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What is the right term for the metal bar used as an underneath of iron ramming?

I have to search some images of the metal bar which can be used as an underneath of iron ramming. But I don't know the exact word of it to construct my search query. Can anyone tell me the exact name ...
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Is there a word for a number with commas?

For example: 1000000 is a "number" and 1,000,000 is a "number" Is there a way to tell someone to use "______ numbers" without saying to use "numbers with a comma after every thousand, million, etc.?" ...
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Exhortation v. Hortation - difference

Exhortation v. Hortation Are there any difference in (a) the usage and (b) the meaning of the two? It seems to me that Hortation is an obsolete word because in OED there is only a very brief ...
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“Records” vs “recordings” in a record label company's name

The typical names of a record label companies are usually composed of one or two words accompanied with another one word which is "records" or "recordings". There are Decca Records, Columbia-CBS ...
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Is it Incorrect to use“ This is …My name” while introducing yourself? [on hold]

Well i have heard many people introduce themselves by using words like "this is....John" and "Its John here'.... is it completely wrong in English to use it? What is the correct way to introduce ...
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Need another phrase for fit in (as in a group)

What other word or words can be used to replace "fit in"? E.g. "I believe I will fit in with your organization."
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English equivalent of “amae” (甘え) - the feeling of pleasurable dependence on another person

Amae is simply defined as the feeling of pleasurable dependence on another person but there is more to it. I'm including an example sentence for the sake of showing how the word can be used but this ...
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Should I use “tournament”, “championship” or simply “game” for an online competiion site?

We're releasing a website in which the users can submit and join video game competitions. The game can be League of Legends, FIFA, Counter Strike and so forth. We're not native english speakers so ...
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Looking for concise and precise terms for feedback rating options

I am designing a user reputation system that will be an essential piece of an online marketplace for peer-to-peer item rentals. The user reputation system is based on the collection of feedbacks given ...
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Description of Puzzle Type

I am looking for the name of a certain type of word puzzle. A string of letters is given without any spaces between those letters. By strategically inserting spaces into the string, different valid ...
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Is it OK to describe “sensors” as “sensing devices” in the same sentence?

Would it be OK in a technical manual to describe "sensors" as "sensing devices" in the same sentence? If not, how could the act of sensing be described. I've thought of verbs like "to pick up", "to ...
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Which one is better in a technical manual: “to obstruct” or “to hinder”

I'm trying to express in which conditions alarms do occur and can't decide which term would sound more official/technical in a technical manual. Which one sounds better (or is there another better ...
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what is the correct answer? [duplicate]

Old people sometimes seems (in/out of) touch with the modern world. should it be in or out of? my english teacher gave us this question on exam yesterday, and she said the correct answer was out of, ...
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A visit to the ancient city Rome

Should it be "A visit to the ancient city of Rome"? Because "A visit to the ancient city Rome" doesn't sound correct.
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Disclaimer That covers everything in condensed wording

Let's say I wanted to set up a comedy show using a particularly vulgar comedian. The comedian in this show would primarily use comedy insulting or degrading to individuals or organisations. I would ...
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Choose the most correct answer, please justify your answer [on hold]

Old people sometimes seems (in/out of) touch with the modern world. should it be in or out of? my english teacher gave us this question on exam yesterday, and she said the correct answer was out of, ...
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Default position of a switch

Which version is correct? Move all switches into their default positions. Put all switches into their default positions. Switch all switches into their default positions. Bring all switches into ...
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Can I use 'no more' with future tense? [on hold]

I love you no more I will love you no more Which one is correct?
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What is a word that describes a belief (or nonbelief) in an afterlife?

What is a word that describes a belief (or nonbelief) in an afterlife?
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Looking for a shorter term for “Preferred places to meet”

I am working on an online platform (mobile and web apps) that enable item lending/renting between peers. When a user posts an item for rent, he needs to put down his preferred places to meet for item ...
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How to correctly quantify the term “research”

What is the correct way to express the quantity of research. Eg: Joe has done a lot of research on the subject. Is there a better way to express "a lot". Thank you
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Looking for a word with a more positive connotation than “infectious”

I recently was attempting to describe someone's smile. I wanted to describe it as being very 'infectious', or that it spreads very quickly and is contagious. However, as hard as I could try, I could ...
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she said vexing OR she vexed [on hold]

Can I use "vexed" in the example: "You're impossible!" she vexed. or would I have to write: "You're impossible!" she said vexing. Any thoughts much appreciated, thanks and have a lovely day :)
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He rares himself up?

Raring definition: very enthusiastic and eager to do something. I want to use rares, as in: He rares himself up, ready to tell her. I'm wanting to use it as in the cited example, meaning he ...
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Is the cat that satisfaction brought back female? Did it definitely die? [on hold]

Is the correct wording for the saying: Curiosity killed a cat, but satisfaction brought it back Or Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back Or Curiosity killed a cat, ...
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What's a word or phrase that means “get together with people informally to play music”?

