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

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Specific terms for the tray and the bus-like cart used by vendors in theaters, stadiums, trains, etc

Is there a specific word in English for the bus-like (sense 2; sense 3 on AHD) cart and the tray used by vendors to carry their products through the aisles of trains, theaters, stadiums, etc.?
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Need some help in writing an essay about education as the main goal in life [closed]

Good afternoon everyone! Can you kindly help me with these sentences (I really don't know if natives do write this way about the priority in life (which for me is education). For some people money is ...
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Why are objects no longer injured?

Reading old books I have found sentences like this:- The reply of the Austrian batteries did no damage, and two submarines that came out were accounted for at the cost of injury to one of the ...
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Is there a name for a neologism that is close to an already existing word?

I was listening to "How Soon Is Now" by The Smiths, and he ostensibly says the word criminarily. "I am the son, and the heir, of a shyness that is criminarily vulgar..." It's usually transcribed ...
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What's the word for a gifted service (or intangible good)?

Yesterday, my employer took me and 50 other team members to see the new Star Wars movie! During office hours! All paid for by the company! They just sent us a letter saying: "thanks for coming". I ...
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What is the difference between “cadaver” and “corpse”? [duplicate]

What is the exact difference between cadaver and corpse?
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Enquiry about Dimensions [closed]

I wanna describe dimensions; would you please let me know which of these below sentences are correct? It is 3cm in length and 1cm in width. It has 3cm of length and 1cm of width. It is 3cm long and ...
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Looking for unusual words that I can use in ordinary conversation [closed]

How can I improve my vocabulary and impress my friends by learning some very, very unusual words, but words that I can sprinkle into ordinary conversation?
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Word for playing the music purely and unpurely

I am looking for adjectives/adverbs that express the quality and the extent to which the melody of a musical performance adheres to the prescribed composition. For example, A4 has a frequency of ...
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Word/Idiom/Phrase to describe a stage in a project's life-cycle when you are stuck and thus no progress is happening?

Sometimes while working on a project, we get stuck. We run into a problem which we are not able to solve despite of trying for some time (a few days or weeks). Sometimes we don't even know what is ...
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Finding a word. Seeking vocabulary that means “afraid to read a block of words”

You know there are some individuals do not like reading, and when they see a chunk of words, they tend to avoid reading it. Is there a word for such behavior? Thank you
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'Independence between the hands' - express this better

I teach people how to play the piano. I have also published a couple of books that help absolute beginners to get started. One of the major challenges that piano players encounter is playing ...
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Adjective for not knowing any better

I can't think of a word that would describe the feeling of not knowing any better. The description is for a child, and the sentence would go like: He was young and an adjective with this meaning ...
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What do you call a type of person you don't want to become? [closed]

Say this person had every single personality trait that you despised. Somebody that you don't want to be like or be associated with. What would this type of person be called?
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a positive word for “to play with something” in a passionate but unprofessional way

"She loves to ... with her computer all day." I found to tinker with and to fiddle with" but they seem to have a rather negative meaning. I want to express that the person occupies herself with ...
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Word for someone who is never late [closed]

Is there a single word in English that can be used to describe a person who never misses tasks like appointments, deadlines etc.?
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The opposite of “gift”

Is there a noun for the opposite of "gift"? I want to use in a context like, "A kind word can be a gift but a kind word said in malice is not a gift. It is a ____." Something that means like a ...
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What does it mean by “many times a second”?

The phrase is from a definition of the word sample in a dictionary (The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English): (Electronics) ascertain the momentary value of (an analog signal) many times a ...
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I want to ask about vocabularies related to 'street children'

a child who leaves home and becomes a street children should be called specifically as a 'wandering' or 'roaming' child?
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Word for not knowing if something is good or bad?

So I'm trying to find a word for if you are unsure whether something could be good or could be bad. The context I'm using it in is that a character noticed something about themselves that they are ...
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What is a word for something(like a tradition) which acts as a symbol that points to a particular underlying mindset?

This dress code is a mere _______ of underlying chauvinism, mindset of controlling and subjugating women, and misogyny. It is not the dress-code but this mindset which is holding them back. I want to ...
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When did 'virgin' start referring to non-alcoholic drinks

Since there have been so many virginity questions here lately, I have another one. As a former bartender-type, I often hear the term virgin, when relating to non-alcoholic drinks. Unfortunately, ...
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Single-word term for “Number of employees”

Is there a single-word term for "Number of employees" as in "our company's number of employees"?
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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 the difference in meaning between “vaticination” and “prognostication”? [closed]

I'm reading a scholarly book which is discussing various ancient and medieval practices of seeing the future, and the author is using both terms. What's the difference?
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What is the right word to use in this sentence: “start looking at things beyond the ( ) of judgement/criticism”?

