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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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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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