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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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What is a word to describe a boss who has both good technical and business insight?

Let's say I work as an engineer for a company. Our boss, in addition to having amazing business insight (understanding market trends, competition, etc...), has a firm grasp of the latest technological ...
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Series of letters used by typists to indicate error

What is the series of letters used by typewriter typists to indicate that a typo has been made? It was formed by typing the letters on the row or column of the keyboard, and is I think split into two ...
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Noun that refers to a mistake/misunderstanding caused by language

For example: Teacher: Give me an example of a word starting with the letter 'Q'. Student: Queue? Teacher: Yes, Q, now go on. Student: Queue! Teacher: Yes, a word starting with the letter Q. ...
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What is a word or term for extreme questioning?

Could someone tell me please the word for when someone reports a crime, but under extreme questioning they change their story as they are made to doubt the other persons intentions and relents and ...
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Is there a word that describes a difference in hierarchy?

I'm looking for a word that describes that there is a hierarchical difference between two objects that are of a different rank. For example, if object A is "School" and object B is "Student", then B ...
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Added and [replaced with] something

I added a bunch of B. In some cases, B replaced A. In other words: I added B, and replaced with B. How can I write that more succinctly? Added and replaced B The above is not correct, because it ...
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Formal sounding word or phrase for “punish”

In my writing I encounter topics about regulations and I am forced to use the word "punish" very frequently. The tone of my writing should be formal / professional, and I am at my wit's end as to how ...
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Term for sports in which the competition is directly against the actions of a rival

Is there a word or short phrase describing sports such as football, tennis, fencing, martial arts in which the competitors act directly against each other? I would like to distinguish these sports ...
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English word for “product of tinkering”

Is there an English word for a "product made by tinkering". Such as "Bastel" in German, or "bricolage" in French. If you need an example sentence: Das ist keine Software, das ist ein(e) Bastel(...
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Word for person who takes care of something [closed]

I'm making a software form in which the user needs to specify the person from within the organization who needs to address a certain repair or other technical issue (e.g., custodian) as well as the ...
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A precise word for a floor stand that reverently holds a single, important book? [duplicate]

It's a grimoire so powerful that some people go insane just looking at the cover. It holds the power to turn a mortal man into a god or destroy the universe. It's locked away at the bottom of an ...
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“Fasting” a word for going without food, what is the equivalent for going without water?

Does English have a word for voluntarily abstaining from water, like "fasting" for voluntarily abstaining from food?
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Single word for “verbally skilled except (possibly) rhetorically”

My friend has great grammar, a rich vocabulary, and precise word choice. He is not, however, skilled in rhetoric, the art of persuasion: his speech is monotone — it lacks charm — his speech is ...
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Word for feeling guilty about being happy [duplicate]

There has to be a word in some language that expresses the feeling of being happy about something but feeling guilty at the same time. Like, you got a promotion! But your friend got fired...
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Term for a stand-alone room-like structure in a fort (or its ruin)

Is there a single word to refer to a "room" that stands alone in a fort or amidst ruins? The following images that I was able to find are the closest to what I am imagining:
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Word for someone who performs task

I am working on a record, documenting archived data. I need a single word to describe someone who enters data, disposes of records. Example of a tab I have created: Disposal (Name). I would like to ...
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Term for Laziness that Backfires [duplicate]

What is the term for when someone is lazy and it backfires and they end up doing more work than they would have if they just hadn't been lazy in the first place?
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What are the words for people who cause trouble believing they know better?

Update: There is a similar question, and I am thankful for pointing this out, as I found it interesting and useful to read answers to that question, yet my question is different: I am talking about ...
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A word/phrase for someone who finds significance in anything/tries to rationalise anything

I'm looking for a word to describe someone who makes themselves believe that anything that happens to them is for a reason, or believing "it's a sign!!" For example: "that person is a (noun)." or "...
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Word or phrase for 'Past glory'

Is there any word to describe past glory? Mostly elders use this to grumble and complain about the present. Example: "In those days, I used to run 4 miles daily. Now walking a quarter mile is a ...
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Is there a name in English language for the feeling of being happy something bad happened to someone else rather than you? [duplicate]

Is there a word in English language to express the feeling of being happy that something bad happened to someone else rather than you? I can maybe describe it best as the opposite of survivor's ...
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Word or a short phrase to describe a person who is socially responsible

