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

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Two Opposite Meanings of 'Cleave'?

I'm interested in how and why the verb cleave has two totally opposite definitions: Definition I. Split or sever (something) Definiiton II. Adhere strongly to The referenced website shows ...
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Rail vs railway

What's the difference between rail and railway? Hold your horses - I know I can consult a dictionary on this one, and I have, but it's still not clear to me which of the two I should use in ...
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When to use point vs dot?

I was wondering when should I use point instead of dot and vice-versa... Could anyone help me with that? Thanks :) In the sentence I had to write that made me think about this, I was going to say that ...
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What are the technical symbols used in the margin of a page called?

I research Latin texts which discuss a peculiar medieval practice: the addition of minute graphic symbols into the margins of the page, for example in order to indicate passages of interest, flaws in ...
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An archaic form?

I'm reading an abridged version of The Age of Innocence (i.e. reader) and I came across the following sentence: "(...) and [she] made what people thought was a most foolish marriage to Julius ...
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Word for a lighthouse enthusiast

I'm fairly certain I've heard/seen a word to describe someone who likes or studies lighthouses, similar to audiophile for someone who likes music. Does anyone know what it is?
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Histonic cancer: Ok English? Or, Japanese English?

Histonic cancer Would this term be understood by English-speaking medical professionals? Google shows only 53 hits, and all are from Japanese or Chinese sites. If it is not natural English, ...
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How do you call a full day (24 hours) [duplicate]

Is there a specific word that covers 24-hour time period between 0:00 and 23:59 on a single date? Is there anything more specific than a "day" (which is usually opposite of night, and its primary ...
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One word for “a person who takes happiness as his/her goal of life”

I'm unable to remember a single-word substitute for "a person who takes happiness as his/her goal of life"
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How to express “brewing coffee” in CV interests? [closed]

I'm not a professional barista but I have a hobby connected with brewing espresso and making all kinds of coffee. I'm also interested in various coffee beans, espresso machines etc. How to express it ...
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“Employee in accounting” and “employee in accounts”

What's the difference between employee in accounting and employee in accounts? Are these correct names for an occupation?
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What's the difference between “the lack” and “the lacking”?

In the following sentence, my teacher says that the lacking should be the lack, instead. The lacking of trees may lead to global warming. If it's wrong, would someone mind explaining why it is ...
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Outward vs Out-swing door

I am curious what the proper use of language is when your talking about doors. Should a door that swings out be called "Out-swing door" or "Outward swing door"? I'm not sure if there is a proper use ...
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What is the English word for “one who composes prayers”?

I remember meeting a priest from Rome who described himself as a [missing word here] which he defined as one who writes prayers. I cannot for the life of me recall or find this word, and I'm starting ...
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Opposite of witty

So today my friend gave a really good line about leftovers. I personally thought it was very witty. I tried to give a witty response, but it ended up being kind of lame and not making much sense, ...
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what's the meaning of “likely unconstitutional”? [closed]

On the newspapers, they said that "NSA phone program likely unconstitutional." See the link: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/16/nsa-phone-surveillance-likely-unconstitutional-judge What's ...
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What metaphor or phrase can describe an object that is aesthetically pleasing yet totally useless?

Is there a conventional metaphor or phrase that just hits this meaning:good-looking yet useless?
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What is the word to describe something more incredible than being merely incredible?

For instance, Riemann mapping theorem is more than just incredible: merely using the word 'incredible' to describe it is not enough. So, what is more incredible than incredible?
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I'm looking for this word that means showing understanding or assent but may be faux assent

The word had been used with "nodding [such-ly]". If I remember correctly, the person I heard this from was describing one of the attributes you needed to be a manager was to be able to listen to ...
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Term used for a quantum or package of medication

Whats the best term to describe how medication is counted? for instance, "these pills come in 12 per pack 24 per pack or 100 per pack". I'm trying name a column for a database, Im trying to have a ...
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Is there a word for someone who is usually in the minority?

My original question was "Is there a legitimate word for 'a balancer'?" but I think it's a little hard to understand... Let's just say there is a person, and most of the time, he is in the minority. ...
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Is there words that mean “meet the criteria”?

I'm making a comic strip and looking for a funny word in the theme of hair, maybe something that means "make it meet the criteria". Thanks in advance It is hard for me to explain, as my first ...
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Starts with N ends in O… means Yes [closed]

Just wondering if there is a word (or pair of words) that starts with N and ends with O and actually means Yes (or roughly yes... some sort of synonym). I thought this might have some humorous ...
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What to call someone who gives as much as he demands? [closed]

What to call someone who (can) give (in return) as much as he demands? Speaking in terms of life and personality. For example, I ask my future partner to be tidy, glamorous, rich, caring, pretty ...
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What is the verb to use?

