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A word for “characterized by a defined ending”

I am documenting some code and I need a word (adjective, preferably ending with "y") that means "characterized by a defined ending." Here is how I will be using it in a sentence: "Unlike active ...
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Street, road, crescent, lane, drive, way and more

The English language is rich in ways to define a motorway, but what about square; can you help me find other definitions of it, or square-like spaces?
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“As of this morning” vs. “as at this morning”

As of this morning, he was not in support of the motion. As at this morning, he was not in support of the motion. Which is correct?
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Use of the “the” article [duplicate]

Can anyone explain why we use the definite article the for the following: The upper classes often go fox hunting. but People in High society often go fox hunting.
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Word or phrase describing “conforming to mean or average”?

I am exploring a statistical experiment in which participants are asked for their rating of an idea (say from 1 to 10). Then they are shown the average rating of all other participants, and given an ...
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Food Rhyme with No

So I've been looking into lots of different food to respond for a dance, and I was going to do something like using the food as trying to rhyme with "no" but it'll be a yes, don't get me wrong I'm not ...
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Between or Among

This is what Ellen DeGeneres jokingly said in the Oscars this year: I did a little bit of research and between all the nominees here tonight, you've made 1,400 films. And you've gone to a total of ...
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*seniority* in the context of work

generally I associate "seniority" in the workplace with where an employee in the organizational hierarchy, and not with the amount of time an employee has been with the company. This term often ...
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The word for last year school, first year university students?

I'm looking for term to describe students which didn't study theoretical physics, but who learned physics in school. These are last years school and first years university students with major physics. ...
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My and Linda's or Mine and Linda's? [duplicate]

How do you use possessive pronouns in cases where there are multiple "owners" and "objects" in question? For example would it be: "I've included my and Linda's suggestions in the file" or "I've ...
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Why word “very” is used in combination with words like “first”, “last”, ect [duplicate]

Wow, my first question here :) Recently i watched a tennis match and the commentator said "This is his very first title". I've also heard the opposite expression "This is his very last chance". So why ...
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“Sharing of knowledge” vs. “knowledge sharing” [closed]

As the title of a scoping document for a major project, which is better? Delivering mutual benefit through sharing of knowledge Delivering mutual benefit through knowledge sharing Is ...
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Single word for 'I think it is right but not exactly sure about it'

Could somebody suggest a single word for 'I think it is right but not exactly sure about it'. I can say 'I am almost sure' but wondering if a word exists with same meaning. Thanks in advance
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Word for someone who gets angry the other person for being proved wrong or pointing out something wrong

A roommate of mine always confuses me. I'm trying to put a word to what she does. When she drinks others milk, eats their food, and they point it out to her (after watching her do it), she just yells ...
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Criticizing someone of lower income who buys/lives like someone of higher income?

I have a friend who criticizes people who lives at the place she lives at who make a lower income than her. I thought it would be snob or ignorant, but I feel like those definitions are lacking/vague. ...
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Fullscreen or full screen

Can 'Fullscreen' and 'Full Screen' be used interchangeably? As in Funny pictures in fullscreen Funny pictures in full screen The context is a website, with full screen images in a fullscreen ...
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Is there a term that refers to the part of the line after the indentation?

The correct term would describe some text... in the following example: some text ... \ indent /\ ? /
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Everyone's or every one's?

I've always written 'everyone's' but when I was writing a post for my blog the Spell Check came up with 'every one's" Which one is it?
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Correct use of bound/bounded

I am not sure how to correctly use the word bound in this context: All partial sums of two given sequences are bounded by a positive constant. All partial sums of two given sequences are ...
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What is a word meaning “the pros and cons of”?

I am trying to find a word which can be used interchangeably with the phrase "pros and cons". For example: Because no one has tried it yet, the _ of this new diet are unknown. The closest I ...
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What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?

Wikipedia describes a knowledge worker as a worker whose "main capital is knowledge". Examples include engineers, doctors, accountants, software writers etc. Is there an "established term" to refer ...
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Small change, big difference

Is there a way of saying that a small change will make a big difference? The current sentence doesn't sound very good. I do not want to say something along the lines of a domino effect.
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Is there a word for this clever piece of marketing?

I was shopping the other day when I decided to buy some Cranberry juice - you know, juice from cranberries - so I picked up what I thought was exactly that. It was only when I got home that I realised ...
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Word or phrase for all changes to an employee’s role/position/level?

What is a suitable word or phrase describing all changes to an employee’s role/position/designation/level in a company? These changes would include promotions/demotions (e.g. “Staff” to “Executive”), ...
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What colour eyes

I've just stumbled on this sentence What colour eyes does she have? in my grammar book. What got me interested in this is the combination of the words colour, eyes with what and without any ...
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I'm on doing something

This is something I've heard in some TV show. I don't remember which one. I just wrote it down when I heard it. Here it is. -I'm on protecting the public. -Are you still on saving your ...
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What nouns could symbolize a choice between 2 options?

