Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

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word for compliance/integrity

I'm trying to remember a word from a company name, it's about integrity/stringency/risk assessment and making sure that activities comply with regulations and health and safety. The company does risk ...
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Word that means feeling sad when one should feel happy

Originally I thought it would be melancholy, but I guess that is more of like a pensive sadness (like sitting inside watching a rainy day listen to nostalgic music). It's not quite bittersweet because ...
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Can I substitute a main verb with an auxiliary verb in a subordinate clause if it has an object after?

There are no auxiliary verbs in my language, so I often struggle using them in English. If I want to substitute a main verb in a subordinate clause of a complex sentence, because it's the same as in ...
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Difference between an information question and a distrusting question

What I'm looking for is a way to literally describe two different kinds of questions, first the information seeking question: "what is your name?" or "how old are you?" with the more distrusting and ...
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Is there a good word for "Assuming that"

I would like to replace the bolded portion with one word. "Assuming that one believes Hong Kong should have democracy, is civil disobedience a just and effective means of achieving it? The word "...
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Understanding the word 'generic'?

I know my question may be somewhat basic but stick with me for a second. I've looked online at various websites explaining what this word is, but I just can't understand it. The reason I need to ...
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can a figure in a paper be titled "questions respective [topic] ?"

I am currently writing a scientific paper in cooperation with multiple co-authors, some of them being more experienced than me. In a figure, questionnaire results are shown. One of my more ...
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Is there a term for noises which CAN'T be written as normal text?

Hard to give examples, as if I'm able to do it, I won't be asking this, but consider some sounds made by the tongue. I'm giving examples of sounds which CAN be written to give you an idea: Dog ...
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Words or phrases to describe factionalism or compartamentalization in an organization

I am looking for some suggestions for words or phrases to describe the situation when a high degree of formality or competition exists in an organization, company or similar large entity. Several ...
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Which generic word to use in a table of responsibilities to describe "action, work"?

I have a table of responsibilities under a short project. I cannot quote the real table in Russian, so I composed a similar one: Would "execution" fit the purpose? Whereas in the line "Plan of ...
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Term for first person complement of the "Royal We"

The "Royal We" or nosism refers to the usage of "we" to mean "I", ("We are not amused", meaning "I am not amused"), or "you", ("We need to mop that floor", which may mean "you must mop the floor"). ...
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"Psychological disposition of car ownership" - is that a term?

I am searching for a term to describe the following: The psychological value that is attached to car ownership. The context: I am doing a research towards carsharing and writing about factors that ...
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Is there a word (or phrase) meaning related words that have the same number of letters?

It's possible that homomegete is the best, but I'm thinking of things like: username password or user pass and nervous excited I've had other sorts of pairings that I've come across over the ...
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Hypernym for numbers like 10, 100, 1,000, and so on

What is an umbrella term for numbers like 10, 100, 1000, 100000 etc?
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Year : Anniversary :: Day : ___?___

Is there a term for a milestone number of days since an event, just as an anniversary is a milestone (in increments of years)? I want to say “100 day-versary” or something like that.
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Term to describe how often someone meets their deadlines

I'm designing a report that describes our software users' performance on their assignments. One data point is the percentage of assignments submitted on time. I've labeled this column "Timeliness," ...
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Is there a verb form for how an effigy relates to its target or referent?

So an inanimate object in a story is representative of a person in the story. Anything that happens to the object represents something that happens to the person. So what’s the word for “The object ...
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Is there a word for being untruthful because you think you are right but you aren't?

Is there a word for the following action: Presume that we have a person who has never eaten parsley. He is speaking with another person who also has never eaten parsley. He tells that person that ...
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How to communicate third-party approval to customers?

Short story We are running a software company. Today, it's really hard to publish binary files, because of the false positive alarms of antivirus software. By default all executable files that are ...
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Name for hair-washing spray comb thing?

What’s the proper name for the gadget used in salons to wash hair? Picture a comb with a hose on it, maybe a strap for the hand. Water comes out very gently across the face, not really a spray at ...
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Opposite of Therewithal

Below is the definition of therewithal according to google and several other sources. Therewithal: together with that; besides. "he was to make a voyage and his fortune therewithal" I was searching ...
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A word for the property of being either prefix or postfix

I'm looking for a word that describes the property of an operator being prefix or postfix, so I can write 'In expression x++, the _____ of ++ is "postfix"'. I thought of using 'fixity', but that ...
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One word verb for accidentally painting outside the lines

Is there a one word verb for accidentally painting outside of a given outline or painting the top of your lip with the lipstick without intending to? I suppose if there is one the same should be used ...
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Word for changing from descending to ascending, and back again?

Is there a single word for changing flow from descending to ascending? I have a bunch of data and it is ordered A-Z, descending. When I press a button, it reverses and is now ordered Z-A, ascending. ...
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What's the word for someone who criticizes a work you've done without properly understanding it?

