A vocabulary is the body of words used in a particular language.

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Verb used with threshold

I am wondering what a person does with a threshold? The threshold I am referring to is not a physical threshold but rather some value. I mean the value can be between 1..255 and if it is greater than ...
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How are new words created? Centuries ago there was no organization that created new words [on hold]

some of the words are so hard to pronounce for me like unequivocal,inadvertently,or entrepreneur, whoever created entrepreneur probably had been drunk with a vibrating tongue.Google is a new word ...
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Proper word for caveats in speech? [duplicate]

Similar to this question, but slightly different. I am looking for a word or phrase to describe the act of adding in disclaimers or qualifications in sentences to not suggest a certain thing, ...
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How to call a speech praising a laureate of a prize?

I will take part in an event during which several prizes will be handed. There will be a short speech about each winner, explaining what he got the prize for. What do you call this speech in ...
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“Order on behalf of”

If I were to place "orders on behalf of" Jack, then what is the word I would use to refer Jack? I could not figure out what I would call Jack in one word, if I were to inform that in an email or in ...
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When a phenomenon, usually a proper name, becomes an adjective

At some point I came across a term for an adjective that has been formed out of a proper noun. It happens often in the music, art and literary world, i.e. "Sufjanian" or "Dylan-esque." Other common ...
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Looking for an English word or personality associated with “quality”, “humour”, and “elegance”

I am looking for an English word or famous personality or anyone famous who can be associated with quality, funny and elegant. If I could find all three qualities in a single subject that would be ...
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The definition for 'onomatopoeia'? [closed]

The definition of 'onomatopoeia'? My dictionary does not seem to have this word.
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Positive Synonym for Indecisive

Is there a word that describes a person who tries to get as much information as possible when making a decision for fear of committing a mistake that might affect both him and others in a negative ...
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Language proficiency

Sometimes, a native speaker of a given language receives their higher education through another language; say, a native English speaker whose higher education takes place in France, through French. ...
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What's the word for “running with your arms outstretched as though flying”?

I caught this on an 'odd words' sort of program on public radio, but didn't hear the full word pronounced, just that it started with an 'f'. I studied the unabridged OED for a bit, but couldn't find ...
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What is the best word to describe a person's false pride?

I need to build up a sentence saying like this "She has no false pride like other actresses, she replies to every message sent by her fans". I need to emphasize that she has no false pride like other ...
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Implementor vs. Implementer

He is the implementor of the library. He is the implementer of the library. Which is correct?
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I am looking for a word for an abstainer from red meat

A number of friends of mine describe themselves as "Vegetarian" but then go on to explain that they don't eat meat - but do eat fish and poultry, (plus in one case bacon). In my books this is not ...
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Sparrow is to bird as snake, human, and lion is to __?

One can call any flying (or even non-flying) feathered thing a bird (excluding oddities such as bats). But what would we call any animal that stays on the ground? A ground animal? Note: this isn't a ...
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Difference between 'oxymoron', 'paradox', 'contradiction' and 'misnomer' [closed]

What is the difference between the words oxymoron, paradox, contradiction and misnomer? For example, Benevolent dictator is an oxymoron. If I replace oxymoron with misnomer, paradox, or ...
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Relocating/Moving house

I asked a question on one of the stackexchange sites and one user edited a sentence I made from "We were relocating so we...." to "We were moving house so we....". As an english speaker, I have never ...
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Does the adverb “quitely” exist?

I was surprised not to find the adverb "quitely" in my dictionary whereas I am pretty sure that I saw it several times. Does it exist or is it a (common?) mistake?
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Word that describes a problem that is missing a precondition

I'm an engineer, and sometimes I want to describe a problem that is unresolvable in it's current state. The problem might be easy, or somewhat complex, but the key aspects of it are understood and it ...
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Document “from” or “of” year 1988

If I refer to a document that was written in 1988, which is correct? The document of 1988 mentions the birth of a legend. or The document from 1988 mentions the birth of a legend.
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Difference between “implementing” and “executing”?

I would appreciate it if you could explain to me the difference between implementing and executing. Here is an example: "The implementing agency(ies) for this project is UNEP and the national ...
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Vocabularies about order of the things

I want to know if what certain orders or positions in the orders are in English. The following are my questions, assume that we have ten apples, I put my questions on these apples: What is the name ...
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Informal Vocabulary - 'Mank you'

I understand the character is being sarcastic but I don't understand why exactly he says 'mank you'. I looked up the word 'mank' and it doesn't make sense in the context so I suppose 'mank you' is ...
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Word/phrase for taking the pilot out of the equation in turning a piloted aircraft into a UAV

Is there a word/phrase for the process of taking the pilot out of the equation in turning an existing piloted aircraft into a UAV? How would you describe it? I am thinking of something that begins ...
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Word/phrase for nationally owned company

Is there a word/phrase for a company whose owners are all from the U.S.? When I search for "nationally owned company", Google returns "Government-owned corporation", which is not what I am after. ...
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What do you call a disgusting mixture you don't want to drink?

