Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

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How to name the thing that has components? [closed]

What is the best name for the abstract thing which contains components? Context: I am writing an abstraction in a computer program. My domain consists of abstract entities. I don't know what concrete ...
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What is a synonym for “handling someone,” like some sales people do, instead of doing what is requested? [closed]

I am looking for a verb that describes the act of dealing with someone on a superficially polite and considerate way without actually intending to do what is being requested. This kind of thing might ...
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More nuanced word for know-it-all [duplicate]

Is there a word for a person who believes themselves to be smarter than others, but frequently betrays that the opposite is true. For example, when dumb-shaming someone, this person uses their big ...
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What is a word for a person who desires to get married, or that desire?

What word or words could be accurate used to express that someone strongly desires to be married? This could be in general or to a specific person, but particularly the general case. Misogamist is ...
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The feeling of always wanting newer possessions?

I am looking for a word that describes the emotion or feeling of an intrinsic want of a new and better possession. Covetous or envious seem a bit too focused on the other other person's possession of ...
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One word for visiting places shown in movies or tv series? [closed]

Is there a word for travelling to film locations where popular scenes were shot. Like Globetrotter for a person visiting different countries.
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Term for someone's face which gives good mood to you

Is there a term for someone's face which gives you good mood when you see it? It's like "uplifting" but I think this fits for the action like performance.
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What is a word that means rough times of change?

Like for example when two regimes change there is this unrest and change that occurs. Often it isn’t meant in a positive light and simply means that things are beginning to change. It is just when ...
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Generic name for Production and Staging

In computer science, the environment in which software runs is called "development", "staging", and "production". I am faced with a piece of software that can only exist in one environment. It goes ...
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Word for someone who's ready to go at a moment's notice

I'm looking for a word to represent someone who is ready to pack everything up and move out rapidly at a moment's notice. The context is that this will go on an award, as in "[The team name]'s [word] ...
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Is there a term for the combination of a finger bone (phalanx) plus all the soft tissue around that bone?

I originally asked this on the Biology site, but someone pointed me towards this site in their answer for a full-on word request stating this site might be more helpful in that regard. I was ...
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Equivalent of phrase 'emu parade' in other English-speaking places

In Australian English we have a phrase 'emu parade' which refers to the action of one or more people walking around searching for specific things on the ground in a certain area. For example, say you ...
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Cobweb or spider web

On crisp autumn mornings we often see them covered in dew. Coming from South East England I have always called them cobwebs. Recently I increasingly hear them referred to as spider webs. I prefer to ...
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Term for anticipating counterarguments and rebutting them

There's this term for the rhetorical device of anticipating counterarguments and rebutting them, but I simply can't remember it. Now I know what you're thinking - did you try googling it? Well I did,...
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What is dark in computer language?

What is dark in computer language? Is it gloom? moonless? I want to mean a pixel on screen is not lighting like how LED principle show the black color Despite the color, how can I call the pixel ...
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Body with head?

when I talk about body, I always split the head from the body. What word I can use a word that include my body with my head? For example: The music is calling my body. I want to mean my brain ...
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What's the word for a person who possesses extensive vocabulary? [duplicate]

Verbose or wordy do not serve the purpose as intended, as both are used negatively. Articulate or well-spoken, in my opinion, do not do justice also, as somebody could have smaller lexicon pool, yet ...
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What is the word for the stuff we use in a coffee shop such as coaster, straw, TA cup and its lid…?

I hope you guys can help me with the word and teach me how to find it in other occasion. Thank you very much!
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Antonym for “boilerplate” or “cookie-cutter”

Context: Your advice was so valuable because it went far beyond the cookie-cutter tips typical of coffee chats or quick phone calls.
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What is the adverb for describing a range from nearly perfectly to perfectly?

Is there an adverb for describing a range from nearly perfectly to perfectly? For example: I played basketball almost as well or even as well as a professional basketball player.
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A word for “modern” that doesn't imply “best”

I am thinking about textbooks in technical fields, whose titles are things like "modern computer technology". These books may have been written many decades ago, so their contents very much do not ...
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Word for a person using their position to grant favors for personal benefit

I'm looking for a word that means "a person using their position (can be political) to grant favors for personal benefit". I used to know the word but I forgot. I am not thinking of corrupt or ...
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Old words and usage today

I have an ESL student who wants to know why she can't say "it's our sole world, we have to take care of it." I've Googled, but no reasons given. So any thoughts on why some collocations are not ...
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Adjective that describes a person avoiding talk about mildly disgusting topics [closed]

Is there an adjective that describes a person avoiding talk about mildly disgusting topics e.g. excrements or vomit? An example sentence is: "He was so [word] that, when a passenger said he was about ...
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The word is on subject(object), Subject on the word, or the word is the subject?

