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What do (or what can) artists do?

I am attempting to give a title to something I am writing but having a bit of difficulty finding a fitting verb to proceed the word 'art.' I am centering what I'm writing around this quote: "God's ...
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I'm looking for a word like “routing out” that also describes a “blind gamble”

When my old dog and I had a regular local park, upon entering, she used to immediately run through all the bushes, hoping to flush out any squirrels. She didn't know if there were any squirrels ...
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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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hierarchical representations of verb meanings

Nouns can quite easily be represented in semantic hierarchies... ...with "hyponyms" serving as specific instances of "hypernyms." Q: Does anyone know of similar representations of verbs? Some ...
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“warmth of one another” or “one another's warmth”

"A companny of porcupines crowded themselves very close together on a cold winter's day to profit from ............ and to save themselves from being frozen to death." I need to fill in the gap with ...
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word or phrase for a smell that sparks nebulous memories of times or places past

I sometimes catch a whiff of something that reminds me very strongly, but very vaguely, of a time in my past. Different whiffs for different times. It's not a single identifiable smell and a single ...
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Genre restrictions [on hold]

How to say correctly: 'law of the genre', 'rules of the genre' or 'genre principles'? For example: — In your fashion magazine no suffering at all. There are no hungry children, old age people... ...
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How to use the word “piquant”?

I referred the meaning for the word piquant and the dictionary online gives two contexts in which it can be used 1) taste : piquant taste 2) attractive and charming : piquant face But I am seeing ...
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What do you call something which is absurd, irrelevant, and institutionalized/departmental? [on hold]

I am attempting to describe a college class. It seems as though it is the result of some high-up departmental administrator who wanted to impress their boss. There are a plethora of words that can ...
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“One word for ”Has the same features“”

Is there a single word to state two versions of a software have the same feature? I would like to say "Version X+1 is comparable-in-terms-of-features to version X" I cought "isofunctional" online ...
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What's a modern equivalent of “fie on thee”?

Is there a modern equivalent to the archaic expression "fie on thee"? I'm aware of expressions such as "damn you" and the like, but I'm looking for something less strong.
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Authors recommendations for intermediate level English reader [closed]

Which authors (or books) would you suggest to an intermediate level English reader to improve his reading skills and vocabulary? The main requirement is an authoritative use of standard English ...
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What is the word start with “M” has the meaning of other? [closed]

What is the word start with "M" has the meaning of other, additional, complementary, separate?
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Keep shares/stocks for a short time and sell them

I am looking for some vocabulary that describes the practice of buying and keeping stocks/shares for a short time and selling them to gain quick proft. It could be a compound noun. I am not sure.
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Persister or Persistor

Computer science uses the term "persistence" to describe, basically, data that sticks around after the device is turned off. The corresponding verb is "to persist". What I'm looking for is a noun to ...
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Difference between agenda and schedule

I am not a native speaker. A business friend will be in town soon, and I am trying to draft a file to schedule his trip. He will have a lot of meetings in town and then he need to travel in several ...
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Exponent vs. Proponent

"Exponent" and "proponent" seem to have (at least) overlapping definitions in the sense of "one who advocates". What distinguishes them?
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“Leave” doing sth meaning stop / give up

Is it correct to say "leave a course" (stop doing it, give it up)? e.g. I took an English course but after some time I left if .
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Is there a word for a professional who has a beautiful and neat handwriting and whose work consists of using that attribute?

These days, when we use the computer for everything, it may be very difficult to find professionals who have beautiful and neat handwriting and whose work consists of using that skill. A century ago, ...
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Which word is best; “population”, “pick” or “combination”?

Please look at the sentence below. The ________ of actors and actresses is very important in this movie I will make. Which of the following three words fit best in the blank space? ...
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differentiating between all that and what

Original-- extracted from the book Scarlet Letter: Like all that pertains to crime, it seemed never to have known a youthful era. My own rephrased sentences: Like whatever that pertains to crime, ...
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What's a word that means intentionally gullible? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a word to describe someone that is easily persuaded to believe things that they are aware is likely to be too good to be true. Something along the lines of an optimistic cynic, ...
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The term for a long sentence with the point at the end

I recall from my youth a term for a long sentence which hid its meaning or point until the very end. it was used often in academic writing (and since, I was doing much academic writing, I used this ...
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Dredge (live by the dredge?)

I've just come across a sentence like this and couldn't figure out what dredge is in it: Anyway, he lives here, in Texarkana, near here, out by the dredge. Now in dictionaries a dredge is ...
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A word for “life experiences”

I am looking for a word that has the same meaning as "life experiences." I tried to use legend, but I think it is too big for an individual person like me.
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Why is food crazy?

Funnily enough, food is often used metaphorically to describe someone's eccentricity or level of sanity. We have nuts Slang. a foolish, silly, or eccentric person. an insane person; ...
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Is there a name for starting a chapter with a quote?

