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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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What is the term (if any) for a “pothole”-like cavity in an icy surface such as an ice rink or lake that's been frozen over

...where one might unfortunately catch their skate blade in? Having lived in the southwest part of the country most of my life where there has been neither cause nor occasion for me to experience such ...
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“She looked at me, impressed” in search of another word for impressed

She looked at me in _________ [noun implying impressed]. But this isn't how I want to word it. What I want to write, is, "Her eyes widened as her eyebrows raised and she drooped her bottom lip in [...
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What is the wife of a henpecked husband called? [closed]

henpecked [hen-pekt] adjective 1. browbeaten, bullied, or intimidated by one's wife, girlfriend, etc.: a henpecked husband who never dared to contradict his wife. What is the wife of a henpecked ...
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Word for asking questions for the sake of it? [closed]

Sorry if I should have asked this in meta.
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Is there a verb that means to inject with poison?

Is there a verb that means, "to inject venom," or, "to inject poison?"
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Technical verb to mean “make consistent”

In Proper verb to denote 'consistent-ize', the top answer by vote says "standardize" should be used, but I have a few doubts. Firstly, English is not my mother tongue, and I use it ...
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What is a word I can use instead of “the other” when referring to an unknown person?

I am writing a scene where a character interacts with someone he cannot see and does not know - in essence anonymous stranger, with no visual aids. Are there any other words or phrases I can use to ...
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Sad and Melancholy yet Beautiful

I have been struggling to find a word that I, at one time, had seen in my vocabulary lessons. I am trying to describe something that is "beautiful or attractive" yet also possessing "sadness or ...
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What's an adjective for someone who doesn't feel sorry for themselves? [closed]

To elaborate: Someone who isn't easily affected by their own emotional distress Someone who's tough and doesn't make their own problems into everyone else's problem.
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A word for an informed guess in mathematics, proved later to be the correct guess

I am looking for a single word, used in mathematics (but not exclusively), meaning to take a guess which will later be proved to be correct. I believe it starts with an 'a', and I seem to remember it ...
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A single word for deliberately bad

I'm trying to find a word that would describe a state of nonchalance. Specifically, one word, if such thing exists where I describe eg. that I'm doing it bad on purpose because I don't care. In a ...
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What word describes an author's deployment of a word/term?

I'm writing about Hobbes and Locke who basically have two different understandings of the word 'right'. When Hobbes says 'right' or 'rights' he is referring to one's liberty to do something, whereas ...
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What is the term for having dyslexic sorts of issues with spoken words?

Dyslexia is defined as ... a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling ...
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How to greet someone when you meet them at night [duplicate]

Is there any formal salutation to greet someone when you meet them at night? A prefix such as 'Good' with morning, afternoon and evening works well but implies altogether a diferent meaning when used ...
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Word for ability to respond to something effectively

I'm writing a paper on a country's ability to respond to natural disasters effectively and am looking for a word that would describe that. I'm looking for a more concise way to write this sentence: "...
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What are interesting and evocative words for (disgusting) throat sounds? [closed]

Here is my passage for example: “Now I can hear him through the walls hucking and sniffing, expectorating and blowing all kinds of things in a grotesque, unconscious, unhealthy sounding manner.”...
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What is the correct word for people for which you buy insurance?

I am thinking of the word "Co-insured" but I'm not sure. E.g. when you pay for some insurance for yourself and your family. Your daughter does not pay but she is covered. She's a ...
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Correct preposition: “incrementing revenues for suppliers” or “incrementing revenues of suppliers”?

Consider a sentence like: Tecnology miniaturization will increment revenues for products and services suppliers. versus Tecnology miniaturization will increment revenues of products and services ...
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Can you say “leftside right”?

Can you say something like "I turned the box leftside right" in English? Or what should be used in place of "leftside right"? By "leftside right" I mean pivoting by 180 degrees.
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Southern Dialect: Word for a time of day?

I remember reading a story somewhere that a Southerner wrote about one of his life experiences. He mentioned that in the region he lived there was a time of day that cooled off a large amount in less ...
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what you call a person living in a safe house

What would you call the person that lives in a safe house, to save them from a much worse situation, say a person seeking freedom, escaping violence. The text I am translating refers to the African ...
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word for attribute that is simultaneously positive and negative

I'm looking for a word that describes an attribute Y, where you could say The good thing about X is Y, the problem with X is Y note that it's not a neutral attribute, it's simultaneously good and ...
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What do you call a person that holds sensitive information?

All I have so far, is a pseudo-antonym of what I actually want: Obscurantist. The word I need should be a person who was unwillingly plagued with sensitive information. It is more of a - I don't how ...
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What is the person who is concerned with lavishness called?

Is there any word for some people who are always concerned/obsessed with the lavishness of the environment. For example, they judge people on their wealth and what they own in life, in terms of money ...
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What's another way of saying that something 'captures the essence' of something?