I am looking for the verb or expression to use to describe when you type quickly and nervously on your computer keyboard to find something (on a search engine for instance).
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it's nearly or about 3 o'clock [closed]

What are the ways to say it's nearly or about 3 o'clock? I can think of the following. What else do you know? It's getting on 3 o'clock. Its going on 3 o'clock. It's almost 3.
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What is that loop you hold on to when you ride a bus/subway?

What is that loop you hold on to when you ride a bus/subway? Is it called a loop of some sort? Or handle? In the picture below, an invisible... ?
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Is it correct to say semi-promise?

I want to say, someone sort of promised to do something, yet it was not a full promise: She had a semi-promise from his employer to get a raise this year. Is semi-promise correct in this sense? ...
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What measures the Byte unit? [duplicate]

Well, meters measures distances or lengthes, volt measures tension or voltage, , kelvin measures temperature, second measures time, ampere measures electric current, kilogram measures mass, But ...
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Is it “I won't repeat it again” or just “I won't repeat it”? [duplicate]

I just want to confirm that whether I should use repeat again or just repeat, as repeat already means something done again and again. 1) "I won't repeat the mistake again." 2) "I won't repeat ...
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Analog vs Digital: Describing modes of note-taking

With regard to note-taking is it correct to call handwriting on paper the "analog" counterpart to digital "typing" on a computer?
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Suspect and doubt + negative sentence

Could you tell me the difference in meaning between I suspect he did not do it and I doubt he did not do it ?
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Long word meaning “to purify the text in a literary work”

What is the long word that means "to purify (remove vulgarity) in the text of a literary work"? I have been thinking on it for a while - I used to know it - but forgot. There is only one word that ...
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fitting something large inside something small

In a document I am writing I want to use some imagery to attack the logic of inverting a particular technical procedure. The procedure makes sense in its original sense because it injects a set of ...
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Have I correctly use the word RATHER?

what is the difference between the following? I'd rather you went home now. I'd rather you go home .
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What is the “-ine” word that pertains to sheep? [closed]

If porcine means pertaining to pigs, bovine pertaining to cows, and caprine pertaining to goats, what is the -ine word that denotes pertaining to sheep?
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The jean button was dropdowned, I have to go to tailor shop to replace the jean button

In the sentence: The jean button was dropdowned, I have to go to tailor shop to replace the jean button. Do we use replace or fix that jean button?
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“What did you eat?” vs “What have you ate?” [closed]

What did you eat? What have you ate? Are those the same? Can we use "What have you ate"?
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I am getting a drink from refrigerator [closed]

I am getting a drink from refrigerator. I take a drink out from refrigerator. Which is more accurates? Can I just simply say I take out the drink?
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Did anyone see you or Did anyone saw you? [duplicate]

Did anyone see you or Did anyone saw you? I see this in a movie, it use Did anyone see you. I wonder why see is present tense not past tense. Can someone tells me?
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Tom had already eaten when his friend arrived [closed]

Tom had already eaten when his friend arrived. Tom had eaten when his friend arrived. Do I need to add "already" in sentences above?
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I set a campfire on fire?

How would I describe lighting a campfire before it becomes a campfire? Saying "I set a campfire on fire" just sounds very odd, and I've been trying to reword that to make sense. I've tried "I set a ...
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Does the word 'melao' have any special meaning when it is used as a name?

Yesterday, I told an Indian my English name is 'Melao', he smiled and asked me if there's any special meaning. In fact, I get this name from a song with Latin style -- 'Corazon De Melao', I think it's ...
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Which is correct “is” or “are” [duplicate]

Whilst watching the football last night I ended up starting a small debate and now I would like to know which sentence is correct, would it be: Chelsea are losing 2-0 or Chelsea is losing 2-0 Many ...
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What is a digital trainspotter [closed]

What does that mean when someone is described as a "digital trainspotter"? Does that mean he is a digital enthusiast? Thanks for response.
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Word for ability to understand, analyse and judge things

Is there one specific word in English to describe one's ability to understand, analyse and judge things? I'm trying to find an equivalence for 悟性 in English. Thanks.
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Paramount, tantamount and …?

Paramount: more important than anything else; supreme. Tantamount: equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as. ??mount: less important than anything else What is the word ...
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tailings of macroeconomic statistics

From Smart Cities by Anthony M. Townsend: Instead of sifting through the tailings of macroeconomic statistics for clues about recent events, they can plug into a sensory infrastructure that shows what ...
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What is Ethical Witnessing?

What exactly is "Ethical Witnessing"? What does it mean? Some Context We're reading a poetry book in school - about the Holocaust. So these Jews, and other people being abused and tortured played a ...
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What is difference between “faulty” and “broken”?

I was working as an intern in Malaysia. Once day, my advisor asked me to check some electronic device. He said: "Can you check them for me if which one is faulty please separate it to another ...