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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He has a bomb which no one knows how powerful it is

is this correct sentence? I am thinking the "it" should be removed to make it grammatically blunder-free.
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A word which means that the existence of one thing does not mean another thing cannot also exist

For Example, Solution A already exists, however it is a poor solution. We created solution B. The existence of B however, does not _____ the existence of A. I was thinking preclude, however I ...
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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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Is there a word that means “proof that I can trust you?”

I’m looking for a word that means something like “proof that I can trust you / them / me / it.” If there isn’t an English word, but you know of one that can be borrowed from another language, that ...
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Is there a way to locate something relative to a grave?

In Persian, objects can be located in respect to a grave. For instance, and these are words that I've made up myself just to give you an idea of what I'm looking for: Upper head region: Any place ...
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Word to replace “tomorrow” in a world without “day” [on hold]

I am looking for a single word meant to represent the evening, much like "tomorrow", "today", [missing word], and "tonight". I do realise that "tomorrow" doesn't actually mean "this morning", but the ...
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The moment of success mixed with realisation of failure

Is there a single word for the feeling you have in the moment you successfully avert a bad outcome and simultaneously realise what would have happened if you had failed to do so? For example catching ...
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What's the word to decribe someone's voice when they talk with their nose closed?

I have a scene where one of my characters talk with a clothes peg on their nose. I'm trying to find the correct word to describe the way someone's voice sounds when they talk like that. It's the ...
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Word or phrase for when you ask someone to do something but really there is not a choice

If you ask someone a question or to do something where you are telling them the answer or the way to do it in the question im sure there is a phrase or word to describe it.... what is it?
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What is the best word describing the nature of expiring in a short amount of time, connoting “losing public attention”?

Is there an adjective that describes the nature of expiring, connoting a sense of losing public attention, in a very short amount of time? For example, In a fast-paced era, news articles are ____. ...
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Word for giving a name to something to legitimize it

Is there a word or logical fallacy for describing the action of giving something a name to legitimize it? Here's a simple example: Alice: Your jeans are too tight Bob: No, they're slim jeans ...
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Looking for a single term to describe items that a person carries with them everyday (e.g. phone, wallet, keys, etc.)

I'm trying to find a term for items that are commonly carried every day such as phone, wallet and keys. "Everyday Items" doesn't quite seem to carry to connotation I'm looking for as it makes me ...
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Is there an English word to describe when a sound “protrudes”?

I was going to go with "protrude" but I'm getting told it is not used in this sense and it wouldn't be understood. It's to describe the situation where the TV is on but you are doing something else ...
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Much kinder way of saying someone's being dramatic?

Someone is in a panic and dramatically being sensitive, confrontational, maybe a bit attention seeking. What would one say to very concisely explain to them, to settle them, how it is they're ...
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The use of feature [on hold]

Sentence: When the floodplain was much lower, as it would have been in predynastic and early dynastic times, the outwash fans (fan-shaped deposits of sediments) of various wadis (stream-beds or ...
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Is there a single word for emotional baggage?

ie. Barry couldn’t go to such and such bar anymore because it reminded him of where he met his first love that didn’t work out and he had to much emotional baggage
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Using “following” rather than “of”

Which one is better? "The notification is sent within seven days of the last day of the period." or "The notification is sent within seven days following the last day of the period."
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Verb like “to span” but for the longer axis

Given an object which is longer in one dimension than another (for example a river, a bowling alley, a bath or a measuring rule), it seems there are a few verbs to describe the act of reaching across ...
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Including extra material as a means of distracting from primary material

I'm looking for a term that is essentially a diversionary tactic, and which I will explain by example. I have been told that some filmmakers deliberately add blatantly gratuitous material into what ...
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What do you call people who are searching for home?

I'm trying to come up with a title for my short story and the story is about people who are searching for home (whether it be a person or a place). What would be a good one word for that?
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The ability to speak eloquently and at length/knowledgeably

Years ago, I had read, and then looked up the word for this, but I have since forgotten it, cannot find it, and not being able to recall this word has driven me crazy since. It's a rarely used or ...
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one word - every three weeks?