I'm having a hard time coming up with a similar phrase or word, and have already used 'captures the essence' nearby. In context: Unfortunately, this quantity is impossible to calculate in ...
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Is something “candidate” or “candidated” to become a standard?

The context is technical in the IT field. Taking for example the https protocol would you say: The https protocol is candidate to become in the main standard or The https protocol is candidated to ...
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Supermarket parts

What do we call those part or section that we put products in Supermarkets? I just find shelf and rack. but I think shelf is the small part of the big section. What do we call those? I marked them as ...
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Is there a word for “Supercomponent”, similar to “Subcomponent”, but in the other direction?

So say you have a car, which is composed of some seats, which are composed of some fabric You could say that the Seats are a subcomponent of the Car and the Fabric is a subcomponent of the Seat But ...
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Word to mean the most probable option but still unlikely

I'm trying to describe a way to a goal that is more likely to succeed than any other ways, but definitely still uncertain. One word is optimal, but a few is fine too if the former doesn't exist. ...
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Is there a single word for “fly spinning through the air”?

Juggling clubs spin when sent into the air by the performer. A dagger thrown by a pirate spins blade-over-handle as it travels through the air. Is there a single word that describes this kind of ...
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A word like “anachronism” but for word meanings instead of time

I’m trying to find a word that has roughly the same meaning as “anachronism”, but rather than incongruous time periods, it’s the word meanings which don’t line up/don’t make sense with each other. ...
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Not a decade, but a term for a 9 year span

Thanks for the help in advance; first time posting here. I'm curious what the most appropriate single word is to describe a 9 year time span, or a 9 year anniversary. A search on Google didn't turn ...
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Word for something that is the last thing that shows that something existed

What word do I use when I want to say that something is the last thing that shows that something existed? Exact Scenario: There is a rod that extends from an electric pole, that was once there for ...
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wafer as computer-based equipment [closed]

In a book I'm reading there's the following phrase: In the study, her computer, a top-of-the-range wafer of stainless steel, is protected by civilian security software... My question is what ...
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Looking for a word to describe an independent contractor's workers

In a contract I am trying to describe the workers that an independent contractor will supply my company when required to do so. These workers will carry out tasks such as cleaning and driving. I would ...
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Adjective for a “expected” or “aspirational” version of a document?

We're creating a user manual for a software application. Like the manual, the application itself is a work in progress. We have a version of the manual that describes the application as we expect it ...
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Historical illiteracy

Is there a single word that conveys someone is completely ignorant of the historicity of an event or a historical movement but still feels the need to opine and/or comment? I've never been a fan of ...
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Word that means make something available to the working classes

I am seeking a verb that essentially means ‘Bring to the reach of everybody’. For example: Travel was for the wealthy but the introduction of the package holiday xxxx travel. Xxx is a word, like ‘...
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Is there a term for “neutral” in the vein of “pros and cons”

Pros means positive aspects Cons means positive aspects ____ means neutral aspects Is there a word to fill that blank?
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Blurrier or more blurry?

I am not sure about this particular word, the sentence is the following 'Increase it for more blurry(ier) effect.'
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Word meaning “ad hoc unofficial police force”?

I've completely forgotten the word I'm looking for, but it basically means an "ad hoc unofficial police force" that is formed by citizens to enforce the law when the state can't or won't. Closest ...
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Word describing the act of giving someone false confidence

I'm having trouble coming up with a word. I need to know what word describes the act of giving someone false confidence. An example would be... Someone made a batch of home brewed beer and gave it to ...
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Is there a word for missing the point due to literal interpretation of figurative phrases

Figurative language is when people use words or phrases to communicate an idea not meant to be taken literally, such as speaking in metaphors. Sometimes, people do not realize the figurative nature ...
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Is “newcomers” an acceptable synonym for “new arrivals” in a country?

I am looking for advice from native speakers of English on the following question: Is "newcomers" a possible and acceptable synonym for "new arrials" in the sense of people who have come just ...
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What is the word for “aerial” but in the space

Aerial means existing, happening, or operating in the air. I am wondering if there any word that has the same definition but in space?
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What's an opposite of “endless” that's like “startless”? [duplicate]

To describe an event with a beginning but no end, meaning that it goes forever into the future, one could say it is "endless". What word would describe an event with no beginning but an end, meaning ...
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Another word/phrase for something being very “push-button”?

What's another word for something being very "push-button"? What this means is a set of tasks that are made in a way that is very easy and as easy as "pushing a button". Another phrase is like ...
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I’m looking for a word that means fold over

This word is on the tip of my tongue but it starts with a c and means that it was surrendered or they folder over... Here’s the sentence “It was c____, and they gave up.”
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Word for choosing the desire of a majority over a minority

I'm looking for a word that describes the act of prioritizing the wishes of a majority of some community over the wishes of a minority. Before, I would use the word chauvinism for this purpose, but ...