Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

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A word or expression to introduce one of different example cases

Section 2.3: Quirks Relative paths are displayed as absolute Example: Tools > Options > Load/Save > General > Save URLs relative to file system = True Insert a linked image (Insert > ...
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What is a term for art, or other works, made of or about a particular person?

In creating an outline for characters, I want to include a section for notable works (statues, songs, paintings, literature, etc.) made of or about that person. I'm not sure what to title this section....
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What would an intelligent underwater species call their "atmosphere"? [closed]

We live in a sphere of air and call it the atmosphere. If sharks were intelligent (and could speak English) and had a name for the place they live in, what would they call it? An option would be ...
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Which English word for the person who helps travellers while travelling?

While travelling, a person joins travellers to help, explain and introduce the place we travel. What is the English word for that person?
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Single word for 'tagged/labelled object/item'

I'm writing some generic code that provides a simple class that adds a generic descriptor to an existing object type to be used interchangeably with the original - it entails an abstract object and ...
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Is there a neutral word for the sense that something is ever-present and close by?

Like 'omnipresent' but not currently seen, heard etc. rather knowing the chance of the presence of something/someone could be near. Examples--- I won't go swimming because of the ____ of a dangerous ...
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What are some more descriptive words for a person who is strong and independent [closed]

I am searching for one word descriptive words for someone who is strong and independent because that is two words and I am looking for one but somehow want to incorporate both words into the same 1 ...
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How can I describe something that is easy to improve?

Say I have a person who is fond of change/prone to progress or a technology that is designed to be easily changed and improved. What is an adjective I can use to describe both or either one of them? I ...
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What is a 'nonexaggerated' word for egotistical?

Webster defines egotistical : characterized by egotism : having, showing, or arising from an exaggerated sense of self-importance. And other dictionaries add conceit and self-centered. Webster ...
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Doing something just because you have to do it. Doing something half-heartedly [duplicate]

I am looking for verbs, adverbs, and/or adjectives that express actions done just for the sake of having to do them. Wanting to do something the easiest way possible just to get over with it, and ...
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Looking for pejorative terms for the military, the wealthy classes

As a translator of Latin American literature, I'm often in need of negative slang words for describing soldiers or the military as a whole. The equivalent of "pigs" for police. Any ideas? ...
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What's a word for opening and closing a store

I am trying to use a term that defines the action of opening /closing. For example if you are a shop owner and you open and close your shop at certain hours you can say we are open for trade at x.xx ...
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What's a word for a person who buys random things just because they're on sale?

Recently, my dad bought headphones just because they were on sale. But, the thing is, none of us needed new headphones, he just got them for no other reason other than they were on sale. This isn't ...
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Word for the urge to speak?

If "hunger" is the urge to eat and "thirst" is the urge to drink, is there a word for the urge to speak? (Or, perhaps, the desire to be heard?) There seem to be a lot of nouns ...
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Single word for "stop loving/restrain from loving" someone [closed]

Is there a single verb meaning "to stop loving" someone, as to let go of/to give up some unrequited love/inapproachable expectations, to part from the obsession of loving, or to accept the ...
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Is there a word for when bizarre, incredible things become so common that you aren't fazed by them anymore? [closed]

I'm trying to think of a phenomenon for my story where if you live in a sci-fi universe, the denizens don't really see new, amazing things like teleportation out of the ordinary because they already ...
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A particular types of sadness

Is there a word for the kind of heartbreak/ache you feel when something is so wholesome or kind it makes you want to cry?
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Is there a word? [closed]

Is there a single word to describe a nephew's wife's mother?
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Is there a word for the coronation of a king who won his crown by reunifying the country, but is not the heir apparent? [closed]

After sacking the capital of a country, and seeing that nation fall, there is no longer a central authority. A leader/lord/nobleman establishes himself as the ruler and starts to subjugate the enemy's ...
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Position > Positional & Inertia > Inertial, so what about speed/velocity?

Is there any word to indicate a relation to/dependence on speed or velocity such as position > positional and inertia > inertial?
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What is a word like "negate" but even worse?

I suspect this is going to be a "oh yeah, duh" moment, but I'm looking for a word that is like "negate," but worse. Here's an example sentence: I could cram for this test all ...
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Does English have a word for "bunch of random things"? [duplicate]

Is there have any word that meaning "bunch/collection of random things(videos, images, clips, anything)"? like in Chinese, there's a word called "狗屎爛蛋", If you throw this word into ...
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I cannot find the IPA nor any reference to the word "dogged" (verb) in ANY dictionary. They only refer to "dogged" (adv/noun) [closed]

Overproduction and marketing problems dogged the industry from the 1880s into the 1910s, and few distillers survived the national prohibition experiment that began in 1920 and continued until its ...
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Word to refer to two opposite words [duplicate]

Given two words like "reward" and "punishment", which are opposite in meaning in that one is positive and the other is negative, what would you call a word that encompasses both of ...
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biblio- : books :: ______ : literature [closed]

What prefix would indicate that something is literary or related to literature? After scouring M-W and various Google searches but "biblio-" is the closest I've come, but I'm not looking to ...
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What do you call a phrase that conveys popular wisdom 'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush' etc?

