Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

This tag is for questions seeking a single word that fits a meaning. To ensure that your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word.  INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE demonstrating how the word would be used.  Click on "Info" or "View Tag" and "Learn more ..." for more information. Please use the "phrase-requests" tag instead if you seek more than just a single word.

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What do you call a person who's limited to contemporary ideas and practices?

Someone who doesn't have any appreciation for the past and clings to modernity, or to the current, the way a bigot clings to the outdated. Trendites or hipsters wouldn't quite cut it any more than ...
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What do you call this device that floats in the water at ports?

I've seen lots of these, at ports, floating on the water: I don't have a clue about what they are called.
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Adjective for something that inspires or originally motivates something else

I am preparing a slide show and would like to title one slide as follows: [technology1]'s [adjective] idea which should mean something like The idea behind [technology1] or The idea that originally ...
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A non-negative synonym for "unused" or "untouched" that doesn't have the sexual implications of "virginal"

I am writing some software that maintains a large data space, and we need to be able to tag areas that have never been touched/written to, and be able to request those areas. When we request areas we ...
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Looking for a word that means to get over something

Is there a word for when someone has gotten over or is no longer affected by something? Like after a break up, when someone “moves on” it might mean they have effectively forgotten about the other ...
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What sound (Onomatopoeia) does big lights shutting off sound like

I'm writing a story about a paranormal tornado and the story starts at a basketball game, but when the lights shut off and the warning sirens start, I don't know what sound effect (onomatopoeia) to ...
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What's the word for when someone tries to one up them about being in a worse position?

Like the inverse of one-upmanship. For example, if you mention that you're a little short on money this month and then a certain type of friend begins to discuss how they are the single poorest person ...
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Word for holding something thats not yours [closed]

My Aunt is holding onto savings bonds my grandparents bought me. There’s a single word I’m looking for that means she’s holding them & won’t give them to me (I’m in my 40’s)
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Can not find the word I need, please help if you know it [duplicate]

The word is for a part or accessory made by the same brand as the product it works with, and is only available from that brand manufacturer. For example, a Nikon or Canon camera has a cable made ...
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What noun or adjective describes a message/song/poem that is mournful, but intense?

I have a word on the tip of my tongue, but I’m not sure what it is. I’ve checked synonyms of words to see if something matched what I was thinking, but I can’t figure it out. I used Google’s generic ...
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Single Word for a Person starting a process or activity

I'm writing some software and in it there are actions being executed by the users using the program.  Those actions might be something like Sending an email to another person Changing a certain ...
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Verb for thing bouncing in your hand before falling

Looking for a verb that describes the action that sometimes precedes a thing falling from your hands. It looks like juggling or bouncing, but I’m not sure if those words fit in the following context: “...
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What do you call the tendency to leave out important implicit assumptions in written communication?

When we write to communicate something, often we miss out on certain details because we implicitly assume it to be obvious and that the reader would comprehend it without seeing it in words. Is there ...
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Is there a word for when someone refers to something but only with context that they have? [closed]

If someone says one of the following. Is there a word to describe this where the person asking doesn't provide context in to something they are referring to? I need help with my website, the images ...
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Word for a persistent fear of something actually leading to it being true [duplicate]

I vaguely recall there being a term for this in psychology. You fear of something becoming true, and you persistently are afraid ... and this very activity of feeling somehow causes that something to ...
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What do you call it when you do something intentionally "different" just so you have an intended outcome?

I have a few examples of this I can think of to explain my question. Scenario #1 - You want to help somebody with their question but you don't know how to help them. You know other people know how to ...
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British equivalent of American "condo"?

In AmE, a condominium (or condo) is an apartment that you own. In BrE, the word flat is used instead of apartment. What is, then, the British equivalent of condo (i.e., a flat that you own)? Wikipedia ...
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A word or expression to introduce one of different example cases

Section 2.3: Quirks Relative paths are displayed as absolute Example: Tools > Options > Load/Save > General > Save URLs relative to file system = True Insert a linked image (Insert > ...
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What is a term for art, or other works, made of or about a particular person?

In creating an outline for characters, I want to include a section for notable works (statues, songs, paintings, literature, etc.) made of or about that person. I'm not sure what to title this section....
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Which English word for the person who helps travellers while travelling?

While travelling, a person joins travellers to help, explain and introduce the place we travel. What is the English word for that person?
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Is there a neutral word for the sense that something is ever-present and close by?

Like 'omnipresent' but not currently seen, heard etc. rather knowing the chance of the presence of something/someone could be near. Examples--- I won't go swimming because of the ____ of a dangerous ...
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What are some more descriptive words for a person who is strong and independent [closed]

I am searching for one word descriptive words for someone who is strong and independent because that is two words and I am looking for one but somehow want to incorporate both words into the same 1 ...
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How can I describe something that is easy to improve?

Say I have a person who is fond of change/prone to progress or a technology that is designed to be easily changed and improved. What is an adjective I can use to describe both or either one of them? I ...
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What is a 'nonexaggerated' word for egotistical?

