Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

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does "fey-lit" make sense?

I want to say a strangely-lit grove, eerily-lit in an out-of-this-world manner. Does "fey-lit" convey that meaning?
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Is there a name for the relationship between two unconnected hypothetical arguments?

I was watching the Sound of Music and the song "How do you solve a problem like Maria" was playing and then they say "How do you keep a wave upon the sand" and "How do you catch a moonbeam in your ...
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Is there a word which means "having a frequency of decades" or "per decade"? What about century and millennium?

I have a document with the headings: daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and decadely. Google Chrome, Google Docs, and Dictionary.com insist that "decadely" is not a word. Furthermore, deacadely sounds ...
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What are antonyms of "tolerant" or synonyms of "cautious"?

I posted the following on Meta Stack Overflow, and I believe that there was a better word that I could have used rather than "a little too harsh". Considering that my post fails all but possibly ...
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Word that means common element

What's a word that means "common element"? Cars and Bikes share the common element that they are both wheeled vehicles.
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a word like "visual", "auditory", except for touch

for smell it would be "olfactory". What is it for touch?
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Superlative version or synonym of "Versatile"

I'm looking for comparative/superlative versions of versatile - synonyms which should mean "more versatile" and "extremely versatile" Here's the background: Over on meta.so, I've proposed a new 3-...
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Words pertaining to the senses and the corresponding disabilities

I need help on finding words relating to the senses/perception. I mean this in a neuronic/biological or philosophy-of-mind kind of way. A word for... pertaining to the senses (Is it sensory?) ...
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Word or phrase for writing that "reads fast"

Is there a word or phrase to describe technical writing that is quick to read? Some technical writing is so clear and concise, even a novice at the material will find himself flying through it. For ...
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What is a word/phrase for using a term for a popular special case instead of a generic term?

Some people use a term for a popular special case in place of a generic term. (Often this popular special case is a particular product in that category.) I think that this is a common phenomenon. ...
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Helping someone climb

I know this is kinda stupid but what is the word for "helping someone climb by allowing him to stand on your hands" (to allow him/her see above some wall or climb something)?
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Terms for duplicated words

I can't recall term used for duplicating extraneous words e.g. VIP person (Very Important Person Person), first question what is this term? Second question, is the same term used when the duplicated ...
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What is the term for pricing items just below a significant value (e.g. $19,995)

What is the name for the pricing strategy where the item price is just below a psychologically significant amount? For example $199 instead of $200, $2.95 instead of $3, $49,990 instead of $50,000.
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Alternatives to "hypocrite"

I'm trying to accurately describe a person who acts in one way and does another but knowingly and openly accepts that his actions also include him in the same group he criticizes. This differs from a ...
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What's the word for 'online-extrovert-offline-introvert'?

What is the exact word (not necessarily a single noun) to use for a person who seems to be introvert when in real-life, but is very much extroverted and free when they talk to you online?
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What do you call a bunch of garlic (when you don't remove the cloves)?

I can't seem to find the word that refers to this: I usually end up saying "bunch of garlic" and have to explain "the garlic bunch before you peel the cloves apart". What is it called?
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Word for person interested in latest technology programming-wise

What is a word to describe a person who is really interested in learning new aspects and new things in a specific programming language? (We could call this person a seeker.)
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Is there a word for four times as much, analogous to once, twice, and thrice?

Is there a word for 'four times as much', analogous to once, twice, and thrice?
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Classification of culinary related item called?

Related to this question, what is the classification of culinary items like (ingredients, spices, cooking materials called?)
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What word means what many people think 'ironic' means?

'Ironic' is often used to mean an unusual coincidence rather than its true meaning which is closer to sarcastic. That being said, is there a word that would be a good replacement for what many people ...
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What do you call a person who collects recipes, ingredients or other cooking related materials?

What do you call a person who collects recipes, ingredients or other cooking related materials? Is there a name for classifications like this (like taxonomy etc.)?
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Can I name one client of my application "tenant" if I have multitenancy?

I'm a software developer and want to add the feature "multitenancy" (German: Man­danten­fähig­keit, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multitenancy) to my application. Each entity in my ...
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Is there a single term for "nieces and nephews"?

I find it handy when talking about my sons and daughters I can just say my children. It's nice to say nieces instead of sibling's daughters. I wonder if there is a similar term for nieces and nephews ...
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Disenrolled and Disenrollment

I'm having trouble finding "disenrolled", "disenrollment", and even "unenrolled" in a dictionary. Are any of these valid words? I'm looking for the noun and verb forms of reversing an enrollment.
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alternatives for "guy"

I'm working in an English big company in Germany. Everybody speak English but most of us as second, or third language. One thing I noticed is that we are all "guys" in the office: "Ask the guy up ...
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Need a word that has the opposite meaning of "nominal"?