The word is on subject(object), Subject on the word, or the word is the subject? What verb can I use if I mean I want to highlight the subject? Tag? Highlight? Codon? Label?
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Word for saying something and meaning the other [closed]

I cant recall the word for saying something and meaning the other. For example, if someone says I do not want to fight but really intends to fight, what do you call that? Thanks.
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A general term for 'how positive/negative is this result' [closed]

I am running a series of tests, each of which has one of several possible results: Negative, Positive, Detected, Not Detected, Equivocal, etc. I need to group these into results which are 'generally ...
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Word for articles grouped in a Series, but not initially intended to be a part of any series

I'm trying to find a word to describe a particular grouping of individual articles within a specific topic. The context for this word is I have a blog, and on the blog I have a bunch of articles. A ...
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Word for brands that mass produce cheap goods too?

I can't remember where I read this term/word. It's a name given to those brands that also produce goods that are cheap along with expensive ones, therefore still allowing people to hold on to the '...
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What bolded word represent here

Half-orphaned at the age of twelve, Vincent decided to support his mother and the dog, Puppy, for the two summed up to everything that was left of him.
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Idiom for an everyday occurrence that goes unnoticed until pointed out, and then it's noticed all the time [duplicate]

Is there an idiom or a word for the case of a commonplace that goes unnoticed, and then someone points it out, and then people seem to notice it all the time. In the case I'm thinking of, there are ...
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Word for veneration due to moral example

some time ago I read this word that meant, approximately, when something is a moral example and was worshipped because of that reason. To put it into context, the phrase was like this: "The Old ...
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Is there a term for sounds that are spelled with multiple letters?

Is there a word or term to describe sounds (phonemes) that are spelled using multiple characters (graphemes)? Examples would include the English ch, sh, or German dsch, tsch, etc.
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Word for color, material, light, etc

Is there a word that encompasses the visual lighting, texture, materials, colours etc., of an object? The best I could come up with so far: Visual property or attributes Display property or ...
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Is there a single word meaning “something which stops something”?

A trigger is something which causes something to start, e.g. caffeine and stress can be triggers for palpitations. Is there an opposite noun, a single word meaning "something which causes something to ...
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How would you describe someone's love for themselves and family? As big as [closed]

I'm looking to describe my aunt's huge love for family and use it in positive way ...(Her loud mouth and contagious smile and love) I'm supposed to come up with one sentence of what I love about my ...
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Can I use ‘dismissible’ this way? [duplicate]

Dismissible is defined by Vocabulary.com as: capable of being removed or taken away or dismissed Dismiss is (from Merriam Webster): to permit or cause to leave In my context, I am trying to ...
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What's a politically neutral word for having only one permitted set of beliefs?

I'm looking for a word where people are critical of an opposing idea, usually without examining it, simply because it's different from what people already believe. I thought that fascist (of or ...
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A word to describe the relationship between a child and its parent?

I'm keeping a list of relationships between children and their parents: { child A -> parent A, child B -> parent B, ..., } I want to find a word that describes the relationship between a ...
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Antonym for “physical” as in “physical task”?

In my personal issue tracker, I want to sort tasks into one of two categories: The first category is labeled "physical" and contains all tasks involving physical work, e.g. housecleaning or handiwork. ...
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a word or rephrase of a sentence containing the word “push”/“strive”

I am trying to describe a character for a game I am making, but the two following sentences just don't feel right. It feels like i have the word on my tongue but I can't quite remember it and i am ...
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A word for improper, but not sexual, interest

Sometimes I find myself being curious about or reading through personal or internet drama, not out of true concern to the parties involved, but because it's entertaining. I find this somewhat shameful,...
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Is there a word that could mean both serious and humorous?

I'm creating a project on character traits, and the person that I'm writing about is funny yet serious. I didn't know if there was a word for that, so I'm asking for help.
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A word to describe doing “good” things for “bad” reasons

For example, someone helping their spouse find someone else to make divorce easier
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Word meaning since its existence

I have the sentence: The figure grew steadily since its six-month ___________. So I'm looking for a word to complete the thought, given that this statistic/figure has been in existence for six ...
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What do you call it when somone traps you with a question?

Example: Say I am disgusted by you eating chicken because I am a serious vegan. Instead of directly confronting you about it, I would approach you with a question like "awww...isn't this rabbit cute" ...
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What is it called when you use wrong but smart arguments? [closed]

What do you call it when someone uses smart and intelligent but wrong statements to strengthen their argument?
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What do you call a document which has no content?

We refer to a document whose title is blank as "untitled". Similarly, how do we refer — in one word — to a document which has a title but there is no content? I searched dictionaries, but the word "...
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Is there another informal phrase for a roll in the sack/hay?

Merriam-Webster defines the phrase roll in the hay as meaning: informal + old-fashioned : an act of having sex with someone I am aware that this may seem like a silly question at first, since ...
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skew, but vertical?

I'm looking for a word describing a center-mass shift, similar to skew (left/right) but implying the center-mass is shifting vertically (up/down). The use is for a UI that distorts a 2D shape. I am ...