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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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Word for 'update progress'

I want to name a button, in an app, that opens a window where the user can update a book's progress (in terms of pages, like 10 or 20 pages). Can someone tell a more appropriate name for that button?
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Are there any short single words that differentiate between ratio and sum type relativity?

I've been digging through the thesaurus and I can't seem to find a good word. The impetus for this is that I'm a programmer and I'd like a short, sweet way to distinguish between two very similar but ...
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Word for “already know but may not know the terminology”

I want to say a sentence like: "The notion of physical phases is a concept everyone knows but many may not be aware of the terminology "phase". Phase just means solid, liquid or gas." Is there a word ...
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Word meaning project adult characteristics onto children?

I'm looking for a word that is similar to anthropomorphize but that means projecting adult characteristics onto children. I have a pre-verbal child and it is very easy to make up reasons for her ...
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Term for Entrance fee

I am about to "invent" an extension to the iCalendar MIME type. A calendar event may be one, where you need to pay money to get in. Since there is no such thing already defined in any RFC, I will go ...
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Is there a word or expression to describe when someone has learned a big word and is waiting for an opportunity to use it?

Is there a word or expression to describe when someone has learned a big word and is waiting for an opportunity to use it, in conversation, or otherwise?
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Word for opposite of boss that is not pejorative? [duplicate]

I'm developing an app and cannot figure out a good word for the "underlings" of a boss which doesn't sound so pejorative. I've thought of supervisee, but that sounds archaic and I don't like how it's ...
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What word describes someone that hides in public? [closed]

For example a public figure, celebrity, authority, teacher that secretly conducts unlawful or unsavoury behaviour. Is there a specific word for this?
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there must be vs there should be

I am writing a scientific paper for an electronic journal. There are some conditions whose existence make the problem solvable. Which one is correct: Because ***** are true thus there must be **** ...
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Improved variations of the word “comicist”? [closed]

I believe the word comicist is a valid word (for one who is a follower of comics), but it doesn't sound right to me. Example sentence: He was an accomplished comicist after decades of working in ...
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synonym for cannibalize?

I'm putting in a supply request at work and I'm asking for a class set of something, plus a few extras: class set of 30 + 5 to cannibalize as parts inevitably go missing I've looked up definitions....
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What do you call it when your unit does physical exercise as punishment because one soldier did something wrong?

I served in the Russian military and we weren't allowed to use our phones when we were on duty. So whenever someone was noticed using their phone, the whole unit had to do push-ups, squats, etc. In ...
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Word Identification - Act/Believe of living in harmony with nature

I'm looking for a word to describe a virtue or character trait relating to the belief or practice of living in harmony with nature. It should not have any negative or derogatory connotations, nor ...
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Word for “the one who is responsible” [closed]

Is there a word meaning, "the one who is responsible." Perhaps "responsiblant" as in, "She is the initial responsiblant of this task."
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What is a single-word adjective for relating /pertaining to physical addictiveness?

I need an adjective which means roughly 'of a tendency to cause physical dependence' that can be applied to drugs. 'Addictive' or the like won't work because it doesn't distinguish between physical ...
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Whats a word for a person that thinks they’re your buddy, but they are not

Doing a simple school project. Basically, a person who is willing to be your friend but is not reciprocated by you. Any category would great. It's to be on the derogatory side of the spectrum ...
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What do you call a phrase or a quote that someone believes in the most ?

Eg Be Kind to one another is Ellen Degeneres' ________________ ? I always believed in the Quote Everything happens for a reason and for the better. So i can call that statement my _____________ ?
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Word for a person who raises his/her skill/performance according to degree of hardness of situation [closed]

I am looking for a word that describes a person described in the description of the title. An example of such a person would be a person who comfortably passes the (easier) qualifiers and gradually ...
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What do you call it when you come up with a phrase to fit an acronym?

You see this in marketing sometimes, where a product or company with an acronym name later comes up with a phrase that fits the acronym for an ad campaign or a related product. For example, if your ...
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Some polite/alternative way of saying “due to the lack of”? [closed]

I have been writing my SOP for grad school and I'm looking for polite ways of saying "due to the lack of". Currently, I have this sentence: I analyse and solve system defects that occur in lieu of ...
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Alternative to “queer the deal”?

The phrase queer at­ti­tude used to be com­mon­place, sim­ply mean­ing a strange at­ti­tude or un­help­ful be­hav­ior. Un­for­tu­nately in the present era, I once used that phrase and sadly of­fended ...
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The Opposite of Frugal

I am looking for a word which might be used to describe the unnecessary and lavish expenditure of money. I seem to recall this particular word roughly being the opposite of 'frugal'. An example ...
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Word for repetition of the same word before and after comma?

How do you describe a type of writing in which a word is repeated (e.g. a word written before as well as after a comma), such as: "My point is that we cannot, cannot believe in a loving, ...
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A word that means “lacking meaning/context because displaced” (besides “anachronistic”)

If something is out of place in time, we call it anachronistic. I want a word that means something lacks meaning or context because of geographic or conceptual displacement rather than chronological ...
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Word for amount of time to be subtracted

What might be a word or short phrase for a period of time intended to be subtracted from a given date? The beginning of the term is calculated by subtracting the _____ from the current date."
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Is there a word to describe someone that is able to fail?

