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

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What is the noun for “implore”?

What is the noun form of the word "implore"? I saw some suggestions online for "imploration", but this seems awkward to me.
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Word to make a distinction between license as a concept and a license held

What would you call a pilot's license as a concept, and what would you call a license that the pilot is actually holding in his hand? For instance, a pilot may acquire a Private Pilot License (PPL). ...
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Word for “official school interest group”

Is there a word that refers to an official interest group held in school where registration is totally optional but members once registered are expected to come? Official means the school keeps ...
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“Innovation” vs “invention” [closed]

What is the difference between innovation and invention? Where should we use these words? I referred to Wikipedia but did not understand much.
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Technical term for `avoiding responsibility` with decision-makers?

Suppose a parliament that tries to "outsource" their responsibility in various ways (they take the gains but not wanting to take the risks). Of course, the situation cannot last: risks and gains ...
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Winter — wintry; summer — summery; spring — ?; autumn — ?

wintry: characteristic of winter, esp. in feeling or looking very cold and bleak: "a wintry landscape". summery: belonging to or characteristic of or occurring in summer; "summery weather"; ...
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“Consist in” vs. “consist of”

I would like to clarify this once and for all: What is the correct use of "consist in" vs. "consist of"? "Meditation consists in/of attentive watchfulness." "The body consists in/of cells." ...
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What is a word for “the desire to be considered a victim”?

I'm wondering about this in relation to the notion of a "culture of victimization", when people want to garner sympathy and/or discharge their guilt by being considered victims. The phrase "culture ...
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What is the most appropriate noun for 'a person who is ostracized'?

Is there any variation/conjugation of the word 'ostracism' that refers to a person who is ostracized? Similar to 'conviction' and 'a convict'. The word ostracism is used by the author I am citing ...
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Contract metaphor for preconditions and postconditions [closed]

English is not my primary language but I'm "forced" to write code and code's comments in English. I'm now trying to develop a PHP code (doesn't really matter this aspect) like this: function divide($...
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Should I prefer “asker” or “questioner” for a person who asked a question?

Should I prefer asker or questioner for a person who asked a question? Another question and answer on this site give a link that asker is quite legitimate. On the other hand I wonder whether ...
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So much is at stake

In this sentence: So much is at stake that courses in foreign languages are often inadequate training grounds, in and of themselves, for the successful learning of a second language. I have ...
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How do you say “more to the east”? Easter, Easterer, Easterner, Easternerer?

One can sure write “east to you” or “more to the east”, but if I'm located in London and you're in Berlin, can I say that you're “easter” than me?
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Difference between “fluid” and “liquid” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Fluids” versus “liquids”? What is the difference between fluid and liquid?
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What word describes a house without anyone inside?

If all occupants left a house for a short period of time (not longer than a day), how can that house be described?
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What word describes the amount an object is filled to, regarding its capacity?

Given an object that can hold a capacity of something, is there a word which describes the current amount it holds towards that capacity? For example, if an elevator has a capacity of 20 persons, and ...
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Vast amount of vocabulary in English books [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there 20,000 English words in the average adult's vocabulary? English is not my native language, but I use it on a daily basis. I started reading English literature ...
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Is there a term for simultaneous snow and rain?

I'm from Australia where we don't have so many kinds of precipitation. I'm familiar with these: rain hail snow sleet As I understand it, sleet refers to frozen rain but I'm not totally familiar ...
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Continuous vs contiguous when talking about files

Files on a file system can be fragmented meaning they're split into several parts that are scattered all over hard disk. This usually means that reading these files is much slower because disk heads ...
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How should I understand this comment from Mark Twain about Chicago?

"It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago --- she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them." wrote Mark Twain in 1883, when Chicago was just fifty years ...
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Meaning of “Chase a Crooked Shadow”?

What is the meaning of chasing a crooked shadow? I read Chase a crooked shadow in the Times of India newspaper, 10 Feb 2012, but could not understand the meaning of that title. Some context from ...
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“Effect a friend” in advertising?

Toyota is running a Super Bowl campaign called: THE ‘CAMRY EFFECT A FRIEND’ GIVEAWAY Every Camry has a story. Yours could start on February 5th. I see some Twitter comments mentioning this is ...
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Term for buzzing or hissing sound often created by vibration

Specifically, I am referring to the hissing, buzzing, S-like, or fuzzy sound that is created when electronic speakers play sounds or music near their volume or frequency limits. I recall having ...
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How to describe word with many syllables

How do we describe a word that has many syllables? For example, what's the correct way to rewrite the sentence below? However these names end up being very long both visually and ...
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Difference between “underneath” and “under” when we describe an action

I ask for the difference in a sense of active quality rather than a stative quality of the verbs. E.g. in "the toy is sitting underneath/under table", the verb is stative. So we are dealing with ...
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How did southern US blacks address whites post-emancipation and pre-civil rights?

