Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

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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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Phrase for snipping of scissors between actual cuts that a barber makes

A barber generally keeps on snipping the scissors in between the actual cuts. There is a particular phrase for this behavior. I have come across this phrase before, but can't recollect it now. The ...
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Is there any alternative word for “sex” other than “gender”?

So, I tried looking up synonyms for "sex," and it's a good laugh. But in all seriousness, I'm looking for a word to indicate a persons biological sex (as in chromosomes) which will not cause confusion....
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What's a word for a doppelgänger only in one's shlemazlut?

I have a friend who has exactly the same accidents, injuries, mess ups, failings, etc., as I but I can't find a word in English (or otherwise) for it. Physically, we're opposite as night and day. But ...
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Word for the day you have spent half of your life with someone

My wife and I are approaching the point in our lives where we have been together for longer than we haven't. I was born in 81, she in 82 and we got together in 2000. I'm planning to celebrate the ...
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What is it called when someone presents two choices which are the same to emphasize the importance of the option?

I'm very curious to know if there is a name, a word, or a literary scheme/figure of speech/literary device for when in a conversation, you present two choices which are the same, in which the speaker ...
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Is there a word for repeating the starting syllables of a word before completing it, in song?

In Coldplay's song Paradise, for example, the chorus goes "Para-para-paradise, para-para-paradise." Is there a term for this?
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What word means “make something desirable”?

The word "necessitate" means "make something necessary". For instance: The explosion necessitated installing a new kitchen. Is there an equivalent word to mean "make something desirable (but not ...
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Word for focusing on what you do not have?

I would say “practicing gratitude” to convey the thought of focusing on what one has in life and ruminating on little things in a positive way, the glass half full. What would be the opposite word or ...
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What do you call a person who intentionally malign someon'e image in front of others?

I have faced such situation twice or thrice in my Uni. and work life. Due to competition your peer or ill-wisher tries to you put in dark light intentionally. So, it gives wrong impression of you to ...
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Term to describe someone's lack of interest in festive activities

I am someone who doesn't care if someone doesn't buy me a present on my birthday. I don't care if my girlfriend would propose we don't do anything on Valentine's day and maybe go out another time. It ...
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What is a term to collectively describe the state or condition of a piece of media's “being” as it pertains to being either physical or digital?

For instance, if I have a movie on DVD, that particular movie holds a physical form, in the form of the disc. That particular movie is subject to the same physical limitations as anything else. In ...
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A word that means “there and then”

The word "there" indicates a point in space, and the word "then" indicates a point in time. Is there a word that indicates a point in spacetime, equal in meaning to "there and then"?
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What do you call a number with no repeating digits?

A word with no repeated characters is called an isogram. Is there a word for a number with no repeating digits? For example: 123 is a ____. To clarify further, for a decimal number system the ...
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Term of solid phase floating on surface of liquid phase

I am looking for what to call the solid or dust particles that reside at the surface of a liquid after density separation by flotation. I had the term supernatant in mind, but I looked it up and it ...
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Dad, auntie, nana, grandpa, etc… What is this group of words called?

When explaining to someone learning French when to use "Vous" or "Tu", there is a basic rule of thumb I find useful : Vous : Used when speaking to people you usually call by their last name, ...
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Single word for “able to blend in”

I am writing about an analogy that is made in a text that I am reading between a substance that blends in to the point of being incapable of being identified as a distinct object (like a certain type ...
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“Small question” or “little question”?

There could be a question of which the questioner does not know the answer. But the question may be very easy to the answering person because he is very familiar with the issue or has the information ...
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Acclamation vs. acclaim as nouns: When to use one or the other?

Back when life was simpler, the words “acclamation” and “acclaim” behaved within precise heterogeneous bounds. The first acted publicly as a noun and the second as a verb. I was naive, oblivious to “...
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Word for calling out to a deity?

Like when Zuko yells at lightning to strike him (but ideally more in the sense of insulting a deity). Imagine standing on top of a cliff during a thunderstorm, clenching your fists and and screaming ...
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How do you describe the feelings of being caught in the midst of an act that you had successfully pulled it off many times?

The title doesn't describe it fully. You are planning a birthday party for someone secretly. It was a thrilling adventure because you managed to do it under their nose and dodging their suspicious ...
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What is a single word to denote up-to-date-ness that would work in this context?

I want to add a word to the following list in my sentence to denote "up-to-date-ness" but am struggling to find the word: ...and addresses the accuracy, reliability, relevance, <up-to-date-ness> ...
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What term would you use for a person who caused an incident

I am working on a procedure for my company and I am seeking a term to use for someone who causes an incident/accident. Example: Have "term" fill out an incident report as soon as they are able to.
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What is the correct term for a fear of breasts?

