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A hyperonym is a word whose definition includes the definition of another word (its hyponym).

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What category includes "document" and "video"?

I want a common word that could categorise both document (like presentation/portfolio etc.) and video. Any good ideas? I need something simple enough that everyone can understand & not just the ...
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Word for morally negative sexual behavior

I'm searching for a broad word that is summarized by sexual transgression. Is there a single word to describe a type of behavior of those that pursue rape, pedophilia, adultery, incest, or molestation?...
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Hypernym for "clients", "members" and "partners"

We're building a feature for a website and trying to think of a hypernym for clients, partners and members so that the feature remains generic enough for re-use later on other websites.
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Is there a word that describes a pre-wedding party?

So there are many words that describe the event that takes place before the wedding: stag do, hen do, bachelor party, bachelorette party. Is there a single word that encompasses all those things?
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Is there a single word for a "unit of time"?

If I were to have a text box for someone to enter an integer and dropdown list from which my user would select day(s), hour(s), minute(s) or second(s), is there a single word that would describe what ...
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Collective Term for Cardinal and Ordinal Directions

I'm writing a research proposal in which I frequently reference the cardinal and inter-cardinal (ordinal) directions together. Is there some term, no matter the obscurity, that refers to the eight of ...
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What is the word that includes "Chiefs" and "Sergeants-Major" together?

Is there a word or two that can combine Chief Master Sergeant/Petty Officer and Sergeants-Major? I want it in a sentence that involves both sets of ranks like: "'The Chiefs and Sergeants-Major' will ...
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What is a generic word that describes something a person is or does like a skill? [duplicate]

I am in charge of deciding the name of a skill in a role-playing game that serves as a catch-all for abilities/skills that are otherwise unlisted in our handbook (think skills that will help players ...
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Hypernym for "pros" and "cons"

Is there a single word to denote pros and cons? For example, Here you can view the [pros and cons] of this product. update: When reading the word, one should immediately understand that it's about ...
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What is a hypernym for artificial regions, like cities, states or unions?

I am building a database of sorts and came across this question. I am looking for a word that includes every region that is declared and made up by humans. So no natural regions like forests or ...
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What is an object (talisman, amulet, salt circle etc.) that hinders or stops an evil spirit called?

What is an object that hinders or stops a spirit (specifically evil) called? I.e. a talisman, salt circle, or any other enchanted object.
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What is the trade of an electrician called?

For example, a carpenter works in carpentry and a plumber works in plumbing. So what trade does an electrician work in? Electrical? I searched the definition for "electrical" and found that ...
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Generic term for songs, movies, TV episodes, etc

For the model of a software project, I need a generic term that is abstract enough to encompass a single song, TV episode, movie, audiobook, etc. The word content comes to mind, but it is plural. The ...
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Generic term for 'row' and 'column'

Is there a single, more generic term that can be used to describe both a row and a column? In English, we can refer to a line as being horizontal or vertical, but unless we say ‘a line of something’, ...
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Hypernym for "clock" and "watch"

Yesterday I said: "I can't read analog clocks", but my interlocutor corrected me saying that what I was pointing at was a watch and not a clock. Now, I am aware of the difference between the two, ...
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Is there a hypernym for “public” and “private”?

Regarding privacy (in general) or visibility (particularly in computer programming), “public” and “private” are direct dichotomous opposites. It seems hard to find a superordinate term for it; “...
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Is there a term for the amount of time one devotes to a job, as in full-time, part-time, half-time?

This question came up when I was posting job openings on a website and needed to list the various aspects of each position using label/value pairs, like so: Benefits: Included Availability: ...
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Is there a single term for "nieces and nephews"?

I find it handy when talking about my sons and daughters I can just say my children. It's nice to say nieces instead of sibling's daughters. I wonder if there is a similar term for nieces and nephews ...
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What is the category name to describe "day", "night", or "dusk"?

I'm applying tags to a set of recorded data files, and I have to classify by when the recording appears to be taken (if it's light or dark). TimeOfDay: Day TimeOfDay: Night TimeOfDay: Dusk TimeOfDay:...
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Hypernym of convergence and divergence

Is there a hypernym for convergence and divergence? It might also encompass similar terms, like separation and reunion. Oscillations can be thought of as a succession of convergence and divergence, ...
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Hypernym for "restaurant", "cafe" and other food places

I am looking for a hypernym for all places that provide food, beverages, or both, of any quality or price — such as restaurant, cafe, fast-food and so on.
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Hypernym for anything you would write on?

I know the term "writing utensil", "writing implement", or "writing instrument" can be used to encompass anything you would write with such as pen, pencil, stylus, etc. ...
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General term for singularize and pluralize

I'm looking for a word (or small number of words) that is the general term for singularizing or pluralizing a word. I've thought about "inflection"/"inflect", but inflection ...
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Is there a word for a class of circular shapes?

I'm not sure if this belongs here, but I'm wondering if there is a word for a class of circular shapes? Thinking about this hierarchically: * Shape * Polygon * Square * Rectangle * ??????...
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Impartial or generic word for both stretch/dilate and squeeze/compress

Is there a word that refers to squeezing/compression or stretching/dilation while being impartial to the "direction"? For example, shift does not denote which direction is being moved in. Malleate ...
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What word defines a category suited for both header and footer?