What do you call a drink (usually an alcoholic one, say a long drink or a cocktail) that you don't want to have, because you consider it a low quality, disgusting mixture, maybe even of suspicious, ...
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Barkeeper, or bartender? How to address them?

I dunno if I'm right about the meaning of these words. What do you call the person who owns a bar, or a pub? And the person who serves you with drinks at the counter? [As the two may not be ...
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Expression for 'One who likes expensive stuff, luxuries, but lacks appreciation?'

What would be an expression for: Someone who wants expensive stuff; someone who wants luxuries, and who lacks in appreciation.
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Expression for 'One who cares about one's social rank'

What is a word or expression for someone who cares about what social rank they're in. Someone who wants to have money, something similar to ambitious? Vain is not the word I'm looking for.
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Is there any difference between 'represent' and 'represent for'?

'Marriage represents love' 'Johnny represents for single men everywhere' When should I use 'represent', and 'represent for'?
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Term for someone who acquires an image

What is the best word to describe someone (a person) who acquires a digital image with any instrument (which could be a digital camera, microscope, telescope or any other instrument that will produce ...
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When to use Affect and effect? [duplicate]

i had a hard time in using these similar looking words at appropriate places. some help would be appreciated. Thank you
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University research or Academic research

What do you call researches that are carried out in the universities as thesis or...? academic researches university researches researches in university
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Proper term for knowing four or more languages?

If bilingual means you know two languages, and trilingual means you know three, what would be the proper term for knowing four, five or even six languages?
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Alternate word for impersonate in terms of Items or things

Well actually I'm searching for the right word for a particular scenario or maybe behavior. Suppose I go to a shop and ask for an item but they don't have it. Now the sales person's priority is to ...
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Work Gives Professional Experience, School Gives ___ Experience?

If I'm trying to differentiate between my knowledge base, how do I address the experience gained in school? For example, "My professional experience includes C#, .NET, etc." "My educational? ...
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“The feds” has a negative connotation? Who exactly are they anyway?

In the US media, news reporters enjoy saying "the feds" with authority, but this using of a slang term without an agreed upon definition frustrates me. Let me elaborate. Speaking as a native speaker, ...
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Word for a salesperson's enthusiasm

Suppose you visit a shop looking for something to buy. Every time you pick up an object, the shopkeeper goes gaga over the features of the product and why it's a must-buy. I'm searching for a single ...
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Word for someone who always corrects misspellings

Is there a specific word for the type of person who always corrects misspellings? Something exact, not something like perfectionist, grammar nazi or anal. Something that describes the person, like ...
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How to say *develop a long term career*?

I have finished my studies and I want to start my career at a company. I want to express that I am searching for a position where I can work the next years of my life, so no limited 2 years contract. ...
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Synonym for “Passion driven”?

What's a word for using one's motivation to accomplish something? I tried passion driven but it doesn't seem to fit. The sentence is: Motivation fosters the dedication needed to ____. or ...
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Are you familiar with the term “air-conditioningitis”? [closed]

According to this article, "[a]ir-conditioningitis occurs when the body cannot adjust properly to the sharp differences in temperature between the cool air-conditioned indoors and the warm outdoors." ...
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Is “recordee” a word? [closed]

Does recordee exist in English? The word doesn't exist in Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries, but I was hoping to use it as "someone who is being recorded".
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Is there a way to say “the opposite of a statement is not true”?

"the opposite of a statement is also true" can be said as "vice versa". Is there a way to say "the opposite of a statement is not true"?
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What is it called when you say something but it does not imply for the other?

I'm really lost for words... For example, I like people with short hair. But then someone could say, so you hate people with long hair? But, of course, I did not give any information on people with ...
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what does “are organized” mean in this sentence?

"by 2013 the theoretical and practical courses are organized" Is it already organized or is about to get organized? I mean is it past or future?
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what do you call a water tap placed on the outside

What do you call a water tap placed on the outside of a house? I'm looking for the correct technical term in English. here in sweden there seems to be only one vendor and model, which I'm not so ...
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what does “field release” mean in this sentence?

"Technical workshop on preparation of dossiers for field release of LMOs" LMO= Living Modified Organism thanks in advance
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What is the verb form of “conjunction” in the logical sense?

In logic and computer programming, a conjunction of two logical statements is said to be true if and only if both statements are themselves true. For instance: "The sky is blue" and "the grass is ...
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do specialst fields have their own colloquial vocabulary not shared by laymen? [closed]

I saw the following passage in a PSAT study guide. One of the questions is about the use of the term 'hot spot'. Can we say it's being used colloquially and technically at the same time? The question ...