wherefore, nonetheless, nevertheless, although, withal, howbeit, ...
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When YOU say 'you', instead of 'I' - what is that?

What is the name of the mechanism when YOU say 'you', instead of 'I' when YOU'RE talking about yourself, but with someone else? The capitalised instances above serve as an example of what I'm talking ...
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What is an adjective that describes 'one way' and 'two way' flow?

A few example are in order: One way flow An injection. A river flowing into an ocean. A mothers love. Two way flow Phone calls. The flow of water between two oceans. Herpies. So, as you can ...
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Is the term 'rubric' only used by educators and teachers? [closed]

I recently discovered one of those words that describe something you are familiar with but have never heard of or used before. When I was in high school and university, the teachers always used the ...
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Has there been a decrease of use of the word “rend” in literature?

The word "rend" (Verb: "to tear (something) into pieces with force or violence") is such an effective word. Descriptive and visceral. Yet it seems to me it's fading from literature and becoming an ...
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What do you call it when you “extend” a word? [closed]

On a programming site, I noticed http://stackoverflow.com/questions/37460404/unexplained-increasement-of-variable a beautiful word use, "increasement." Is there a term for, or how would you refer ...
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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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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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How do I say “He played varied roles very well in the movie”

What is the best way to say "the actor plays various roles in the movie?" What I really want to say is that the actor played many different kinds of emotions and personalities very well. I'm having ...
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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? [closed]

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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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 ...