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 antonym of “terminus”? [closed]

As for an ad hoc single-direction train, the last station is called the "terminus", while the first station is called the ______. A. origin B. source C. start D. initus E. ...... (other names)
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When you agree with a person's point but you find their way of making that point obnoxious

Let's say you're listening in on/reading a conversation about some topic, and someone in that conversation decides to make their own point. In terms of the point they're making you can agree with them,...
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How to describe teeth placement/setting without using “were”? (Past tense) [closed]

I don't want to say: Although his top teeth were straight, his bottom row of teeth were crooked. Is there a different/stronger verb I could use in place of "were" to describe the setting of his (...
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A word that means “revelling in being dirty”

For example, that wonderful feeling you get when you have been camping for three nights without a shower. Or when pulling apart and eating a crab with your hands. Or when you stand out in the rain on ...
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A word for an opinion phrased as a question

Is there a name for a request or opinion re-phrased into a question? Sentences like: "Would it be a good idea to start cleaning up now?" "Do you think we should complete this project in time?" "Do ...
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Exact antonym of a physical euphoria?

I'm writing a novel and the line I would like the synonym for would be: My heart stopped and for a moment I was in BLANK-on the precipice of vomiting, soiling myself, and passing out all at the ...
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Word for a person who fumbles through life

I'm looking for a word that would describe someone who despite giving their best efforts, they always barely get by. Someone who tries hard but has to put in their best effort just to meet standards ...
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What’s a better word for “publish”?

I work on a content management system that allows authors to create drafts of entries. When they are finished with the draft, they can click a “Publish draft” button to update the main entry with the ...
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Is there a word for food that's gone 'bad', but is still edible?

Is there a word in the English language for food that has gone 'bad', but is still edible? Some examples would be honey that has crystalized, ice cream that has ice all over it, etc. The foods aren't ...
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What's the word for the action of using a one-time special offer?

What's the word for the action of using a one-time special offer? I mean on that can be used by more than one person but each person can only use it once. I'm looking for the word that describes the ...
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Something that can be activated/enabled

What adjective can you use to say that something can be activated or enabled? (Something akin to "active-able" or "enable-able", which are not recognized words.) "You can activate this product" -> "...
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What’s a good adjective for hyper-attentive-to-detail?

I’m trying to capture the following sense: Primary meaning: hyper-attentive to detail Secondary considerations: no negative connotation indicating insincerity such as “pedantic”, “stilted”, or “...
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What is the word for assigning or passing into a function in programming? [closed]

I have two cases that I'd like to cover. For example you can either assign to a variable: var x = 3; Or you can indirectly assign to a variable with a function (passing function arguments): my_func(...
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Is there a single word for “person being questioned”? [closed]

A person who questions is a 'questioner' or 'interrogator'. Is there a word for the questioned, or interrogated, person?
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How to describe the state of an n-state system?

Often I need to use a generic description to explain a system that has multiple states. For instance if I am explaining that a message can be urgent or non-urgent, I could say: Message priority (...
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Another word for talk of the town?

The discussion-topic/chatter/buzz that has everyone interested or excited but is also constrained to a certain location. Examples: After winning the super bowl, the Eagles were the talk of the ...
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Possible verbs to describe an actual ownwership of position, rather than less direct employment

What are the possible verbs to describe a relationship between a company and a position (job), when I want to stress the fact that the company is the real, actual party which requires the work to be ...
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What is it called when you multiply something eight times? [closed]

I know that the prefix for eight is "oct". Does this mean that the word I am looking for starts with"oct"? I have done quite a bit of research. Almost every time the first website listed is this one. ...
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Is there a term for the words whose stress is on the first syllable?

I know that oxytone, paroxytone, and proparoxytone mean that its stress is on the last, penultimate, and antepenultimate syllable, respectively. Does it exist a term for those having it on the first? ...
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Is there a term for “one who sees people in terms of their 'race/ethnicity', but isn't hateful”?

I'm searching for an English word (or short phrase) that means "one who sees people in terms of their 'race/ethnicity', but isn't hateful". I've searched for such a term, but haven't found one.
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What does “Ship complete” mean to you?

I'm looking for a better way than "Ship Complete" to say "Do not ship products individually." "Ship Complete" is an option found in an order entry process. The order process goes as follows: A ...
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Word for collection of scenarios [closed]

Is there a word for a large collection of (plausible) scenarios either: In general, In the context of a play? Thanks :)
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Rubbing of wood on a rough surface

I want to know the word or phrase for rubbing a piece of wood on a stone or a rough surface to get a paste. Example Sandalwood emits fragrance only when it is ------(fill) on a stone. Or shall we say ...
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What do we call a person who never spells words right? [closed]

Please tell me one word for persons who always misspell.
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What's the word for something scary but actually harmless?

