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Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

This tag is for questions seeking a single word that fits a meaning. To ensure that your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word.  INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE demonstrating how the word would be used.  Click on "Info" or "View Tag" and "Learn more ..." for more information. Please use the "phrase-requests" tag instead if you seek more than just a single word.

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Verbs for subscribing to a proposition

When A believes that the proposition p is true, we may say A subscribes to the proposition that ... Which verbs may replace the italicized expression without altering the meaning of the sentence?
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Word for blue ring around the Earth

From certain positions in outer space the Earth will appear to have a blue ring around it when the viewer is in the shadow of the Earth and sunlight is passing through the atmosphere. Here is a ...
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What's the opposite of “simple”?

i'm a newbie here. What is the opposite of "simple"? Sentence example: "Don't draw the eyes more (...), make it simple" Thanks if answered it!
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Is there any one word to describe people who don't prefer the product?

In terms of marketing, is there any simple word to describe non-preference in a particular product? Like Pick-up truck non-preferred type?
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How to describe persons who care about cost-effectiveness?

How can I describe in a single word or two words a person who is sensitive in cost-effective stuff or products? Or persons who care the most for cost-effective stuff?
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Is there a word that means “attracted to talent” in the way that sapiosexual means attracted to intellect?

I think the title says it all but just wondering if there is a word that means attracted to talent or attracted to displays of talent. Examples would be being attracted to seeing someone be a good ...
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Single word that describes network effect

Is there a word that describes "Network Effect". Sometimes referred to as network externality, or positive externality. I would like to describe the effect to a layperson. The word I'm looking for ...
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word for being overly childish

I can't find a word for this and I don't know what to search, so I am asking here. I cant explain this very well, so sorry, but here goes: I would like a word to explain the feeling of annoyance when ...
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What's a word for a generic, simple name that gains significance over time the more it's referred to?

An example might be how "Catch-22" was one of many bureaucratic catches, but gained significance and recognizability over time the more it was used.
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Word or phrase for believing people will take up a new opportunity even though other, potentially better, opportunities readily exist

What's a word or phrase for believing people will take up a new opportunity even though other, potentially better, opportunities readily exist? For example my parents always tell me to take out ...
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Antonym of the word “fault”

Consider the meaning of the word "fault" as used in the following sentence: It is not your fault that the warehouse burned down. What word could we use in the following sentence: It is not your ...
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Does the word 'authored by' imply the non-existence of co-authors?

In an article I'm co-authoring, I'm about to say the following: ... d is the number of articles authored by John Doe ... But then I thought this would be better: ... d is the number of articles ...
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Word for evaluating or understanding a system as a whole

Trying to rediscover a word I used to enjoy using but have forgotten. To mean something like: "Looking at something as a sum of its constituent interconnected parts". My dodgy brain keeps returning '...
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What is the word to describe someone who thrives on change? [on hold]

Need word that would describe this type of person and I am unable to locate it. Please help! I was recently ask for a word to describe myself and the best thing I could come up with is I thrive on ...
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Is there a single word meaning “the thing that attracts me”?

Is there a single word meaning "the thing that attracts me"? The terms attractor or drawer don't feel right: The attractor for me at this restaurant is their sumptuous ravioli.
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Distinct terms for a monolingual dictionary and a bilingual dictionary

I would like to know if distinct terms or phrases exist for two types of dictionaries; The first type of dictionary presents words alongside one or more possible definitions, constrained to a single ...
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The particular word or phrase for description

Detailed descriptions are used in poetry and prose[fiction or even non-fiction] to paint a vivid, detailed picture in the minds of the readers. Authors achieve this feat using vivid imagery about a ...
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What to call a small, open stone or cement reservoir that supplies fresh water from a spring or other natural source?

In Spanish, this is called a pila or pilón. It's built out of stone or cement near a natural source of water (a spring or a stream) to hold the naturally-arriving water to make it convenient for ...
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An adjective to replace “so random” (to describe one who is apt to say random things)

Among friends, we describe a person as "so random" (he/she is so random) if that person says random things (often in group discussions). That is, we do not use it as defined below (i.e., he/she is "so ...
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A single word for describing someone who's both great at writing and speaking [on hold]

Writing and speaking are relevant to each other; they both employ words in expressing ideas. Wondering if there's an adjective for describing someone who's impressive in writing and speaking. The ...
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What do you call someone who is always wrong? [on hold]

So I'm doing readworks questions in class I have have to give a character trait but I don't know what you call someone that is always wrong.....
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Can't think of a good word or term to describe not feeling or thinking

I'm looking for a word or a term that describes a human who actually can't think. More specifically I'm thinking of a word that describes how embryos don't feel anything or think, etc. Thanks. For ...
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british language [closed]

meaning of dithecous,monothecous
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Coordinating Conjunctions

Good morning. Which sentence is correct, please? I usually eat pizza, ice cream and have a cola. I usually eat pizza and ice cream, and have a cola. Thanks in anticipation.
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Word for the feeling when any word that we think doesn't exist but actually exist

Recently I came across this word, which meant "Word for the feeling when any one uses the word, we think they are wrong , but when searched in the dictionary they actually exist . We didn't know the ...
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What is the name of this sort of Platform?