I’m looking for a single catchy word or a short phrase to describe a person who is socially responsible. The “responsibility” meaning seems to be too official and not catchy enough. I’m looking for a ...
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My father's first wife

What do I call to my father's first wife as I am from my father's second wife's child. Step mom is for my father's 2nd wife by children by first wife or it applies to both?
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A word for reporting observations without drawing conclusions [closed]

I recently read an article about Navy pilots seeing something they couldn't identify and thought they did a good job of reporting on the incident without making assumptions as to what they were seeing....
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An adjective to replace “work-with-able”

I saw a YouTube video and in this video, he says [...] and makes your hair more manageable and more work-with-able, if that's a word. (emphasis added) Now I think it's perfectly fine to say ...
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Simple and elegant name for a line perpendicular to a surface [closed]

I have lines perpendicular to a surface. I intend to name my lines. So far I have come up with these, but: Perpendicular lines: lengthy and hard to pronounce Normal lines: in mathematics means ...
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Is there a word like extracurricular but for work instead of school? [closed]

I want to reference activities that are outside of my profession, and I've been using the word "extracurriculars" to describe them, but it occurs to me that curriculum is academic, not professional. ...
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The term for the person/group a political party aligns themselves with to appear concerned about the general public

A good example would be a president bringing iron workers onstage at a rally to show that he has the workingman's interests at heart. Sentence: the workers were the president's ____ in attempt to win ...
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Word meaning not to do something for a while to get a different feeling once you do it?

What would be a word or short phrase meaning not to do something for a certain period of time in order for it to feel better, or stronger, once you finally do it? I'm looking for a better way to say ...
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Term for particularizing someone's behavior in a discussion where they aim at avoiding to be blamed for having a double standard

Is there a term in English which describes the act of adding details to some case to differentiate it from another so as to avoid getting to the same conclusion? For example let's take the following (...
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The deliberate use of misleading terminology [duplicate]

Is there a word or phrase which describes "choice of misleading words", or the negation: "choice of non-misleading words"? The nearest phrases I can think of are linguistic deception, or controlled ...
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I need an assistance in finding new word driven out of “Neutralization” word [closed]

I need help in finding the most suitable words derived from the word neutralization. I am using the word neutralization to describe a particular mathematical situation where the problem can be ...
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Is there any expression or a single verb for “making someone expect something”?

Is there any expression or a single verb for "making someone expect something"? For example, the title "A Walk Among the Tombstones" made me expect a horror movie.
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A word for a parody that is also a good example of the thing parodied [closed]

A friend is struggling to remember a word. It was for a parody of X which is also a good example of X. For example a parody of westerns which is also a good western in its own right. There are some ...
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What is the compound noun of a box that contains new toys

I'm really confused, I'd like to make a compound noun for a box that contains new toys only. Should I name it "New toy box"? but, this makes me think of a new box for toys not a box for new toys. [ ...
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What is it called when people decide an issue for you and you have no say in the matter?

All powers in Yalta (word) decided the fate of Eastern Europe.
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Adjective for “Cover up or conceal nefarious activity”

What is an adjective describing behavior used to cover up or conceal nefarious activity, as in a "smoke screen"? For example: His _____ nightly coughing fits were meant to drown out the rattle of ...
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What is the adjective for describing your attitude towards someone you can trust and tell everything? [closed]

I'm looking for an adjective to put in the blank in the following sentence. He is very .... with his mother. He can literally tell her everything.
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Is there any verb for making a girl more girly?

'Feminize' is used for making a boy more girly. We can say, "She is forcibly feminizing her boyfriend." But is there a word for pushing a girl to be more feminine? The Oxford Dictionary of English ...
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Is there a word for “able to be conducted”? [closed]

Is there a word that means that something is able to be conducted, like heat or electricity, but more generally/in a metaphorical sense? "Conductible" means "able to conduct" which is counter ...
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looking for a word that means when somebody is good at one thing you assume that they are good at other things [closed]

A word that means when somebody is good one thing you assume that he is good and other things. Example: Because a person is a good basketball player you assume that they will be a good basketball ...
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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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Words for someone who gives up his moral standards? [closed]

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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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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Verbs for subscribing to a proposition [closed]

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 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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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?