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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.  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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How do you call a person that reports something, like a failure or a fire to another party?

Let's say you have a company where people call, when something broke – like their heating, or water lines or their internet connection. These people are not necessarily customers of the company they ...
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Term for wiping hands together to get dirt off?

What is a term for wiping hands together to get dirt off? For example, when someone falls down and they push themselves up and clean their hands by sort of clapping but then rubbing sideways.
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Collocation for perception

Considering the sentence: Investor perception on active funds will be ______ too expensive. I am struggling to find the right wording. The message is clear in my mind, but I can't make it clear ...
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Formal variation for “stash” or “cache” given collocation involves “index”

Considering the sentence: The company adds another index to its _____ of 61. The best I can come up with is "holdings" or "inventory" but it's tough to find a collocation that matches index. ...
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Synoynms for 'minister' (in a political context) that do not imply leadership of a ministry or department?

I am leading an initiative in my micronation-state (for information on micronations in general, see Wikipedia), the Republic of Glastieve (see Micronations Wiki and again), which recently launched the ...
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Words for someone who gives up his moral standards?

I am not sure if the word "fallen" matches the moral context.
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Is “false concedence” a thing? If not, is there an established term?

concedence /kənˈsiːd(ə)ns/ noun 1) The action of conceding; concession, agreement. Here's what I describe as false concedence: Expressing that you concede a less consequential point, but only ...
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2 synonyms used in 1 sentence: makes up <number> % and constitutes <noun>

I’m wondering whether it looks well-written and, most importantly, grammatically correct to use 2 synonyms at once in my following sentence: Pacemaker Cells make up only about 1% of the Total ...
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Is there a single word meaning “the thing that attracts me”?

Is there a single word meaning "the thing that attracts me"? The terms attractor or drawer don't feel right: The attractor for me at this restaurant is their sumptuous ravioli.
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An adjective to replace “so random” (to describe one who is apt to say random things)

Among friends, we describe a person as "so random" (he/she is so random) if that person says random things (often in group discussions). That is, we do not use it as defined below (i.e., he/she is "so ...
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Word for a laptop or desktop, but not a smartphone or tablet

How would I talk about something that is either a laptop or a desktop, but not a smartphone or tablet? Is "computer" ok, even though technically speaking, smartphones and tablets are or contain ...
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Verbs for subscribing to a proposition

When A believes that the proposition p is true, we may say A subscribes to the proposition that ... Which verbs may replace the italicized expression without altering the meaning of the sentence? ...
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Word for a person about to do something terrible, but is hesitant about whether to proceed [on hold]

What do you call a person who is about to do something terrible (drug addiction), but is hesitant whether to proceed or not?
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Word to call someone who is talented in the arts?

Is there a call word to describe someone who is talented in not one, but all the arts? (eg. singing, painting, writing, etc.) The only words I can think of are virtuoso, artist, and maestro, but they ...
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Word for blue ring around the Earth [migrated]

From certain positions in outer space the Earth will appear to have a blue ring around it when the viewer is in the shadow of the Earth and sunlight is passing through the atmosphere. Here is a ...
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What is the verb for “to make incomplete”

What is a good word choice for "to make incomplete" The context is that if I am following a path and perfectly reverse course, I will return to my place of origin. However, failure to precisely ...
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Antonym of the word “fault”

Consider the meaning of the word "fault" as used in the following sentence: It is not your fault that the warehouse burned down. What word could we use in the following sentence: It is not your ...
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What would be an appropriate opposite of “exceed”?

Exceed is commonly used, but when I found myself wanting to use the opposite I couldn't really find a single word that would do it. fall short of and inadequate are a little off. How about deceed?
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What's an intelligent/sophisticated way to say “changing from negative to positive”

i am currently working on a new website for posting daily articles and guides on gaining full control of your mentality. What i am inquiring for, is a sophisticated but brief way of saying "to ...
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Word describing an outdated and no longer updated software package

I am looking for a word describing a software package that has not been updated for a long time, and although it still works with new versions of the underlying software, bugs have not been fixed for ...
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Distinct terms for a monolingual dictionary and a bilingual dictionary

I would like to know if distinct terms or phrases exist for two types of dictionaries; The first type of dictionary presents words alongside one or more possible definitions, constrained to a single ...
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Is there a word that means “attracted to talent” in the way that sapiosexual means attracted to intellect?

I think the title says it all but just wondering if there is a word that means attracted to talent or attracted to displays of talent. Examples would be being attracted to seeing someone be a good ...
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What's the opposite of “simple”? [on hold]

i'm a newbie here. What is the opposite of "simple"? Sentence example: "Don't draw the eyes more (...), make it simple" Thanks if answered it!
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Is there any one word to describe people who don't prefer the product?

In terms of marketing, is there any simple word to describe non-preference in a particular product? Like Pick-up truck non-preferred type?
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How to describe persons who care about cost-effectiveness?