So there I was, trying to ask a question (now on SO) on Webmaster.SE partly involving a 'header' and a 'footer'. One part of my code defines shared aspects of both the header and the footer. Anyway to ...
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A word or phrase to encompass both a long, flexible neck, and a long, flexible tail (but not normal arms and legs)

Consider a creature like a long-necked dinosaur: The neck and tail share many functional (and presumably anatomical) similarities. Specifically, as far as I'm concerned, they are both flexible ...
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Hypernym for something like a blanket/sheet to cover oneself for keeping warm

Blanket seems too specific, one can cover oneself with a thin sheet instead. Bedsheet somehow seems like what you'd sleep on, not what you'd sleep under. Sheet is too general. One has sheets of paper, ...
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What is the hypernym for "next" and "previous"?

I'm looking for an umbrella term for "next" and "previous" so that I don't have to call my programming methods "NextPrevious". Is there a hypernym for the two?
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Is there a word that means both "listen" and "read"?

I am looking for a word that encapsulates both listen and read. I enjoy _______ poetry, rap, etc. Since poetry and rap can both be read and listened to, I wasn't sure what word to use.
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Hypernym for reading a book and listening to an audiobook

I want to state that "I've read 10 books this year", but the books in question can be both dead-wood books and audiobooks. Is there a verb that works here in place of 'read'? Maybe something like '...
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Umbrella term for Invoice, Debit Note, or Credit Note

I would like to find a generic term for a transaction of type Invoice, Debit Note, or Credit Note. The term transaction is already reserved since the context involves other sorts of transactions ...
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Hypernym: Word that means 'window' or 'door'

There's the Italian word serramento which means "a window or a door", used in this way for example: Our company produces [serramenti] in aluminium. Is there an equivalent word or expression that ...
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What overarching category do "street," "road," "avenue", etc. belong to?

Apple belongs to the category of Fruit. What category do street, road, and avenue belong to?
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Hypernym for lossy or lossless?

Generally, there exist two types of compression algorithms which have the feature to be lossless or lossy. What is the noun to reference this feature? The word lossiness seems to be plausible to me. ...
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Word to describe both adding and removing but not updating [closed]

I am looking for a word that can describe the act of adding/removing objects but at the same time avoid a word that has to do with updating. So, given adding an object, removing an object, updating ...
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What's the word for a counterparty of a customer?

When I want to refer to the people (and organizations) who supply me with the goods and services I consume---that is, those of whom I am a customer---what word do I use? My candidates: Customee ...
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Generic term for sunrise and sunset

Is there a single generic term to refer, either collectively or arbitrarily, to both sunrises and sunsets? I'm looking for something that could be used in the same vein as twilight can be used (...
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Are all myths superstitions, or are all superstitions myths?

Are all myths superstitions, or is it the other way around, i.e. all superstition being myths? Or can these words basically be used interchangeably? The dictionary definitions of these words seem ...
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Term for "Phrase that Ends List"

In an episode of Fawlty Towers, Basil Fawlty uses the phrase "And Bob's your uncle". Unfamiliar with it, I looked the phrase up on Wikipedia, which described it this way: Typically, someone says ["...
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Is there a general word for inhaling and exhaling ? Something like ''haling'' or ''halation''?

I'm looking for a word that includes both inhaling and exhaling that derives from the same ''halare'' origin. The word ''breathing'' obviously does the job but I'm wondering if other words exist such ...
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Hypernym for "increase" and "decrease"

Is there a word in English which would encompass both the action of increasing or decreasing [the value of] something? I am looking at a word similar to modify, change or alter. But the first two do ...
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Hypernym for "customer," "supplier", "manufacturer"

I need an abstraction for the above terms. In financial services, counterparty is often used. Another hypernym could be account (although this sounds more like a bank account, or user/login account)...
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Is there a logical umbrella term for onboarding and offboarding?

I'm creating documentation that describes both the process of onboarding new team members (e.g. creating accounts for required resources, locating, installing and configuring required software, ...
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Gender-independent replacement for “fiancée” and “fiancé”

I can use child to replace son or daughter, sibling for sister or brother, and parent for mother or father. What is the unisex replacement for fiancée and fiancé? I don’t need it for speech, but for ...
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What common name can be used to classify LaTeX and office suites together?

If someone wants to put LaTeX and office suites (especially the applications related to document preparation: Word, Publisher, Powerpoint, etc.) together in the same line in his CV/resume in the ...
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Hypernym for wheels, tracks, etc

Is there a hypernym for wheels and tracks (possibly also, though rarer, mechanical legs and hovecraft skirts), that is the interface or system that supports a vehicle on land and that (except for ...
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Is there a collective word for describing synonyms, antonyms, etc?

I'm trying to create a phrase stating: Homonyms are my favorite [descriptor here]. However, I'm not having any luck finding anything that collectively describes words like synonym, antonym and ...
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What is the term for groups of numerals within a large number?

I am writing software in which I would like to be able to return the groups of numerals within a large number. For example, given a number 123,456,789, my software would return 123 then 456 then 789. ...
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Hypernym for queue, file, row, column, and stack [duplicate]

Words like row and rank imply that people/things are arranged horizontaly (beside each other), while words like queue and column imply a vertical positioning (behind each other). I need a word that ...

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