Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

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Word for carefully selecting/filtering information that meet a certain criteria

I wrote these comments under another user's answer to the Astronomy SE question Is phys.org/space-news reliable source? I've added an answer about the "Space News" section, which is what ...
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Count off to split into teams

In school group projects or sports, how do you command the students/players to count off 1-2-1-2-1-2 or 1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2-3 etc. to split into two or three (or more) teams, respectively? I gather you do ...
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Is there any alternative words or phrases in English for 'challenge someone to a fight with rubbing spittle on the forehead'

If you dare to smear spittle on someone's forehead, it signifies a challenge to engage in a fight. Such challenges often occur among children. When one child challenges another to a fight, they ...
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IN Literature what is a figure of speech [closed]

a rhetorical device in which the usual word order of a word is reversed. Eg. Rimeaca for America
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What's the exact meaning of 'Temprist'?

I look for a word that describes a person who loves music, food, jokes, metaphorically getting high. I mean a person whose MOOD or Temper is usually good and cheerful. And it's better to be a slangy/...
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A word that signifies a “present-past perspective” and another for a “present-future perspective”?

Conjugations help us distinguish temporal context as past, present or future, but they don't help us distinguish perspective from present to past or future, from past to present and future, or future ...
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Is there a word for destroying or ruining something so that others can't have it? [duplicate]

In there a word for acting in a sort of "if I can't have it, nobody can" way? To destroy or ruin things so that others can't have them. The closest words I came to were "petulance" ...
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What is a word for someone who wants to do everything or be everything? [duplicate]

I want a word for a person who wants to become something they get influenced by, or be like the someone or achieve their traits or just embody them completely. A word for someone who just wants to do ...
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What do we call it? [migrated]

What do you call a small room in a boutique or a department store where we can try on a piece of clothing?
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Gender independent term for address a superior or higher up

For times when I am unaware of whether my superior is male or female, it would be very convenient to have a gender neutral term for addressing them. For example, in the sentence: Hello _____ , I have ...
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Any words that mean "relating to the action of reading"?

I was writing an e-mail and I wanted to have a bit of a cheeky closing, so I wrote: I apologize for taking up so much of your "..." time I had originally wanted to use a word that would ...
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‘verbalize silently’

The word for imaging what something looks like (without actually looking at it) is visualizing. Is there an analogous word for representing in one's mind what something sounds like (when the actual ...
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Which single word expresses '(someone who is) ideologically against pharmacological treatments'

If someone is ideologically against pharmacological treatments, and you wanna say 'He is a __' (noun) or ' He is __' (adjective), what word could be used to express it like that? @TimR: By '...
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What is the counterpart to "agent"?

If one party is an agent for another party, what is the counterpart role called, i.e. what is the role of the party of whom the first party is an agent, in a commercial context? In other words, "...
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If I recall correctly. Can it be said in one word like I [verb]?

Examples: If I remember correctly, I think Sarah brought mangoes -> I [one-word], Sarah brought mangoes. I recall dubiously, Sarah brought mangoes -> I [one-word], Sarah brought mangoes.
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Words that are only used in retrospect

During World War I, people did not refer to the war as "World War I" because World War II hadn't happened yet. Similarly, nobody who lived in any of the years BC ("before Christ") ...
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What is it called when you mess up or fumble on simple task in front of someone you are attracted to?

For example, most adults can drive well enough it's an unconscious know how to the do's and do nots of the laws of the road. Yet when they have their crush as the passenger they almost crash because ...
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One word for "not yet participated"?

I'm trying to find an appropriate single word that means 'have not yet participated/not yet joined (and are being urged to join).' Context: I want a shorter way to say 'List of people who have not yet ...
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A word or phrase for a task which can't be neatly defined by a process

I'm looking for a word or phrase for a task which can't be neatly defined by a process. By process I mean a series of steps to be followed exactly. Writing a good stack exchange request would be an ...
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Is there a word that describes the group of people responsible for but not empowered to?

Is there a word (or prefix) that describes people who are responsible for something but not really authorized to do anything as regards that responsibility? I'm interested specifically in security but ...
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How do you describe someone who pretends to know the answer to their question after it's been answered?

I have a coworker who constantly asks questions, obvious ones and sometimes not so obvious, and always pretends to have known the answer but it accidentally slipped their mind. example Coworker: How ...
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Word for neither taciturn nor garrulous

I'm looking for a word that means "saying the right amount; neither taciturn nor garrulous." 'Concise' is pretty close, but not quite the same, as speaking with concision seems to require a ...
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What is one word for that pregnant pause when a conversation shifts from light to serious? [closed]

When the laughter dies away and there is an expectant moment before a more serious discussion or story begins?
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Obscure words for commonplace concepts

There are concepts familiar to everyone (e.g “the smell of earth after rain”, “the warmth of the sun in winter”) which have obscure (i.e not familiar to everyone) names (petrichor and apricity, ...
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What could you call a library of medical images and other data relating to bones or skeletons?

I'm looking for a concise term for a library or collection including medical images of bones. More precisely it contains multimodal (e.g. X-ray and CT-scan) medical images of subsections of a skeleton ...
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Word for declining to answer

Is there any single word or short expression that could be used similarly to "yes", "no", "maybe", but that indicates an unwillingness to answer a question? Bonus points ...
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Word for someone who wants an action to be taken and not taken at the same time?

