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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 if you seek a phrase and the [terminology] tag if you seek a term in a specialized subject also.

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What is a proper word for (almost) identical products?

In my language we say "these products are analogues (of each other)" meaning they are similar to be point of being identical. For example, when procuring equipment, one may argue that we can ...
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Word for the dust carried by wind

Is there a word for the dust that is carried by the wind and gradually accumulates? In US English 'silt' almost fits: earthy matter, fine sand, or the like carried by moving or running water and ...
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A word or phrase that means "picky about something they can't have"

I'm searching for a word, phrase, or even an idiom to describe someone who is very picky about things out of their reach. For example, they may love Lamborghinis but think Ferraris are too overstyled ...
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Is there a name for someone who always talks about their bodily functions?

I know someone who is always talking about when they poop. They have no problems talking about when they have diarrhea, when they have accidents, or when they soil their underwear. And it almost seems ...
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An adjective for something peaceful but sad?

I need an adjective for that please, is about the energy of the room feeling both sad but quiet and peaceful. There was a ____ atmosphere in the room.
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Word 'between' for things like values in range - exclusive/inclusive [duplicate]

Is there any single word that could be used in pair with the word 'between' where the other word is either exclusive or inclusive? Exclusivity is generally dependent on context, with inclusive being ...
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a single word that encapsulates the concept of "continuing to exist including as genes / species" [closed]

Background I believe that at a high level, only one concept motivates humans: the desire to continue to exist either physically (survival) or through genes (reproduction). I was wondering if there is ...
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Is "sinnate" a word? What does it mean?

From Typee by Herman Melville (1846): The loins of the warrior were girt about with heavy folds of a dark-coloured tappa, hanging before and behind in clusters of braided tassels, while anklets and ...
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Words for wanting and/or having children

Are there any established words for people who have kids but regret it, and for people who don't regret it? In other words, can you complete the following table? Don't have kids Have kids Don't want ...
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What do you call the difference between when a verb expresses an actual state vs a potential state? [closed]

Sometimes, the exact same verb can express two different but closely related meanings: The subject [S] is actually performing an action [V] The subject [S] is capable of performing an action [V] To ...
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how to wording the sentence? [closed]

I want to describe a rotation, A is static, and B is rotating. Should I say " B is rotating relative to A" when A and B both rotating, and they are static relative to each other, what is a ...
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What do you call the male equivalent to Cougar (woman)?

What is the male equivalent to the term "cougar"? Clarifying ... The term "cougar" describes an older woman seeking younger men. So a male equivalent would be an older man seeking ...
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I'm looking for a word for doing something because you know it is the better choice even though you don't want to

In my head, I associate the word with reluctantly and being the bigger person. An example where the word would be appropriate to use is: I let the little kid play with my phone even though I saw him ...
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What's a word for a book that is read again and again like a bible?

I am looking for a word that describes a book that is read again and again like a bible. A book that is often gone to, not for reference but for reminders[1]. Like a book of maxims, manifesto, or ...
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A word that is NOT provoke, but means to more or less elicit a reaction

So there is a term or phrase I'm looking to use. I need assistance in finding it. The definition I would have in mind, would be: someone who will do, word, or say things, or behave in a certain way to ...
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In need of the word or phrase describing studying or educating in a non-formal way or as a hobby

So when I was 14 years old I started an interest in psychology. I've been studying it (legitimate medical research articles, textbooks, clinical guides, etc vs googling) for almost 13 years at this ...
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What do you call the front end of a pioneer’s wagon?

The part where the driver, holding the reins would sit, with another person by his side.
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When a word fits the description but someone says it's not that word? [duplicate]

That is to say, if someone were to say "It's not grey, it's dark white." or "It's not racist, it's just a racially specific insult" What term would one use to describe that? I'm ...
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What is a word to describe someone that always questions if something is real. Like a moment captured saying it's photoshopped [duplicate]

Is there a word for someone that is constantly trying to make it irrelevant, or to down a person's photographs, saying they aren't real or they are photoshopped? You know how they do on social media. ...
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Word for the act of liking something due to its familiarity

I was drafting an essay and going down the rabbit hole of pressing words on thesaurus.com until the right word I was looking for came up, and I came across this word and used it. Then, my computer ...
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A term for a person who sees a message then reply for some other matter instead of addressing what was needed to be addressed? [duplicate]

For a video I sent to a group. My sister replied by tagging the video and said something about my profile picture which I found rude instead of addressing the video and saying something genuine about ...
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Correct term for the question as many possible answers

I'm trying to think of a word. So my brother does things without thinking and I try to think of everything that could happen as a result of that decision. Almost a chain effect result. But I can't ...
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"Stop __________ and hurry up!" [migrated]

I'm looking for a verb or phrasal verb to fill in the blank in the situation below: So me and my friend have planned a trip this Saturday and we agreed I would come pick her up at 8 a.m. Saturday ...
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Idiomatic words for saying ‘yes and no’ at the same time (or best translation for ‘ní’) [duplicate]

Imagine this: You have to answer a yes/no question but it is so complex that you can't even just say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. You do know the answer (or an answer), but you know that the question is open and it'...
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What is the word for the sky opposite the sunset? [duplicate]

This question landed me here on this site. I’ve Googled, looked on Reddit, Quora, looked in Websters, Encarta, and asked people I know, but haven’t found any satisfying (to me, anyway) answers. I’ve ...
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Finding a word for a feeling

I'm trying to find a word for the feeling of holding onto anger or sadness because it seems the proper thing to do. Examples may include having a friend that was wronged, and though your life is good, ...
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A word that means "two things in the same location at different times"

I'm writing a school report on the invention of astrology, the [blank] is where I'm looking for the word to use. A word describing two things in the same location at different times, but in context to ...
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Person who says they want to help, but doesn't want to do it when asked [duplicate]

I'm looking for a word that means a person who says that they're here to help, but when the help is asked for they don't really want to do it
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Is there a phrase like "etymologically related" but for food?

