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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Dad, auntie, nana, grandpa, etc… What is this group of words used as informal family nicknames called?

When explaining to someone learning French when one has to use vous (the “formal you” pronoun) or tu (the “informal you” pronoun), there is a basic rule of thumb I find useful: Vous — Used when ...
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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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A single word for the most important person in one's life

The concept of a "Lebensmensch" plays a dominant role in Thomas Bernhard's works. At Wikipedia one reads that »Lebensmensch [is] a predominantly Austrian term [...] which refers to the most ...
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Word to describe this behavior: applying your work habit even when you're not working?

For example: I'm an engineer on a vacation. When someone mentioned a machine that's broken, I can't help but join in an try to debug the issue.
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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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What do you call it when someone exposes themselves by speaking first out of tension when addressing a group of people about a culprit?

Example: Someone in a group committed a crime or a wrong doing. No one saw them doing it it. Upon discovery of the wrong doing, everyone is brought together to bring the matter to light. The ...
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Word or phrase describing preference for written language over spoken language

What is a word or phrase describing the prioritization of or preference for written language over spoken language? Example 1: They have a [insert word/phrase here]. They continue to write their ...
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Name of Phenomenon? I worry that once I STOP doing an action “just to be safe,” the thing I'm being safe from will occur

I've always had feelings like these before. I've seen sad movies when I was younger, but the thing that got me the most was the kid (who lost their parents) said, "The last thing I ever said to them ...
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What's the term for a window cut into a hedge?

French derivation, I think. At first I thought "parterre" but that's not it. I'm thinking about a window or opening cut into a tall privet hedge, usually made of yew or laurel.
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A word for space-time magic

I'm designing a magic system for a game. After distributing the various spells and such into similar and evenly powered categories, I now need to name them in a cool fantasy fashion. For an example, ...
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What is the word for the feeling of loss that is experienced when you wake from a dream?

I seem to remember that there's a word for the feeling you get when you are having a dream thats vivid and happy, then you wake up and thats gone, its a sadness and its not necessarily fleeting. It ...
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word for value which is added or subtracted to total value of a sales invoice to round it i?

Consider I'm going to a shop and want to buy some stuff which costs 1.97$. Some shops round this value to 2.0$ for the sake of ease in payment by cash/coins. What is this 3 cents(0.03$) is called in ...
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What single word reflects the feelings/emotions behind “smh”?

What single word describes how one feels when another person says something that doesn’t make sense? I’ve often seen people use shaking my head or scratching my head (“smh”) online. I’m wondering ...
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Term for 'Do not worry about what you cannot control'

I am looking for a word or term [English or another language] that summarizes the concept: 'Do not worry about what you cannot control, only worry about what you can control' Thanks!
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Word for incredible sadness that almost overpowers the joy from the same event?

I had a dream about my oldet son's upcoming high school graduation. It devolved into me counting a large soda-cupfull of coins to pay for slices of cake and I woke up in tears for having wasted so ...
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Translation for German word “Kür” as in “Pflicht und Kür”

I am trying to find a crisp translation of the German phrase "Pflicht und Kür. deepl.com yields "Duty and freestyle" as translation for "Pflicht und Kür" which irritated me. In my (business) context "...
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Is there a term for when we're okay with criticism from “one of our own.”

If you think about within a family, for example, everyone might talk very negatively with a specific criticism about a certain family member and all is good. But then the moment that family member's ...
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What is another way to express something that is idempotent?

I understand the word "idempotent" to describe an action where the second time that action is applied, it has no additional effect. In other words, redundant operations have no effect. The first ...
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Which verb is used to describe a person who is responsible and organising for doing something?

I want to use a verb to describe a person who is responsible for doing something, and the person is also the leader, organizer or initiator of doing a project or something. Checking the dictionary, ...
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What is the word for students under the same advisor

I'd like to know what is the word to describe students under the same advisor in graduate program, e.g. PhD program. Normally, students in the same department who attend the same classes are called ...
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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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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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Is there a verb (or group of verbs) to describe someone saying “hmm”?

