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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diurnal is to day as “…” is to morning

I am looking for a term to replace formulations like "the activities of the morning", "the rituals pertinent to the morning", "the morning report" (that one is from the Lion King, I couldn't resist). ...
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Title for poster designing [closed]

What is the one word that decribes "Quick to learn more in a short time"?
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Synonym for “series” with distinguishable singular and plural forms

I need a word which could be used instead of "series" when we talk about books, movies, computer games. The word should have distinguishable singular and plural forms. An example passage: My ...
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Verb meaning to advance through time

Is there a single word that could be used as a verb to mean to advance through time? For example, in the sentence: with this jump, I advanced 15 seconds through time! It's used pretty often, which ...
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Is there a word for the person sought by a suitor?

I have designed a game that involves parents' arranging marriages for their children (think pre-modern European nobility). I need terms to describe the person (male or female) for whom a match is ...
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Formal alternative to bullsh-t

What is a reasonable formal alternative to 'bullshit'? For example: Bob isn't making a very good argument. In fact everything he says is bullshit. What can 'bullshit' be replaced with that is a ...
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Single word to describe “something that should have been done at the beginning”

I am looking for a single word to describe something that should have been done from the beginning to describe the highlighted situation below: Accessibility remediation after the fact is harder. ...
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Exaggerating a sample to represent the whole

Is there a word for when you exaggerate a limited sample to give a fact or opinion about a whole population, especially for the purposes of boasting. e.g. "All French wine is delicious!", said M ...
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What is the outer metal/plastic box of a device called?

I am writing a repair manual for an electronic device and I am looking for a specific word to refer to the outer part of any electronic device such as a laptop/phone/camera/TV/radio... This "housing" ...
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Word for logical AND-or-OR-ness property

Suppose I have a set of criteria used in digital searches (such as "year is earlier than 1900", "name begins with S"). The user can choose whether to search for records matching ALL of their criteria, ...
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What does “I want the boat flipped” mean? [closed]

I'm not sure about the meaning of "I want the boat flipped". It is the Captain of yacht talking to his crew. Can it mean that he wants his crew to thoroughly clean the boat?
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Quotative for 'to voice concern'?

Is there a quotative verb (or one I can abuse as a quotative) that means "to voice [a] concern"? (Other than "worried"?) "Hey, uh... guys," I _____ed, "it looks like it's getting bigger..." There ...
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What do you call a photo like your passport or ID photo?

"Headshot" sounds too informal. I'm referring to the serious photo that we take for passport or ID card. What's the best word to describe it? I need to a term to describe the type of photo but I'm ...
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On sums and mixtures

Suppose that we have a sum, involving several terms. Then, each term which participates in this sum is called a 'summand'. Now, suppose that instead we have a mixture of entities. Is there a word to ...
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What is the word for the action of making sense out of things you witness in the context of something else? [closed]

For instance if you heard someone say something like "wheatherapore" and you think in your head weather report, like wheatherapore doesn't necessarily mean anything but perhaps somebody would still ...
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Word for a wasted, lost, or forgotten opportunity

We are a community of field hockey goalkeepers and we are trying to get field hockey goalies to record their game stats, to raise their profile and credibility worth as a player and their status. It'...
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Is there a word or term to describe “persons, hazards, valuables, and/or features of interest” in the context of thievery/spycraft?

I'm writing a fiction piece where a thief (of sorts) is being "shown the ropes" by a more experienced peer. One of the instructor's primary goals is to instill an awareness of all the elements of a ...
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Word for “attempting or completed” [closed]

Is there a word that means "attempting or completed"? I was trying to find one in the context of writing some software, and I needed a word to describe a queue that contained jobs that were being ...
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Word to describe all possibilities after a time period [closed]

When describing all amounts above a given number there are plenty of options available, such as: £5000 upwards £5000 and above etc. However, when describing a time span, I'm struggling to come up ...
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What's a word for any two-dimensional art? [duplicate]

I am looking for a word for "artful pictures". It includes: Paintings, sketches, drawings, etc. Artistic photography (e.g. this) Calligraphy It does not include: Technical models, blueprints, ...
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Need a single term for a set of sleeping people [closed]

Can I write 'Do not wake the asleep'? Or does it have to be 'Do not wake the sleeping'? I am looking for a single term for a set of sleeping people.
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Is there a single word that can refer to both listeners or readers?

Additionally, is there a counterpart that can refer to both the speaker or writer? Example: The speaker/writer should use questions to elicit a response from the listener/reader.
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Is sinisterness a word? [closed]

It seems like it should be, but Simplenote doesn't seem to accept it as one. If it isn't, what other words come close to matching its connotations?
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As a noun, does the word 'laic' operate as a synonym for the word 'layperson'? [duplicate]

Based off of my Internet searches, it is not quite clear to me in what way this word operates. Collins Dictionary, according to the page at which I looked when I looked up the word 'laic', said that ...
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What is the word for an animal species which only eats one type of food?