What's a noun (or noun phrase) for something scary but actually harmless? I've thought of "bugbear" but it's not very accurate. An adjective somewhat the opposite of insidious (as in "deadly while ...
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How to name collection of web links? [closed]

I have a blog and from time to time I made posts that contains only web links with some short description. Those links was not so easy to gather and they are have a value by themselves. I call this ...
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What is an adjective to describe something that creates questions and thought

Words like "questionable" don't fit because they relay the wrong information. Using "questionable" could state that the noun itself is out of place when I want the reader to interpret that the noun is ...
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Describe someone who underestimates people's problems [closed]

I'm looking for a word or an idiom which describes someone who underestimates people's problems because he/she has got a better position or much more money in his/her life.
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What word describes the ability or capacity of oneself on a given day

I am looking for a word that describes one's ability to accomplish a task on the present day, as in a athlete's daily fitness, which is what google translate offered me when I tried to translate the ...
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Word/phrase to describe someone who talks exaggeratedly using colloquial language and repetitions

I need a word/phrase to describe someone who talks as in the example below: Ya, you should check it out. Check it out. And you gotta try some Cincinnati chili. It’s chili like you never had. ...
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What word means “to make something obsolete”? [closed]

What word means to make something obsolete? For example, the automobile made the horse and buggy obsolete. How would the word obsolete be applied as a verb? obsoleted The automobile obsoleted ...
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Word to describe a subject where people learn how to do work?

Is there a word to describe a subject where people learn how to do work? For example, "I'm in a class called where we learn how to manage our time, plan work, write various documents, and present ...
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Scientific term for someone without any emotions anymore [closed]

It probably might be emotionless or something but I was born with feelings and I lost them and I don't know what its called. I think I'm just numb. I tried researching it but failed. So all I could ...
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What’s a word for someone who helps around that ends with a r? [closed]

I need this for a crossword puzzle. Thanks! It’s number 3. I can’t figure out number 1,either.
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ancient sort of designs and window types

I'd like to find references to certain types of objects, but, I don't know what particularly they are called, What do you call This particular type of architecture? and is there any name for the sort ...
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Non-offensive version of the word “mongol”? [closed]

I want to describe a person or group of thugs who cause damage without concern for science or culture. I had written down "mongol behavior", in reference to the Mongol invasion. Is there an all-...
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A single word to convey “one who has control of his life/destiny”

I am looking for a word that describes/conveys one who is in control of his/her life, and believes in his own ability to create his own destiny. I am looking for a word that has some poetic/literature ...
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What do you say about a person who is a higher rank than a hobbyist?

What do you say about someone who does something as a hobby, but has higher knowledge than others and can transfer his/her hobby into a profession? Example sentence: "Adam has superior knowledge ...
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A word that encompasses both hypermasculinity and hyperfemininity?

I'm looking for a noun that encompasses both hypermasculinity and hyperfemininity. The characters portrayed in movies such as Grease are strong examples of _________, as all the men have a ...
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Is there a word that encompasses the meaning of both “sort” and “filter”? [closed]

Filtering seems to be like restricting things out of a group of things, while sorting is keeping the group of things the same but changing the ordering. Wondering if there's a word that can classify ...
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"Fun Killer' Phrase [closed]

Can we use the phrase “fun killers” to describe people who watch the new episode of a show and start talking about it in front of their friends, who have not watched it yet, to spoil and ruin the ...
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What do you call the activity of holding {publicity/protest/facts} signs [closed]

What's the word for a place and/or activity where a small number of people stand in the streets with information boards in their hands and inform the passersby people about something (which the ...
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What do you call the part of a novel that is not dialog?

Many novels consist of dialog - and the other part, the part that is not dialog. What do you call the part of a novel that is not dialog?
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What is the opposite of mistress? [duplicate]

Normally, we say "He was caught with his mistress." Here, we know that the male is a married person. The meaning is clear. If he is not married, then we can say "He was caught with his ...
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Word to be given to drink [duplicate]

Looking for a specific word when I want to be given to drink. If I am hungry I say feed me. If I am thirsty I say ____ me. I know a person who is given such is said to be fed and watered. But I don'...
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Term for wiping hands together to get dirt off?

What is a term for wiping hands together to get dirt off? For example, when someone falls down and they push themselves up and clean their hands by sort of clapping but then rubbing sideways.
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Term for asking crowd to cheer louder

Sports people, sometimes after making a really impressive play, make a motion with their arms spread out moving up and down, basically signalling at the crowd to cheer louder. Is there a better word ...
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A better alternative for “second next”

Is there a word or phrase (in particular) that exactly give the meaning of the page coming after the next page. For instance, I am reading a book at page 203, but someone suggests me to read the ...
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How do you spell Vitral - meaning saying bad inaccurate things I believe? [closed]

I'm trying to find the word, which I believe is something like "Vitral", like when someone is saying bad and/or inaccurate things, such as: This guy has been spewing a bunch of inaccurate vitral ...
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Word for pleasing someone sexually because you care about them even though you don't like it?

Closest words that come to mind are: pleasing or pleasuring, but somehow these don't catch the meaning. Do you guys know any other words? Context: "I often thought about what I felt. If I were to ...