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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.  YOU MUST 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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Is there an adverb for 'customised' or 'bespoke'

I am trying to convey the idea that something is done in a customised way but all I found was customarily (link to Merriam-Webster definition) which stems from customary so it's not what I need. Is ...
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Word describing a state of being

Ontology is the study of the state of being. But what is the state of being itself? For example, a criminal is punished for his actions, not for a [state of being].
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What is the noun that means “not noticing something” (noun version of “overlook”)?

At the end of this comment, I said I haven't seen such use in transportation but maybe it's just my ignorance. In fact, in the context of that question thread, I was trying to say "I had never ...
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Term for events and usage of public space (roadworks, streetfair, demonstration)

I'm looking for a short term (if is exists) for public space occupancies. These occupancies are periods during which one makes use of the public space. For example: Roadworks, Demonstrations, ...
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Word for a single piece of gravel?

Had a discussion with somebody about what a single piece of gravel is? Would it be a rock fragment, pebble, grain of gravel/rock? Or is gravel both the singular and plural (like pants for trousers)?
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What do you call these “rolls” on old clothes?

Below is the picture of what I mean. So, I wanna know the name of these "rolls", what are they called? Pellets? Rolls? As you can see some people use razors to get rid of them.
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Word request: multi-context-type

I use "multi-context-type device" to name the "device" that works in different modes for different types of context. For example, type of context is like "classroom", "office", and context is like "...
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Word for the religious equivalent of 'demonym'

A demonym is a noun used to denote the natives or inhabitants of a particular country, state, city, etc. For example, Europeans are from Europe; the word "Europeans" is the demonym of "Europe". ...
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Word for “action requiring permission”?

Is there a word for this? For example, smartphone apps ask you permission to do various things: using the camera is a _____
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Adult behaviour continuing from that enforced in childhood [on hold]

What do you call a binding agreement that was enforced in a child's life through parents, grand parents or any parental figure and the binding agreement still binds him or her in the adult years? I'm ...
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Which word best describes a person who shares his mood with another person in order to raise it up [on hold]

I mean, if a person with a good mood tries to improve the mood of another person who has a bad one. Is there one word which describes a person who does that? Slang word also works well for me. ...
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A word beyond 'stating the obvious'

Is there a word which describes a statement which is completely redundant, as its opposite would clearly be ridiculous? For example Our Party aims to reduce levels of crime. I've considered: ...
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Eyes that follow you

In some paintings or photographs the eyes of the subject seem to follow you, no matter from which corner of the room you look at them. What is the technical term for these photos or paintings? No ...
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Is there a word which portray a monster humane?

I read a comic we're this mc side chic has this humane personality towards other people especially insects. What if, let's imagine that this mc side chic has a monster appearance but her personality ...
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What do you call someone who thinks everyone is flirting with them? [on hold]

I sat by someone at a party that insisted all the women were flirting with him. They were not.
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Someone who gives someone else a paid task to work on [on hold]

I am creating the database that holds projects shown in a portfolio, in which one table holds the companies or private persons who commissioned one or more projects. Now I need to give that table a ...
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Is there a word for the opposite of magnify?

Specifically to do with lenses / magnification, but making something appear smaller rather than larger. Example: If her glasses make her eyes look larger: Her glasses magnify her eyes. If her ...
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What's a person called who does things for an ulterior motive? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a word for someone who is quiet, acts nice, will even do stuff for you but it's all a motive just to get something from you.
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Is there a word used to describe a weekend plus a one-day holiday?

I'd like to ask my friend out this coming weekend plus the coming Martin Luther King holiday. I was about to say: How's your weekend shaping up? But I feel like he might also be available on the ...
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What single word means ‘when all options turn into one’?

I can’t find a word that means ‘when all options turn to one’. Here’s an example so you can understand: Jack has five options for fish at dinner. Rainbow fish, glitter fish, olive fish, Cambrian fish,...
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What does one call his/her mother's sister's husband's parents?

I am asking this question for a friend. My friend's sister's husband's parents have become very involved in her kids' lives. She wants to know if there is a relational term her children may officially ...
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A term used for people who claim undue credit [on hold]

Suppose two people A,B together built a thing. In actuality, A did all the work, B simply did nothing. But to people around, B proclaims that it is because of him and his efforts only that they built ...
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I’m looking for an adjective that describes a person in my experience that at the time I would have obeyed without question or regard

A general in war or later after developing a relationship of leadership for whom one would obey instantly and without question or reference to one’s personal feelings of discomfort related to safety ...
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What is the one word for saying 'based a template on'? [on hold]

If someone, person A, has done really well in their business, and one wants to encourage others to do the same, they would say ....... person A, you should also design a creative product. What is ...
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Why do people say grammer instead of grammar and think its grammer [on hold]

Why do theese idiots say grammer and then I tell them its grammar and they dont believe me they must be in Grade School like theese kids are idiots they act so confident.
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what descriptor term would you use to describe (a) humans and (b) AI?

