Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

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Is there a verb for the action of an author redefining words incorrectly?

As an author or other communicator, it's often important to define your terms, because words in English (and I assume most other languages) can have multiple meanings. Sometimes authors define words ...
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Is there a word that means "pertaining to a niece", similar to "avuncular"? [duplicate]

Is there a word that means "pertaining to a niece", similar to "avuncular"?
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Strict adjective for "in a different country, not your own", for use before a noun (attributive, not predicate), that's not "overseas"?

What would be a usable alternative to overseas, in the very strict sense of "living in a country not your own"? It is strange that the most common attributive adjective for this notion is ...
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What is it called when the community is too conservative and doesn’t allow out-speaking and free criticism of each other?

This community is so ————— . The members don’t feel comfortable to criticize each other. I am looking for a word or phrase for the blank above. Of course there might be political obstacles against ...
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Is quantitiful a word? [closed]

Some example of words we convert the y into iful (typically rather than changing to yful), common mistake in converting a noun into an adjective. Duty becomes dutiful. Plenty becomes plentiful. But I ...
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What is a word for someone who sees themself as ‘unlovable’?

I’m doing some character work and I was wondering if anyone could find a word that means ‘someone who feels unlovable’ or ‘believes themself unworthy of having their love returned’. I'm looking for ...
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Describe an event that will be held at a time other than its standard one

How to describe an event that is usually held in a specific time-frame but this time and based on the extraordinary conditions should be held at another time? Specifically, FIFA World Cup usually held ...
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Term for introducing a new work/idea that is different in some aspects relative to previous ones

How to introduce a work, e.g. a publication or report, in a field in which there are many similar works but the new one considered the topic from another perspective that is not common among previous ...
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A long, obscure word with the meaning "abstruse, erudite, (of a text) difficult"

I have forgotten a particular word. It's very rare, but not so rare that it doesn't appear in online dictionaries—for instance, it appeared in Google Search's dedicated dictionary widget with its ...
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Is there a single word for the "act" of praising a person with the intention of bringing down this person later?

Jack __ the other person. I am looking for a word that describes putting someone on a high pedestal only to bring him down later. Any word that follows this chain of activity may also do, praise-...
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Euphemism for "kiss"

I am trying to use kiss as a verb, but with non-romantic connotations. I want it to express someone's reverence and longing after another person, in a context like: In spirit, he was __________ [...
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Thinking same about something [closed]

What we can say in words for thinking same about something
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What is the terminology for the states of network connectivity?

When describing the connectivity of a system to a network, are there unambiguous terms for if a member of the network should/can communicate over the network? Network Communicable Can Cannot Should ...
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Looking for a slang term to describe the act of picking valuable minerals from mining tailings

Someone once saw me picking out cashews from a bowl of mixed nuts and said I was [forgotten slang verb here]. I asked what that verb meant and she explained that it was a slang term that miners used ...
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What's a good categorical term for either Start or End? [closed]

I'm modeling something in software and I need to refer to either the start or the end of something, so I'm looking for a term that can refer to the category of those two things. As an example of an ...
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Is there a word stronger than "promote" but weaker than "enforce" in a technical context? Maybe "force"?

Context: Scientific paper targeting at computer scientists, engineers and mathematicians I am searching for a word similar to "promote", "push", "force", "enforce&...
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How to describe the relation between buying an asset and selling it by a noun? [closed]

How can I describe the direction(?) of an order (as in buy bitcoin or sell bitcoin) as a noun in a finance related context. What comes to my mind: Order direction Order type (I like this one, but I ...
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Idiom for spending too much time on a single topic? [duplicate]

Is there an idiom (or just an adjective) for spending too much time on a topic? What about saying the same thing over and over again in different ways? Example: "We don't need to keep talking ...
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Is there a noun for "touch" or "move" when they mean "to stir one's emotions or feelings" in particular context (instead of other definition)?

I have just been learning English for a short time, and I find a phenomenon that there tends to be a corresponding noun for every word related to emotion, such as "amaze" and "amazement&...
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I'm looking for a word/s to describe anyone elected to a position by vote

I'm looking for a word/s to describe anyone elected to a position by vote. Like elector to describe the voter, or electorate for the collective, but I want to describe the person voted in to position.
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Word for the noise made by a propeller airplane passing overhead?

What is the onomatopoeic word for the noise made by a small twin prop airplane passing overhead? For the story I'm writing, it's it's a small twin engine airplane flying nearby. So either a buzz nor ...
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Word for "a location you are moving away from"?

Is there a word for "a location you are moving away from"? I mean basically the opposite of "destination" or "target", since those mean "a location you are moving ...
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Word for the texture of a weathered rock?

I'm looking for either a word or phrase of when a rock has been weathered by sea water and has become very rough - to the point where its texture is so dangerous and pointy that it just cuts through ...
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Single word for two people who agree

Is there a single word for two people (or even better, two judges) who agree on a ruling? Eg. Her _____ agreed with her on the ruling but disagreed on the reasoning behind the ruling.
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Word for "wordy but needed" i.e. very descriptive but not verbose

I'm looking for a word that means very wordy, but with a connotation opposite that of "verbose" For example, the documentation was easy to follow, but ___ where it needed to be Best I could ...
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Word for a festival of mourning (or a festival of commemoration of a sorrowful event or incident)

In Persian, we have a word 'جشنواره' (Jashn-Vareh) [in which Jashn means Celebration and Vareh indicates some type of gathering] that its English translation is Festival. Conversely, we have another ...
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What is a single word that describes "(excessive) human desire for external validation" (i.e., popularity)?