I'm looking for a word that describes explicitly someone that is subjected to failure. Is there any? Thank you in advance.
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Word for a person who uploaded a file?

I am designing a User Interface for a system. Users can upload files, but the files are not necessarily authored by them. I display the name of the user who uploaded the file, but I am unsure how to ...
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The company I work at has this thing we have to say every morning. What is it called?

The company I work at (a US branch of a Japanese firm) has a thing we have to say every morning. We stand up and each take turns reading a line from the poster on the wall. It goes like this: ...
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A single word that could replace “You made me blush” sentence

Consider a person, A, did a kind gesture for another person, B. Person B wanted to tell me how did that action make him feel. The feeling is somehow around the meaning of "He made me blush". Let's ...
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A word that means “Someone who risks their life to find out and tell the truth”?

What is a word that means "Someone who risks their life to find out and tell the truth”? This word would mean they will risk their lives for nothing to find out the truth and tell others.
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Word for when something inappropriate or surprising is said or proclaimed in a jarring and nonchalant manner

An example is if I was speaking to someone about baseball or something similarly innocent and nonchalantly said "That reminds me of my mother. She was killed in a car accident two years ago." The ...
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One word to replace “takes as input”

I'm looking to replace the phrase "takes as input" to make a sentence flow better but I can't think of the right word to use. I want to say "the simulator ______ a spatial map and an algorithm".
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What is a word that means I enjoy human and/or animal interaction? [closed]

I don't know if there is a word for the above question or not, but if there is please help. I enjoy human or animal interaction, and without such I begin to feel extremely bored and lose interest in ...
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Word for disappointed and dejected (slightly irritated too?) at the same time

So imagine you ask a person a serious question, and they make light of it. You feel a certain emotion which I'm trying to find the name for. Your shoulders may slump. Face and body seem to relax. ...
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what do you call a place where someone thought of an idea?

I'm working on a project about structures and their historical value. I don't need this information, however, I would like to know and/or have it exposed to people that have wondered the same question....
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What is a word for ascribing divine characteristics to a machine?

We use anthropomorphize to describe when human qualities have been ascribed to non-human creatures, objects, etc. What is a word to that captures the situation when seemingly divine (or godlike) ...
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I'm looking for a word that describes that horrible feeling you get when you see something disgusting and painful happen? [closed]

Extremely specific, I know. Hopefully, that makes it easier to answer. It's just like the title says. You know when you're watching a program and something horrible happens in it along the lines of ...
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A word that means “small gift”?

I'm looking for a single word that means "little gift": Sorry I couldn't buy you anything, but here's a _____ of ten dollars to spend. As for the context, it should be like one you'd see in ...
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The daughters of a grand uncle

I just had dinner with some family. There, was the mother of my father (grandmother), the brother of my grandmother (grand uncle?), his daughters (???), and their children (???) How do you call ...
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Word for a place or building where martyres are kept or buried?

Is there a word denoting a place or any architechural building, where martyres are buried or kept? By researching to get its answer, I found the term “martyrium,” which is specifically used for ...
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What’s a good word for someone who is ‘emotionally constipated’?

What is a good word for someone who emotionally constipated and doesn’t show their feelings cause I’m struggling to find the right word for it.
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The term “Fathered” but in a negative/absent way that does not insult the child

Directly below is the excerpt from my novel. I cannot think of a single word, or even a short phrase, that would insult him without insulting the child as well. "He fathered - no, scratch that - he {...
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What does “in-ordinary to the Queen” mean? [closed]

I've seen phrases like "Physician-in-ordinary to the Queen". "Oculist-in-ordinary to the Queen", what does mean? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physician_to_the_Queen
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The area underneath a rainbow ? (Picture)

This rainbow ( a double one, just) appeared above my house today and I noticed, yet again, as I have done so before, that the area beneath the rainbow, that is to say the area within its circumference,...
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Verb for watching over the city

What is the word which is used as a verb which describes the action where a superhero, such as Batman, stands on the top of a building and watches over the city, so that he can find out where crimes ...
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What do we call the combination of a number and a unit

As a Software Engineer I give my best to find descriptive names for specific concepts. That is a very important task to reduce software complexity. Naming concepts can be really hard and today I’d ...
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What would the adjective form of “Earl” (the title) be?

Is there even one? I know the adjectvive for "Duke" would be "ducal" ("of, like or relating to a Duke or dukedom"). But I can't find a good version of the word for an Earl. Any thoughts? Sorry if ...
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Word that means political aspect of a topic [closed]

word or phrase to replace "politicallity" - which isn't a word. i'm doing a presentation and need a word to title the slide. the slide is covering political aspects of a subject.
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Male-male dominance/status challenge

'The antler dance', 'locking horns', 'butting heads': I don't think these are exactly the right way to describe what I'm thinking of. What is it called when two men, both fairly dominant in their ...
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What is a word for an object which fills a slot?

For example, if I have a series of slots, and any number of those slots are filled, is there a generic word for that which fills a slot? In a sentence: "I have distributed each _____ among the ...