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Words that Represent Workarounds or Anomalies [closed]

I'm rhyming words in other languages and consequently I'm trying to pinpoint an idea that I need help with that I can use in the other languages. It's like a cheat or a work around. Something that ...
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Is puppy a synonym of dog?

I'm a bit confused as to why some thesauruses, e.g. Oxford Dictionaries, state that puppy is a synonym of dog. To me they are related but not a synonym. dog hound, canine, mongrel, cur, ...
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A word for “colors of a team or an organization”

I know this may be a dumb question, but I am trying to think of a word that doesn't come to me and I need it for a presentation. The best way I can describe the word is: A color palette or ...
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What's another word for 'centre' that starts with the letter 'S'? [closed]

Centre - (noun) the point from which an activity or process is directed, or on which it is focused. Like a shopping centre, sports centre, etc. I'm looking for another word for it but starts ...
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Conveying the idea of “balancing conflicting interests”

I'm looking for a less wordy way (either single word, phrase or even a metaphor or word picture) to convey the idea of the tension you feel when you have to balance two conflicting interests. Any ...
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Where can I get a collection of “word spectrums”?

I understand that the The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus includes "word spectrums" (see illustration below) for a number of words. Is there another source for such type of data? That is, I want ...
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Colloquial definitions of 'nice', possible alternatives?

I (and my family) use the word 'nice' in a very particular way which I seem to have trouble conveying to other people; so I've come here to see if there is anything remotely analogous. I describe ...
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Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of “a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around”

Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of "a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around". for example, John is sitting in his room in Kentucky, ...
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What a figure and an equation can (and cannot) make

A while back I had a list of things that a figure can and cannot make in a scientific paper. I got it from somewhere (maybe a book) and eventually lost it. I would ask for the community's help to ...
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Is there a single word for “place where I belong” or “eventual destination” [closed]

I am writing an email to the admissions of a university and am very passionate about their goals and vision. It is a very rigorous and very selective program, and I understand that it may take some ...
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What's an accurate term for “technical terminology” in the sentence:

I am a sucker for "knowing the exact term for a phenomena, a process, etc in a technical environment". Jargon is probably not a good word since it's too casual, and probably disapproving.
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What single word encompasses all of a person's social media & Internet presence?

I'm looking for a single word that describes the Internet & Social media presence of a single entity. Their digital footprint, as it were.
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Origin of the word “Thesaurus” [closed]

Thesaurus (Treasure) Origin from old Greek or Albanian language -> Thesari(in Albanian) - Treasure (in English). The word Thesari was build from two words in Albanian; Thes(in Alb)- Bag, + Ari or Ar(...
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An idiom for when you do a work but the work is insufficient

I'm looking for an idiom for when you do a work in order to better a situation. However, the work you do is not sufficient, so even though your work is not entirely wasted (as it does have some ...
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What do you call one who has been challenged? [duplicate]

How should I refer to one who has been challenged? One who offers a challenge is a "challenger," but what would be the appropriate term for the person who receives the challenge?
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Does a thesaurus of comparative adverbs or comparative adjectives exist? Needing a replacement for “more successful”

I want a word but I don't want to have to use "more successful". I don't consider successfuler a suitable attempt in the context I want to use it in either. I think this is called a comparative ...
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Is there an historical thesaurus?

Is there something like a thesaurus that offers terms more often used in the past? For instance, I beg you would, in Shakespearean times, be prithee, while chicks during the 1920s would be dolls. ...
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How would you describe the technique/etiquette or “do's and don'ts” of having a conversation?

I'm trying to find a good word to describe "things to do" while having a conversation with someone. For example, you would want to make eye contact, affirm your speaker, and not check emails on your ...
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What's another name for a circular continuum?

A continuum is anything that gradually changes from one thing to another. But I want another word that describes something that changes gradually and whose opposite extremes are actually one and the ...
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What's a good word for a category of non-technical blog posts?

I have a website mostly devoted to technical blog posts. In the main navigation there are links for JavaScript and CSS, which take you to a list of posts about those topics. My question is, what ...
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Where to look up more general terms for a word?

