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What do you call an unclear video or television image (in other words, a bad quality video)?

I want a single word to describe a video or TV image that is not very clear (not necessarily blurry or pixelated). Just a video footage or image that is bad quality. Sentence example: I cannot see ...
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What do you call a collection of user answers in a survey?

Imagine that you are answering the following survey: Q1: What is your name? A1: .................. Q2: What are you doing? A2: ................... After you fill in the gaps (as a user): Q1: What is ...
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Word used for replying to a person when they answer a question but focus on a detail in the question which has nothing to do with the actual question? [duplicate]

Example: Person A: If I needed to save $400 a week, what would be the best savings plan? Person B: That doesn't make sense, how are you able to save $400 a week if no one here makes more than $500 a ...
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Word for when you're so angry that your head starts hurting

Is there a word for the condition when you're so angry that your head starts hurting? E.g.: This story is so ______. The word should include that you're having a headache. We have it in our language,...
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Synonym for 'little bits'

I have recently been undertaking some document review and updated a sentence to the following which seemed correct to me at the time. The New Starter will be given a Training Record folder, a USB ...
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Is there a "-nym" word for kinship terms?

... or do we just say "kinship terms" or "family relationship terms" or something like that? In English we have for example "aunt" and "uncle" meaning "...
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Word that means "to walk around a room" in the context of looking at things [duplicate]

Not with criminal intent (i.e. case, prowl), but curiosity, as in a museum or in a new friend's house. "Roam" and "stroll" seem more about the movement. Maybe there is no word that ...
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Term for activity or system when something is fed its own power

For example, if someone fed a cow its own milk what would that be? Maybe the term is related to the cow being content with this set up, almost thankful, even though they're the ones being exploited ...
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Word for discrimination based on familial background

In a household where someone lives with his step-parent and family, how would you describe discrimination based on that person coming from a different family and surname? Best I can describe it is ...
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What do you call someone who always makes the conversation about themselves? [duplicate]

For example, let's say I am starting a story about something that happened to me, and in the middle of the story, they start like "oh, the same thing happened to me when I was..." and start ...
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What's the word for when someone produces a piece of art solely for the profit of it? Or art without any kind of artistic merit? [closed]

I know there's a word for this that I just can't remember
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A word for a person in an employment role that is petty [duplicate]

I'm trying to think of a specific word and so far google isn't much help. It describes a type of employment role where the person has quite an impressive sounding title but in actuality the job role ...
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Does "paradoxical" acceptably describe this sentence, or is there a more suitable descriptor?

"We are all making assumptions, as none of us except ____ were present..." In such context wherein the italicized portion of the sentence has not actually been validated by the speaker, ...
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A Constraint <VERB> a Certain Value

In the context of software programming, I am looking for a verb which expresses a certain relation. Using Merriam Webster online, I have not been able to find what I am looking for, due to lack of a ...
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Elegant English term for performing a "fausse manoeuvre"

I'm looking for a descriptive, elegant English term or phrase for fausse manoeuvre, which is when a technical operator (a human) performs a "bad" operation or sequence of actions. For ...
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One word for Psychic phenomenon?

I want to say "My passion is psychic" but that doesn't make sense. Psychiness doesn't sound right either and I don't want to say Psychic phenomena or activity either, I want to say one word.
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Loan-word for a relaxed cultural attitude towards opening and closing times

"No customers, so I closed early. Xxxxx, right?" For example, a recent visitor to Hawaii described stores closing hours before the posted times on occasional days "just because" ...
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Word to describe being happy yet sad [duplicate]

What is a word that means both happy and a bit sad? As when you finish a really good book that you were totally immersed in and had the perfect ending. You are so pleased with the story yet sad that ...
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What's a word for being very blunt and literal? [closed]

I'm trying to find the word for being very blunt and literal for example, when you ask someone what they're up to when they are going somewhere and they reply with "walking" or when someone ...
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Does the word "variation" mean the changing cooking recipes according to one's favorite taste? [closed]

I have a question about everyday English expressions. Do you cook? When you cook, do you ever change the recipe according to your favorite flavor, such as "add milk according to your taste" ...
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Adjective for an item with an implied function that can't easily/readily be used for that function?

I watched somebody open a gift box with a custom made, massive pin badge, the sort that you would attach to clothing with a design on the front. They even said it looked like the sort of thing that ...
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Is there a word to describe words that lost their original context? [duplicate]

I know that designs that are mimicking aesthetics that were once necessary are called skeuomorphisms. But what about words that lost their context? For example "dialing" a phone number. ...
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What's the name of the "drawer" used at banks/forex counters?