I'm looking for a verb to replace someone uttering "hmm" or "mmh" or any of its variations. I found this related question (The origin of 'hmm') that hints that "hum" might be a good choice, ...
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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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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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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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What is the word that means there is a difference in import of the same words when the exact same words are spoken by a different person

I have come across this word in a book; it gives the example: If a layman says “I now pronounce you man and wife,” it doesn't make the couple husband and wife. But when the same words are ...
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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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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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Synonym for “follow-up” meaning the most experienced waiter as a noun

I used to work for a restaurant that had waiter teams. There were three roles: Aid, Lead, and Follow-up. The Aid was basically the busboy. The Lead greeted the customers, took the drink orders, got ...
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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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Precisely use 'Chinese' where 'Sino', 'Cantonese', 'Mandarin', etc is not applicable

I'm likely missing something, but I think whenever people say 'Chinese', a more precise term is applicable such as 'Cantonese', 'Mandarin' or 'Sino'. For example, I consider 'Do you speak Chinese?' to ...
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Digital imitation of an analog aesthetic

There is a word that refers to the aesthetic of a digital representation, imitation, or emulation of an analog device or its components. Such as an analog clock displayed on a digital screen. Apple ...
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What nouns describe the relationship between tiers?

For example, in the majority of football (soccer) leagues, you'll have a number of tiers such as the first division, second division, third, etc. At the end of each season the few top teams in the ...
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A thing whose name is hard to track down

Is there a word/phrase for a thing whose name is hard to track down? Sometimes there is a concept which I believe must have a name, but I can't find that name; it's hard to track down ; I don't know ...
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Word meaning anthropomorphize, but specifically regarding sexual characteristics?

To anthropomorphize is "to attribute human personality or form to things not human." [Merriam-Webster] Is there a word that means "to attribute human sexual traits to things not human?" Think Bugs ...
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List of, or name for, words with distinct meanings?

Let me explain my question. The word "run" has quite a few meanings but a large number has to do with the main meaning, whether we talk of journey or water running or running into another person, etc....
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Is there a word for the fear that one might be a hypochondriac?

This seems like a fundamental thing that would have a word for it—oftentimes one worries about a health condition, but then one is afraid to get it looked into as one is afraid of being 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 for a post-meeting 'justified prejudice'?

I am looking for a word which ultimately explains a dislike/hatred of a group of people, but unlike a prejudice can be justified through prior experiences and is potentially considered acceptable to ...
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What is the word that includes “Chiefs” and “Sergeants-Major” together?

Is there a word or two that can combine Chief Master Sergeant/Petty Officer and Sergeants-Major? I want it in a sentence that involves both sets of ranks like: "'The Chiefs and Sergeants-Major' will ...
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What's the large version of the word “cookie”?

So the word "cookie" derives from the Dutch "koekje" and points to a specific kind of small, one-person sized sweet baked good. But in Dutch the word "koekje" is the small-word version of the word "...
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What's a word for the object that an attachment is attached to?

If a file is attached to an email, the email has an attachment. What does the file have? An attachee?
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Adverb for a third of a year

Similar to Is there a proper term to describe 1/3 of a year (4 months) Are there any words to describe a trimester as an adverb? The only one I've seen is triannually (in the link above) which is a ...
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What can I substitute for “A perfect example for this is”

I need a more sophisticated way of starting a sentence that uses soccer as a perfect example of an ancestral sport from china which evolved.
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Term for a television event that causes you to be awake during sleeping hours

Sometimes people are awake during hours that they'd normally be asleep because they're watching an event live on tv. For example, people in Australia watching the Tour de France live would be watching ...
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Simpler synonym for serial monomania

I read a book years ago in which one character described another succinctly in one or maybe two words. Sadly, the book was lost in a flood and I cannot recall the vocabulary used. Nor can I recall ...
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What is a good alternative for “stand in”?

I'm writing a sentence that currently reads: The question "What do you do" can be a proxy for a person's value. I'm sure that proxy doesn't fit but I'm trying to find a way to say that a person's ...

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