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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Is there a more general word than “type” or “kind” or “style” that fits these sentences?

Is there a particular word that satisfies the below sentences? Low sodium is a ____ of soy sauce. Extra strength is a ____ of medicine. Hatchback is a ____ of vehicle. Steel-toe is a ...
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Word choice for a “resigning” author

In a hypothetical situation, say an author (or maybe even a musician or painter) gets their latest work to immediately receive a significant amount of critical acclaim (It may or may not be their ...
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One word for “Create a Container”?

Is there any single word for "create a container"? Or even "lay a foundation", "prepare the ground"?
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Impartial or generic word for both stretch/dilate and squeeze/compress

Is there a word that refers to squeezing/compression or stretching/dilation while being impartial to the "direction"? For example, shift does not denote which direction is being moved in. Malleate ...
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Literary term for when the author purposely doesn't describe something so that the audience is left to imagine it

I read an article the other day with this term, but I can't for the life of me remember what it is. Essentially, the vaguely describes/hints at something, but the reader is never made aware of the ...
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What is the word/ expression for 'when the content received via an information medium is transferred to another medium'?

I have viewed this answer but none of the answers quite match what I am looking for. The German term for this word is 'Medienbruch'. The translated definition on the corresponding wikipedia page is: ...
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What do you understand by “wedge boots”?

I am looking for the most common term for men's shoes or boots that have a hidden wedge that makes them look taller. A google search gave me all sorts of shoes, while elevator shoes does a little ...
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What do you call it when someone assumes a newly created position?

I am the first person in a position and wanted to know what to call myself. I thought about "first incumbent," but it doesn't feel right. Any help is appreciated!
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Is there a word for the opposite of a gift

In the way that we can think of a gift as given under obligation, like to signify a relationship at Christmas or to show love for a spouse, is there a word for a thing taken. A word for that thing ...
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Medieval synonym for outgun

outgun: to surpass in firepower Is there a similar word that could be applied in a story that avoids association with postmedieval weapons? A phrase would be acceptable but a single word would be ...
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A noun meaning condolence and encouragement

I'm looking for a noun that takes an article, meaning basically "there there, it's not so bad." A compound word of phrase would be acceptable as long as it can be given (just as with praise, or ...
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Phrase/Word-pair for a variant of master-slave relationship

We are designing an electrical system in which the two primary sub-systems work in a manner such that the first one controls the power for the second one (and handles some primary tasks), and the ...
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What do you call dynamics in which the more you have, the more you get? [duplicate]

I am looking for a term for systems or dynamics in which the ability to earn a particular resource requires having a minimum of that resource available, and grows progressively or exponentially with ...
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Single word for being half in this world, half in some other spooky plane of existence

I'm looking for a word meaning being part of our mortal real world, and part of the fey/spirit world. The moors are haunted by Sigwiff, an ancient witch cursed to the form of a wolf. Part ghostly ...
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Test subject but the subject is an inanimate object

I'm looking for a synonym(?) for ‘test subject’ that is applicable when the subject is an inanimate object. I've tried using the thesaurus looking for synonyms of 'test subject' but it's only ...
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What's a drum cabinet?

I stumbled upon this word "drum cabinet" and although I guess what it means I'm not 100% sure. There is a guy who is a background singer and he says he was placed behind the main singer and in front ...
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What term is used for a colony's owning country?

Is there a term for the country that owns or rules a colony from overseas? Sample sentences: Quebec's ____ was France. After the French and Indian War, Quebec's ____ was Britain. Spain was a major ...
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Looking for word to describe someone who is easy to anger but also forgives easily

I've come up with "dramatic," but that doesn't really capture the whole idea, and I'm not sure if the word I'm looking for exists. Here is an example of how I would use it: My mom is so [word]. ...
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What color is a wolf's coat?

Wolves "look" gray, but their fur is actually made of hairs where each individual hair is one of several colors (black, white and red, IIRC) depending on if you look at the tip, middle, or root. I'm ...
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What is a word for 'historically' but only relating to my personal lifetime? Something similar to 'in my experience'

For example, I'd like to say: In my experience, I've come to understand that people tend to be misunderstood. But with a word more like 'historically.' Historically, I've come to understand ...
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Single word meaning “on its face”

I asserted that up is down. That statement is false on its face. I feel like I've seen at least one single word that means "on its face." Words with close etymology and meaning Superficial. If ...
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What is a more formal synonym of Catch-22?

I need a word to describe a situation where someone is given two or more conflicting rules or requirements, which contradict each other making it impossible to comply with all of the rules at once. ...
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Marking (that / it)

I am not sure about this sentence, specifically how to interpret the part where it says "marking". I'll give you some context first. The speaker is a musical actor and he is rehearsing a ...
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He is respected every where but not at home.He is a --------------

What is a man who is respected outside everywhere but is not liked by the members of his family. X is respected everywhere but he is not respected at home , he is a ------...
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Is there a word for “weaponized political correctness”?