"Let's start looking at things beyond the ____ of judgement." What I want to say is that, let's stop looking for shortcomings in the things we see, let's stop looking at parts (of things that we see) ...
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To the effect that…, to this/that effect

How would you rephrase these expessions to the effect that…, to this/that effect? In this sentence:''He left a note to the effect that he would not be coming back.'' Would it be correct to use 'in ...
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Literary term for a “placeholder” protagonist that readers/viewers “inhabit”

In some books and films, the protagonist is a "blank slate" of sorts--the character's personality is bland or never deeply developed, and he/she mainly serves as a sort of "shell" through which the ...
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Is there a word for “one who summons”? [closed]

Is there a noun to describe a person or entity that summons? "summoner"/"summonist"? (I am trying to name a software application. Other apps that cooperate with it are already named "Archivist" and "...
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Need Help Understanding A Sentence Using “In Part” [closed]

I'm reading a book and I've encountered a sentence:- The state of a process is defined in part by the current activity of that process. I can't understand what's the point of using the words "...
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Practice of foster care for illegitimate children

Apparently there existed a practice of sending bastard children to "foster care", typically a village, where village folks received some money from unacknowledged father (?) in some countries during ...
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What is a formal way to say fine by me?

The heading pretty much explains it. How would you say it's alright with me formally if somebody tells you he would come later?
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what is the meaning of the phrase “nice shot” [closed]

In an informal conversation I came to know of this phrase: Nice shot, dude. What does it exactly mean?
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Meaning of “credential mongering”

I couldn't clearly understand the phrase "credential mongering" as used in an article in the New Republic about the Ivy League. The extract, from "The Trouble With Harvard" by Steven Pinker, is as ...
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How to refer to the loudest point in a musical composition

Is there a single word to describe the loudest point in a musical composition? Crescendo is often used inaccurately to refer to this, but this is colloquial. Climax might be used, but a musical climax ...
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Difference between “Discriminant”, “Discriminative” and “Discriminating”

Let us assume I am writing some technical CS stuff, and I want to talk about "features" of something that discriminate something else. Translating from my native language (French), I would use the ...
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What is a word for describing web experience which makes you feel you're interacting with a human, and not a robot. Personalized?

How do you describe web experience which makes you feel that you are interacting with a human, or humans are a part of the process, rather than a robot? For example, you have two news-letter ...
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A few questions about American-English vocabulary [closed]

There are a few terms I would like to use and am not sure if they are acceptable in American English. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! "the gormless expression on his face". My US English ...
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Is the right word here “generalized”?

I am looking for a word that would naturally fit in the blank. The context: Wirth did not specify a certain age as the only target for this problem; rather, he noted that whoever is older than ...
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pose, impose, expose and compose [closed]

Studying vocabularies, I am very confused about the meaning of those words. In the view of a learner, those seem very similar to me, but I cannot find the relation of them. Is there any relationship ...
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What do we call someone who eats earthworms?

Odd question, but I wonder if there is a word for someone who eats earthworms. I tried hard to find if there is such a word, and I found none. Thank you.
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Question about archaisms [closed]

I have a few questions about archaisms! Can anybody give examples of semantic archaisms (I need 5 examples) I found only one about the word "fair" and I really can't find anything else! grammatical ...
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Graduate or Graduated student [duplicate]

Should I say that I was awarded the Dean's Award for the Best Graduated Student or Deans's Award for the best Graduate? Also, is it "for the best..." or "as the best..." I'm talking about someone who ...
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What is American English for “cross-party”?

I came across the word 'cross-party' while reading the newspaper. I didn't know this word so I looked it up in a dictionary. (Denoting interaction between two or more political parties). I noticed ...
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Medium or medium-sized?

We say a medium-sized pan/book/house, but medium height/amount/size. But I came across an example in Cambridge Advanced learner's Dictionary: "Chop one medium carrot." I wonder if we can use medium ...
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What is a good word/adjective for a protein jiggling and wiggling? VIBRANT?

I am writing up an essay about a protein macro-molecule inside the cell. This protein is extremely dynamic and constantly jiggles and wiggles. What is a good word/adjective to describe this feature? ...
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What is the etymology of the word “basic” as used in current slang? [duplicate]

For those not familiar with the term, it is used mainly by teens and 20-somethings. The definition can be found at Urban Dictionary (look at definitions 1 and 3). Specifically, I am not talking ...
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Bachelor vs Bachelor's [duplicate]

I am not a native speaker, but I noticed that sometimes people use Bachelor or Bachelor's in some context, although I don't understand the difference: See for instance also this question click me ...
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Meaning of Inappropriately appropriative

Could someone please elaborate on its usage with examples. Where can I use it ?
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Is “recherché” a commonly used word for “summary”?

In Czech, the word rešerše, i.e. the localized version of the French recherché, has two meanings: the act of looking up information on a topic a summary of the found information Thus if one asked ...