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

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When did aircraft stop being called “ships”?

If you read older flying materials and books like the classic Stick and Rudder by Wolfgang Langewiesche, aircraft are very frequently and consistently referred to as "ships". Many movies and videos ...
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Is there a word or phrase for the time taken to become productive?

I'm looking for a word of phrase that essentially means the interim between when something has begun and when it is productive. This would be "boot time" on a computer. My specific example would be ...
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Is there a term for the use of an unnecessary or redundant adjective?

I know there is a term for the use of adjectives, and maybe adverbs, that are unnecessary or logically redundant. Examples are: -a free gift -a cold snow
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Is there a word for a horizontal 1D profile for depths below ground? [geology]

I am seeking a word to describe horizontal lines (1D) cut parallel to the (mean) ground surface. The context I need it for is a plot of some variable along a horizontal line at a specific depth below ...
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Is there a term for a sentence that suggests a question but isn't one?

I've noticed some sentences or phrases that suggest a question that people tend to accidentally end with a question mark. Examples: "I wonder why" or "The question is what we should do now". Is there ...
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Correct usage of 'consumption'

Which of the following sentences is correct? 1) My rice consumption has been slowly reduced, as I am on a diet plan. 2) My rice intake has been slowly reduced, as I am on a diet plan. I am not ...
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Word for someone between technologically illiterate and literate

I know that you call someone who is familiar with technology "technologically literate" and someone who isn't "technologically illiterate" I am looking for a word for those who are in between those ...
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what is the purpose of the suffix 'ish' at the end of the adjectives 'girlish' and 'boyish'

Hi could anyone tell me what is the purpose of the suffix 'ish' at the end of the adjectives 'girlish' and 'boyish? I mean you could use the suffix 'ly' but what is the need of the ish? I know that it ...
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Are modal verbs and auxiliary verbs actually verbs?

A friend recently told me that "can" is a rare verb without an infinitive. I have since looked it up and discovered it is an auxiliary verb. In my mind it modifies a "proper" verb in much the same way ...
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Is there a term for a highlighted option?

I'm curious - is there a term for a character that is used to denote a highlighted option in text-based navigation? For example, say we have this menu when navigating a text-only menu: One > ...
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What is the difference between “prognosis” and “pathogenesis”? [closed]

Google definitions: Pathogenesis: the manner of development of a disease. Prognosis: the likely course of a medical condition. They sound similar, perhaps it is about time I used a proper ...
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What is the difference between log in, sign in; register, login; log out, sign out [duplicate]

Although they are all over the Internet, but the answers are not fixed and were not asked all 4s at a time causing me to be confused. Is it accurate if I say: both login and sign in are the same as ...
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Is there a word or a term for when a story's ending is very similar or the same as its beginning?

In the novel Perfume, by Patrick Süskind, it is notable that the main character appears in the same setting and scenario in the beginning of the novel and in the end. Is there a word for when this ...
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Statement where the words are in question order

I am watching a video series to prepare for CCNA certification tests. The instructor has this horrible habit of making a statement with words that sound like he's asking a question, e.g. … it’s ...
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What does “state-bearing” mean?

I came across this term "state-bearing" yesterday and did not get it. As in the following example: "There was an emergence of state-bearing elite groups (civil servants and bourgeoisie) – we get an ...
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Is there a grammatical term for 'extra information' in a sentence?

Sorry if this is a basic question, but is there a grammatical term for the 'extra information' in the sentences below? He was giving a presentation to the finance department She was having lunch at ...
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What we call the next consecutive question in series of problem

on stack overflow we can edit the questions and this problem is based on that. Scenario I was asking problem A and got the solution of A but face a new problem B. How do I mention (reference ...
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Is there a term in English (or any other language) to refer to the movement of a large, rapidly spreading fire?

I like very specific words and this would help me with a poem I'm writing. Also, if you have any references for very specific words/know any yourself (English or otherwise), they would be appreciated. ...
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A word for 'independent episodes'

When we have a series of episodes where every single episode depends on and develops from the previous, we may call that a sequel, or maybe a continuum. Now let us say that we have a collection of ...
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“old stiff” (army slang, 1940s, Br)

I am reading the diary of a Colonel in the British Army in the 1940s. He describes some of the recruits as "old stiffs". This seems to be largely a compliment, and seems to refer to older folk who ...
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Which Sentence Does Not Belong Here? [closed]

I am trying to figure out the sentence that does not belong to this paragraph. The researchers developed three criteria for the test subjects. The test subjects needed to be women because the drug ...
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Can we say Copy-Right-Free instead of CopyLeft? [closed]

say a lot of people find the phrase "copy left" confusing so you may prefer to use "copyright-free" instead. is that ok? are they having exactly same meaning?
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Is there a word that describes this gesture of interlocking hands on the lower stomach?

Specifically, I am referring to the traditional gesture some female service staff members seem to do, when demonstrating their work or their readiness to receive orders. Also, this is the gesture ...
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Is there a term for a foreign word that looks like an English word but has a completely different meaning?

examples: Gift (German) = poison poisson (French) = fish embarazada (Spanish) = pregnant sauce (Spanish) = willow triviale (Italian) = vulgar parentes (Portuguese) = relatives slim ...
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Word for “entity who/that decides whether to grant or deny a request”?

