Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

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Meaning of bolded line here [on hold]

Pauline had said with a tinge of pride. “Please, have a look at them.” She pointed at the array of photographs that hung on all three sides of a small canopied stall, around a chair by which she stood....
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What is the word for “fear of heights”?

I know it must be some kind of of phobia, but can anyone tell me what it is?
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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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Word for articles grouped in a Series, but not initially intended to be a part of any series

I'm trying to find a word to describe a particular grouping of individual articles within a specific topic. The context for this word is I have a blog, and on the blog I have a bunch of articles. A ...
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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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Use of 'Dignified'

I have a doubt ! I'll be very thankful if anyone can answer it for me Is this sentence grammatically correct? I feel dignified right now. Few responses will be I feel honourable that I ...
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What is a word that refers to the state of appearing only as a head without a body, as in the case of an apparition or God

I am looking for a word that refers to the state of appearing as only a head without a body, as in the case of an apparition or god. I think the word would be used in a sentence something like this: ...
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Word for brands that mass produce cheap goods too?

I can't remember where I read this term/word. It's a name given to those brands that also produce goods that are cheap along with expensive ones, therefore still allowing people to hold on to the '...
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What bolded word represent here

Half-orphaned at the age of twelve, Vincent decided to support his mother and the dog, Puppy, for the two summed up to everything that was left of him.
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(Adj) Word for “Related to the content” of media, rather than related to the medium

I'm talking about the different problems related to the experience of watching lecture videos. Certain problems such as video resolution or audio quality are technological. Other problems are related ...
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Is there a term for the character trait of assuming things about people?

I'm sure you've had a conversation with someone like this. The person constantly reads something into everything that you say or makes quick judgements about you based on very little information. I ...
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Word for veneration due to moral example

some time ago I read this word that meant, approximately, when something is a moral example and was worshipped because of that reason. To put it into context, the phrase was like this: "The Old ...
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Word for color, material, light, etc

Is there a word that encompasses the visual lighting, texture, materials, colours etc., of an object? The best I could come up with so far: Visual property or attributes Display property or ...
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skew, but vertical?

I'm looking for a word describing a center-mass shift, similar to skew (left/right) but implying the center-mass is shifting vertically (up/down). The use is for a UI that distorts a 2D shape. I am ...
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How do I say 'I don't want' without phrasing it in terms of wanting?

It seems rather odd that there is a verb for wanting something, but not for the opposite, as it means we always have to phrase things in terms of wanting. For instance there's an opposite of having ...
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What's a politically neutral word for having only one permitted set of beliefs?

I'm looking for a word where people are critical of an opposing idea, usually without examining it, simply because it's different from what people already believe. I thought that fascist (of or ...
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Another word for “opportunities”?

As in "job opportunities" I found some synonyms, but they just don't fit: "openings, chances, possibilities, etc." Inserting one of those words in a sentence like this doesn't work, that is, ...
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What is the best word for “brain drain” within a company?

I'm writing a proposal for work. For it, I would like a word that describes the concept of brain drain - lots of people leaving the country and taking their knowledge with them - but that is limited ...
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Is there a term for sounds that are spelled with multiple letters?

Is there a word or term to describe sounds (phonemes) that are spelled using multiple characters (graphemes)? Examples would include the English ch, sh, or German dsch, tsch, etc.
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Looking for a phrase/word similar to cross-department?

Let's say a company has a few different locations/branches (e.g. one in New York, one in D.C.). I'd like to ask: ... are there any cross-site activities or meetups for teams based in New York and ...
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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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Is there a single word meaning “something which stops something”?

A trigger is something which causes something to start, e.g. caffeine and stress can be triggers for palpitations. Is there an opposite noun, a single word meaning "something which causes something to ...
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How would you describe someone's love for themselves and family? As big as [on hold]

I'm looking to describe my aunt's huge love for family and use it in positive way ...(Her loud mouth and contagious smile and love) I'm supposed to come up with one sentence of what I love about my ...
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What word could I use? [on hold]

"its not good to happen to me, but o.k if it happens to you" How could I express this in one word? Thank You
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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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A word to describe the relationship between a child and its parent?