I have known this is a phobia for quite a while and remember reading the word long ago, but when I googled it today I got 2 different spellings: mastophobia and mastrophobia. Which one is right? Is ...
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Is there a word for when something's name completely fits the description or personality?

for example in a story i'm writing, there is a character named Revenge who's main goal is to get revenge. Is there a single word for that?
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A word or phrase for a hypothetical reaction of a person from the past to the present

This question arises from an essay in a recent bird guide, in which the author imagines how ornithologists past would react to changes since their time, and which of these would interest them most. ...
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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 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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What do you call a fire panel with tools?

In Russia we have these "fire panels": So, they have tools like a bucket and a spade, so you can dig up some sand with the spade in the summer and extinguish the fire with it. Or in winter you can ...
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Adjective for acknowleging a problem with no intent to solve it, and posing that mere acknowlegement/self awareness is good enough?

An example of what I'm referring to would be a scene in Deadpool 2, where, to be "meta," Deadpool says "that's just lazy writing." I didn't find it funny, because the plot point he was referring to ...
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A transitional word/phrase for this context?

Goodman, Jackson, and Fricker are non-contextualist. _______, the mainstream epistemology is contextualist. What transitional word or phrase should be put in the blank? The best I could come with ...
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“Both” for more than two objects

If I were to ask: Which children did you bring? and you respond: I brought both Adam and Billy. The "both" implies not only that you brought two children, but that you brought your only two ...
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What is the word that means there is a difference in meaning of the same words when the exact same words are spoken by a different person

I read about the word in a book where it says if an ordinary man say “I now pronounce you men and wife.” It doesn't make the couple husband and wife. But when the same words are spoken by a priest, it ...
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Is there a term for a recipe inside a recipe?

Many recipes often have a "sub-recipe" inside of them. Such as a cake recipe having a separate section for the icing. Other recipes will have a sub-recipe for the sauce. Is there a formal cooking term ...
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How can I counteract the meaning of “only” changing due to verb modifier?

How can I counteract the meaning of "only" changing due to verb modifier? "Only" has a different meaning if there is a modifier to the verb. I want to make "I only strive towards success," mean the ...
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Financial / Banking Words

I'm putting together a loan application form for a bank. Part of the information that needs to be collected from loan applicants are their: Mortgages Credit cards Loans Overdrafts What is a ...
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Antonym for “infix” (“outfix”?)

infix: implant or insert firmly in something, as in the particles of mercury will infix themselves in the structure of the other metal How about the opposite? Is there something called outfix? I.e. ...
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Word that describes the practice of “expressing a feeling/assessment by first denying that feeling/assessment”

I'm looking for a single word that describes the practice of "expressing a feeling/assessment by first denying that feeling/assessment". Here is an example of that practice: "I'm not saying you're ...
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Adjective for something that can continue to grow versus being terminal

I am looking for a single word that can describe something that is continuing to grow. The only term that comes to mind is viral but I am looking for something different. For an example, an ...
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A word that means “presenting something without context”

I think there is a word that means something is presented or said without context, like a statement that appears random. "Leftfield statement" comes close, but I think there's something more concise. ...
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Is there a word for “unable to communicate with”?

As in if you learn a language, then you're now able to speak with someone that you otherwise wouldn't be able to communicate with. I'm writing a paper and that word as an adjective would be very ...
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What is a sibling that comes long after all the other siblings called?

I belive there's a word for this, as I've heard it before, but I can't think of it. If a sibling comes many years after the rest of the pack, what is set sibling called? It doesn't need to be one word,...
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Looking for a negatively connoted word meaning “female” for a translation

I am translating a volume of poems from German into English and am having trouble translating the German word "dämlich" - which means stupid but comes from "Dame" meaning woman or dame. I need a ...
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Need a word meaning simultaneously spicy and sweet

What one word, and it can be borrowed from another language, so long as it has been definitively accepted into the lexicon of English, describes something that is simultaneously spicy and sweet?
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What's an antonym for the adjective “concrete”?

For instance, profit margins are concrete, observable numbers whereas human needs can't easily be quantified. The sentence I'm trying to write is: Due to the fact that human needs are ______, ...
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Looking for a term, similar to “epigraph,” meaning a quotation given in order to explain another text

For an English Lit. essay I am writing on TS Eliot and Joyce, I wish to use a Biblical quotation I find useful in illuminating certain themes common to their work (1 Corinthians 13 if anyone is ...
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Word similar to well-read but in context of songs

"He is well-read in romantic literature and his brother is ....... in blues songs." Is there a word that can be used to convey the same idea as "well-read" but in the context of songs? In other words,...
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A very light touch (+ a lick)

This is not a duplicate of "Single word for a very gentle touch" I'm well aware of the variety of words for gentle, repeated or sweeping touch (caress, stroke, sweep, brush, rub, swish, graze etc.), ...
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Does the Spanish concept of “Institucionalidad” exist in English? If so, what word is used to describe it?

In Spanish, there is a concept we call "Institucionalidad" that is described in the following terms: Es el conjunto de creencias, ideas, valores, principios, representaciones colectivas, ...
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What is the crack in the middle of a book called?

If you open a book and open it to halfway through, there's a crack in the middle. Half the pages are on one side, half are on the other. What's the crack called?