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Word to describe quality being fit to each other

Is there any good noun to describe the quality being fit to each other? The picture as example, either of the two halves fits to the other. At this point, I want to make a sentence like this: Either ...
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Verbs or phrases to buy something which are specifically for sale later?

what is the verbs or phares stating that shop owners buy something which are specifically to be sold in future, chefs buy some ingredients which are specifically used to make foods to sell, or ...
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What's the general term for street/lane/alley/avenue etc?

Recently I was trying to explain the Dutch word gracht to a friend and I found myself needing a general word for a unit of architecture which joins two places together. I thought about "route", but ...
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How to use his/her about a general group of people [duplicate]

Is it customary to use his instead of her even if you refer only to women like in my example below. It is a comment to a woman from a woman, likely referring to only women. Shouldn't you say "her own ...
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A word for the feeling that only last a few moments

I'm searching for a word if you guys can help me find it.. It is the moment when for ex: you are just about to jump out of an airplane (with parachute x) ) or when the song hits THAT great note.. Or ...
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Why the correct answer is Choice(A), not (C)

The___of companies that now take orders over their Web sites us remarkable. A. Diversify B. Diverse C. Diversity D. Diversion
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Struck vs Stricken

Is struck or stricken correct in these sentences? The house was stricken / struck by lightning. The house had been stricken / struck by lightning. He was stricken / struck by grief, cancer, etc. ...
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What is a word to describe someone who tries to benefit from everything someone else does? [duplicate]

I am trying to find a good word or phrase to describe someone (or the act of) who tries to benefit from everything someone else has or does. The context should be on a personal level. For example, ...
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Word for something used to show a distinction? Metaphor maybe?

In the phrase: From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me The corpse is symbolic and the mirror creates a distinction between his physical self and his perceived self. IS there a ...
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Word for something that you sold everything to buy?

Is there a word or phrase that tells means selling everything you own, to your name etc to buy one particular thing?
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Feminine equivalent to mate

I am seeking a feminine equivalent to mate. Lets say I am walking in a hallway and bump into a male college; I would say something along the lines of Sorry, mate/lad/pal. However when I bump ...
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How widespread is the use of the term 'sidemeat'?

In Grapes of Wrath (1937) John Steinbeck uses the term sidemeat, sometimes hyphenated side-meat. The OED confirms this is North American (I have never heard it used in Britain), and refers to salt ...
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Is this grammatically correct? [on hold]

John Appleseed, an old family friend. He has influenced my life in so many ways. One of them being where I would like to go in life. He has inspired me into becoming a teacher and pushing me to work ...
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A word for someone who sarcastically exaggerates your superiority? [on hold]

I was having an argument with someone, and I showed them a piece of clear evidence and now they're just making things up because they've given up. They keep saying things such as "Funny, I ...
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Is saying “back to back” an AmE or BrE usage [duplicate]

I have been often intrigued by the phrase "back-to-back". Referring to "back" is reminiscent of the rear of the human body. I usually hear- back-to-back meetings
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Word for submission of evidence?

I was reading, many moons ago, an article about Elie Wiesel's memoir( novel ? ), Night. It argues that his memoir( novel ? ), was falsified. His response was that it was "his ___". The underlined is ...
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Word to describe a computer system that is more error accepting?

I am looking for a word to describe a computer system or program or software that allows more erroneous inputs while still running fine instead of hanging easily. I was thinking of "forgiving" but ...
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Adjectives for seasons [duplicate]

I recently encountered: vernal adj. of, in, or appropriate to spring And I truly wonder if there is also equivalents for the other seasons (summer, autumn, and winter). EDIT: I just found ...
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Noun or phrase similar to clone with positive connotation?

I'm searching for a noun (a single word if possible) or phrase that conveys that one thing functions the same as another externally, even though the internals may differ. Nouns such as copy, a clone, ...
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Is 'surely' the same as 'certainly'

Dictionaries provide the following- surely/ˈʃʊəli,ˈʃɔːli/ adverb, used to emphasize the speaker's firm belief that what they are saying is true and often their surprise that there is any doubt ...
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A word to describe someone who has your fate in their hands (ironically)?

I am looking for a word to describe someone who has your fate in their hands. It might be an archetypal name of some sort, as well as a freshly coined word. It would be perfect to have a tinge of ...
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Idiosyncratic use of the word Boolean

Consider the following sentence: In other words, this triggering condition is evaluated--in its most simplistic form as a decisional Boolean--and, if satisfied, will trigger an analogous ...
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outside vs out of the box [duplicate]

As a non native english speaker i wonder which one is the correct form to use ? to think outside the box ? to think out of the box ? is there any difference in meaning ?
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Different words for educational problems [on hold]

What is the difference between the following words (terms) in a context of education (online education in particular)? Quiz Exercise Assignment Problem Question Which one is more proper to use as ...
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A word(s) for an account that is dependant on another account? [on hold]

I was thinking like child account (but then it looks like is the account of a child) and sub account doesn't sound right to me either.
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Verbs for scores or results coming out?