A few minutes ago, I was in need (for coding purposes) of finding a more general term for notions such as city, village, town, etc. Now, whereas I could just try a few options (e.g. locality? ...
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Noun for an individual that formulates a question and also for an individual that addresses an answer

Given a person who formulates a question, may he or she be called the questioner or enquirer? Likewise, may a person that addresses or responds an answer be called answerer or responder? Which are ...
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Negative versions of extreme adjectives

If something positive is "too much", it becomes negative. For example, too much security could be perceived as being trapped. Is there a term for this relation? In other words, if a word with a ...
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What is a generic word for a person being visited?

I am looking for a generic word for a person who is being visited. The opposite of visitor according to thesaurus.com is host. That's not what I'm looking for. A couple examples: an employee being ...
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Is there a word that encompasses both collaboration and individual help/assistance

I'm making a web widget that will include social media functionality (Twitter, Facebook, etc..) and also a personal chat with sales. I'm looking for a word (idea, concept, jargon) or some kind of ...
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Suitable adjective for implying romantic connections?

I'm looking for an adjective which I could use in the following situation for example: "Don't try to understand the joke Joanne said to George; it's a in-joke between romantic partners." becomes: "...
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phrase replacement [closed]

I sometimes use common phrases that I'd rather spruce up with a single word or more direct phrase, or perhaps just by using fresher wording. One phrase I'd like to change is: "was the fact that." My ...
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A thesaurus with archaic and obsolete words [closed]

Can you point me to any online thesaurus that contains obsolete, archaic, out-of-use synonyms for contemporary words? Google search is horribly unhelpful, yielding hundreds common thesaurus and ...
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?thesaurical, adj

The adjectival form of thesaurus does not seem to have been listed on (all) standard dictionaries. However, thesaurical occurs in literature1 and is also defined in Urban Dictionary. Do we have an ...
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What is the name given to organisation that hosts other organisations?

There are many businesses that hosts other related or unrelated business as part of their service. Example a plaza/shopping mall will have various stores, owned and operated by others, a university ...
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Concise phrase for “former employees' tasks” [closed]

I'm looking for a short, snappy alternative word/phrase meaning "person who has left the company". I have very limited space available (20 characters) for a label that conveys (in prose): List ...
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Is there such a thing as an idiom thesaurus that delivers synonymous phrases? [closed]

Is there a resource that anyone knows of that is a searchable idiom list that can provide synonymous phrases for idioms. For example, I saw on your site: step-by-step, day-by-day, inch-by-inch, and ...
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What is student discussion place called? [closed]

Is there any English (or in other languages) word for a place where students of different colleges discuss about activities (events, reputation) of their colleges/universities
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Good online thesaurus? [closed]

Does anyone know of a good online thesaurus? I've used http://thesaurus.com/ and http://www.merriam-webster.com/. Especially something that's good with phrases, figures of speech or idioms.
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What public domain thesauruses are available? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: English synonym online database? I am working on a project which needs access to the database of a English synonyms, preferably as a raw text file. Are there any public ...
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What is a good alternative to “the film is set in”?

I'm writing a paper about a movie. I would like to start like this: Monsters is a 2010 independent science-fiction film directed by Gareth Edwards and set in the Mexico-U.S. border region. It ...
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Word that means “Something only a philosopher would argue with”

I remember reading (apparently not on the internet) a lighthearted definition of the word I want to use. This noun means a kind of quibble that is so trivial that only a metaphysician or similar ...
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Is there a thesaurus which indicates the language of origin of each word? [closed]

I would be interested in using a sort of etymological thesaurus. Imagine a normal thesaurus, but with each word in an entry somehow marked to indicate whether it comes ultimately from Latin, German, ...
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Is there a reference book that lists words by usage or theme?

Similar to how a Thesaurus lists synonyms, is there a book that groups words (or phrases) together by conceptual usage? For example, this question is looking for words that describe a person's ...
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A Word that means “to adapt or improve, to conform to a higher standard”?

I need to find or invent a word that suggests a system might be "adapted or improved to conform to a higher standard". A verb, noun, adjective or even adverb would be acceptable, but so far I haven't ...
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Which thesaurus best describes the differences between several similar words? [closed]

Which thesaurus (online or paper) best describes the differences between several similar words? As a non-native English speaker, it is often difficult for me to distinguish the slightly different ...
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English synonym online database?

Is there a good english synonym database available in the Internet? I imagine that it should work like a translator: you enter a word and synonyms for this word are displayed. The reason for asking ...