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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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Is there a word that describes something that is invisible when it is alone but in numbers it is visible?

Is there a word or slang word that can be used to describe something that is invisible on its own and in numbers it is visible? For example: One bacterium is hard to see (invisible to the naked ...
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Term for figure of speech in: 'Life is awesome, I confess'

I am listening to Lana del Rey's song where she begins with: Life is awesome, I confess Using confess this way; I found it rather funny, like a play on words, and if that's the case, hope to know ...
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Words for Technology enthusiastic

I would like to fill in the space in the following sentence a proper word that means Technology enthusiastic With an inquisitive and ___ personality, I am confident ... I've tried couple synonyms ...
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Adverb for not looking at anyone completely?

Which adverb should be used when not seeing anyone completely? That adverb should not necessarily have to do with the situation when any Indian bride hides her face by a veil, so that no body can see ...
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What are words for higher orders of 'quadratic'?

I can't find anything upon a quick Google search. In English, there are double, triple, quadruple, etc. How about for quadratic, does it have higher order forms, for example maybe 'tridratic'(I'm just ...
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Is there a more common and not humorous word for pedipulate?

I just asked a question on The Great Outdoors SE about snowshoes, and said that I found large snowshoes hard to manipulate, and then changed manipulate to pedipulate, not even knowing if that was a ...
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Word/phrase for “created by someone with poor imagination”

Is there a word or phrase for "created by someone with poor imagination"? (Preferably not very offensive. "Think big" is not offensive, so maybe this doesn't need to be offensive either)
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Is there one word for “not challenged enough”?

I was typing an essay and wrote unchallenged to mean that the subject didn't feel challenged, but then I realized that unchallenged means "undisputed" and the definition that I thought isn't really ...
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'Downwards' versus 'Downward'

I'm new here (this is my first question :D) I was memorizing a specific sentence in a passage about photography, and I accidently made a mistake of memorizing 'downward' as 'downwards'. I'm a non-...
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Term to describe someone who is happy to be alone and the position he holds in life

A friend of mine once used a single word to describe a person who is happy and content with the fact that he is single (after a divorce), happy with his position in life and what he has accomplished ...
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Which adjective best describes a person who seeks complex ways of solving a simple problem?

What adjective would best describe someone who seeks complex solutions to simple problems? For example, one who would design the tree-swing in any other of the ways described below except the last one....
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Alternative to “with respect to” while preserving original meaning

Grammarly has pointed out that this sentence may be wordy: The goal is to tackle the classification of documents with respect to ICD. due to the usage of "with respect to". It recommends me to ...
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Is there a single adjective equivalent to “oddly satisfying”?

I came across this typescale pictured below, and found the curve it makes to be quite satisfying in a way that reminded me of those "oddly satisfying" videos that go viral every now and then. It made ...
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What is “stall attender” called

I would like to put in my resume that I have voluntarily attended a particular stall to promote a social section in the university and introduce that to the new students. But what is the title for ...
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Word to describe “quick-witted streetchild”

I'm talking of a certain wit that is characteristic of streetboys and streetchildren in general. I'm not sure if streetchildren is the best way to describe these kids. That might not be very common in ...
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Word for working with two parallel work instruction system in a company

If living two lives, one for outside world and other in the closet is double life. What would you call preferably pejoratively for when employees are working with two procedures rule book & ...
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Is there a word/phrase to describe a person “who hates someone rather than hate their views”?

Let's say there is a person called X. X is a good person, in general. He has a problematic view about something, let's say, homophobia. So, here is the conversation between Y and Z. Y: X is ...
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What's it called when you're forced to purchase a whole item when you only need a part of it?

Is there a word to describe the situation of being forced into paying for something sophisticated and often expensive when you only need a part of it? An example that comes to mind is that of one of ...
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Is there an adverb that means “according to my knowledge” or “if I remember correctly”?

I find it useful to give such a disclaimer when stating something from memory or personal knowledge but which I would not guarantee to be correct. However, saying, e.g., "according to my knowledge" ...
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Type of clause question ?

No matter what they say about him, it's false. introductory phrase followed by comma and it's false. So is the whole sentence acting as the main clause in these constructions ? It's false can't ...
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Is there a word that means a day's “antipode” within a year?

I notice today is September 15th, which is about 6 months after (or before) March the 15th, famously known as the Ides of March (and not much loved by Caesar). In geography, an antipode is the ...
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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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Term for competition where time difference of two rounds should be zero

There is a type of competition where you walk or run (or even cycle) two rounds in a predefined course, and the purpose is to use the exact same time in both rounds. You will get a penalty equal to ...
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What is the word that best describes the transformation one goes through after having an epiphany?