I want to describe a condition that my grades or experiment results come out. I am not sure if come out is precise to express my question. I want to state that a result finally shows up, such as ...
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Word that Describes the Motion of an Accordion

I'm looking for a word that describes the oscillating motion of a bellows, like in an accordion. Oscillation doesn't quite cut it, because I'm also looking to get a sense of the air flow. A friend ...
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Is there a word or term to describe when someone focuses on a specific example, rather than the problem at large?

For those who don't play video games, there's a growing trend in the industry called "Microtransactions" - a small fee the player can pay for certain things in game. Usually something small, such as a ...
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Use of prepositions with verbs [on hold]

Is there a resource, a dictionary perhaps, that gives the appropriate preposition to use with a verb - an alphabetized list of verbs with corresponding prepositions and example sentences?
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I saw this notice in a bank today. Is this an oxymoron? [on hold]

Fresh coins / banknotes are available *Subject to availability I know what they mean to say but shouldn't they be using some other word instead of available in the first part of the notice? ...
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Verbs for powdered milk, hot chocolate powder, and tea?

What are the verbs for mixing milk with hot water, chocolate powder with hot water, or tea with hot water? Such as: I am preparing my powdered milk? I am making my hot chocolate? I am pouring ...
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Is there a word for something loved by the masses but whose true value is lacking?

Is there a general word for someone or something popular or loved by the masses but that has not been proven to be effectual (like how some would use the term "pop psychology" pejoratively)? Examples ...
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Is there a word that describes a statement whose negative is senseless or would otherwise never be used?

Consider the statement "I like to have fun" or "I like to spend time with my friends". These border on tautologies though I don't think they would be considered as such by most. Although these ...
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Does this statement make sense? [closed]

Always endeavor to meet negativity with alacrity.
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Is “Here's my gift, sorry it was late!” correct? [closed]

Is this correct? Here's my gift, sorry it was late!
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Word similar to “distraction” but with jokey connotation

I was wondering if there is a word that carries the same meaning as "distraction" but can be used for a comedy effect too. As an example, imagine a situation where my parents are away and I've been ...
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A word for the state of a object which does not work

I want to describe a state of a object of not being functional and being not likely to work normally unless being fixed. How do i describe it? Is break implys that something physically breaks into ...
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What is another word to refer to other people? [closed]

eg "When Rob found out he intrinsically preferred white than red, his understanding changed in terms of himself and others" What is another word for 'others' in this context? I am thinking something ...
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which one is correct sentence [migrated]

They move everywhere sell their goods without caring about the weather They move everywhere selling their goods without caring about the weather Which one is correct?
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A word for not wanting to talk much

What is a word for when someone speaks or answers you using single words like "yes", "okay", or "probably", but your questions are sensible enough to base a conversation on?
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The word for someone who lectures that “there's a wrong way and a right way” [closed]

I'm looking for a word for a person who lectures others, on a trivial topic, telling them that "there's a right way and a wrong way" to do things. A couple of words come to mind: "rigid", "finicky". ...
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is it correct to say “I really like to meditate on you”? [closed]

Ok, let say I am loving a girl. When I close my eys I think about her over and over again without boring. So, is it ok to say that "I really like to meditate on you/her"?
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More common/informal way of saying “as is the case with…”?

Example: As is the case with the path, there's only one cliff. (Meaning there's only one path and only one cliff.)
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Translation of mathematical term

In Italian, we say that something holds "definitivamente" for a sequence if it is true for all the elements of the sequence from a certain starting point on (to the limit if it exists). What is the ...
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“usages” of except “for” and “times”

When I emailed somebody my weekly schedule, I wrote: I'm free except for the following times: MWF 4-5pm; TR 8-9am; F 10-12am. I'm not sure about the usage (or usages?) of the above bold words: ...
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What is the usage difference between dilemma and quandary

Between dilemma and quandary, what are the various denotations and connotations. A dilemma is a difficult choice, not just any difficulty or problem. The dictionaries put them as synonyms. ...
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Need a word for “Unravel in the worst possible way” [closed]

I am writing something in a blog and I want to write this sentence Its a very hard thing to follow a path you believe in and are passionate about when everything around you starts to _________ ...
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Which one of the two is correct? [duplicate]

Sentence 1: This makes it more interesting to me Sentence 2: This makes it more interesting for me
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going home and going to work [closed]

The other day I've learned that you cannot use "to" in the sentence "I am going (to) home". At the same time, you should use "to" with other place names. For example, I am going to work. Could ...
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I've brought or taken my car with me? [duplicate]

I think when we talk about someone else it is not hard to choose the right word between "bring" and "take". But when we talk about ourselves it seems that it makes no difference whether we choose one ...