For example, excessive human desire for sex is lust, and the excessive human desire for food is gluttony; however, pride does not quite describe the human desire for external validation rather it ...
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"We could unload the boat faster by making a ___ line."

My old PE teacher had us do an activity where we had to pass items down a chain of students (balls, sandbags, etc). There is a word for it. A line of people used to move a lot of things quickly, like ...
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Word for curiosity motivated by the negative acts of others

Is there a word for curiosity that is a prompted by learning of someone's misdeeds or something negative in general? For example, if I discovered that my neighbor had recently been to prison and as a ...
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What is a word for when a derogatory form of address is used affectionately?

Is there a word for when a derogatory title or form of address is used affectionately? For example, nigger is highly offensive, but some friends address each other with that word. Perhaps I'm thinking ...
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Word for when someone intentionally ignores someone's valid excuse from a punishment and then enforces that punishment anyway?

Is there a word (or legal term) for when someone (usually an authority figure) intentionally does not acknowledge a person's justification from an adverse action, then enforces that adverse action ...
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Is there a word for a list of all the parts required to construct something?

Recipes are lists of ingredients that make something. A glossary is a list of words used in a book for reference. Agenda is a list of items to be discussed in a meeting. _______ is a list of all parts ...
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What is a word for "the feeling of wanting something good for others"?

I'm looking for a word that is the inverse of envy, in which a person wants others to have something good that they don't have. The definition of envy from Lexico: A feeling of discontented or ...
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A proper computer term for a third level folder

In this example path c:\abc\def\ghi the def is a subfolder of c:\abc But is ghi also a subfolder of abc? Or would it be more correct to say that ghi is a recursive subfolder of abc? I know that the ...
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Word for the distantness of the world when wearing glasses

I wear glasses and strength-adjusted sunglasses. Have been doing so for ten years. Recently, while on vacation in various foreign cities, I noticed a peculiar psychological effect: when I would take ...
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What would be a natural way to express the idea of "describe while speaking/describe in speech rather than in writing"?

What would be a natural way to express the idea of "describe while speaking/describe in speech rather than in writing"? For example: Speak and describe these images shown on this page Say ...
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Word for a factor/actor/person that produces spurious results

I am trying to develop a series of three words each of which a factor (and should be an actor-type noun) that produces certain kinds of effects. Here are the three ideas: Manifester: a factor that ...
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Verb for enjoying solitude

Recently, I tried to ironize about the importance of private rooms in the office, likening them to "the air we breathe". ...And was lost for a word that says "enjoy our solitude in"...
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Accessible as in web accessibility

In web development the term accessibility is used when working with features such as screen readers. When talking about accessibility the wording sometimes makes it unclear whether one is referring to ...
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What is a word for a slick comment that is not based on facts, but spoken as though it is?

Say you're having a conversation with somebody. You keep explaining that you're making arrangements for tomorrow. Then they make the comment "why you would do it for anybody else," but this ...
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Is there a word for making one's self better by looking at other people's worse problem?

Schadenfreude is not the word I'm looking for. Here's some context, I lost $1000 from a scam in cryptocurrency yesterday, but to cope up, I just tell myself, "It's a huge amount of money for me, ...
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What is a word that describes an entity who is the gold standard in searching for a type of information? [duplicate]

I'm searching for a particular noun that is used in reference to an entity, perhaps an institution or magazine or similar potential source of information, which is viewed as the go-to source of ...
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Does there exist word like “bloomic” in English language? [closed]

I’ve seen this word bloomic as someone’s Instagram username.
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What is a formal word or term for forgetting what you were doing or saying while doing or saying it?

While running downstairs to do something important, I notice how sunny it is outside, and by the time I reach the bottom of the stairs I forget why I ran down the stairs in the first place! Or I’m in ...
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What is a word for a 'collection of material or knowledge'?

What word could replace collection of material or knowledge below The collection of material or knowledge on bicycle maintenance is extensive.
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What is the word for over reading something positively?

So there's usually that scenario where you misinterpret what someone is saying too positively, for example a girl says yes to a statement, and you think it means she accepted the intent behind the ...
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Internationalism, globalism, transnationalism, or …?

The reseach policy-making in this country is aimed at publication in international journals, rather than domestic journals. This ————— in research policy-making might improve the quality of research ...
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Alternative word or phrase to "result" in computer jargon

I'm looking for a title to add in an Instructions file to explain what is obtained after running a script. The exact word in Spanish is "resultado" but in English "result" sounds ...
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What is the word or term for forgetting what you’re doing while doing it [duplicate]

While running downstairs to do something important, I notice how sunny it is outside, and by the time I reach the bottom of the stairs I forget why I ran down the stairs in the first place! Or I’m in ...
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Word(s) that refer to phenomena such as using "lol" when speaking

I'm looking for a word/phrase/idiom referring to a very common phenomenon: something was born out of a requirement or restriction, but then after the requirement or restriction has been removed, the ...
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