I'm keeping a list of relationships between children and their parents: { child A -> parent A, child B -> parent B, ..., } I want to find a word that describes the relationship between a ...
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Antonym for “physical” as in “physical task”?

In my personal issue tracker, I want to sort tasks into one of two categories: The first category is labeled "physical" and contains all tasks involving physical work, e.g. housecleaning or handiwork. ...
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“Dasometry”: is this a common word in English? Is there more common alternative? [closed]

I am looking for a word that groups all measurements done in the trees or forest, like Tree height, Diameter at breast height, Basal Area, Volume, crown diameter, etc. In Spanish we have the word "...
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Can I use ‘dismissible’ this way? [duplicate]

Dismissible is defined by Vocabulary.com as: capable of being removed or taken away or dismissed Dismiss is (from Merriam Webster): to permit or cause to leave In my context, I am trying to ...
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A nicer word for vanity but not quite

I was trying to parse out whether separating yourself from vanity can be a release from a populist mindset and a transition to a more mature mindset. My thesis is that being less vain is more mature. ...
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Another phrase/word for recovering/rebounding from setbacks?

Is there a better way of saying "rebound/recover from setbacks" within less than 4 words? Or even a single word for it?
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Why the writer use when here [on hold]

IT HAD BEEN Hadia’s decision to invite him. She watched her sister Huda get ready and hoped it had not been a mistake. That morning Hadia had woken with her brother on her mind and all day she willed ...
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A word for improper, but not sexual, interest

Sometimes I find myself being curious about or reading through personal or internet drama, not out of true concern to the parties involved, but because it's entertaining. I find this somewhat shameful,...
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a word or rephrase of a sentence containing the word “push”/“strive”

I am trying to describe a character for a game I am making, but the two following sentences just don't feel right. It feels like i have the word on my tongue but I can't quite remember it and i am ...
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Is there a word that could mean both serious and humorous?

I'm creating a project on character traits, and the person that I'm writing about is funny yet serious. I didn't know if there was a word for that, so I'm asking for help.
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A word to describe doing “good” things for “bad” reasons

For example, someone helping their spouse find someone else to make divorce easier
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Is “irritance” not a word?

I thought the word irritance was a word — but it isn’t one according to Google and my dictionary. It sounds correct; what is the word I should use? By irritance I mean something that’s being ...
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Word meaning since its existence

I have the sentence: The figure grew steadily since its six-month ___________. So I'm looking for a word to complete the thought, given that this statistic/figure has been in existence for six ...
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Need a word for the inability to feel anger

I need a term for the inability to feel anger. Features desired: Single word Prefer connotations of incapacity rather than benefit Prefer reasonably clear specificity to anger More clinical tone ...
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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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What do you call a document which has no content?

We refer to a document whose title is blank as "untitled". Similarly, how do we refer — in one word — to a document which has a title but there is no content? I searched dictionaries, but the word "...
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What is the word for things that work even when they aren't working (e.g. escalators)?

I'm looking for a word (or phrase) to describe mechanisms that are perfectly functional even when they aren't functioning as expected. Examples of these include: Escalators & Electric Walkways: ...
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General word for the property of something that describes how full something is

I'm looking for a general word. A few examples to help illustrate: If a class has 10 spots and 4 people have registered, the class' ____ is 4. If you're filling up a container of unknown capacity ...
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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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What is it called when you use wrong but smart arguments? [closed]

What do you call it when someone uses smart and intelligent but wrong statements to strengthen their argument?
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Is there another informal phrase for a roll in the sack/hay?

Merriam-Webster defines the phrase roll in the hay as meaning: informal + old-fashioned : an act of having sex with someone I am aware that this may seem like a silly question at first, since ...
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One word label to indicate other items are dependent on this one

[Edited for clarity per feedback] I am creating a table of work items, and I want to label those items that are needed as other items are dependent on them. This label will be a different column. '...
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Is there a single word that means “too much advertising”?

I'm looking for a single word to refer to an abundance of ads/advertising in a negative way. For example: "That website is so annoying due to its ___" or "If we put any more ads on this page, ...
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What do you call it when somone traps you with a question?

Example: Say I am disgusted by you eating chicken because I am a serious vegan. Instead of directly confronting you about it, I would approach you with a question like "awww...isn't this rabbit cute" ...