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The "obvious" answer is grippy — the ability to grip a surface well. It is less commonly used than slippery, but it is a proper word.


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Serpentine is the snake equivalent of bovine. of or resembling a serpent (as in form or movement) Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serpentine Serpent - synonym of snake Wikipedia : Snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes ... All modern snakes are grouped within the suborder Serpentes in ...


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Phrontistery has a list of suitable words: ophic of, like or pertaining to serpents ophidian of or like a snake ophiomormous snakelike ophiomorphic shaped like a snake OED has ophiomorphic Having or resembling the form of a serpent; snakelike, and gives its etymology as deriving from ancient Greek ὄϕις serpent


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A word derived from the Latin for snake, anguis, is anguiform. Having the shape of a serpent or snake; snake-shaped. [OED] A word which resembles bovine is anguine. Of or resembling a snake or serpent. [OED]


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As has been mentioned in comments, "sticky", "adhesive" might fit. But the truth is rubber isn't naturally sticky or adhesive. It does have a high "coefficient of friction" though. That's why it isn't slippery. In non-technical terms, we can say rubber is nonslippery or skid-resistant.


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I'd use cathartic, from ca·thar·sis noun \kə-ˈthär-səs\ : the act or process of releasing a strong emotion (such as pity or fear) especially by expressing it in an art form http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catharsis I think MW overstates the importance of art though.


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The word slippery implies very little friction. You want a word that implies a lot of friction, which creates a "gripping" sensation. To that effect, I couldn't find any simple, commonly used words. Frictive is one, which literally means "friction-y". CarSmack suggested "rubbery", but "rubber is rubbery" seems redundant.


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The word tacky is used when describing the 'grippiness' of golf grips (which are, as it happens, made of rubber), especially when it comes to the 'stickiness' of the rubber compound, as opposed to the roughness of the surface.


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My humble Pocket Oxford Dictionary says simply: snaky. If you want to describe someone in a negative way, perhaps treacherous would do the trick.


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Reptilian wasn't mentioned. Serpentine is good but doesn't have the negative connotation.


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Oh, dear. The root meaning of narrative ‘a story’ or the telling of a story. The most recent generation of academics have adopted the word to designate the expression of an understanding or account of how the world works—an ideology—through stereotyped stories. In that sense, narrative has largely replaced the term myth used in my youth fifty years ago. ...


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You're looking for "relieving". Merriam-Webster gives the following definition of "relieve" as an intransitive verb: relieve: to bring or give relief


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It sounded very strange to me, but the online Merriam-Webster gives this as one of its definitions for agnostic: a person who is unwilling to commit to an opinion about something , and it also lists the word as an adjective. So, "I am agnostic as to whether we go with A or option B" appears to be acceptable.


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There are lots of ways of talking about starting cars. Except for (1) and (2), these are fine. There is an English grammar rule being violated in (1) and (2). Native speakers know it, because they follow it, but they usually can't state it. Non-native speakers need to be taught the rule, however, because it's not obvious. When a noun modifier consists of ...


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It is neither: it is a preposition phrase with (figurative) locative sense, usually followed by a preposition phrase with of defining the danger. ... in danger of contracting the virus ... in danger of being fired The of phrase may be omitted when it is recoverable from context. John has been exposed to the virus. He is in danger. You ...


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You shouldn’t expect the average unstudied English monoglot to know the word, but the OED gives as the primary sense of the adjective colubrine: Of, belonging to, or characteristic of a snake or serpent; snake-like. One citation for that sense is: 1883 P. Robinson in Harper’s Mag. Oct. 708/1 The colubrine impossibility of springing off the ...


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In your example sentences more is being used as a determiner not as a comparative. The meaning is: Today there are more cars that are fast, and not Today there are faster cars. There is in fact one context in which more is sometimes used in the comparative of single-syllable adjectives, namely as an alternative to the repetition of the adjective in ...


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How about 'merits'? That seems to me to correspond quite well to "positive features" and to be a satisfactory antonym for "shortcomings". "Virtues" would, for me, be more positive still, and, therefore, a better antonym for "vices" which is more negative than "shortcomings".


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Comments thusfar (including the OP's) seem to confuse friction with rheology. A slippery substance is one with low viscosity, not a low coefficient of friction. A coating of oil makes surfaces slippery because the oil deforms easily and permanently under small shear (i.e., sliding) stress. Rubber deforms only slightly, then returns to its original shape, so ...


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Unslippery is certainly a possibility, but I don't like it. Commercial products such as deck paints tend to use terms such as "non-slip" and "slip-resistant".


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I would use these terms: on time event: This concert is an on time event. Patrons arriving late will be allowed to take their seats during intermission. anytime event: The after party is an anytime event. Guests are free to come and go as they please during the party.


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You use the word "punctual" to describe how you should arrive, so perhaps the word could be extended to describe the event itself. A concert or play is a "punctual event", while a fair or gala could be a "flexible event".


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"Light", as an adjective, can certainly mean having an abundance of light, i.e. not dark. In your context, it is perfectly clear that you mean that turning on the lamp makes the room lighter. To that effect, the following is fine: Having more windows, the kitchen was lighter than the living room. Using the word "brighter" is more obvious without ...


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I think the best adjective is "snakelike" as used by Jack London 'The huge, snakelike body coiled and uncoiled about its prey.' or "He received no applause, and he squirmed through the ropes, snakelike, into the arms of his seconds"


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The OED lists its principal meaning as the religious one: A person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of immaterial things, especially of the existence or nature of God. Distinguished from atheist n. The meaning that your colleague is adopting is described by the OED as an 'extended use' of the term. See below. In extended use: a person ...


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Technically speaking the most suitable word is probably relaxing - assuming the effect OP refers to is much bound up with taut/tight/contracted muscles that need to relax/loosen up.


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There is a discussion of this question on this blog post: http://studioblog.envato.com/freelance-vs-self-employed/ and while that author doesn't find a difference in the Webster's definitions, there is one. The different is also mentioned here http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=677080 in the fourth post. In my understanding, whereas the terms ...


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Desperate implies being both fearless and hopeless in the right context. Because you can become fearless and reckless out of despair if you lose all your hope. Having lost all hope; despairing. careless of danger, as from despair; utterly reckless http://www.thefreedictionary.com/desperate


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Agnostic (in non-religious usage) properly means that one has not or cannot come to an opinion on a matter. There are many reasons for that, and indifference is only one of them. Another would be an insufficiency of evidence, or a contractual prohibition of favouritism.


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It sounds like the fellow in question is thinking of the term as it has been used in the software industry (unfortunately, IMHO) for several years. Example: "The new app is platform-agnostic." This means that the app will run regardless if you are (for example) a Mac or PC user, or a Windows 8 or WindowsXP user.



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