I am writing an article for school, and am trying to find the term used to describe a chapter which starts with a quote; my supervisor has said that there is a term for it, but he cannot remember what ...
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What is it called, when a situation is described in a complicated way instead of a simple one?

How to say in English, when one describes the matter in a more complicated manner than it is. For instance, one has two options, A and B; and either of them has to be accepted. One want to say the ...
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The connection between roosters and genitalia

It is a known fact that the same word (same spelling and pronunciation) is used to describe both a rooster and a part of male genitalia (I am not sure how vulgar it would be of me to use the word ...
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Is majoritively a word?

So I was writing a sentence and the word majoritively popped into my head as a "Hey, why not? Sounds good!" type of word. My sentence was to the effect of: Our GridViews majoritively use classic ...
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What does the word “abjection” mean in this context?

I am learning vocabulary and I needed to know the meaning of abject and abjection, and how to use it. I referred Merriam Webster. They gave an example: I protest … this vile abjection of youth to ...
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what is the meaning of “sparrow hands”?

Here is the text. "A heavy gypsy with an untamed beard and sparrow hands..." Would you explain that what kind of hands called the sparrow hands in English. is it the hand like a sparrow's claw, ...
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What word best means “disdain for the uncouth”?

I'm looking for a word that means: bigotry against, or disdain for, uncouth people. ('Misanthropy' is too general, I think.) This would sort of be the converse of anti-intellectualism. By 'uncouth ...
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Futurecast or Forecast

I saw the word "futurecast" in a TV weather report. What is the difference between "futurecast" and "forecast"?
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How to distinguish between transparent (water-like) and opaque (milk-like) skin lotions?

In cosmetics there are 2 distinct kinds of skin lotions and some languages (but not English, as far as I know) include distinct words to name them: 1. transparent, water-like looking lotions usually ...
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“Slice” vs “Piece”: when to use which?

I'd like to understand when I should use "slice" or "piece", for example: "He's eaten three slices of pizza, and two pieces of cake". Why do I have to use "slice" with pizza, but "piece" with cake? ...
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Person who mocks others for mistakes instead of helping?

Imagine a person who warns you not to walk in a particular direction as there is a pit/hole, but you continued anyway and fell into that hole. The person then comes to you and instead of helping you ...
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Designing / devising a concept (e.g. for a website)

I'm looking for a noun that describes the process of "Designing / devising a concept". For example for a website: Means writing a general concept for the designer and developers, sketching wireframes, ...
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Alternatives to “intoxicates” in formal writing

In the following sentence: Stephano intoxicates Trinculo and Caliban. To me, the wording is awkward. I would like to find alternatives to intoxicates in formal writing, but I cannot discern what ...
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Define “God's Acre” [closed]

What is meant by the phrase God's acre? I searched and it was about location names. I'd like short description for it.
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Is “exemplar” a synonym for the word “example”? [closed]

Is "exemplar" a synonym for the word "example"? Would the word "exemplar" fit in the sentences below? He listed several exemplars to prove his point. In his exemplar below, he illustrated the proper ...
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The basic or the main component

I want to write a scientific paper and I am looking for a nice word that can describe a theory can be a basic component or a main tool for another theory. What is the best word that I can use?
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Is there a way to tell whether a “long face” is sad or just long?

Obviously, it is impossible to cover all cases, but how do you usually decide whether the "long face" reflects negative emotion or just has the physical property of being long? Answers from gut ...
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Does the word “cheeky” describe me?

I want to describe my own sense of humor :-) I recently sent my friend's mother a thank you note for hosting me. She replied by saying that thank you notes are very important, and my note was very ...
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What is the word or term used to describe a person who intentionally ignores a rule/regulation/order

There is a girl in my lab who, despite having been corrected numerous times in the past, continues to disregard the lab procedures regarding chain of command. She constantly goes over supervisors' ...
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the contract reflected all the tiny details? [closed]

"Matt's job was to make sure the contract reflected all the tiny details." What does "reflect" in this sentence mean? contain? What other synonyms that have the same meaning ?
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What's the opposite of “pro bono”?

The Latin pro bono is used to describe performance of (often professional or specialized) services for free or for reduced compensation. Is there a corresponding (hopefully Latin, perhaps ...
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Different styles of walkings or running [closed]

Could anyone please let me know possible styles of walkings related words in English? For example: walking, running, staggering, jogging etc
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One word to describe the concept of two counteracting factors

Suppose there are two important factors to a beneficial objective. Bigger values of both factors lead to higher achievement in the objective. However when one of the two factors increases, the other ...
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“My question regards/concerns/relates to the following topic” [closed]

Can I say My question regards [an object]" as a way of saying My question is regarding... I have a question regarding... I like the brevity of it.