I couldn't find any Google images, but you've probably encountered them at some point. It's a sliding "drawer" that allows you to exchange documents/money back and forth with the guy behind ...
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The feeling of having misinterpreted a large amount of experience

Is there a word for the sensation of suddenly feeling that you had the wrong idea about something you have believed for a long time. Note: I like a lot of the suggestions but find it hard to pick one ...
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Referent vs Inference vs Profer as options for use in comparison against Reference

“I use an audio trace as a reference to allow me to compare how my mixed track of [ ] background music resembles the reference.” My answer would be product for the blank space, where we compare ...
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Adjective for the major threat of an imminent cyber attack

I am making a presentation in which I wish to say that I am going to talk about the ______ of present-day cyber security threats. I want to fill the blank with an adjective which describe two ...
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Term for the situation in which two people use the same words or original ideas in their works, neither being aware of the other one's work

Plagiarism is the process of taking another person’s work, ideas, or words, and using them as if they were your own. But I wonder if there is any particular term for the situation in which two people ...
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Verb for tax cut? [closed]

My application will need to find a verb to fit: Regulator A and regulator B ________ a tax cut for XYZ products. I want it to sound academic/professional. Best I could do was: "orchestrated&...
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Word for "assuming others believe the same things you do" that isn't "projection"

I've often heard "projection" used for this colloquially but from what I can tell the somewhat formal definition of "projection" seems to require doing so as a defense mechanism ...
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The initialism 'TMI' gives too little information to the uninformed - is there a term for such occurrences? [duplicate]

Note: TMI stands for "Too Much Information" This shower thought came to me a few years ago, and just popped into my head again - I've searched on this site and Google and came up empty. ...
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What do you call a person who has basic knowledge or some basic experience in some programming language? [duplicate]

I am proficient in ReactJs (which is a Javascript framework for creating web applications). I want to mention that I have basic knowledge, and some experience, in other programming languages as well. ...
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Shorter terms for two question types

I am writing a program to scrape questions from a online Stanford-Binet Test website, specifically this series of urls: https://stanfordbinettest.com/quiz/full-quiz/question/#, where # stands for an ...
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What's a word for textbook-like writing?

I need a word that describes a detached style of writing, like a textbook or medical journal. I want one that's kind of like sterile but without the negative connotations. I feel like formal is too ...
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Is there a word for getting the same outcome from two opposite causes?

I was just writing a guide on how to do a portion of my work at work and noticed that I did not know of a word that would describe the same outcome originating from a set of opposite causes. The ...
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Is assistancy a word? If not, what's a better alternative?

Today, I wanted to discuss a role I had as a research assistant at a university. I had discussed it using language like "During my research assistancy, I did xyz" or "I had this ...
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Best single word to mean someone who builds, tests and reports on something? [closed]

I'm looking for a title for someone who builds things simply to test whether they are as good as they say they are expected to be. For example, say someone creates an article or video that claims &...
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What would we call the additional things that we buy for academic purposes?

For example, in engineering, we buy Scientific Calculators, Drafting Scales, Multimeters, etc. So in general, what should we call these things? My guess would be academic tools. Is there a more ...
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A generic term for a piece of writing [closed]

Is there a generic term which encompasses all types of work that a writer might do? Something that for example covers 'stories' and 'poems', but also 'articles' or 'journals'? I thought possibly '...
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What is a term for "fear of very large enclosed spaces"?

I'm intrigued by a hybrid of claustrophobia and agoraphobia (more accurately, "kenophobia"), which H. P. Lovecraft had: Of the celebrated "phobias" of the modern psychologists (or ...
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Word for tiny bits of gold left after panning for gold?

Is there a specific word to describe tiny pieces of gold, like those left from panning for gold? Something like "gold nugget" has the connotation of being way too big. "Tiny piece of ...
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How to describe texture of the snow when you can make snowballs? [closed]

What is the proper way to describe the texture of the snow ? I "brain farted" when I was trying to explain the texture of the snow to my friend; he/she ended up saying: "It's too dry ...
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What is the right word here? "It was impingent on him to act."

"Impingent" obviously isn't the right word here. The word I'm thinking of means something like "required" or "imperative," but the same part of speech as "imposed.&...
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Is there a variant of "suspicious" that unambiguously indicates the subject as the actor?

Mirriam-Webster defines suspicious as: tending to arouse suspicion expressing or indicative of suspicion These two definitions differ significantly in their meaning. (1) implies the subject is the ...
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Is there a word for a member of a roster?

If a roster is a list of people, is there a word for a single member of the roster? As in, "We're always growing our roster! Apply today and you could be accepted to be a ______ tomorrow!" ...
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Is there a word for sets of words with related meaning in English, like 'yellow' and 'green' or 'January' and 'February'?

I'm learning the Indonesian language, and they took the word 'antonim' from Dutch (antonym in English), but changed and expanded the meaning. In Indonesian, 'green' is an antonym of 'yellow' and '...
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Word to describe architectural features that are only aesthetic

I think there are two different words to describe architectural features that are only for aesthetic purposes. One that I think begins with an "n" and one that begins with a "g". ...
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What word would fit to complete / mirror "hardware" and "software" notions when referring to mechanical work (and optionally, artistic work)?

I am a roboticist, and oftentimes I (have to) divide my work in three: the work related to mechanical development, the work related to hardware development, and the work related to software ...
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What is the name of the people that yell "repent!"?

I'm thinking of men and women etc. that visit towns or town squares and yell about end of days, repent, Jesus will return and all that. Often they bear a cross or signage. It's definitely been a ...
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Word for when someone portrays the opposite of reality as true

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe someone believes and portrays the opposite of reality as the truth, especially as it relates to inter-personal dynamics. For an example, let's say there is ...
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Is there a single word for watched and watching

This word goes with the context of anime I'm watching i.e These are all the animes that I'm (the word)
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