This has been bugging me for ages. Is there a convenient word or phrase to express the idea that two food items can be traced back, culturally, to a common ancestor, or that one is derived from ...
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Word for a country declaring independence from an empire

I'm looking for a single word to express that a country has declared itself independent from the empire it used to be a part of. The author has currently used "ceded": For this reason, [...
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A descriptive noun (slang term?) for “cordial while also inept and disagreeable”

Context: a business manager who supports their team but refuses to enable them through innovations. I am looking for a noun that describes a particular type of person (male, female, or trans) by ...
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A Word For A Native Born Person Who Is Ethnically Foreign

I am looking for a word or phrase to describe someone who is born in a country or place, but is ethnically not a native of that place, isn't accepted as a genuine local native in society, and may not ...
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What do you call a moderate victory?

In the following bible passage, Prophet Elisha prophesies that King Joash should take his bow and arrows, and subsequently orders Joash to use his arrows to strike the ground to signify a symbolic act....
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Waking up in the middle of a dream - is there a word for this state of mind?

I believe many people know this feeling: you wake up in the middle of the night, while still in the middle of a dream. You are aware the dream still goes on, you can cling to it, but you are also ...
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What's a term for someone who selectively gets women's names wrong?

For example, calling someone named Denise, Deborah and other women by wrong names, but not with men's names. Searched google and other word usage sites and didn't find much other than it could be ...
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Is there a specific word/phrase for when you recognise a location from a film/TV/the News?

I'm thinking about the eerie feeling you get when you go to a place and you recognise that it was once plastered all over the news because a serious crime was committed there - or if a serious crime ...
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What's the meaning of "QTY"? [closed]

I found the abbreviation "QTY" in an assay (not essay!😊). Can you tell me the meaning of this abbreviation? How can I paraphrase/explain it into ordinary words?
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Is there a term for 'Era when the gods walked amongst men'?

I need it for a story. I cannot use 'era when the gods walked amongst men' every time. So, is there a word in native English or borrowed from another language which has the same or a similar meaning? ...
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A word for something that is, "Bizarre" but, "Beautiful"

Is there a word that describes something that is weird, strange, odd, bizarre, etc. but also beautiful, wonderful, amazing, fantastic, etc.? Example: a word to describe a place that is strangely ...
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Another word for shaking [duplicate]

I can't find a noun that go with this sentence: He tried not to shake, but he was already shaking like a ???.
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Looking for a word that is grouping a bunch of supportive phrases [duplicate]

What would the word be for a list of phrases you would say to someone if they posted that something negative happened to them? People reply things like sorry to hear that hope you're ok but you're ...
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Hopping up and down with excitement

Is there a word for hopping up and down with excitement, in the way a child does in anticipation of a gift for example?
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If ‘provincial’ is the adjective for provinces what is the adjective form of ‘dominions’?

I have two category of territories: Provinces and Dominions. Adjective for everything from provinces is provincial. Like Provincial Government, Provincial Roads, Provincial Courts etc. What is a ...
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What is the word for a word that is used incorrectly in a sentence [duplicate]

Looking for a term for when a word is used incorrectly for whatever reason. Example Even thought at the moment Correct Even though at the moment I’m sure this is a bad example. But I used it ...
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A word that resonates with 'powerlessness, incompetence, limits, smallness'?

I need a word that will be used by a God to describe humans as 'powerless, incompetent, limited, small' creatures. Though it is not meant to be in a derogatory manner. The God here is simply ...
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Is there a single word (or a short phrase) meaning "to be used both in the UK and in the US"

I'm looking for a word that is the 'opposite' of American/British English. Is there a word such that The word X is ???? = The word X is used both in the UK and in the US. One possibility is region-...
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How to refer to this nose trait?

Is there a term to refer to a ridge that runs across the bridge of the nose that some people have? E.g: Ideally it should be a more simple word rather than an anatomical term Example sentences: "...
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A word encompassing both extraploation and interpolation?

Interpolation is predicting values within a range of data. Extrapolation is predicting values outside a range of data. Is there a word that encompasses both meanings, such that I could use it to refer ...
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What is a term to describe "attempting to refute?"

Is there any way of describing the attempt of refute rather than just saying refuting? In conjunction, I would usually just further elaborate upon the verb with more descriptors and/or visualization, ...
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Is there a word or phrase for when people share a way of thinking?

I’m looking for a word of phrase that describes when two people have not only similar perspectives, but come to those perspectives the same ways. Where their value system and thought processes are so ...
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