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Is there a word/short phrase for “the most” of something (not necessarily the majority)?

I don't want to use the word "majority" in many contexts because it tends to imply that 50% or more of something has gone one way. However, I don't know a concise way of saying that something has ...
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There is a quote from Brene Brown which I don't understand [closed]

I know the meaning of every word in it, but I can't fully understand it. The quote is: “The ability, to hold something we’ve done or failed to do, up against who we want to be, is incredibly ...
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Is “radius” a sub-category of “diameter”? [closed]

The question sounds a bit cumbersome, but it arises from this description of a product: Outer Diameter: 78.74mm (radius) If the word "radius" is a sub-category of "diameter", then the description ...
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Name for a business model where you get free 'basic' packages

I'm looking for a term for a business model that includes free base packages and charges you for the amount of service you require. Some examples: Unity, pay once you make 100'000 Google Drive, ...
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Neologism: I am introducing a new term in my thesis for a concept but I am cautious [closed]

Is it arrogant in writing to explicitly say I came up with the term? Fear of appearing arrogant made me think to just say: X will be used throughout the thesis to refer to the concept of Y without ...
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Is there any word or phrase for the idea that “everything in the universe is a miracle”?

Is there any word or phrase for the idea that "everything in the universe (including the creatures) is a miracle"? Or someone who chooses to see everything as a miracle?
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Word or phrase for fake appearance or posturing

I'm looking for a noun (it has to be an object) that expresses the concept of fake appearances. In Spanish, we can express that with the word "facade" understood as the front of a wall (but part of ...
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What is the right word / an analogy for a “pendulum” that gains momentum with each swing?

I'm trying to find the right word / concept to describe the following effect: Consider a pendulum, except with each swing it gains momentum. The exchange of potential and kinetic energy is not equal,...
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The concept of being too obsessed with honour

I'm looking for a word that refers to excessive or extreme obsession with fairness, discipline, chivalry, and respect. Note that this is the concept, rather than a person who embraces it. An ...
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What is a word for a concept that is understood across almost all languages?

This questions is probably strange, but I will give an example. The concept of money, for example is understood by almost all languages, or take the concept of mathematics. Is there an actual word for ...
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Confusion about when to use definite article when writing about “concepts”

Should the following sentences include a definite article? (The) management of different implementations is realised using a factory design pattern. There are two ways of measuring (the) availability:...
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What word best represents the concept of data that can be easily used by a computer?

I want to find a word that encapsulates the concept of information that can be easily parsed by a computer and does not require a human to interpret the concepts. Imagine you are filling out a form ...
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Concepts implied by the word 'realize'

When saying 'I realized something' does this imply that I became aware on my own? If someone had explained something to me and only after did I understand, can I still use 'I realized'? Or do I need ...
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What word or phrase most concisely describes speaking with assumed knowledge on behalf of the hearer?

If I were to use an analogy with someone as a way to explain something, but the subject of my analogy was beyond their knowledge, what might be the most concise phrasing to inform me that my analogy ...
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Word to explain “mapping the unseen to the seen” (i.e. infrared light to visible light)

There is a popular misconception that sound can travel through space. Since space is a vacuum, this isn't possible. Confusingly this scientific video describes "the sound two black holes make when ...
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which word equals to this phrase: to keep away from sth one hates it [closed]

I am looking up a formal word with this definition:' to keep away from something which one hates it.'
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In search of a English word [closed]

my question is that if a person A does something bad to another person B but regrets it and helps B so that A can forgive himself.....is there any English word to sum up that sentence?
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ranked 2nd out of 124 peers — Is this sentence grammatically correct?

I want to say that I ranked 2nd among all the students with the same entrance as mine at my university. I want to say this with as few words as possible. This the best I've been able to come up with: ...
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Is there a word for the concept of attributing genius to something simply because it's incomprehensible?

Say someone is a well-known, highly-praised academic figure who came out with an idea that was complete and utter nonsense, yet instead of dismissing it as BS, some folks insist the idea is brilliant ...
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Something that is easy to learn, but rewarding to master

I'm looking for a word or phrase that expresses the idea that something can be done well at the beginner-level, but can also be extremely rewarding when someone reaches an expert level. The concept ...
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Concept of “none” in the English language [duplicate]

None of them are/is I don't know if this is the place to ask, but: In German you would say "none of them is" and it totally sounds wrong to me to say "none of them are". As German and English are ...
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The phenomenon of someone talking about someone else all the time

I got a friend who keeps talking about a colleague. My friend is pretty disappointed by the other guy's behaviour and keeps on harping about it day in day out. Is there one word/concept which sums up ...
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Is there a different way of saying “Steam Engine Time”?

Steam engine time shows up on urban dictionary, but isn't quite as prevalent beyond that. I'm trying to remember the name of the concept that it's "time" for something to get invented when all the pre-...
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big to small, and small to big approach names

In a book, I read: Engineering is all about breaking down big problems into smaller ones and putting the solutions for those problems back together. My generalized interpretation of this text is ...
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Can parents “educate” their children? Or only teachers? [closed]

Many of my Asian students who are learning English say that parents can "educate" their children. However I'm not sure if this is a correct collocation in English. My understanding of "education" is ...
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phrase request: describe authorship which overruns logical stopping points and/or fails to omit extraneous ideas

How can I describe authorship where the author often oversteps logical stopping points, or where the author introduces superfluous, tangentially related content? Here are some more details to ...
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Is there an English term for the concept of making grumpy noises like; “bah”?

In Swedish there's a word "fnysningar" which means "disaproved sniffs". I'm trying to think of a similar concept in English and I'm reminded of Christmas Carrol and Scrooge McDuck disapprovingly ...
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Etymology of “second to none”

second to none To the ears of a non-native speaker, mine anyway, this expression sounds very laborious. Where does it come from? Is it not contrary to the idea that English is a '...
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A theory or concept related to language use by elite or the higher classes

I'm an English teacher, and I'm looking for a theoretical model that suggests language is used differently by different classes. I am aware of Bernstein's Elaborated code, which refers to an elite ...
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What is the word for the combined senses of an organism?

I'm having difficulty recalling the word for the unique sensory space of an organism. Or it might be the word for the impression derived from those unique senses, I'm not totally sure. It would be ...
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Expression for asking a question in a way that assumes a certain solution?

Especially (but not only) with technical problems, people often ask questions in a way that assumes a certain solution. For example: Where can I get a cheap taxi to the airport? But the person ...
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Can a tractor or a skid-steer be called a “device”?

I am having an argument with my cousin after I called a tractor a "device." He argues that tractors are machines, but never "devices." Thoughts, folks?
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odd taxonomy of English [closed]

The taxonomy of ox, like cow, bull, calf, steer, bullock, cattle, etc. is all odd to me, using different words for the same animal. (The same can be said to sheep.) I'm looking for similar odd-...
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Can a number be given the attribute 'physical'?

This question initially arose while translating a technical document from German. The original text was 'physikalische Heizzonenummer', literally 'physical heating-zone-number'. My immediate reaction ...
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What is the term for an idea that requires/creates its opposite?

An example would be that the concept of 'light' necessitates an opposite: 'dark.' The idea of one entails the other. Is there a term for this?