The term Political correctness is innocent enough. According to Wikipedia: Political correctness is a term used to describe language, policies, or measures that are intended to avoid offense or ...
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Unisex word (or short phrase) for “little black book”

Although it seems like this phrase is already unisex, something about it gives it a feminine tone. I'm looking for a phrase that means "a list a lovers" but can be used by both men and women in ...
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Opposite of ‘Irredeemable’ in Describing a Trait

I am helping a friend write a recommendation letter. To me, he has one trait - tenacity - that makes him an excellent worker for his industry, as once he latches onto a problem, he persists in ...
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Word, phrase for strategy in which a party, country deputes a low level representative for a high level meeting, summit

What is the word for a strategy or the arrangement, while other countries for a common summit sent their highest or at least relevant high level chief (such as president, prime minister, etc) and a ...
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Word that describes “allowing someone to identify with (it)”

If I work on a strategy and want to highlight that the resulting process (sustainability management) needs to be designed such that it allows people to identify with it, what would be a single word ...
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What do you call someone whose unmarried partner has died? [closed]

What would you call someone whose unmarried partner has passed away? If they were married, the word would be widow(er). Ex-partner/ex-boy/girlfriend doesn't seem to fit either because the two never ...
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Word for “a person who generate bill on computer in shopping mall” [closed]

What is exact word for "a person who generate bills on computer in shopping mall"?
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Is there a single noun for “value available at compile time”?

I'm working on an interpreter for some programming language. The language uses many concepts, notably the concept of: "type" or "data type" (see Wikipedia's data type page) "value", in the sense of "...
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Word for someone who is in a position where they can talk exclusively about someone else knowing they can't respond

The word needs to be able encompass in the description a lack of communication between person A and person C. In fact, person A doesn't know person C exists. Person B will have access to person C. ...
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Looking for a word for an “outhouse” inside the house

I need a word for a restroom that does not have running water - where there is a pit toilet or a composting toilet instead of a flush toilet. If it were detached from a house, I am sure it would be ...
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What do you call someone who gives little time to complete work?

What do you call someone who gives little time to complete work? For example, a teacher who asks for a submission on a difficult project within just a few days. Example sentence: That teacher is ...
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A word for how much a thought or feeling compels a response

"Urgency" comes close to what I want. For example, a painful sensation has urgency (may be more or less urgent), and may compel me sooner or later to change position, take aspirin, etc. Similarly, a ...
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Is there another more official theatrical term for “straight man”?

Thesauri provide “straight person”, “sidekick”, “second banana”, “feed” or “feeder”, “foil”, and “stooge”. We are curious if the theatrical community has a more formal or administrative term.
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Other word for 'scope' (in the programming sense) that is non-ambiguous to non-programmers

The title says it all, really. For a Philosophy essay, I would like to describe scope, in its programming sense of being: Nestable: you can have a scope within a scope Hierarchical: a child scope ...
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What's the converse of a subcontractor?

My understanding of contractors and clients is something like: Party 1 | V Party 2 | V Party 3 Legend: "->": "employs" From the perspective of Party 1: Party 2 is a contractor ...
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Is there a term for all of your parents' children?

In other words, is there a collective term for describing your siblings and yourself?
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Word for “built from ruin”

I'm trying to concisely describe a fictional settlement which was rebuilt from the ruins of a city which once took its place. The only word I can think of which does a decent job at this is "...
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Need a word for when an event or situation that is very unlikely to happen, happens

I need a word for when an event or situation that is very unlikely to happen, happens. For example, let's say the nerdy kid in school, who is an outcast with no friends, dates the popular girl in ...
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Word for the strategy of stating the right answer during a debate

For example, when a I'm arguing with a dude I could say "Hey, the right way to have done your thing would have been to do this and this, not that and that as you are stating". The act of me showing ...
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Is “making a sound” the most basic verb/verb phrase for the oral like speaking,talking?

Is "making a sound" the most basic verb/verb phrase for the oral like speaking,talking,roaring(if you can)? For example: Peter:Jane, Don't talk to me Jane:(roaring) Peter:don't make a sound.(I ...
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Noun opposite of a theoretician?

What do you call someone who is concerned with / active in practice and application rather than theory? That is, what is the noun opposite of "theoretician"? I've looked on thesaurus.com, WordHippo....
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Term for someone who is dead (or dreaming) and does not know it

Looking for a word or phrase that refers to someone who is unaware of their state, as if they were dead or dreaming but not knowing it. Closest I've come is something like "walking dead"/"dead man ...
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What is a better word for tradable?

I have a feeling the word starts with a d, and is used a lot in sports language. When a players or something could be traded, they (being media) would use this word. Here’s a sentence... “Among NFL ...
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Verb meaning to solve problems through precision or accuracy?

I am seeking an English verb meaning to solve or otherwise approach problems through some combination of precision, accuracy, flexibility, or even speed. There's plenty of relevant nouns, but I can't ...
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Child who was cast out but ended up succeeding?

I'm looking for a word for a child who was cast out, cast aside, ignored or discriminated against relative to other children, but ended up succeeding despite it all. Used in a sentence: Alice ...
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Which verb is used to describe a person who is responsible and organising for doing something?

I want to use a verb to describe a person who is responsible for doing something, and the person is also the leader, organizer or initiator of doing a project or something. Checking the dictionary, ...