I am looking for a single word, just as "week" means 7 days, "fortnight" means 14 days, that means 3 weeks/21 days. I have several things on a three-week schedule -- a social event (to conflict less ...
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alternate word for “coupling”

I'm writing a scientific article. In my study, the amount of food we eat affects the bodyweight for example. We call it "coupling of food and bodyweight" because bodyweight depends mainly on food ...
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I have a problem but don't know how to ask for help

There are lots of words that I could use here. Flummoxed, Stuck, Perplexed, Lost, etc. But is there a word or short phrase that actually means (or is a good fit for): a situation where in attempting ...
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Single word meaning “Treasure Hunter”

I am looking for a single word which means something close to "treasure hunter". However, "treasure hunter" may not mean exactly what I want. I want a word that describes a person whose job is to ...
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What is the word (or term) when you accuse someone and they deflect the attack by bringing up somthing else? What is what they are doing called? [on hold]

From my experience, women tend to do it the most, in relationships. I want to use it as a verb.
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Best word to use after at end of a sentence

"The excitement in the building was _________" I'm trying to describe the excitement in building before a concert starts. What word would be the most suitable for this?
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Word for responding to criticism by beating one's self up, forcing a switch from criticizing to comforting

Suppose that person A expresses a criticism of person B, and person B responds by beating themselves up and spiraling downwards, which forces person A to drop their criticism and instead try to ...
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Word for something indicating the importance of guarding it properly

Is there a good word for something to indicate its importance as something that would be dangerous or harmful if it were compromised or leaked? I'm thinking of something like a social security number. ...
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Word for small chat about the speakers well being

Is there a word or expression for a small chat that is about how people are? For having a bit of context, two characters, who meet up almost on a daily basis, ask each other how they are, before ...
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What's word means someone who VOLUNTARILY isolates themself from society? [duplicate]

I know there are words like outcast, pariah, ostracized, leper, etc. to describe someone who is shunned by society. I’m looking for a word to describe someone who rejects society and lives detached ...
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Another word for Adventurous or Fearless [closed]

I am looking for a word or two words that describe someone who is adventurous. One who likes to be daring such as doing extreme sports like snowboarding or skydiving. Weird request but I am looking ...
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Word or common short phrase for an intentionally hasty initial proposal to group?

Is there a preferred word or common short phrase (or multiple) for a proposal made to a second party or group that is merely a first draft, intentionally hasty and likely poor quality, in order to ...
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What do you call a person who spotlights on the stage? [closed]

I urgently need one-word answer for this please. Help me.
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Subject with -ian suffix is a?

Is there a word which describes the relation of, when associating or committing, an added suffix such as “-ian” (or “-ic”, et al.) to its subject? For example: “Orwellian is the _____ of/for ...
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A verb to describe specific positioning of three layers

I am describing the positioning of three layers stacked on top of each other in a scientific paper. The first and third layer made from the same material, but the layer in between (i.e. the second ...
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Are there any alternatives to the pair of words “referrer” and “referee”?

We are a designing a referral system where one user A can send a code to another user B (referring or recommending user B to join our service). When user B creates an account with the code sent by A ...
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What do you call a person who acts the fool, but is actually very smart? [closed]

i am looking for a word to describe a larp group i am making based on acting like fools until we have a distinct advantage to our side.
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a word for in between two [closed]

something like dawn, twilight, purgatory
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What do you call a person who likes to chat/connect to new people [on hold]

The one who likes/desires to know others(new persons) such as on social sites etc.
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What would be a single word to describe disturber of the peace? [closed]

A person who abuse policies. something like a rotten apple or Vladimir Putin.
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Single word for Egyptian profile

I'm looking for a word to describe the peculiar style of some ancient Egyptian art, where the body is shown frontally (with all four limbs and appendages clearly visible), but the feet and face are ...
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A word for the application of a solution to an altogether different problem

I am looking for a word that describes one or both of the following situations: A researcher presents a new solution to a problem of his/her field of research by applying a strategy or idea used in ...
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What would be a single unscientific word or phrase to describe human and animals? [closed]

Like what if there's a human in Zootopia What we will informally call them?
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Word for a part of a city that is under the control of organized crime?

Sample use: "Timmy went to ??? to procure an 8-ball of cocaine and visit his favorite hooker." Sort of like chinatown is a general name for an ethnic enclave, is there a general word or a phrase for ...
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What do you call this behavior of a person in one word?

A person is making negative comments and abusing others, but he is not at all explaining why or providing any reason for his comment, completely ignoring the questions. What is the one word which ...
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What is an individual bike from a bicycle-sharing system called?

The bicycle-sharing system is a well known scheme in which bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a short term basis for a price or free But, what is an individual bike from ...
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Word that implies “a lot of meaning”

I'm looking for a term which can be used to describe the phenomenon that some words impart more information than others. It is clear that some words are very specific while others may be more generic ...
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Want an existed word for my story i'm making for my friend

While i'm writing my 4-pages book for my friend, i have a problem what word that will fill the [?]? Here's a section The entire Imperial Family of Japan was immediately shot by Haruki's 2nd ...
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What is the English equivalent of 干物女 (dried fish woman)?

Literally meaning dried fish woman, the popular slang 干物女 is used to call a woman in her twenties or older who, as nicely summarized in Wikipedia, has many of the following traits: メールの返事が極端に遅い、短い (...