What’s a word, phrase, or expression that means to get together with people informally to play music? Something that doesn’t imply any particular style — could be Jazz, Rock, Classical, Rap, etc.
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Do surnames have to English language in England [on hold]

I've asked another question, because they wouldn't let me comment on my old question, but Italian? Amazing! As to whether not having an English-language name would make me English or not, I looked up ...
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Can one exonerate oneself?

You can exonerate, and be exonerated - but the word seems to be used in reference to an other. Is it proper to use the word when applying to the self? So, can one literally exonerate oneself? Of ...
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What words would complete this thought on religion? [on hold]

...by the color of his skin or the _____ of his _____. What words would go in the blanks to mean his religion, while still using of his in the phrase to maintain the flow? God of his faith or ...
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Seeking a noun for “a condescending, didactic, long-winded speech or soliloquy”

Looking for a noun Intended meaning: “a condescending, didactic, long-winded speech or soliloquy for the purpose of one’s own self-aggrandizement” Prefer it not to end in (-tion) Below are my ...
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Word for 'optimal given limitations'

I want a word or two that essentially say: 'The best we can do given limitations', I am thinking something along the lines of 'optimal solution under constraints', but this is also long. Any ideas? ...
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how do size describing words relate to each other? [closed]

English has quite the amount of words that indicate how big something is: big, large, huge, giant, great, gigantic, gargantuan, titanic, monstruous,... I might be forgetting a few. The question I ...
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Correct use of “immaculate” in a compliment [closed]

I saw a lady today who just dazzled me, she was so beautiful and pure. She was so divine and flawless. So if I say her beauty was immaculate Will it be appropriate or appreciated for this ...
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Usage of word for smooth communication [closed]

Should I use difficult words in speaking or writing.? Or should I use commonly used words?
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“Watch movie [x]” vs “see movie [x]” [migrated]

Is this sentence is correct "I am confused to see movie x or y". Should I use watch here or is see correct?
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Interrogative implicit within a sentence

What is the grammatical term for sentences like: Do you know where he lives?" I can’t imagine how he did it." In those sentences we use what is essentially an interrogative sentence (bolded), but ...
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Question about “between” vs. “among” - generic group or distinct members?

I have read Grammar Girl's excellent post on the difference between "between" and "among", but I've run into a scenario that has confused me. I used the sentence "Compare heights between these ...
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Another expression for “drinking behavior,” or “drinking habits” in this sentence.

"In other words, a member's drinking behavior is influenced by observing his peers drinking behavior. " To avoid repetition of (drinking) in this sentence, i need one word for ...
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Does “do you not?” mean the same as “do not you?” [closed]

The phrase is "Don't you know better?" When translating it to different languages, the word "don't" is obviously not an option... and apparently neither is phrasing it as "do you not know better?" My ...
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One word for “Unseen but felt” or maybe a better expression to denote the exact meaning?

Romantic relationships and sexual activeness are also sensitive areas where competition among men is unseen but felt.
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The preposition of categorize - in/into/in to"

The definition of "categorize" in merriam-webster: :to put into a category After the definition let's take a look at some examples (in merriam-webster): This software lets you categorize ...
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Is my name English? [on hold]

I have a question regarding my name and English language. My family's last name is Maiorana and were from Yorkshire (or so I thought). The other day my new girlfriend asked where my name was from and ...
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Word for something that is not an emulator, and is not a simulator

If we take that: Simulation = For analysis and study | The end result is the same Emulation = For usage as a substitute | The ways and the end result is the same Is there a word for ...
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Someone or something small yet capable of having big influence? [duplicate]

What is a word or phrase that means a person or thing which is quite small yet capable of having big influence and impact on society?
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Missing word in VOA news:US Government Panel Says Consider Environment in Diet [closed]

I don't know whether it's suitable to ask this kind of question here. I just got some listening issues. I can't identify the word missing in the sentence No.1 in this metioned VOA and want to make ...
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Word for the situation of being unable to pass opposing pedestrian, as you both start to step same direction

Is there a word or expression in English, which describes the situation, when you can't pass a stranger, who is walking towards you on the street, because you both start to step the same direction? ...
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A word for one who goes against conventional wisdom because it makes sense to do so?

I'm looking for a word for someone who goes against conventional wisdom because they have sufficient evidence that it makes sense to do so. The only words I can think of, like contrarian, or hipster, ...
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How to describe heavy rain falling on a lake and making ephemeral “pockmarks”

I am looking for a word which describes the pockmarks that heavy rainfall makes when it is falling on a lake. Rain at Lake Constance by Rona-Keller / deviantart.com
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I like to be like my father in the future. What would he be called?

Not something like inspiration / motivation There is a word for this, right? Thanks a lot for helping.. ^^
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A single word for terraced plaza?

Is there an English word for a plaza or forum in a park that is semicircular in shape, with rising decks on a slope similiar to how terraced farming is conducted?