Checker comes to mind but I want something better. The context I have in mind is in software development. What would you call the mechanism that will allow or deny user actions (based on users' ...
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a term for a “not web” traditional application

I am writing a cover letter and I would state my experience in both web application and "normal programs". "Normal programs" sounds so bad, what is a good term that I can use without delve into ...
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Is “root access” acceptable in a professional setting in Australian English?

In Australian English, which has a slang meaning of "root" which is best avoided in a professional setting, is "root access" acceptable in a professional setting? If not, what synonyms, preferably ...
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What do you call a registered taxpayer with no tax obligations?

What do you call a registered taxpayer with no outstanding tax-liability? I'll explain my hesitation with the term taxpayer: I take that payer means someone who pays money, so a taxpayer is someone ...
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What does “falling and missing the ground” mean?

I don't understand the use of the phrase "falling and missing the ground". How can one fall and miss the ground? What does it mean? Update Apologies. I found the use of the phrase at ...
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What does 'TL;DR' mean and how is it used?

I do my best, at my advanced age, to come to grips with the apparent acceptability of such widely used words/expressions/abbreviations as lol/LOL, IMHO, AFAIK, etc. However, TLDR/tl;dr defeats me. ...
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Monochrome vs. Monochromatic

What is the usage difference for the words monochrome (as an adjective) and monochromatic? Various dictionaries seem to have nearly identical definitions for the two words.
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What is generic name for devices like this?

Well, problem is programming-related, but main problem is a naming, so I guess it's a correct place to ask. I have various type of devices designed to affect environment conditions. Typical examples ...
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Collective term for physical as opposed to virtual (digital) destinations

I am looking for a word or phrase that encapsulates the following collection of nouns in the sense that they are all physical, proper entities, and that you can go inside them: Words that apply to ...
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What is a word that means unforgettable but with a negative connotation?

When I look up unforgettable in a thesaurus, I get words like enduring, remarkable, or exceptional. These all are positive; I just cannot forget such a wondrous thing! I, however, want a word that ...
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what do you call a table that contains counts of items which have 2 characteristic attributes represented by the rows and columns?

What do we call a table that holds counts? A binning table? Frequency table? Unnormalized probability density table? What if, instead of a table, it's just a list? And what if the table has more than ...
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'The Underlying Ethos'

The other day I stumbled upon a tricky English sentence: 'In a significant departure from the underlying ethos of the Thatcher era, Cameron declared, in his speech, that...' I'm not too sure about ...
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Any terms meaning the 'first snow of autumn'?

I am wondering if there is a term for the 'first snow of autumn'. The word I am looking for could come from the semantic field of meteorology, or perhaps farming etc. I know of the terms 'killing ...
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What is term for a 'person who doesn't have own decision'? [closed]

What is the English word/term for a 'Person who doesn't have own decision' & do things only for others?
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Similar meaning to 'abstract' and 'concrete'?

I'm looking for some terminology. This terminology is mostly only paired with a specific part of speech (I believe verbs). Essentially, some verbs can easily be seen and some verbs cannot easily be ...
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A Term or Expression for Recursion in a Lucid Dream

I occasionally have lucid "false awakening" dreams (the most recent occasion being this past night) where I know I'm dreaming, I have the conscious will to wake up, and when I attempt to wake up it ...
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What is the etymology of 'munge'?

My own brief investigation into the etymology of munge yielded the following entry from The New Hacker's Dictionary: [derogatory] To imperfectly transform information. A comprehensive ...
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What's an item called that was required to progress in a video game, but now isn't?

This question was inspired by an Arqade question: How do I save a Destiny warp drive?. The premise is this: In order to progress to mission 3 (or 4 etc.) you must complete the second mission. The ...
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Is there a word to describe a work of art that relies on astronomical conditions?

I have two examples in mind. The first is this stunning Veterans' Memorial, and the second is the more prosaic and common examples of analemnas in art, the one in the movie Castaway, for example. ...
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English Typography in the 17th Century

I was browsing through some very old English texts when I came across this page from The memoires of Sir James Melvil of Hal-hill, by George Scot (1683). The first thing that struck me was the anatomy ...
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What determines gender-specific names used for different animal species? [closed]

What determines which male/female terms to use for different animal species? For example: "Bull versus cow" is used for cattle, elephants, and camels "Boar versus sow" is used for pigs, badgers, ...
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Name for a tool to customize a product online

On ecommerce websites (and some others), sometimes there is a tool that shows an image of the product which uses a system of drop downs or check boxes to specify characteristics to customize the ...
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Was the blue screen of death ever just a blue screen?

Etymologically speaking, at least according to Wikipedia, the term Blue Screen of Death: originated during OS/2 pre-release development activities at Lattice Inc, the makers of an early Windows ...
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Fin vs flipper?

What is the difference between fins and flippers? While my own intuition says that a fin would be fixed (like, a shark's dorsal fin), and a flipper could be moved about way more (like a turtle's ...
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Is there a term for coining a phrase for a word that already exists?

Usually a new term emerges and it becomes necessary to add a qualification to an old word for disambiguation. examples: "mono sound" versus "stereo sound" "analog watch" versus "digital ...
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Looking for a term to describe looking back to a certain point in time

I work on designing an application which will enable the user to post "Stories" (diary entries) for parents for their kids. The application has a feature which lets the parent post a story that dates ...