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 the word for something close to you in a way that you want to have it?

Something that is conveniently close to you that makes you want to have it. Example: the apple in the tree was ****ly close to me. I just cannot remember the word. It is something along "tentatively"...
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I am looking for the word that refers to the set of rules/laws within a fictional universe which maintains the realism within the universe [closed]

I am looking for the word that refers to the set of rules/laws within a fictional universe which maintains the realism within the universe. Eg. Within The Lord of the Rings it is established that ...
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A name/word suggestion for person who travels the world and collects rare items of decor/furniture

For a project that I am doing, I need a name or word suggestion. The premise is that a individual is an explorer, or a traveller on adventures to far flung places, and collects & finds unique ...
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Single word request for “that have to be returned to”

I would like to shorten the following phrase: "pension fund holdings that have to be returned to the government." Can you think of any expression meaning something along the lines of "that have to be ...
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Word for naive excitement [closed]

Looking for a word that would describe how excited a child would be meeting their hero and so overcome with the excitement they cannot form coherent questions or sentences. That the child would not ...
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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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Two words for physical and mental charisma

In role playing games charisma is often used for "measuring force of personality". E.g. D&D 5e use the following description of charisma: "Charisma measures your ability to interact effectively ...
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What is the name for neologisms with associative endings like “Bostonian” and “imagineer”? [closed]

What is the name for that type of word that modifies a noun or verb with an ending to denote someone who is associated with the word stem? I'm thinking of words like: engineer, farmer (ending = "eer"...
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Word for someone who steals memories? [closed]

Is there a word in English for someone who steals memories? The idea originated from Harry Potter books. This entity would store memories and later view them in pensieve.
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Word for killing half a people or group?

Its usually referred to by an euphemism, but is there a formal word like an equivalent of "decimation"?
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What is an adjective that means “fits the norm”?

In sociological terms, there is a difference between what is normal, and what follows the norm. Thesocietypages.org puts it the following way: Sociologists distinguish between the terms norm, ...
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Other ways to say “native speaker”

Are there other ways to say "native speaker" which also allow a bit more flexibility as for when the speaker learnt that language? A child of an immigrant family who moved to the US when he/she was 5,...
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Is there an adjective of tense?

While writing some text, I used the phrase "tensal structure" in order to refer to a structure of tense. To my surprise, "tensal" is not a word. What is the correct equivalent?
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Is there an academic word that means “to split hairs over”?

Is there a higher register word that means to criticize something highly specific and inconsequential? Any synonym I can think of seems a little too vernacular, e.g. "to split hairs", "to nitpick". ...
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Single word that parallels “Recent” when discussing the near future

I've been racking my brain for a single word that would apply to the future in the same way that "recent" applies to the past. I looked up antonyms of recent but that was a dead end as it led to ...
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Measure word / compound noun for quotas?

The sentence is: The regulator released new ______ of inbound and outbound quotas this month. I had tried to fit "batches" here, and that seems to be adequate. But over time I keep looking back ...
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A single word for emotional connection

Is there a single word to explain how something happening to someone nearby can affect you? Usually happens with emotions. Similar to if someone is hit, you have sympathy pains, but not quite the ...
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What do you call the part of the basketball hoop that attaches the rim to the backboard?

I call it the neck. Is there a proper term?
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Word for the sky as seen from a spaceship not in orbit

Since the word sky indicates "the region of the atmosphere and outer space seen from the earth," what word would best be used by an astronaut on a spaceship no longer orbiting the Earth to describe ...
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Word for being out at night during curfew

In the 13th century a night watch was founded in London to enforce curfew. Nobody (except people of a certain social standing) was permitted to be out on the streets during the curfew. Is there a ...
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What's the difference between “front” and “frontal”? [duplicate]

Recently I heard of "frontal lobe", and now I am wondering why it is not "front lobe" instead. I looked up in dictionaries and see that they're both adjectives. Are they just different spelling?
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Word for crying after anger

I am looking for a word which defines the people who start crying after an outburst. I was thinking of sentimental but it seems like a wrong choice.
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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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Word for Name Twin [closed]

What is the word for a person who shares your name but is not related to you? Two example sentences for the word I am looking for. A few years ago, to my horror a _________, when asked “Would you ...
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Indiana Jones - The explorer [closed]

I am looking for a word that describes an explorer who travels the world in search of rare items. I'm thinking Indiana Jones, going to far off places in search of magical things... Any help will be ...
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Is there a term for the process of unintentionally making easily understood tasks or objects more complicated after “re-designing” it?