I'm looking for a word that has the opposite meaning of the word nominal in the sense of in name only. Here's an example (fill in the blank). Brian was in charge of scheduling in his [  &...
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Is there a word or phrase for the feeling you get after looking at a word for too long?

Sometimes after looking at a word for a while, I become convinced that it can't possibly be spelled correctly. Even after looking it up, sounding it out, and realizing that there's simply no other ...
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Is there a word for a class of circular shapes?

I'm not sure if this belongs here, but I'm wondering if there is a word for a class of circular shapes? Thinking about this hierarchically: * Shape * Polygon * Square * Rectangle * ??????...
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What do you call the words obtained by inversing the order of the sounds?

I'm trying to find out the name for a word that was obtained by inversing the sound in another word. Is there a word for it? Although cheat and teach would seem an easy example of such a pair, it is ...
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"Wanting something to happen"

EDITED TO ADD PRECEDING SENTENCE At some point, we all ponder the workings of consciousness; but I pinpoint two catalysts which propelled such musings to a pursuit of brain understanding. The ...
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Repeating the consonant in many words in a sentence or phrase

In the movie 'V for Vendetta' you have for example (bold part): Evey: Who are you? V. : Who? Who is but the form following the function of what and what I am is a man in a mask. Evey: ...
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What is the counterpart of an appendix?

The appendix is what is appended to something. What do we call something that is prepended to something else?
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Preposition to follow "copy and paste"

The rows should be copied and pasted to the spreadsheet. Does that sound right? If not, how could we reword the sentence? I ask because "to" applies to "paste" but not to "copy". The logical ...
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What word is complimentary, but sounds like "chunky"?

For a discussion I'm having with a colleague, we're trying to think of complimentary words that sound ugly. Any that rhyme with chunky (or anything else for that matter).
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How can I form a word like "quadruple" for any number I want?

I'm not sure what these are called, but how can I form a word like "quadruple" for any number I want? Like 5× as much is quintuple, what is 31× as much or 147× as much? I want to know how they are ...
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Word meaning coincidence of reference to the unusual

Most of us have had the experience of stumbling over a new fact or bit of knowledge and then finding several more references to it in the near future. For example, you see a strange word which you're ...
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How is "admire" used in "to admire them a great deal"?

I knew that admire can be used in phrases like "admire somebody" or "admire somebody for something", but recently I have found the following sentence in my Collins dictionary: If you emulate ...
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Shorter way to say "split [user story] into tasks"

In scrum (a project management methodology often used for software development), there are user stories (or items) which team members split into smaller tasks when they start working on them. To ...
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Is "gobload" a valid word?

This word just came naturally to me while writing some prose. Will it be understood by English speakers/readers?
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Word to describe "compliance with unspoken resistance"

What I'm looking for is a word to describe "compliance with unspoken resistance" or something of the like. In other words, one complies, unwillingly. However, the unwillingness, is not stated ...
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How to pronounce “derivative” in the phrase “f ′ is a derivative of f ”?

How should I pronounce derivative in the phrase “f ′ is a derivative of f ”? Should I read it as [dɪˈrɪv.ə.tɪv] or [dɪˈrɪv.ɪ.tɪv]? I have heard it as [dɪˈrɪv.ə.tɪv] in this context, but Cambridge ...
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What is the first stanza in a poem called?

Is there a specific term for the first stanza in a poem?
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Using or arguing a biased opinion as fact

I'm fairly sure there is a word or phrase to describe arguing emotively from an extreme, or biased, point of view as if your view is fact, but I can't remember what it may be. (I am wanting to use ...
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A word for the meaning of "over-constrained"

I want to express that I constrained something too much such that it is contradictory now. At first sight, over-constrained seems to fit, but I am not sure whether it is fine to use in a scientific ...
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Word that means "obsession with publishing"

I once heard a word, derived from Latin or Greek elements, construed to describe a person who has an obsession with being published. What word might that have been? For example, what would you call ...
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Is "dissatisfactorily" the correct adverb for not satisfying?

I want to express something like this: She had asked him why he had done it, but he had replied dissatisfactorily; he said that he didn't know. I also thought, maybe "dissatisfyingly?" I'd like ...
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A Photoshop term for "body double" or "doppelgänger"

I saw a tutorial on TV. The tutorial was like this: Take your snap sitting on chair, another standing on left side of chair and then last one standing on the right side of the chair. Now, use ...
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Is there an English word meaning "the use of uncommon words"?

Is there an English word meaning "the use of uncommon words" or similar?
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Word for referring to the arts of the carpenter

You can say "sartorial" to mean "of or pertaining to tailors of their trade." Is there an equivalent for carpenters?
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Infinitive of “may” and “might”?

What’s the infinitive of the verb I use when I say “I might go” or “May I come with you”? I think in German it’s dürfen. Is there one in English? If not, why not?
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