This is not a hypocrite. That's someone who says not to do a thing and does it themself. I want a word for someone who both wants a thing to happen and to not happen at the same time. For example, my ...
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Is there a word to describe someone who protests or donates to make themselves look good? [duplicate]

Like someone who is disingenuous, someone who posts on social media about how much money they have donated or how they care about xyz when they don’t- they’re just doing it to feign altruism
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Word that's like verbose, except the length of the text IS necessary?

Verbose means "using or expressed in more words than are needed." I am looking for a word that means "only able to be expressed in many words." I am trying to explain to a teacher ...
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What is the glass circle in a door called? [duplicate]

Some doors have a glass circle near eye level that you can look through to see what's outside. They have a fisheye effect when you look through them, with the image being most accurate in the center ...
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How do I refer to my daughter's wife in context to our relationship? mother in law / not daughter in law

My daughter is getting married this spring to a wonderful non-binary person. They will refer to me as their mother-in-law but I don’t want to be introducing them as "my daughter's wife". ...
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What is a more inclusive version of "pedestrian"?

A pedestrian [noun] is a "person going on foot" (Merriam Webster). Is there a more inclusive term that also includes people in wheelchairs and other mobility devices, but excluding people in ...
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A term for victimiser's paranoia

I am looking for a word that describes the following feeling: Let me highlight the context in which I want to use this word - Let us say, I have committed some wrong-doing to another party. Now I feel ...
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A term for an action which generates a reaction it wanted to avoid [duplicate]

I am looking for a word to describe a particular kind of action to avoid a situation, but that action itself acts as a catalyst to actuate the very situation it wanted to avoid in the very first place....
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Looking for an opposite for the term 'tunnel vision'

What might be the opposite of tunnel vision? What I mean is instead of seeing only one's direct path, the person is so distracted by the texture of the sidelines, goes so far as to obscure the goal at ...
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Is there a single word to express hiding the truth 'for the greater good'?

In short, a word or verb that qualifies an action for someone who keeps the truth covered up, NOT necessarily with ill intent, but to 'protect' people from fear, anxiety, or from flipping out? ...
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What do you call an elementary, middle and high schools sharing the same space?

I used to go to a school where the primary (elementary) and secondary (middle+high) schools both share the same area. So basically as a secondary schooler, I could walk to the primary side without ...
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Is there a word for when the name of something describes or defines how it is made?

I am wondering if there is a word for this as described in the title. My example: I am writing about a SWANA ingredient/food product by the name of "Freekeh", which is based on the Arabic ...
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Word that means lying in bed after waking up, enjoying the peace and tranquility

I saw this word and definition about two months ago, but I can't remember where; I've been trying to find it ever since. I searched here and found a "lie-in" and elsewhere, "hurkle-...
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What is the word for this facial expression? I stick my tongue out partly, wrinkle my nose, curl my lip and make a sort of mocking “ehh-ehh” sound [duplicate]

Sometimes when I am talking to my friends or something and I’m feeling sarcastic, sassy, or mocking I’ll stick my tongue out partly, wrinkle my nose, curl my lip and make a sort of mocking “ehh-ehh” ...
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The word for smoke left on walls or when an oil burns and the residue coats things. There's a word I can not place; it's like residual, but a noun

Specifically when secondhand or thirdhand smoke creates a sticky or dingy layer on the walls and flat surfaces, usually it's due to the nicotine tar that's in the air. It leaves a layer on lampshades ...
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Adjective meaning "once, and eventually to be again"

I am currently on a leave of absence from my PhD. I would like to describe myself as an "[adjective] grad student", where [adjective] means something like "once, and destined to be ...
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What do you call the cut made to a part to facilitate opening a lid?

In engineering, what do you call the cut made to a part to facilitate opening a lid? See for example the M1 Garand (rifle) buttplate. It has a lid for a compartment for storing tools:
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Word for all discovered knowledge

Is there a word that describes a person who has complete knowledge of everything humanity has ever discovered or produced, not being omniscient?
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What word can be used for one who values the original version of literature over the altered one?

I'm wanting to refer to someone who would not appreciate anyone overlooking the fact that monks altered Beowulf and I'm wanting to say "be sensitive to the originalists" when speaking about ...
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Word for a nonbinary person who can transform into a wolf

The word 'werewolf' contains the element 'were', which refers specifically to males. While there is a corresponding term for women, I have found no such elements regarding nonbinary people Is there ...
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The ability to understand another's emotions is called empathy. The ability to understand another's reasoning is called ______ (what)?

This question is motivated by discussions like the following that I've seen/had from time to time: Jane: "X believed it would eventually become a danger and that doing this-or-that would stop ...
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Is there a word for the circumstance that the new thing/iteration is always the best?

An example would be a computer. A computer that is build from the best parts in 2020 is better than one being build in 2010 and so on. Is there a term that describes this phenomenon? Edit: Sorry for ...
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Word for something timeless, established, or a staple that is spiked with some fashionable thing. For example, a Minecraft Lego set

I remember (I think) that there is a word to express the nature of these things, like the Minecraft Lego set, or in more general: something that is somewhat timeless, established, considered kind of a ...
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One noun to describe the competence of a person in generating wealth

Please propose one noun to describe the competence of a person in generating wealth. The usage I have in mind is in the most fundamental, core, and conceptual sense of the word. For instance, ...
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