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

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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 ...
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Paint in Water - action verb? [duplicate]

Is there a verb describing the way paint mingles with water and forms those amazing shapes, almost smoke-like.
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Word to describe books that are “stories” rather than analytical?

Sometimes I get into conversations with teen cousins telling them I read books in my spare time. But I don't like reading "stories" with plots, but books about businessmen, investing, computer ...
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One word equivalent to “play with someone's hair”

In the sentence: Her head was in his lap, and he was playing with her hair. Given that what the verb really defines is him brushing her hair with his hand or stroking it gently, is there a better way ...
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Dynamics: band or music

Is it safe to say, "The inclusion of the saxophone has changed the dynamics of the band" or is this one correct "The inclusion of the saxophone has changed the dynamics of the music"?
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unit as an adjective usage

the science dealing with the areal differentiation of the earth's surface, as shown in the character, arrangement, and interrelations over the world of such elements as climate, elevation, soil, ...
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What do you call a glossary accompanied with visuals?

I am trying to create a glossary but I want to incorporate some pictures but I'm pretty convinced that a glossary only contain words. So what would you call a glossary with images where the images ...
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Section of plane for bombs, and section for troops [closed]

What do you call that part of a plane (specifically a bomber) where the bombs are held, loaded and dispatched? Also, in a military aircraft, what do you call the part where the soldiers are seated ...
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Questions about specific American English vocabulary [duplicate]

I was wondering if any American writers could give me some advice as to whether the following expressions/vocab are used and understood in the US: (words in bold are the ones I'm asking about. Some ...
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Questions about some American English vocabulary [closed]

I was wondering if any American writers could give me some advice as to whether the following expressions/vocab are used and understood in the US: (words in bold are the ones I'm asking about. Some ...
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Why there is no “goldware” vocabulary

We can use the words copperware and silverware to express the copper and silver products, but why is there no goldware to express the golden products?
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Meaning of ‘eve’ [closed]

What is the reason behind using the word eve in the following contexts? Christmas Eve New year Eve
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Accuracy of the term “mother-in-law” in two cases

Case 1: The wife of a child's father, but not the child's mother (i.e. second >marriage, or bastard child) Case 2: The mother of one's spouse Based on what I've found online, "mother-in-law" is ...
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Word to describe learning or understanding something earlier then most

I remember reading of a word that was used to describe it when a person or thing is able to adopt or learn a concept earlier then most people. I also remember hearing this word in the Imitation Game, ...
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Antonym of expired

Is there an antonym of expired ? In the context of whether e.g. blood products have gone off.
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A word or phrase for phone service working only one-way

I have a monthly phone subscription, and I need to recharge it. Since I have not yet paid for it, the service is only working one-way. Meaning that I can only receive calls, but I cannot make any ...