You hear it in movies like "The Help" all the time, but I'm trying to look for words like "missuh" and not finding any. Anyone familiar with the early 20th century African American lingo? I'm only ...
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Whats' wrong with the following sentence? [closed]

One thing that despise me is when people cannot look me in eye. I believe that the statement is grammatically wrong since we are using passive voice in the sentence so it should be 'despises' ...
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If trinity means 3 in one, what's the word for one in one, 2 in one, 4 in one, 5 in one? [closed]

Just curious. Christians have this trinity doctrine. What if, after extensive research, Pope discovers that we have 5 "monotheistic" Gods rather than 3, for example. What would the doctrine name be?
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Is there any difference in meaning between 'efficacy' and 'efficiency'? [closed]

I feel that there is a subtle difference in meaning between 'efficacy' and 'efficiency', but I couldn't find any authoritative sources that could help me confirm or refute this. Is there any ...
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A negative person [closed]

What is the best word that I could use to describe a person that seems to attract negative situations? Every time I am around him/her, something bad always seems to happen. Is there a word to describe ...
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“You can add more at the end of this list BUT before making a new entry make sure its not already present” [closed]

This is a tip that is being included with an Excel form, which requires the end user to fill some technical information. In the given scenario, the end user would not be very tech-literate, so we want ...
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I want to buy something, but don't have enough money on me [closed]

Suppose for example I want to buy something, but don't have enough money on me. If I want to come back later to get it and don't want it to be sold before I come back, what do I say to them? Is there ...
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Can you find a noun for the word “diminish”? [closed]

What I meant by "diminish" is the reduction in value of something abstract. For example: The purpose of the principle is to set a standard of morality according to the promotion or __ of ...
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Term for bowling alley machines that fix pins [closed]

What do we call the bowling alley machines that fix the pins after the ball rolls and hopefully strikes them out?
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What's the difference of these words that means “to indicate by signs”? [closed]

presage bode augur betoken omen portend These are the words I learned today. Are they basically the same, or are they usually used in different contexts? I checked the Google Ngram Viewer ...
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How to speak mathematics [closed]

I've been asked to give lectures on electromagnetism in English, but I encounter many problems trying to express mathematical formulas since they are written and I do not know how to read them. Are ...
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Using “to fix” as synonym of “to correct”

I often encounter the usage of "to fix" verb in the meaning "to correct". Was this a widespread use before the computer age? How would you conduct the other meaning of "to fix", i.e. to make ...
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Is there a word for a compilation of charts? [closed]

What word can best describe multiple charts put together? (Graphs, in math context - not projections or business)
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A Vocabulary word meaning: “ to completely embody the meaning of a term ” [closed]

Example: ( a really REALLY bad situation ) This situation __ FUBAR Some synonyms I can come up with: embodies exemplifies
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What is “outbearded”?

I was reading Scott's Woodstock the other day, and came upon the word outbearded. Searching with Google reveals nothing relevant and I am wondering what it means. The context is that Everard and a ...
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Isn’t “Eye-glazing” a popular word? Why isn’t it included in major English dictionaries?

I came across the word eye-glazing in the article of today’s Time magazine (Sept 9) titled ‘Slow Down! Why Some Languages Sound So Fast?’, which I'm sure will interest 'language buffs'. It begins ...
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Does “split” necessarily mean 50/50?

In the Jerusalem Post headline, Palestinians split on Itamar, the statistics cited in the article say that approximately two-thirds of the Palestinians who were polled opposed the attack (Itamar is ...
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Is “plunger” a familiar word for part of a phone?

I was looking for the name of the button on a telephone that you push to hang up. On older phones where the receiver sits horizontally over two buttons, I've seen them called "plungers." Are people ...
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In which context is the word “libation” more often used?

I noticed that the word libation has 2 meanings: the pouring of a liquid offering as a religious ritual Intoxicating beverage But which of the meanings applies more often?
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Looking for word/expression/idiom that describes “difficult to describe driving directions”

On lives in a part of town which has new roads most cab drivers don't know. In effect, one needs to direct the driver to the part of town, instead of just saying "take me to street X that intersects w/...
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What is “lemonade” in American English?

Lemonade is a fizzy drink, strongly carbonated. It comes in two varieties, white (which is actually colourless) and red. I have never known anyone to make it at home. Various things I've picked up in ...
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An expression that adds little information

There is a family of expressions called oxymorons which contain contradicting meanings. What about expressions that add little meaning like "fatally injured"? What are these expressions called?
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Is there an adjective meaning “dog like”? [closed]

Feline is an adjective meaning "cat like". Then is there an adjective meaning "dog like"?
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“Antecedent” vs. “predecessor”

When do I use the word antecedent and when should I prefer predecessor?
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What is Iridescent with an extra “r?”

Below is quoted from vocabulary.com. ... (The word) Iridescent came to be in 1796, when some enthusiastic word maker took the Latin word iris, which means "rainbow," and morphed it into an English ...