Phrases like: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. No use crying over spilt milk. Don't put all of your eggs in one basket. I feel like I'm blanking here. I googled one, and I get proverb. ...
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Antonym or similar of 'corollary' - when it comes to popular proverbs

Specifically I'm thinking of the proverb: What is popular is not always right, what is right is not always popular. The caveat I would add to this is But just because something is popular, doesn't ...
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Noun that refers to "amount of (psychological) stress a given thing causes"

Is there a noun that refers to "the amount of stress that a given thing causes" (i.e. "how stressful is this thing"), or, as a less ideal alternative, "the intensity of the ...
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What's the word for something that you don't want to do when you're doing it but you want to do it when you're not doing it?

What's the word for something that you don't want to do when you're doing it but you want to do it when you're not doing it? To give a longer explanation, a word for an activity that you're like "...
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Adjective to describe object that has connections between its elements [closed]

Example: a social network is [...] as users are connected by their friendships. I could think of a social network is connected but it sounds like the social networks connect to each other.
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Is there an alternative for the word "between" that implies "inclusive" without ambiguity?

I have read the existing questions around this matter: When is "between" inclusive and when exclusive? "Between A and B" or "from A to B" "Add number between x … y&...
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Word(s) for the act of expecting others to believe the same things one does

To elucidate a bit: I'm trying to find a word that means believing strongly in something and expecting others to believe in it as well. I've found words like "domineer" and "proselytize&...
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Is there a word that means 'adapted for land speed' specifically?

I'd like to know if there is a word to refer to an animal being adapted to move fast. I have found the word 'cursorial', but that specifically refers to being adapted to run fast, and so wouldn't ...
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Single word covering "conclusions" and "implications"

I have a PhD defence ahead and trying different ways to improve my presentation. I will be expected to present conclusions (long and hard to follow sentences on a slide) and implications (to show that ...
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What do you call words like 'last' and 'first' that indicate a moment in time or quantity or something?

For example, in Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess', he says "That's my last Duchess painted on the wall", indicating that it was not his only wife, but also that he won't have another.
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Words with different meaning than root words [duplicate]

What is the term for words that have different meaning than their root words? For example moon+shine = moonshine
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How do I describe the feeling that the world is perfect for us to live in?

Sorry for the vague title but it’s going to take some explaining to try and get the point across. So, Christians and religious people in general (I’m not bashing them or their religion this is just a ...
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Single word request for varying temporal trends

Please help to find a correct adjective for summing up varying 9-year temporal trends. I examined 9-year temporal trends of certain patients' care. For assessing these trends, multiple indicators had ...
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What do you call a person who lies or criticizes others and refuses to acknowledge their own mistakes?

What do you call a person who lies or criticizes others and refuses to acknowledge their own mistakes? I know a person who is quick to retaliate with "what about your actions" questions ...
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What's a word for short bursts of speech?

Something happened. Your brother comes running to you and starts talking in breathless .........? I'm looking for a word like bursts, but bursts of speech.
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Is there a word for a 'Dictionary about flowers'?

It would be a noun, and I've been trying to look for if there is anything even similar, but I have sadly come up empty with Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com, and the Reverse-Dictionary, with a general ...
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Is there a term for numbers like 0.5, 9.15, 4.22? [duplicate]

I know that in some country, there is a term for numbers like 0.5, 9.15, 4.22 I mean number with dot(.) in its expression. I sought for the term in English. It was Decimal Number But the term "...
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A word that means harmful ideas or emotions by analogy to pathogen

In medicine, the word pathogen means an organism that causes diseases that are harmful to you if you are exposed to it, such as a harmful virus, bacteria, and fungi (in contrast to a micro-organism ...
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A verb for undoing a withdrawal? [closed]

When someone withdrew something, and then later decided to undo that action, how would such a reversal be called? I can think of "re-introducing", or "putting back", but maybe ...
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Is there a "more formal" (or ideally, actual medical/research term?) for being "clucky" / "broody"?

It's a phenomenon that if a woman, A, spends time around a woman, B, who is either pregnant or has a young baby (B is perhaps a sister, friend), sometimes woman A finds herself with "a desire to ...
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Is there a more proper word for the concept of 'interyear'?

I am describing a difference in one value between two different years. I'd like to put this into a single word and it came to my mind to just use the prefix inter- along with year. I mean, it feels ...
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Effect called when humans overvalue one good event after series of Bad events and Overexaggeration one single bad event after series of Good events

What is the effect called on humans when When you have seen series of bad events happen to you, and then the next tend to overvalue an negligible good thing happening as a gratitude or grand success ...
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if someone refers to the wife in the conversation, is that rude? [closed]

I'm not native speaker and my husband is native speaker one day after we argued I heard he was talking to his sister. I could hear her voice too, she said, stop fighting you and the wife? That ...
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Is there a word for the object being cloned?

I was talking to a friend about various operations around cloning digital objects and we invented the word clonee for the object being cloned. Obviously we used the word clone / clones to refer to ...

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