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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 a more common and not humorous word for pedipulate?

I just asked a question on The Great Outdoors SE about snowshoes, and said that I found large snowshoes hard to manipulate, and then changed manipulate to pedipulate, not even knowing if that was a ...
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How to describe “something on which a decision has to be made”?

Context The term will be used to describe items in a list presented together with options / possible solutions (e.g. material: wood, steel or aluminium?). Example When designing a piece of ...
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Single word to change groups

In a table top RPG there exists a spell which forces the target to do what is commanded but the word count available is one. For example, "Rampage" would cause the target to see everyone as a foe. ...
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A word to describe the expected amount of information gained from learning the answer to a given question

In relation to my question on Mathematics.SE, I would like to know what English words would fit the best to describe the expected amount of information that will be gained by learning the answer to a ...
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Worshiping one God at a time?

I am writing an article on "God, Types of Worship" and I'm looking for a term which describes worshiping a single god at a time. That is, given that different gods exist, the practise of worshiping ...
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Looking for a word to describe someone who is standing in front of me

...it is when a friend of mine decided to hit the person standing in front of him I want to write a sentence like this but without using (if possible) 'the person standing in front of him'. Is there ...
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A single verb for 'undergoing metamorphosis'?

I'm writing a paragraph on applications of population modeling. At the moment it reads: We also study life cycles of migrating animals and those undergoing metamorphosis. Are any or the following ...
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Word for flower that blooms and wilts in one day

I’m looking for the botanical term for a flower that blooms and wilts in the same day.
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What do you call writing in memory of someone who has passed away?

I was recently invited to contribute a piece of writing to commemorate a friend who has passed away. My writing, along with others, were compiled into a book that was passed out at the funeral; these ...
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Expression for an expression meaning what it doesn't mean

What would one call a word, phrase or expression that, by usage or by miscoinage, comes to mean something which, by etymology, it does not, and more importantly, should not mean in the first place? ...
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A word meaning “To understand (a thing) given its observer's context and prior knowledge”

As per the question: the word I'm looking for is used to describe something that only one who (for want of a better way of putting it) went through something can understand that thing. To make the ...
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What do you call someone who starts arguments for their own satisfaction?

I was wondering if there is a word used to describe someone who starts arguments just because they get enjoyment/satisfaction out of it. And I don't mean a friendly debate I mean actual arguments, ...
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A word means “move one's hand across hair till it is flat and even”

I basically just forgot the word, I've got really vague recollection of it, I think it's SMOOTH, like I smooth my hair back But I only remember one of the example sentences in my app, I don't really ...
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A parent who has more than one child with one or more partners: “Poly-what?”

A polyglot is someone who can speak many languages; something that is polychromatic has many colours, and polysemy is a word or phrase with multiple meanings If polygamy is having more than one ...
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Alternate sentence for I reached home

I saw a creepy man coming towards me I start running straight to my home. After "i reached home" I locked all the doors and windows. In this para what alternative word can I use instead of "I reached ...
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a single vocabulary item as synonym for hidden fees

There is a word I remember seeing some time ago, but unfortunately I have now forgotten. The definition was like this: to pay an amount which is more than expected, similar to hidden fees. I think ...
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Is there any adjectival form of “Audit”?

I just made the mistake of using "Auditory" in the context of auditing. For example: "We need to include that information, for auditory purposes." After I sent my e-mail, I was embarrassed to find ...
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What word or phrase relates to 'being able to see through manipulation?'

I am looking for a word where people are able to see the hidden meanings and subliminal manipulation in the media. Is there any word, phrase or idiom that might suit the narrative I'm trying to ...
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word for false nostalgia

Is there a word to describe nostalgia for things that never existed? For example, a 1950s-style diner is supposed to reconstruct a cultural archetype, but there never existed such a diner. John Wayne ...
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causative passive vs simple past

I have some confusion about the doer in these sentences: (1) I should fix my PC. (2) I fixed my PC. (2) I should have my PC fixed. (3) I should have my homework done by tomorrow. so who is the ...
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Is there a name for the category containing the words trans and cis?

Gender is the name of the category that contains the words male, female, and others. The words trans and cis are not genders, rather they describe the state of one's gender: i.e. trans refers to one ...
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I’m looking for a phrase that means mission impossible

I’m trying to rack my head, but I can’t think right now. So I’m asking the reliable interwebs, what is a phrase that means mission impossible. Insert word or phrase into blank; “The Vikings are ____ ...
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Is there a word for “pretending to joke when you say something serious”?

I'm currently reading "the body keeps the score", and this passage appears in the first page of chapter 6. (Warning: passage is about emotional trauma, do not read if you're not ready for that) "I ...
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A place that is away from your normal life?

