Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

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Is there a word to describe "an important event or trial in one's life that whatever decision they take will determine their life in the future"?

I am looking for a word (noun, adjective, idiomatic phrase-- it is irrelevant) that describes an important event or trial period in one's life, that whatever decisions they make and what actions they ...
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need an idiom or phrase that means "you're up early"

I am writing a screenplay and one of the characters picks up the phone and says "you're up early" but I need something to replace it. It doesn't have to be a real idiom or commonly used ...
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What do you call a flat with a small yard with no roof?

So I want to bring my dog with myself traveling and I don’t keep my dogs in closed areas with a roof, because he doesn’t like it. So I always look for renting flats with small yards which are not ...
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Word for count of undesirable events

TLDR: name for count of hiccups? I'm trying to find a short¹ word for the count of undesirable events, up to some number of experiments, and tending to increase with the number of experiments as ...
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What do you call someone or something that generates insights?

What is the appropriate word for someone (or something) that gives you insights? Example sentences for context: Ann is our best ???. She always provides us with amazing insights. This software is a ...
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Is there a word for being completely drained of breath? [duplicate]

I was singing and at the end of a long phrase I felt like I had expelled every last drop of breath in my body. Is there a word for that? Example sentence: Wow, that phrase completely _____ me. I was ...
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What are attractions at fair called, where you buy food?

What are the houses called where you can buy food at fairs? Like the shops, are they called stalls? And what are other attractions in a fair called? Is fair even the right word or is adventure park ...
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English word for data files that have duration

Do we have any English word for data files that have duration? More specifically I'm looking for a word to distinguish data files like sounds or videos (that have a duration) from data files like ...
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I meant in the [blank] sense

I used the term 'evolutionary psychology' in conversation with someone who was quick to mock the discipline and point out all its flaws. I had no interest in debating the merits of the discipline as ...
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Asking a debate participant for consent to use their audio recordings, video recordings, debate notes etc for educational purposes,

If I'm asking a debate participant for consent to use their audio recordings, video recordings, debate notes etc for educational purposes, what word or expression would cover all the above? Can I use ...
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Looking for a word meaning "to map out in order to make sense out of"

How would you call the process of dividing something into smaller groups with the aim of understanding the subject better? E.g. the botanists divide genera of plants into species in order to ...
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A word for describing Cynicism without an established context of philsophy

I'm writing an English paper and want to mention how the author symbolizes Cynicism (the philosophy) through a particular object. A rough example: The author's deliberate use of the color green ...
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A Hypernym for an online store with a niche not limited to clothing, jewelry cosmetics shoes and accessories virtually everything [closed]

So basically I need a name for online store,a word that not necessarily one it could have a prefix or suffix, I thought of ApprealOasis.com,Threadoasis, funliviastore I just need to shout cloths ...
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What's the word for the activity of distorting video/voice records to trick people?

What is the activity of distorting video clips or voice records in an editing program so as to trick people? (For instance, adding a sound into a voice record which was not there in the original.) ...
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Is there an English synonym for 'temporarily-attached'? [duplicate]

Are there words in English that are synonyms for temporarily-attached? For instance in the sentence: I will be temporarily attached to the XYZ group for two weeks. Note that this question is different ...
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Word describing that something is a characteristic unique to something else. Used with +to

I've lost an English word that is usually used with "to", and that means: "is a unique characteristic of something", or "is used only in connection with something". We ...
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What's the appropriate verb for "Raising a pet and taking care of it" [closed]

I've always been searching for a good meaningful VERB for that i can't find, wherever i go .... is there any word that can help me? it's not like "Raising a Dog" even if it's informal ! HELP ...
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What word can i use for someone who is nice to other but to look good and get something in exchange, self benefit [duplicate]

What word can I use for someone who is nice to another but only to look good and get something in exchange? They do it to get something / manipulate the person like Claudius in Hamlet Act 1 & 2 ...
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I need a word whose meaning is somewhere on the spectrum between 'too scared' and 'too dumb'. Or a phrase/idiom

The sentence (from a screenplay) writes: "Bart, we’re literally here buying you drugs cus you’re not able to buy your own high" I want to replace the words "not able" with ...
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An informal term used for someone who has an affinity for American culture?

I came across the term in an online article, and it wasn't "Americanophile" : a person who greatly admires or favors America or things from American culture Merriam-Webster online Is ...
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Suggest a word for the dark side of "curiosity" [duplicate]

I am looking for a suitable term for "negative curiosity" that represents the concept of wandering and prying in the workplace. Is there a common word? For example, when an employee is ...
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What is the proper term for a "physical event"? [duplicate]

I want to express the idea that an event, which has been conducted as a virtual event for a while is now resuming back to a normal event where people actually meet. In other words, I want to emphasis ...
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What would you call a specialised object unique to a person?

I was hoping to get some help with a general word or phrase meaning or specifying an object unique to its owner. E.g. A special sword owned by a knight, a special instrument owned by a musician, or a ...
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Word or phrase (M-W sense) for power fantasy

What's a word or longer phrase that can be used to talk about living out a fantasy of power? Getting high on power? "Power trip" comes to my mind but I think there's another one Do you ...
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What is the opposite of "Member"?