Webster defines egotistical : characterized by egotism : having, showing, or arising from an exaggerated sense of self-importance. And other dictionaries add conceit and self-centered. Webster ...
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Doing something just because you have to do it. Doing something half-heartedly [duplicate]

I am looking for verbs, adverbs, and/or adjectives that express actions done just for the sake of having to do them. Wanting to do something the easiest way possible just to get over with it, and ...
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Looking for pejorative terms for the military, the wealthy classes

As a translator of Latin American literature, I'm often in need of negative slang words for describing soldiers or the military as a whole. The equivalent of "pigs" for police. Any ideas? ...
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What's a word for opening and closing a store

I am trying to use a term that defines the action of opening /closing. For example if you are a shop owner and you open and close your shop at certain hours you can say we are open for trade at x.xx ...
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What's a word for a person who buys random things just because they're on sale?

Recently, my dad bought headphones just because they were on sale. But, the thing is, none of us needed new headphones, he just got them for no other reason other than they were on sale. This isn't ...
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Word for the urge to speak?

If "hunger" is the urge to eat and "thirst" is the urge to drink, is there a word for the urge to speak? (Or, perhaps, the desire to be heard?) There seem to be a lot of nouns ...
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Is there a word for when bizarre, incredible things become so common that you aren't fazed by them anymore? [closed]

I'm trying to think of a phenomenon for my story where if you live in a sci-fi universe, the denizens don't really see new, amazing things like teleportation out of the ordinary because they already ...
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Word for the sadness you feel when something so wholesome it makes you want to cry

Is there a word for the kind of heartbreak/ache you feel when something is so wholesome or kind it makes you want to cry?
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Is there a word? [closed]

Is there a single word to describe a nephew's wife's mother?
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Is there a word for the coronation of a king who won his crown by reunifying the country, but is not the heir apparent? [closed]

After sacking the capital of a country, and seeing that nation fall, there is no longer a central authority. A leader/lord/nobleman establishes himself as the ruler and starts to subjugate the enemy's ...
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Position > Positional & Inertia > Inertial, so what about speed/velocity?

Is there any word to indicate a relation to/dependence on speed or velocity such as position > positional and inertia > inertial?
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What is a word like "negate" but even worse?

I suspect this is going to be a "oh yeah, duh" moment, but I'm looking for a word that is like "negate," but worse. Here's an example sentence: I could cram for this test all ...
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Does English have a word for "bunch of random things"? [duplicate]

Is there have any word that meaning "bunch/collection of random things(videos, images, clips, anything)"? like in Chinese, there's a word called "狗屎爛蛋", If you throw this word into ...
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Word to refer to two opposite words [duplicate]

Given two words like "reward" and "punishment", which are opposite in meaning in that one is positive and the other is negative, what would you call a word that encompasses both of ...
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What do you call a phrase that conveys popular wisdom 'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush' etc?

Phrases like: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. No use crying over spilt milk. Don't put all of your eggs in one basket. I feel like I'm blanking here. I googled one, and I get proverb. ...
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Antonym or similar of 'corollary' - when it comes to popular proverbs

Specifically I'm thinking of the proverb: What is popular is not always right, what is right is not always popular. The caveat I would add to this is But just because something is popular, doesn't ...
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Noun that refers to "amount of (psychological) stress a given thing causes"

Is there a noun that refers to "the amount of stress that a given thing causes" (i.e. "how stressful is this thing"), or, as a less ideal alternative, "the intensity of the ...
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What's the word for something that you don't want to do when you're doing it but you want to do it when you're not doing it?

What's the word for something that you don't want to do when you're doing it but you want to do it when you're not doing it? To give a longer explanation, a word for an activity that you're like "...
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Adjective to describe object that has connections between its elements [closed]

Example: a social network is [...] as users are connected by their friendships. I could think of a social network is connected but it sounds like the social networks connect to each other.
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Is there an alternative for the word "between" that implies "inclusive" without ambiguity?

I have read the existing questions around this matter: When is "between" inclusive and when exclusive? "Between A and B" or "from A to B" "Add number between x … y&...
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Word(s) for the attitude of expecting others to believe the same things one does

To elucidate a bit: I'm trying to find a word that means believing strongly in something and expecting others to believe in it as well. I've found words like "domineer" and "proselytize&...
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Is there a word that means 'adapted for land speed' specifically?

I'd like to know if there is a word to refer to an animal being adapted to move fast. I have found the word 'cursorial', but that specifically refers to being adapted to run fast, and so wouldn't ...
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Single word covering "conclusions" and "implications"

I have a PhD defence ahead and trying different ways to improve my presentation. I will be expected to present conclusions (long and hard to follow sentences on a slide) and implications (to show that ...
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Words with different meaning than root words [duplicate]

What is the term for words that have different meaning than their root words? For example moon+shine = moonshine
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How do I describe the feeling that the world is perfect for us to live in?

Sorry for the vague title but it’s going to take some explaining to try and get the point across. So, Christians and religious people in general (I’m not bashing them or their religion this is just a ...
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Single word request for varying temporal trends

Please help to find a correct adjective for summing up varying 9-year temporal trends. I examined 9-year temporal trends of certain patients' care. For assessing these trends, multiple indicators had ...
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What do you call a person who lies or criticizes others and refuses to acknowledge their own mistakes?

What do you call a person who lies or criticizes others and refuses to acknowledge their own mistakes? I know a person who is quick to retaliate with "what about your actions" questions ...

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