Let's suppose I write a book expressing how the political situation in my country is bad, because X and Y reason. Then some outsider comes and says I totally don't get the point or criticizes my work ...
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Word or Phrase specifically for a sale or transfer between two divisions or branches of the same company

I want a word or word phrase like 'Sales and Customer Service', but it applies only to the sale or transfer of stock between branches or divisions of the same company. It's for internal ...
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Synonym for "New" in the "Whole Cloth" sense

If I buy a "new" car, there is ambiguity. My "new" car might be replacing my daily driver and this isn't very exciting. My "new" car might might be a hotrod red Corvette and suddenly my "new" car ...
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How can I describe a nudge performed with my leg or foot?

When my hands are full, I'll often use my leg or foot to help me navigate my environment. For example, when I am loading the dishwasher, I'll use the top of my foot to shut it. I'll also use my knee ...
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I need a word or phrase that refers to the fact that your suffering is for the benefit of another

One whose suffering is not because of who s/he is, but God has given that person to suffer for the benefit of another.
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Word for continuous waiting for the next new person who arrived to finish

A couple of people are having coffee. When they are about to finish, another person joins. Now they have to wait for that person to finish. When person 3 is about to finish, another joins. Now ...
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Word for acts of leadership

I'm working on a leadership concept that leadership is not about one heroic act, but rather the sum of lots and lots of smaller acts of leadership. What word might I use to describe these smaller ...
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Personality trait describing someone who enjoy making others feel good (genuine)

I am trying to figure the best way to describe a personality trait which involves somebody spreading joy to others and getting joy, not from the act, but in response to the positive feedback from ...
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Is/was there a word that pairs with "while" the same way "then" pairs with "if"?

If you understand these examples, you'll notice that I’m wondering whether both of these commas could be considered to be standing in for words. While I’m not sure such a word ever existed, I’ll ...
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Word for someone who is currently in the vicinity, or the grounds of a particular venue

I'm sure there must be a word for someone who is currently in the vicinity, or the grounds of a particular venue. For example, I want to say: ...while the sounds of the rest of the ______ gang ...
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Adjective meaning "dependent on warfare or plunder"

I'm struggling to remember a word I've seen only once before that characterizes something (such as an economy) as being dependent upon or driven by resources gained through conquest. The context in ...
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Is there a term for the "due-ness" of something?

I have something that can be one of the three states: current, due, and overdue. Is there a specific term that describes the set comprised of those states, one that evokes the nature of the states? ...
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Is there such a thing as "inverse unrequited love"

Is there such a thing as inverse unrequited love where someone loves you but you don't love yourself as much as they love you? I'm thinking about a situation where it's like you're suffering from ...
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What is a single word for a "generic place something is mentioned in"?

If X mentions Y, then that Y is mentioned in X. For example, if a post mentions a user, then that user is mentioned in a post. Or, if a comment mentions a company, then that company is mentioned in ...
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Adjective for a particular form of cavalier attitude

I'm hoping to find a particular word to describe a variant of a cavalier attitude. I need to describe the attitude of an individual who, knowing that they themselves have been irresponsible, express ...
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What word would be used for someone who eats meat but not meat products?

As described in the various answers here, there are words out there for people who eat poultry and/or fish while not meat. Is there a word for a person who eats meat, fish, poultry, and plants but not ...
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A word for something that is pleasant because it is intellectual challenging

I am looking specifically for an adjective. Let X denote that adjective. Here's an example for what I mean. He's not doing cancer research because he wants to improve and save the life of his ...
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A word/phrase to describe a person who attends vocational school to become a house painter/decorator

I am wondering how I could say this with just one or a few words, but I cannot seem to be able to find a correct sounding way of saying it. House painting student? House painter in training? Soon-to-...
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Adjective for "pertaining to traffic"

I've trying to specify the "body" language we use while stuck in traffic. I'm hoping for a word ending in -al. At work we use professional body language, at home we use social body language, while ...
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Word which means inevitably successful

I am looking for a noun which means inevitably successful or bound to be a success or ultimately successful.
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Is there a word for a "love of storytelling" or storyline

I don't mean "loving to read stories" but instead a word that describes a love of the content/storyline for any media. For example if there is not a good storyline in a game I start playing. I'm a ...
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How to describe the lower area of upper ray in a 'hockey stick'-shape angle?

I am trying to describe the area depicted below. It is the beginning of the upper ray coming from the vertex of the obtuse angle in a 'hockey stick'-shaped function. (In other words, it's an area past ...
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An expression for forgetting while sleeping

Does English have a good expression – perhaps a phrasal verb with 'sleep' – to suggest that you forgot during your night's sleep? Let's say you get a text message and you read it a moment before you ...
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Is there a word for "able to be accumulated"?

Sample sentence: Your score "can be accumulated". I tried 'accumulable', but thought it would be too casual for writing.
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Term for realistic fictional documentation, artifacts, tools

I’m imagining contextual details in a fantasy fiction setting like technical drawings of alien plants, diagrams of demon physiology, guidelines for communicating with inter dimensional beings. I ...
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Word or term for "Returning somewhere after a long time and it is no longer familiar"?

I'm trying to figure out if there is a specific word, or more likely a term, for the concept of "returning somewhere after a long time away from it and it is no longer familiar to you." For ...
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