The relation between a user and a group is: The user is a member of the group. What is the converse relation? The group is a ___ of the user. What word suits here? Does team or union work?
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Term for the period of time after a breakup?

What is the name for the period of time from the end of a romantic relationship until the person emotionally recovers? During this period a person feels emotionally fragile, often thinks of their ...
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'No turn unstoned' - what's this called?

I'm wondering if there's a word to describe a phrase that swaps the first part of several words in a sentence, like 'leave no stone unturned' switching to 'no turn unstoned'. I know a spoonerism is to ...
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What's a name/term for someone who bases their opinions and speech on being liked by as many people (or most accepted) as possible? [duplicate]

A "consensus filter" where their main concern is "will people be alright with me thinking this?"
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"Agriculture" including only plants and excluding animals

In English, "agriculture" includes the cultivation of both plants and animals for food. In some languages, a cognate such as "agricultura" (in Spanish) may contemplate only plants ...
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Terms for aerial versus ground surface area

Are there accepted area terms that concisely distinguish aerial area (e.g., from a Google Earth satellite photo) from ground surface area? (For sloped ground, the ground surface area is larger than ...
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Self-Deprecating and Ironic Humour

I once found a word on the Internet, but unfortuantely didn't write it down, and have yet to rediscovered it. The word perfectly describes the type of self-depricating, ironic , cutting but happy, ...
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If an artist draws, what does a therapist do? [closed]

I was thinking something along the lines of "console" or in that vein but it doesn't really roll off the tongue. Are there any other words that are more fitting?
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How/what others think of you

In this sentence Don't worry about ( what / how ) others may think of you. I think "what" is the answer, but I do not know why I cannot use "how" in this sentence.
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English word used in novels/movies/tv shows that means "a series within a series"?

When I say a series within a series, I'm thinking specifically television though it could be used elsewhere like novels and movies. And I'm specifically asking for a "series" of shows that ...
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What is a background check? [closed]

I wanna understand the meaning of the background check? Like I don’t know how to do one or even get one. I really want to know the purpose of a background check.
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Is there a single word for "of varying heights"?

I am trying to find a single word for the phrase "of varying heights", as in "vegetation of varying heights". All I can think of is "multiheighted" (which evidently isn't ...
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Flaming sign outdoors

What is the appropriate way to call this type of fire display in English? Flaming letters
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The word for a date that’s not definite yet [closed]

What is the word for a date that has to be fixed? The party’s ______ date is April 26.
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What word means “the most transformative events of one's life”? [duplicate]

I was trying to write, "My time in college was the most transformative of my life." Is there any particular word for such an event that leads to great transformation?
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Is there a word/phrase to describe when people think like the situation is normal while it is not normal [closed]

I want to say "since they made it seem normal the coronavirus spread vastly". Is there a better way to rephrase the part "making something seem normal"? Thanks.
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What term describes the relationship between tenth, hundredth, thousandth and the number ten? [migrated]

What term describes the relationship between tenth, hundredth, thousandth, et cetera (1/10, 1/100, 1/1000, ...) and the number ten? (Despite what some may say, I don't accept that "decimal" ...
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word search for dramatic imperative after a party is found guilty - asking again

This is my attempt to ask a new question, as stated in my original question. See below my reasoning. First the question with background: Spouse 1 cheats on spouse 2, breaks the vows, and the whole 9 ...
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Act of intentional deceit [duplicate]

I’m not looking for mislead, beguile, or con. It’s akin somewhat like red herring and it’s the practice of intentionally leading someone to a false conclusion usually for the sake of disproving them. ...
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word search for dramatic imperative after a party is found guilty [duplicate]

Spouse 1 cheats on spouse 2, breaks the vows, and the whole 9 yards. Spouse 1 is caught, spouse 2 is distraught. Spouse 1 is reacting dramatically, says the typical : I love you. Don't you ever ...
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What's the English equivalent for the French academia-related expression "hors sujet"?

In the French high school and university system, when students write an essay about a precise topic (e.g. "Is discussing renouncing violence?", Bac 2021), and the content of the essay is ...
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A word for inefficient communicators [duplicate]

I work in an office where I routinely deal with clients. Some clients can tell you what you need to know about the issue that you are being asked to deal with for them in ten minutes with just a ...
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What do you call it when a person labels something as its opposite so that discussion becomes impossible?

For example, fake news. When I hear it, I don’t know if the person is identifying the news as false or if they are proclaiming allegiance to Trump by labeling anything that has ever been critical of ...
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What is a word like 'roadmap', but without the implied order?

I'm looking for a word for something that is like a 'roadmap' (like you might have for a product or for a project you are delivering), but without the implied order. We are currently organising how we ...
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Looking for a "thing" word [closed]

Looking for an all purpose word that can replace "thing" referring to a device or artifact. "I had a USB stick, a cable and other things in my bag."
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Identify proper label for a concept [closed]

I am a psychometrician working on a new project to measure people's beliefs about technology. Our way of measuring people's beliefs is through a set of questions that are supposed to collectively ...
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