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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 word that describes when something is known for a thing that is different from what it is trying to represent/achieve? [closed]

Concrete example: A youtube show that is more famous for it's ingenious user comments than its mediocre content.
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Word similar to bookend/tailgate

Its a word or phrase that means to stick something onto the end of some other thing, for convenience or even secretly maybe? An example is I'm going to run errands downtown and when finished will "...
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Another word for “covered by”

Take for example My car is covered by insurance Is there another word for this?
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Name for words that have 3 or more syllables?

A word with one syllable is "monosyllabic". Two syllables is "disyllabic", three is "trisyllabic", and so on. "Polysyllabic" refers to any word with more than one syllable. Is there any single term ...
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What would be the best counterpart to the term “unimprovable”

Something along the lines of "not capable of being brought lower than one's current point." Considering unimprovable having the root improve, I am looking for a term that has the same effect from a ...
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Is there a name for a word that physically sounds the same backwards and forwards? [duplicate]

Not a word that reads the same, a word that actually sounds the same whether it's pronounced forwards or backwards.
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What is the word for 'Turning real events into fiction'? [closed]

A single word or phrase for turning events (historical/recent) into fiction.Like based on real events, but fictious. Like some myths that have been derived from real events. 'romanticized' but that ...
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Sound of ropes / strings / clothing material sliding against each other?

Think of the ropes of boats moored to a dock, but having to listen carefully (not loud and obvious) like 'creaking' or 'squeaking'. It would have to denote friction without screeching - more like '...
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What is the word for a person who is over reverential to authority figures in general or scientists in particular?

I am thinking of someone who believes that the government would never lie to the population, that scientists are always right about everything, and cannot possibly be wrong about anything, and shows ...
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Is there any word for a situation when a person can't feel satisfaction to let others do his work unless he does it himself? [closed]

I pondered about the words "satisfactory problems" but that is more related to men sexual problems and is diametrically opposed to what I want to know.
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Word for splitting something into two parts and joining them together using a new element

Here are some examples I can think of: Cutting wire in half and adding extension in the middle joining up to each halfs. Adding a pressure meter segment to an exisiting pipe. Inserting an ...
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The process of removing a rotten fruit to save the others in the basket

Is there a name for the process of removing a rotten fruit to save the others in the basket? I want to use this in the context of team management, where the performance of one or more members affect ...
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Is there a word or name to call someone that gets called a name, yet uses the same name to call others? [closed]

Example, Jim calls Bob a alcoholic, because he is one, Bob drinks alcohol every day and excessively. Bob then starts calling Jim a alcoholic too, even though Jim has never touched a drink in his life. ...
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Another word for “reason to care”

e.g. "the use of emotive, interpersonal language gives the reader a [reason to care about the topic at hand]" Thanks
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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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What is the best English translation for “Mittagsmenü” (German)?

I've been looking around but it seems there is no single word or phrase which translates "Mittagsmenü" - at least not literally. "Mittagsmenü" - as I understand it - is some kind of "special offer". ...
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What are words for higher orders of 'quadratic'?

I can't find anything upon a quick Google search. In English, there are double, triple, quadruple, etc. How about for quadratic, does it have higher order forms, for example maybe 'tridratic'(I'm just ...
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What’s a good substitute for “if that happens”?

English is not my native language. I am writing a text where I have to explain some technical stuff and give some examples. Giving a simple example, I would write something like: "To make current ...
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Word for something happening after it is mentioned

When something happens when it, or something related to it, was previously mentioned. It doesn't necessarily have to be wished. It is almost similar to "speaking of the devil". My friend talked ...
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Trying to remember an English word that means “turmoil” or “tumult” [closed]

The word is something like “fufura” or “furfuraw,” and I have even found a couple of web pages in which people use the latter in precisely the way I would use the word I’m trying to remember. But the ...
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Wise and Bold - Single Word Request [closed]

Word that means both wise and bold. Bold, under normal terms, seems to be contradictory.
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Correct word for hiding/roaming

Imagine the cops are looking for a criminal. That criminal is hiding but not for long in one place. He is changing places all over the world and continuously hiding . What is the correct word or ...
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Word for a cycle where the cause is made worse by the effect [closed]

What is the word for a cycle where the cause is made worse by the effect? A very simple example is a decline in fish leads to a decline in coral reef health which then leads to a further decline in ...
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the apparent distance created by an angle, the “size” of an angle in 3D space

I can measure things in the distance, like really tall buildings, by pinching my fingers in front of my eyes. The "perceived distance" between my thumb and forefinger is the same as the "perceived ...
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Whats a word for a person who pretends to be a administrator?