What is the word that best describes the transformation one goes through after having an epiphany? My girlfriend swears there is a word for this besides epiphany, transformative, revelation, etc. Is ...
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Is there a word for the victim of a broken promise

Related question: Is there a word for a "promise breaker"? I want to refer to the victim of a broken promise. A quick search online led me to believe that promisee is an acceptable word but it sounds ...
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What do we call a style where we read or analyze something by approaching it first from left to right and then from right to left alternatively?

What do we call a style where we read or analyze something by approaching it first from left to right and then from right to left or top to bottom followed by bottom to top alternatively? Suppose ...
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What's the name of the style of 3-8 lowercase letters in programming?

If you go on GitHub, so many of the project names are 3-8 lowercase letters. So many directories of those projects are 3-8 lowercase letters. In the base level directory of most unix OS's, the ...
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word for compliance/integrity

I'm trying to remember a word from a company name, it's about integrity/stringency/risk assessment and making sure that activities comply with regulations and health and safety. The company does risk ...
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is there a word or phrase meaning “to falsely believe one's opinion/feedback is being considered”?

Here is an example: In a conversation, one is asked their opinion regarding a decision, but the decision has already been made—so the individual being asked is led to believe (falsely) that their ...
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Word that means feeling sad when one should feel happy

Originally I thought it would be melancholy, but I guess that is more of like a pensive sadness (like sitting inside watching a rainy day listen to nostalgic music). It's not quite bittersweet because ...
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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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Difference between an information question and a distrusting question

What I'm looking for is a way to literally describe two different kinds of questions, first the information seeking question: "what is your name?" or "how old are you?" with the more distrusting and ...
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Is there a word to describe a person who helps another person to focus?

I'm looking for a word to describe a person who helps another person to focus? Example usage: "It's amazing to work with Jane. She's such a good ______, what with her ability to help her team ...
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Is there a term for noises which CAN'T be written as normal text?

Hard to give examples, as if I'm able to do it, I won't be asking this, but consider some sounds made by the tongue. I'm giving examples of sounds which CAN be written to give you an idea: Dog ...
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Term for first person complement of the “Royal We”

The "Royal We" or nosism refers to the usage of "we" to mean "I", ("We are not amused", meaning "I am not amused"), or "you", ("We need to mop that floor", which may mean "you must mop the floor"). ...
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Hypernym for numbers like 10, 100, 1,000, and so on

What is an umbrella term for numbers like 10, 100, 1000, 100000 etc?
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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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Year : Anniversary :: Day : ___?___

Is there a term for a milestone number of days since an event, just as an anniversary is a milestone (in increments of years)? I want to say “100 day-versary” or something like that.
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Term to describe how often someone meets their deadlines

I'm designing a report that describes our software users' performance on their assignments. One data point is the percentage of assignments submitted on time. I've labeled this column "Timeliness," ...
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Is there a verb form for how an effigy relates to its target or referent?

So an inanimate object in a story is representative of a person in the story. Anything that happens to the object represents something that happens to the person. So what’s the word for “The object ...
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Is there a word for being untruthful because you think you are right but you aren't?

Is there a word for the following action: Presume that we have a person who has never eaten parsley. He is speaking with another person who also has never eaten parsley. He tells that person that ...
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What is the term for the language used to refer to a citation?

Is there a technical term for the language that is used when someone cites a text? For example, this language appears in the sentence "According to White (2017), the Earth is 40,075 km in ...
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Is there a word (or expression) for when you can see someone doing something wrong

Is there a word or expression that succinctly describes/conveys the following: I am watching someone perform a reasonably complex task/activity. I can see a person doing something wrong, I ...
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Word / Phrase Assistance of Mother Nature

There is a word, "Qualia", in which details the subjective and qualitative experiences and sensations a person has. An example of this is immeasurable data such as the way listening to a stream or ...
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What is it called when two unrelated clauses are joined and make no sense

I'm find this very hard to describe, but as it's something that I find grating I'm trying to find a word to describe it so I can discuss it with people. Here is a conversation that to me makes sense: ...
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How to communicate third-party approval to customers?

Short story We are running a software company. Today, it's really hard to publish binary files, because of the false positive alarms of antivirus software. By default all executable files that are ...
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Name for hair-washing spray comb thing?

What’s the proper name for the gadget used in salons to wash hair? Picture a comb with a hose on it, maybe a strap for the hand. Water comes out very gently across the face, not really a spray at ...
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a word to describe: Who, What, Where, When

I'm looking for a word to describe: Who, What, Where, When. I'm using these words when something has changed and I need to keep track of who did it, when he did it, what he did and where he did it. ...
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Opposite of Therewithal

Below is the definition of therewithal according to google and several other sources. Therewithal: together with that; besides. "he was to make a voyage and his fortune therewithal" I was searching ...
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One word verb for accidentally painting outside the lines

Is there a one word verb for accidentally painting outside of a given outline or painting the top of your lip with the lipstick without intending to? I suppose if there is one the same should be used ...