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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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Is there a term for step-sibling of a step-sibling?

So here's the situation: Boy 2 and Boy 3, unrelated, both have Boy 1 as their stepbrother and meet each other occasionally. What would we call their relationship? Is there a term for it, or should I ...
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Does "transparent" have contradictory meanings?

Varous definitions of the word "transparent" seem almost contradictory: nearly invisible easy to perceive functioning without the user's perception The first two definitions seem to be in ...
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What is a single word that describes a person who has a small amount of authority and exercises it heavy handedly with great self importance? [duplicate]

For example, a supermarket cashier who strictly regulates customers’ compliance with their rules for proper check-out protocol, such as use of the order divider bar.
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What's an alternative term for "nip off to"?

I am thinking of an alternate way of saying I [nip off] to the local store with my dog every day. The alternative should include a replacement for the verb ‘nip off to’ and give the meaning of going ...
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Word for nonce antonyms formed by reversing idioms

Someone recently used "on-limits" to describe something that was allowed, i.e. not "off-limits." The same person subsequently described unplugging something as "plugging it ...
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A word for when you tried for so long to achieve something that by the time you get it the novelty is gone

Is there a word to describe the feeling of when you have tried for something for so long that when you get it the novelty is gone? For example, you apply for a job so many times that when you finally ...
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How would you name the different types of periods? ~ Translating ‘punto seguido’, ‘punto y aparte’ and ‘punto final’

In Spanish, we have different names for the different types of periods: If the period is inside a paragraph, it's called punto seguido. If the period ends a paragraph, it's called punto y aparte. If ...
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What is the word to describe adding commas or other characters to a number to make it more readable?

I was on a technical site about to ask how to change the number 10000000 to 10,000,000 using the relevant technology. However when I started to write the question I did not how to actually write the ...
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Analogue of "simpler" for "more complex"

The word "simpler" means "more simple", as in "This new product is simpler than the old product". But I cannot think of a similar word for "more complex": ...
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What words describe the feeling of proving someone wrong?

I am looking for words to describe the feeling of when you prove someone wrong. For example Person A says person B can't do something. Out of spite Person B does said thing. Person B then feels____. ...
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What do you call the covered area of the drive-through at a bank? Not really a Porte Cochere, banks are typically open on 3 sides

The drive-through area that has a solid roof over it and not just an awning or canopy extruding from the side of the building. Typically seen at bank branches that have more than one drive-up teller ...
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What is a phrase for a person who changes their story to satisfy whoever they're addressing?

What is a phrase to describe a person (especially a woman) running for office who tells different political factions what they want to hear in order to win their vote?
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Word equivalent to "prestation" in French in the administrative field

I'm searching for an English word which could have the same meaning than the word "prestation" in french, in the sense of "some service (paid or not) that has been executed by an ...
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How do we call a huge building where too many people live [closed]

Hi, how do you call a huge apartment building where way too many people live? Usually, apartments there are quite small and similar to one another, and infrastructure around is not that developed. You ...
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Is there a word or phrase to describe indulging deeply in sorrow, wantingly? [closed]

Specifically, by "indulging in deeply negative emotions," I envision a process wherein you're experiencing a deep, wretched kind of emotional pain, but ultimately... almost want to? Not ...
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A word for a tendency to overreact

I'm analyzing a story in which there is a character who has unnecessarily extreme reactions to any situation that she's in — for example, she falls in love with a man (who she can't even speak to ...
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Word for having a business buy an item from its own stock to use in the course of its own operations?

I once worked at a grocery store, and occasionally we would need a product in the course of business that we sold. In that case, we would sometimes take the item off the shelf, and ring it up a ...
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Is there an elegant way of refering to this scenario?