Is there a word for an animal that eats only one type of food? The giant panda, for example, only eats bamboo; koalas only eat eucalyptus leaves. "Monovore" would be ideal, but I don't believe that ...
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Word suggestion [closed]

In the case of writing an engineering work instruction, is there a single verb describing the action of removing a part, such as an o-ring, from its installed position, and reinstall the part to its ...
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Word for “doing/getting away with something only because you're 'concealed' in a big group…”

Is there a word for this behavior? Doing or getting away with something just because you're in a big crowd setting where you don't perceive your actions to be noticeable to most people and therefore ...
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“Noise” is to “Hearing” as ____ is to “Touch”

If you hear a lot of things, that's hearing noise If you feel a lot of things, what is that? For example, if you can feel wind brushing against your skin, sunlight on your face, the weight of a ...
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What is the word for people who shirk their duty [closed]

Turnouts of elections are often low, and absent voters could in some cases make a difference. So what would be the word to describe the eligible voters who could vote, but instead shirk their duty by ...
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What is to “remove” like “prepend” is to “append”? [closed]

What is to "remove" like "prepend" is to "append"? In technical domains (e.g. programming), "append" adds something to the end, whereas "prepend" adds something to the beginning. What is the ...
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A single word for the most important person in one's life

The concept of a "Lebensmensch" plays a dominant role in Thomas Bernhard's works. At Wikipedia one reads that »Lebensmensch [is] a predominantly Austrian term [...] which refers to the most ...
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What is the word for “changing values of a set, but not order”

I'm looking for a word that roughly means "changing values of a set, but not order". I have been wrongly using "Permutation" or "Permutate", but that means changing the order of a collection, not the ...
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What is single word of “if people smile they will increase their life expectancy” [closed]

What is single word of "if people smile they will increase their life expectancy"
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AGO for physical distance?

I have come up with this sentence "I crossed the border 3 kilometers ago". I feel like ago is not the correct adverb since it's used in time contexts. Can you help me find the correct adverb? Thank ...
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I need to find a single word (noun) for a person who acts as a “ work-stopper”

I need to find a word (noun) for a person who acts as a "work-stopper" and creates hurdles for others so that the work cannot be completed. For example, some government officials force people to ...
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Looking for a word, phrase or expression that means “not appreciating the present because of worrying about the future”?

It's all in the title really. I'm looking for a word, phrase or expression that means "not appreciating the present because of worrying about the future"? For example, when you have made an ...
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Is there a word that means diagonal and above?

I’m looking for a word (or even a phrase if there isn’t a word) that would describe cells on a grid. I want to say that given a cell I want to pick the three cells in the row above that touch my ...
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“The Epicures” or “The Epicureans”? Which makes more sense today?

Suppose someone wanted to form a club, or a society, whose members would be folks tending to cultivate a refined taste in everything: food, clothes, cultural events, etc. Would The Epicures or The ...
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Single word meaning 'to put to sleep' (best translation of 'endormir' from French)

I'm looking for a very particular word meaning 'to put to sleep'. There is a verb in French, 'endormir', which is the meaning I'm trying to capture. It functions similarly to 'invigorate' in that it ...
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What is the word that describes a repetition of previous studies?

I would like to express the act of restudying or repeating something that has been already studied. For example, Before you start to study statistics, it is a good idea to ... (missing verb) ...
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A word that means to “Reproportionalise” [closed]

Adjusting the measurement interval required us to readjust the weights of all the measurements so that the overall magnitude of the result would remain constant. function ...
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“Blanking” one’s tracks

There’s a term for walking over your own footprints several times to confuse anyone who may be tracking you, and all of a sudden idk what it is! Please help. So I can finally move on w my edits If ...
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Whoever gets there first reaps the most benefits - word for this?

Is there a word or phrase that encapsulates this recurrent scenario? Let me give a couple examples. A limited amount of land is cheap or free in a given area. The people who get there first get all ...
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CIA-equivalent to “The Feds”

I'm looking for a word or short phrase to refer to the CIA or CIA operatives which has a similar connotation to "feds" used to refer to the FBI or other federal groups. Specifically I'm looking for ...
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What's a word for describing people who only search for happiness and joy in their lives

I can't think of this word and it's driving me crazy. I've used it before and I believe it ends with ist/ism.
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Is there a word to describe the desire to not have desires

Basically the title. I want a word to describe wanting to not want. For example, if I wanted use this word in a sentence to say I don’t want to be materialistic: I wish I could be more [insert word] ...
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What is a non-winter themed snow globe called?

Most people are familiar with snowglobes: fist-sized glass spheres that have 3D sculptures inside, and upon shaking the globe, the white flakes inside simulate snowfall. However, I imagine that there ...
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Religiously sounding synonym of agility

For a role playing project I would like to have attributes that are derived from religiously sounding words. I know this is fairly imprecise, so perhaps examples are good: instead of strength I use ...
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Is there a specific word for the process where someone is trying to learn a specific piece of information from you?

Is there a specific word for the process where someone is trying to learn a specific piece of information in a conversation with you without revealing what he wants ?
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Generic term for move in and move out

I am creating a title for a table that represents moving in and moving out activities for an apartment building, and I'm looking for something less clumsy than "Move Ins/Move Outs" - is there a more ...

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