I have a word on the tip of my tongue but I am unsure if it truly exists. Is there a term or concept either in design, architecture, programming, etc. that involves recreating or reinventing the way a ...
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Single or small number of words opposite of “soft focus”, “rose-tinted glasses” etc to convey cynicism/critical thinking/realism but not “pessimistic”

I'm looking for a single word or small number of words to convey something like "Life through a _____ filter/lens" where the opposite is 'soft-focus', 'rose-tinted' etc. Where _____ conveys a sense ...
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Is there a word for wordlessly humming words/phrases? [duplicate]

"Yeah-huh", "Nuh-uh". "Ah." "Oh." "Um." "Ew." "Huh!" "Huh?" "Ehh." "I don't know." Tone and breath are all that separate all of these 'm' sounds. You can say a lot without opening your mouth....
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SWR: word for a regulation that relaxes something

The sentence is: This implies there might be a certain degree of __________ for outbound flows. I want to say "relaxation" but that sounds to evocative of sitting on the sofa watching tv kind of ...
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SWR: verb for what a policy aims to do

The sentence is: This policy ________ against insider trading and market manipulation. I want to say, "protects" but that sounds too generic. I'd like something more lofty sounding, ideally anyway....
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Word for needless repetitive work

I need to describe to a colleague in writing that a certain task, while possible, requires a lot of manual repetitive work. I was hoping for a word to describe it but couldn't find anything that fits....
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Term for the suppresive effect / tactic of over-requiring proof?

Much like the pestering child asking "Why?" over and over, one can demand proof (or examples) of an argument as a means to slow it down, trivialize it, or out-right block it. I'm looking for any term ...
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Title for a list of disclaimers, prerequisites, FYIs

I'm about to start a workshop and I'd like to have a "before we start" slide in which I'll communicate: several prerequisites for attendees to better understand the content, set several boundaries in ...
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Term for “people who get easily traumatized”

I am surfing over google and dictionary and books but cannot find a term for people who are easily traumatized. Is there any term for it? Or should we just say like: She is easily traumatized.
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Names of the Six Tastes

I know there are six basic tastes: sweet bitter salt {is there any word to specify this salty taste?} hot as in chillies, pepper Sour as in lemon, curds etc [or is it tang?] What is the name of ...
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If a discount is pre-tax or post-tax then what is this quality of being one or the other called?

If a discount is pre-tax or post-tax then what is the name of the general concept of being one or the other called? I am looking for a word that would describe the chronological positioning of the ...
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What do you call for a person who submits an application for a student?

We have agents, student and parent who can submit an application for a student. Wondering whether I could call them applicant?
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Is there a word/phrase to describe torching dead bodies? [closed]

I am looking for a word to describe torching a dead body; does cremate suit?
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Looking for an analogue to “geography” but for man-made spaces

Suppose I was walking through a maze-like building complex, I might say, "The _____ of this place is confounding." I'm looking for that word. "Geography" doesn't feel right to me since it usually ...
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Word for “function performed on top of job description”

In a resume, I want to tag various things done as "extraneous to what the job description specified". These things were achieved on top of regular tasks, so the candidate went above and beyond what ...
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Is there a word or phrase to describe a job that requires a college degree?

I'm trying to think of a way to say a person has a job that is (more than likely) only available to the college educated. The idea is to convey a level of success. The terms I've thought of are: ...
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A person/thing that has a good start but fails midway through the journey

I'm looking for a word to describe a thing/person that always shows potential in the way they start something but fails to follow through to its conclusion. Some examples could be: A batsman ...
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What do you call someone who defines and oversees the work required to complete a task?

I am looking for a word or term that describes someone who takes a problem, lists out the steps or tasks required to solve the problem, and oversees the solution to the end. E.g. Sally worked out all ...
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How to say something covers all the view up to the horizon line?

I am trying to say something (e.g. wheat field) is visible on whole photo, from observer point up to the horizon, expanded into both left and right directions. I am looking for some idiom or singular ...
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What is the word for someone who is willing to do anything for a fee

My character Laila is a sort of allrounder, jack of all trades and will do anything, from being your lawyer or temporary girlfriend to going undercover in the government, assassinating someone or even ...
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One word for a reward that will not be given [closed]

Is there any one word term to express something which is promised, but only to trick others to commit something, and will never be given. Say, I promise my friend, "If you do it, I'll give 100 bucks"...
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I'm looking for a descriptive word for someone who only sees things the way they want to see them

I'm looking for a word that refers to someone who only sees things the way they want to see them. "She just can't seem to take someone else's view into account. She's very ____." Something along ...
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What is the word for made up words with no meaning. E.g. Advisia, Tocodi [closed]

What is the word for made up words. E.g. Advisia, Tocodi For example, if I was trying to think of a name for a website, I might just want to use a word tht has no meaning but sounds nice. I do not ...
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A word for a substitute

I need a word for: an item that can be substituted for another due to that item not being readily available...OR what is the word for something that is used as a substitute while in a bind?
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Is there a word or phrase for nodding/agreeing with your eyes only, not head?

When you say someone has nodded in agreement it is meant that they are lowering and raising their head to signify their agreeance without needing to say anything. There is a more subtle version of ...