I simulated cometary activity in three different scenarios: local (confined to a certain region on the nucleus), global (encompassing the entire nucleus), and global except local. While it is simple ...
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Looking for a noun or verb for reaching over a threshold, limit, boundary

I'm in need of a word for the object or action that causes a limit to be reached, threshold to be passed, capacity of container to be filled, saturation to be reached etc. It should imply filling and ...
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Adjective for "being added an ellipsis"

This is a related question to Adjective for "containing an ellipsis" with a distinction for the act of becoming, instead of the state of being. The provided answer suggests elliptic: ...
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Is there a noun for the emotion of feeling numbed by a sudden, massive change in one's life? [duplicate]

I have a character whose daily work relies immensely on her agility and mobility, and whose favourite passtime is running around and climbing the local terrain. I'll be writing a story arc very soon ...
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Precise word to describe "falling short of greatness" or "eluded by greatness"

I would like to narrow down what options we have in English to the concept of being very close to seizing greatness for oneself but falling short. A ready example that comes to mind is the Alexander ...
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Term to quantify a parameter in a decision-making procedure which affects multiple individuals?

Suppose a group of people are purchasing ice cream, and a flavor must be chosen for each member of the group. One possible procedure would be for a single, trusted member to decide which flavor each ...
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Is there a word for an event that someone is most memorable for?

For example, is there a word for John Wilkes Booth assassinating President Lincoln? That would be most people's only known event of his life - it'd be memorable but is there a noun to represent that ...
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Synonym for free or costless where non-monetised exchange is involved

I'm looking for a word similar to "free" or "without cost", but that makes it explicit only that no money is exchanged, while still allowing (or implying, or explicitly specifying) ...
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Is there a word for something that was formerly a social norm but is no longer acceptable?

I've been reading a lot of various classic literature, and at times there is the sort of casual misogyny or racism that was commonplace and (within certain cultures) the social norm at that time. Such ...
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Is there a commonly used root for "Inclusion" and "Exclusion", or some way to specify the status of being "Included" or "Excluded"? [duplicate]

"Inclusion" means for something to be part of a group "Exclusion" means for something to not be part of a group Whether something is in the group or out of the group is obviously ...
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What do you call the person or character being spoken to in a poem or song?

This question asks what to call the person who is speaking in a lyric poem. The terms "narrator", "speaker", "persona", etc. may be used to refer to the "I" in &...
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A single word that describes or connotes all items in a list except the last item

Is there a single word to describe all the elements in a list, except the last item? The head of a list refers to the first item in the list and the tail refers to the last item. In mathematics and ...
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What’s a word for an organization you’re soliciting a sponsorship from?

For example: Please enter the name and email of the [word meaning a possible sponsor]. I am building a website that helps users find and connect with companies and other organizations to ask them ...
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When you compare an object to a reference object, what noun to use to refer to the former?

I am in the process of writing a research paper that compares my Methods A and B against a commonly accepted gold standard (reference) method. All methods produce objects that are identical in the ...
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Word or concept for when the correction to a misconception becomes more popular than the misconception?

For example, when people say "Napoleon was short", it's almost immediately followed up with "actually he was average height for the time". Is there any concept or word that ...
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Looking for a word that means coming from two diverse places

I have a background in fiction writing and creative event planning as well as in business operations in international shipping. I want a word that could help me describe my background. With my ____ ...
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Is there a word or phrase for when you're at the whim of someone?

I'm writing a short bio of my character who has made a contract with a demon and is now required to do her bidding. He's not necessarily a slave, he still has the freedom to do whatever he likes, I ...
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Was there a word for cleavage, decolleté, or decolletage in the 17th century?

I'm particularly interested in finding a word used in the 17th century that was more specific than bosom. I could find no use of cleavage before the 20th century or decolleté before 1778. Interested ...
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Can you think of a synonym for "female banker"? Or can the feminine ending be used somehow?

Marie Medici, from the Medici clan in Milan, married the King of France Henri VI. The King's mistress, Henriette d'Estragues, hated the Queen's guts. She dubbed her "une grosse banquière", ...
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Is there a word similar to "unctuous" and "sycophant" but from a more cynical perspective? Intentionally, cogently presenting oneself as inoffensive? [duplicate]

For example, people that are ostensibly unaware but in reality behaving in a methodical way. Playing dumb but also ingratiating yourself in a savvy way. A word to describe politicians, influencers, ...
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