For example, person 1 is in a forms website and breaks the rules. Person 2 who is not a administrator tries to imposternate being one by informing the rules.
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Word for “prepared for conflict”

I'm looking for a word that means "prepared for conflict" in any language but would prefer one in English or French or French etymology. I've been struggling with this for a while now, and can't ...
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What is the word to use to describe the process of a person returning back to the original place after initially migrating to a different place? [closed]

A person moves from their original place of residence to another place which we call as migration. What should we say if the person comes back to the same place after a while?
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Is there a word similar to budget that concerns time and not money? [closed]

From dictionary.com, a definition of budget is an "itemized allotment of funds, time, etc., for a given period." Is there a word or phrase similar to budget that refers only to allotments of time, but ...
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Type of usage/mood

jail house rock peaks. (the record jail house rock peaks) titantic sinks (the ship the titanic) Carter for president film flops Family flowers only please. What do we ...
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Word for “doing something pridefully”

Is there a verb form of "pride"? For example, is there a concise way to say something like She read her own paper with great pride I'm looking for a more concise verb that still indicates that ...
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Term for the neglect of a child or animal

I am looking for a term describing the neglect of a living being under one's responsibility, such as a child or animal. Spontaneously I thought of court procedures, with the sad cases of children ...
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A single word for Unpretentious

I'm looking for a strong positive word that means the following: Unpretentious Doesn't try to be anything more than it is Unassuming The restaurant is very _________. I'm looking for a word that ...
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Is there a word to describe someone who wakes up in predawn?

I'm trying to translate a poem from Persian. In the poem there is a noun that describes the person who has woken up before the dawn, way before others! It's used in a metaphorical way to describe the ...
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Is there a word to mean “natural gauge”? [closed]

In one of its senses, a "gauge" is an instrument which informs us about something, such as level, amount, contents, etc. Oxford English Dictionaries: An instrument that measures and gives a ...
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Is there a word for the feeling of having messed up? [closed]

How would you describe that burning emotion of having messed up? It's a mix of guilt and being deeply unsettled, together with crushing embarrassment. Examples; -When he realized he had given his ...
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Is there a word for the smallest number of search terms , where something I created is the first result from a Google search?

I'm wondering if there is a word or phrase that people have used which means: the smallest number of search terms, where a web page or youtube video I created is the first result from a Google search. ...
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word for someone who "for Whom Bread- Food- Is Not Enough”

i am writing an essay using a quote from A Raisin in the Sun and there is a point where a person translates the nickname for a person from Yorubian to English. I can't for the life of me find a word ...
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Word for breach of privacy [closed]

I am currently working on a fictitious legal system and am now looking for a single word describing a breach of privacy, in the sense of a home invasion but also, if possible, indecent exposure (as in ...
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Single word for 'less expensive' [closed]

Is there a good single word for 'less expensive'? I often see people using 'cheap' to describe it, but I feel it does not express the intention. For example, I prefer to say 'Flight tickets are less ...
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Is there a term for 'every other other'?

When referring to something that regularly happens alternately with one other thing, you can say that one of the things happens 'every other whatever', relative to your current point in the pattern. ...
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Is there any word or phrase for the idea that “everything in the universe is a miracle”?

Is there any word or phrase for the idea that "everything in the universe (including the creatures) is a miracle"? Or someone who chooses to see everything as a miracle?
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A single term with reference to Ditto (pokemon) [duplicate]

Ditto -transform into any thing it encounters Is there a single word that is able to replace the phrase above?
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Single term for restating a question as its answer without specifying the content of the question again

Take for example Why is this the best? Because it is the best. There is no further justification given for this to be the answer to the question. Apparently the term for this is something along ...
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Is there a word for “the day after overmorrow” and “the day before ereyesterday”?

I know overmorrow (the day after tomorrow) and ereyesterday (the day before yesterday) themselves are obsolete alike. I would like to know whether English has ever had words for one day farther than ...
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A singular word for statements like “all Brits have bad teeth” or “all Italians are romantic” or “all Americans are uneducated/overweight” [closed]

Not prejudice but making assumptions about a culture or group of people either negative or positive.
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Single term for “self-referential”

To refer back to Scenario Question: XXX Answer: XXX but without specifying "XXX"
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Need a single term for this circumstance [on hold]

Question: XXX Answer: to be the same as the Question without specifying "XXX" or obviously "Question" Is there a term for this circumstance? Something along the line like meta (self-referential), ...
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Another word for the pokemon “Ditto”

Having the ability to transform into things that it came into contact with Is there a single term for the above phrase?
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Word for property damage

I am currently working on a fictitious legal system and am looking for a single word for property damage. I could not find a legal term that fits, though you may know of better resources than I. It ...
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Is there a single term for “refer back”

Take for example "Hello there" How do I refer back to "Hello there" without specifying "Hello there" I guess it has to be somewhere along the line of being reflexive or meta Is there such a term ...