They are above the ground, below them their children are training. For some reason the word is escaping me.
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What do you call a person who hides the identity of others?

I need a word that could apply to a person erasing someone's identity in the real world or on the internet. Preferably, more in the context of an army position, a person who hides another's identity ...
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Is there a word for an individual who makes a claim while its validity is in doubt? [on hold]

For example, suppose someone claims they've read every book in a particular series. However, while making this claim the individual was also aware that another book they may have missed could exist in ...
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Word or phrase for set of events with no context as to timing

What is a word to use for a set of events that are reported with no context in terms of date or time, or frequency? The speaker claims, "someone told us you did X", but we don't know if they're ...
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(Adj) Word for “Related to the content” of media, rather than related to the medium

I'm talking about the different problems related to the experience of watching lecture videos. Certain problems such as video resolution or audio quality are technological. Other problems are related ...
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What is the word for something close to you in a way that you want to have it?

Something that is conveniently close to you that makes you want to have it. Example: the apple in the tree was ****ly close to me. I just cannot remember the word. It is something along "tentatively"...
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I am looking for the word that refers to the set of rules/laws within a fictional universe which maintains the realism within the universe [closed]

I am looking for the word that refers to the set of rules/laws within a fictional universe which maintains the realism within the universe. Eg. Within The Lord of the Rings it is established that ...
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A name/word suggestion for person who travels the world and collects rare items of decor/furniture

For a project that I am doing, I need a name or word suggestion. The premise is that a individual is an explorer, or a traveller on adventures to far flung places, and collects & finds unique ...
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Single word request for “that have to be returned to”

I would like to shorten the following phrase: "pension fund holdings that have to be returned to the government." Can you think of any expression meaning something along the lines of "that have to be ...
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Word for naive excitement

Looking for a word that would describe how excited a child would be meeting their hero and so overcome with the excitement they cannot form coherent questions or sentences. That the child would not ...
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What is the verb for “to make incomplete”

What is a good word choice for "to make incomplete" The context is that if I am following a path and perfectly reverse course, I will return to my place of origin. However, failure to precisely ...
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Word or phrase for “listening without providing feedback”

What's a word or phrase for someone who you have around that is just used for the purpose of talking to someone? Something like how Sherlock Holmes works out problems by talking to Watson.
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Two words for physical and mental charisma

In role playing games charisma is often used for "measuring force of personality". E.g. D&D 5e use the following description of charisma: "Charisma measures your ability to interact effectively ...
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What is the name for neologisms with associative endings like “Bostonian” and “imagineer”? [closed]

What is the name for that type of word that modifies a noun or verb with an ending to denote someone who is associated with the word stem? I'm thinking of words like: engineer, farmer (ending = "eer"...
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Word for someone who steals memories? [closed]

Is there a word in English for someone who steals memories? The idea originated from Harry Potter books. This entity would store memories and later view them in pensieve.
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Word for killing half a people or group?

Its usually referred to by an euphemism, but is there a formal word like an equivalent of "decimation"?
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What is an adjective that means “fits the norm”?

In sociological terms, there is a difference between what is normal, and what follows the norm. Thesocietypages.org puts it the following way: Sociologists distinguish between the terms norm, ...
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Other ways to say “native speaker”

Are there other ways to say "native speaker" which also allow a bit more flexibility as for when the speaker learnt that language? A child of an immigrant family who moved to the US when he/she was 5,...
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Is there an adjective of tense?

While writing some text, I used the phrase "tensal structure" in order to refer to a structure of tense. To my surprise, "tensal" is not a word. What is the correct equivalent?
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Is there an academic word that means “to split hairs over”?

Is there a higher register word that means to criticize something highly specific and inconsequential? Any synonym I can think of seems a little too vernacular, e.g. "to split hairs", "to nitpick". ...
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Single word that parallels “Recent” when discussing the near future

I've been racking my brain for a single word that would apply to the future in the same way that "recent" applies to the past. I looked up antonyms of recent but that was a dead end as it led to ...
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What's the proper word that describes “r/im14andthisisdeep”? [closed]

r/im14andthisisdeep is a subreddit that regards attempts to be deep but are actually shallow and vapid.
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Measure word / compound noun for quotas?

The sentence is: The regulator released new ______ of inbound and outbound quotas this month. I had tried to fit "batches" here, and that seems to be adequate. But over time I keep looking back ...
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A single word for emotional connection

Is there a single word to explain how something happening to someone nearby can affect you? Usually happens with emotions. Similar to if someone is hit, you have sympathy pains, but not quite the ...
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