How can I describe in a single word or two words a person who is sensitive in cost-effective stuff or products? Or persons who care the most for cost-effective stuff?
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Is there a single word that refers to a vagina secreting lubricant in response to sexual arousal?

I'm seeking a single word. An analogue is "salivate" which is what someone sometimes does when they experience hunger and refers to the mouth secreting liquid. "Elsa was hungry and began salivating" "...
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What is the possessive form of “y'all”?

I generally hear y'alls's used as the possessive form, but I have also heard yourn. Since y'all is a colloquial pronoun, its possessive form is basically liberated from prescriptive linguistics which ...
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A word that means “there and then”

The word "there" indicates a point in space, and the word "then" indicates a point in time. Is there a word that indicates a point in spacetime, equal in meaning to "there and then"?
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Single word that describes network effect

Is there a word that describes "Network Effect". Sometimes referred to as network externality, or positive externality. I would like to describe the effect to a layperson. The word I'm looking for ...
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Word for one nation taking the culture of another

Is there a word or terminology for when one nation takes the culture of another as its own, similar to the word "plagiarised" for when one takes the writings of another?
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word for being overly childish

I can't find a word for this and I don't know what to search, so I am asking here. I cant explain this very well, so sorry, but here goes: I would like a word to explain the feeling of annoyance when ...
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What to call a small, open stone or cement reservoir that supplies fresh water from a spring or other natural source?

In Spanish, this is called a pila or pilón. It's built out of stone or cement near a natural source of water (a spring or a stream) to hold the naturally-arriving water to make it convenient for ...
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What is the word for a deep desire that was prohibited?

What is the word a deep desire that some external force has kept you from gaining it? For instance in the movie Foxcatcher, the rich guy always wanted to be wrestler but his mother didn't let him ...
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Can't think of a good word or term to describe not feeling or thinking [on hold]

I'm looking for a word or a term that describes a human who actually can't think. More specifically I'm thinking of a word that describes how embryos don't feel anything or think, etc. Thanks. For ...
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What is the word to describe someone who thrives on change? [on hold]

Need word that would describe this type of person and I am unable to locate it. Please help! I was recently ask for a word to describe myself and the best thing I could come up with is I thrive on ...
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What's a word for a generic, simple name that gains significance over time the more it's referred to?

An example might be how "Catch-22" was one of many bureaucratic catches, but gained significance and recognizability over time the more it was used.
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Word or phrase for believing people will take up a new opportunity even though other, potentially better, opportunities readily exist [on hold]

What's a word or phrase for believing people will take up a new opportunity even though other, potentially better, opportunities readily exist? For example my parents always tell me to take out ...
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Lack of understanding another person's lack of understanding

"Understanding a concept so well, that the concept of someone else struggling to understand this concept seems foreign." Example: Person A is very familiar with a how to use a smartphone. They've ...
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Does the word 'authored by' imply the non-existence of co-authors?

In an article I'm co-authoring, I'm about to say the following: ... d is the number of articles authored by John Doe ... But then I thought this would be better: ... d is the number of articles ...
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fail to satisfy = frustrate?

Is it correct to say that if a person fails to satisfy one of his or her needs then that person frustrates that need? As I am not a native English speaker, I need to apologize for being unclear. I ...
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Word for evaluating or understanding a system as a whole

Trying to rediscover a word I used to enjoy using but have forgotten. To mean something like: "Looking at something as a sum of its constituent interconnected parts". My dodgy brain keeps returning '...
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How do I express “create new if [this data] does not already exist”?

I'm programming and want to create a variable only if it does not already exist. Is there a way to express this with a single word? For example, if the variable already exists, I have the options ...
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Is there a word analogous to “dual” for three or more options?

Let's say you have a sentence like The circulatory system plays a dual role of carrying oxygen to the body's tissues and removing carbon dioxide to be expelled from the lungs. However, what about ...
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Is there a way to say an object is susceptible to being carried away by wind?

I'm trying to think of a word that describes the capacity of an object to be carried away by wind. In particular, I would like to know if there is an adjective that indicates an object could be easily ...
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“View”, but for hearing

I know a lot of words, but it's driving me crazy that I can't think of one for this. I'm sure there must be one. I want to be able to say: I had not only a great view of the ocean from that room, ...
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Is there a word for an individual who makes a claim while its validity is in doubt? [closed]

For example, suppose someone claims they've read every book in a particular series. However, while making this claim the individual was also aware that another book they may have missed could exist in ...
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A word for something impossible or near impossible to do but fun to try

A word that describes something impossible or near impossible to do but fun to try. One example I can think of is trying to lick one's elbow. A contortionist can do it but not everyone else. We sure ...
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The particular word or phrase for description

Detailed descriptions are used in poetry and prose[fiction or even non-fiction] to paint a vivid, detailed picture in the minds of the readers. Authors achieve this feat using vivid imagery about a ...
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What do you call snow that has collected between a car body and the tire?

Snowy areas commonly see snow collect between a car body and tire. There is some strange satisfaction in kicking that snow off of the car and I've been in many conversations about miscellaneous ...