I want to name a process that has exactly two possible paths. I'd like to give it a symbolic name. These concepts come to mind but I'm hoping to think of others: coin flip double-edged sword ...
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Common terminology for “blessing” and “curse”?

I'm doing a certain something that requires identifying a property of some certain (fictional) thing as either "Blessed", "Cursed", or "Neither". What's the common term for "Blessing" or "Cursed", if ...
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When citing a paper and describing its purpose, is it correct to use a comma to describe the contents?

My question is in regards to the following sentence and has two parts: Bitcoin is a clever solution to the Byzantine Generals Problem[2], which describes the issue of trusting data transmitted ...
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Initial “See, …” or “Look, …” usage

Which is correct to say 1. "Look , The situation was like that..." or "See, The situation was like that ....". 2. "Look , I am not involved in it..." or "See, I am not involved in ...
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What is a good word for the object under review?

Is there a good general term for "the thing that is being reviewed"? The activity is reviewing The product is a review The person conducting doing it is the reviewer The object being reviewed is ? ...
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What Is the Real Name of the #?

I used to say "sharp sign" to refer to the # sign. Today a friend told me that the correct term is number sign or hash sign or even just hash. What is the difference between these options and ...
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An active verb “to find peace in” something

I'm looking for an active verb which means something along the lines of "to take or find peace in" something. Something like soothe is the opposite of what I want, in the sense that the something is ...
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What do you call the action of making desserts?

A person who makes desserts is called a pastry chef, but is there a name for the action itself of making desserts? "Cooking" is too general, and "baking" implies bread, cakes, etc. which is not quite ...
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Is there a difference between “anatomic” and “anatomical”?

I want to say "anatomical context". Google tells me that anatomical in that context is preferred. An online dictionary claimed that American English does not have anatomic but only knows anatomical.
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Sufficient or sufficiently?

When we compare this with his [Milton's] later prose writings, when he moved closer to the victorious Cromwellian ascendancy, we find that pragmatism usurped idealism, not completely but ...
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What is the difference between “being in” and “being down”

I've come across both sentences and was wondering if there is any difference in their meaning. Here are the sentences where I met them: To be down: Give me a call if you're down To be in: ...
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A word that means 'most important'?

I tried to find a single word that means "most important", but I couldn't. I want it to be able to express what's missing below: If you get hurt, the _ thing to do is to stay calm. It would ...
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Has the killer monopolised the serial actions?

Serial is an adjective so often associated with the word killer that its usage in a different context may sound sinister. Can serial be used properly to describe other activities such as: a serial ...
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Synonyms for “content” in publishing

A document in a hypertext system (commonly "a web page") consists of navigation elements, advertising elements, and what a lot of authors call "content". The "content" carries the information for ...
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Adjective for “on the scale of a building”

Municipal means roughly "of the city" or "on the scale of the city." Is there a word for "of the building" or "on the scale of the building"? For example, wifi provided by the city is municipal ...
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which phrase is more suitable in a official text :“ordinary people” or "normal people

I am confused which phrase is more suitable to put in an official text that is comparing two phrases : 1) successful person 2) Ordinary or normal person.
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What's an adjective that means “has high expectations”

If you were to describe a person as someone who has high expectations or standards (of their work, peers, or subordinates), what word would you use? "Demanding" is the closest I have come but that's ...
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Are “in” and “at” the same in some situations? [duplicate]

If someone calls me, and I say I can't talk to them at the moment, because I'm at school, is there any difference between the following two sentences? I'm at school. I'm in school. Do ...
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What preposition does “rate … criteria” take?

I'm writing up specs for a website with learning materials for our alpha testers to comment on. Among others, I'm describing the rating system: the materials can be rated (...) several criteria (such ...
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I got first place in a competition where it's possible to tie. How would I distinguish that I was an untied first?

I would like to avoid using the phrase "untied first" unless that is actually the accepted way to say it.
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Word for Someone Who Watches Mountain Weather

I've been working on a paper regarding the Himalays. As part of that, I've been learning about sherpas. I feel like I see these kinds of people watching or monitoring mountains. Either for weather or ...
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What is the English word for a 'spaghetti harvest'?

Spaghetti, traditionally, an Italian crop is now being widely grown in Britain. Can anyone say what the harvest should be called, perhaps based on the Italian.
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An aeroplane, when it leaves the ground, 'takes off'. What does a bird do?

My daughter recently had the experience of a large bird hitting her car windscreen, and smashing it, when she was doing about 70mph on a motorway. Fortunately the bird did not come through the screen, ...
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numbers used as words

Is there a word or words for a group of numbers that is used with a specific meaning apart from the values of the numbers themselves? Like 911 for emergency, 411 for information, 24/7 for always ...