The closest thing I can think of is 'species,' but that feels wrong. Specifically I'm wanting a word that can be used to describe communication between human and AI like "interspecies" but, again, ...
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Word to differentiate the spiciness of chilli pepper and mustard

We use the word hot/spicy to describe the kind of sensation you'd experience with chilli pepper. A burning of the mouth and throat. But is there a separate word for the kind of sensation you'd ...
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A word to call an analysis or an opinion “appreciative of the topic's subtleties”?

In my mother tongue (Czech), I'd use a word that would directly translate to English as "sensitive" (citlivý), but that doesn't quite carry the same meaning. I'm looking for a word that encapsulates ...
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Single word for “is nothing until it becomes”

Example: Data is nothing until it becomes information, with context. The above sentence is a bit wordy so I was hoping to find a single word to replace that phrase. I could shorten it to: Data ...
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To learn on its own

Is there a word which captures when something learns/progresses on its own? For example if an animal is able to learn a complicated task on its own, what would be a (1-word) name for that process?
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I’m looking for a word that describes : Taking over the mood of the environment you are in [on hold]

Taking over the mood of the environment you are in. Taking over the emotion of the landscape.
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Is there an adjectival form of the word “personality”?

Is "personal" the right adjective for the noun "personality" in the context of "of a type of personality" ? If personal is not the right adjective, is there another word for it. contrived examples ...
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What's the word for “to say fondly”? [on hold]

Is there as word that means "to say fondly"? I've searched far and wide, but I have not located an adequate word. I would really appreciate the help. Thanks so very much. -Kelsey
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What is a proper word for “manner of speech”?

In the same way as the word "gait" exists to describe someone's way of walking, what is a word that means someone's manner of speech? I have looked up the question myself before, but google does not ...
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Alternatives to in the “grand scheme of things”

I'm looking for alternatives - either phrases or words, but no full sentences; something I can embed at the end of another sentence, ie: ...it didn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. ...
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A single word for expressing 'Feeling like I am no one'

What single word can be used for expressing 'I feel like I am no one'? Something which fits in the context of 'I feel so small in this vast universe'.
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Slang terms for unkempt and badly dressed [on hold]

What are some American slang words for someone who is unkempt and badly dressed? I'm looking especially for terms that girls use to refer to other girls in their social circles in a mean way.
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Is there an adjective for “double standard”

"double standard" is a noun-phrase that means a set of principles that applies differently and usually more rigorously to one group of people or circumstances than to another ... I see an ...
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What is the generic term for a thing that is being 'replied to'?

When I 'reply' to something (a person, an email, etc.), the thing I produce through the action is a 'reply' (or a 'response'). Is there a generic term (noun) for the thing that the reply/response is ...
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Single word to replace “allowed to be missing”

I want to express my knowledge about the presence of absence of something. My knowledge is divided into three different cases: I know that the thing doesn't exist. I don't know whether the thing ...
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Is there a word to describe the process of finding your own materials and tools to produce a work?

Is there an English word that describes the process or time spent finding your own materials and/or tools to produce a work? For example, what would you call all of the following similar processes? ...
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What would be a word between 'opposite' and 'next to?'

If you had two people sitting at ninety degrees to each other (see the attached image), they wouldn't be opposite each other, but they wouldn't be next to each other either. Is there an English word ...
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Word/phrase meaning fatal blow (in an argument)

I'm searching for a word, phrase or term that means the fatal blow, something along the lines of coup de grace. However, that term has implies a merciful killing. I'm looking for something that ...
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What do you call the amount of money that is added to your bill if you don't pay on time?

In Russia we have this system where if you don't pay your bills on time, the service providers will keep adding on 1/130th (or something like that) of your debt everyday, as a form of punishment. In ...
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A word or phrase for valuing the metric over what's being measured

As an example, let's say a company does an employee satisfaction survey and the scores come back low. Instead of addressing the complaints, they send out a memo saying that they'll start basing ...
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Adjective for something that can continue to grow versus being terminal

I am looking for a single word that can describe something that is continuing to grow. The only term that comes to mind is viral but I am looking for something different. For an example, an ...
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What is a single word substitution for a person with a disable hand? [closed]

What is a single word substitution for a person with a disable hand ?
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What do you call a person who take down notes using their gadgets like laptops or Smart phones?

Curiosity question though my friends called me "nerd Gadgets" because i always take down notes in class using my phone rather than the traditional pen and paper, but i think there is a better word to ...
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Enjoying something more because I know it will end [on hold]

Suddenly enjoying something more because I know it's about to end/be taken away. Is there a word for this feeling? Scenario: Getting to the bottom of a bag of M&Ms, and realizing a sudden greater ...
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Is there a word for a person who effectively manages multiple tasks over a long period of time? [closed]

Is there a word for a person who effectively manages multiple tasks over a long period of time? For instance, when you manage your finances, your family, your goals, etc.