How do you describe, using a noun, a place you can escape from your old life but only temporarily. It kinda feels like a summer house, but bears no relevance to the seasons. I have thought about the ...
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A word or phrase for a hypothetical reaction of a person from the past to the present

This question arises from an essay in a recent bird guide, in which the author imagines how ornithologists past would react to changes since their time, and which of these would interest them most. ...
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Term for the brain's automatic [psychological] response to being told to do something; to not want to do that thing anymore

I was wondering if there are any terms that describe a psychological response to this specific type of interaction- something along the lines of: You know what academic work you have to do for a ...
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What's the exact word for a person who is sly and cunning with words? [on hold]

I'm looking for the exact word to describe a person that uses his cunning intelligence to deceive people and has a way with words.
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What's the correct word to refer to a believer of scientism? [duplicate]

Scientism is, roughly speaking, the belief that the only legitimate knowledge is scientific knowledge and all other sources of knowledge - like religion - should be rejected. If it is still unlcear, ...
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What to call the best student in a class?

Is there a word in English to qualify the highest-ranked student in a class in a year? We are talking here about higher education, especially in the context of curricula that keep a given set of ...
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What’s the word for when someone tells you to do something and that same person reprimands you for it?

I know that there’s a word for it but I cannot remember what it is. I know it can be used in the law e.g. it’s illegal for a police officer to tell a store owner to sell alcohol to a minor and then ...
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A term for “extracting essence from something”?

Would there be a fitting term to describe the process of obtaining the essence out of something - not necessarily chemically (so perhaps something other than "distill"), but rather getting the essence ...
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Adjective form for “made out of energy”

I need an adjective that can be made to describe the quality of a structure being made out energy. The term "energetic" I find mainly defined as something that is "abundant in energy", while the way ...
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Word for “extremified”?

I tried to describe something I read on the phenomenon that views in groups invariably shift toward the more extreme of the individuals and their group average, so to speak. Therefore there views were ...
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what do you call a person who continue to work whatever be the situation? [on hold]

I am that person who keep focusing on my goal until I achieve it and continue to work for that.
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Word for a person who has no opinion about whether god exists

Oversimplification of definitions: atheist: Believes in no god. agnostic: that the existence of God, of the divine or the supernatural is unknown or unknowable. Is there a term for someone who ...
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Stone slab covering grave

Is there a word for the stone slab that lays horizontally on top of a grave? In the image it would be on the grave on the left.
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Replace the word ostentatiousness

I say to my friend, I am an extremely good cook! Please forgive me: no bragging intended here! What I'm trying to do is to say the same thought but using a different world: ostentatiousness. "I'm ...
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A word for 'here all the time'?

So I'm doing an assignment where I have to analyse a music piece. In this one piece at the start theres a couple of instruments who play a phrase all together. They keep playing this same phrase ...
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Word that means “full attendance”

I want to ask whether we're waiting for full attendance before convening, ex: 'waiting [to hold the meeting] until we're quorate', but 'quorate' (as I understand it) only implies 'enough people to ...
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What do you call a word that is used overtly to mean something besides its actual meaning?

Inspired by this q/a and the comments on it. I'm not even sure how to describe this, so my research hasn't yielded much. Take for instance the figure of speech "A million little things", which doesn'...
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Is there a term to describe a suspended exterior door in a building?

Is there an accepted term to refer to an exterior door in a building which is suspended above ground level so anybody exiting the building would immediately be met with a sheer drop? (Having been ...
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Word for 'No Facial Expression'

As she turned to leave, the flower retailer immediately replaced his smile with ... I want to say he replaced his smile with his 'idle face' or his face without expression, but neither of those ...
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Word for a certain kind of lonesomeness because you dont know Anyone? [on hold]

Like when you mobe to a new city and dont know anyone or no one speaks your language.
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The person who is the making the complaint or compliment

I am creating a document to list "Complaints and Compliments" by customers/suppliers/staff/anyone, I want a column heading preferably a single word do describe the person making the compliment or ...
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Word for working with two parallel work instruction system in a company

If living two lives, one for outside world and other in the closet is double life. What would you call preferably pejoratively for when employees are working with two procedures rule book & ...
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Word for door that leads to the garage from inside the house?

I have a garage door where my cars enter and leave. There's also a person-sized door that enters my house from the garage. I would normally also refer to this as the "garage door", but that's very ...
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Is there a word for “to be physically removed from” a public place, involuntarily?

I'm looking for a single word that means to be "physically removed from". Imagine someone is being annoying in a public place, and refuses to leave when asked, so he is physically removed from the ...
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A word between facilitator and mentor

I'm looking for a word to describe the role of an adult between facilitator and mentor when it comes to working with kids: someone who keeps the group on task and goal oriented, but who also might ...