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Questions tagged [terminology]

Terminology is a system of terms belonging or peculiar to a science, art, or specialized subject, nomenclature.

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Need help with the sentence structure for my pitch, thanks!

Back story: I am to give a 3 minute pitch on a task i worked on. I would like to something like, "As a general knowledge, we know that smartphones are dominated by IOS and android. Which is why ...
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Word for a multi-level stairway

A stairway made of flights where each flight leads to a small landing from which the next flight travels in the opposite direction to the first flight. So, for example, I take a flight down by going ...
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The term for caring more about problems that you see as directly affecting yourself

What is the term for the tendency to care more about problems that we perceive as directly affecting us? Or, relatedly, the tendency to show more empathy for people's problems when we perceive the ...
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Graphemes and symbols

What is the difference between 'graphemes' and 'symbols'? When I sreached it up, this is what came up: A grapheme is a written symbol of a phoneme. I am positive that the very utility of a symbol is ...
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Is “sectors of fire with overlapping coverage” the current jargon for “overlapping fields of fire”?

While watching 13 Hours: the secret soldiers of Benghazi, I heard the following: [Tyrone] Oz? This is where we make our stand! [Oz] Guys, let's set sectors of fire with overlapping coverage. ...
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Could you help me remember a specific military-related verb having to do with movement?

What I know about the word is as follows: —It is a verb. —Its meaning relates to movement. —The word is used in the context of the military/army/troops. —It is between two and three syllables long....
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Which word can be used to generalize the concepts of “owner” and “administrators”

We have a software application in which there's a number of entities that can be shared with other users. So, every entity has an owner (one who has created it) and administrators (those who the ...
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Is there a word to designate grammatical constructions such as “all the more since” or “as long as”?

Do philologists have a single word to refer to grammatical constructions such as all the more since or as long as, or is 'grammatical construction' the most compact way to refer to those kinds of ...
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What is the synonym for “to raise the inner parts of the brows”?

I'm not looking for the name of the face expression (e.g. sad, or sorry, or "inner brow raise", etc.), I'm looking for the name of the movement that is made. I thought maybe there was a less ...
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“Narrative” or “narration”, when it comes to history?

I am aware that the "narrative vs. narration" issue has emerged again. However, my question is a bit more specific. When it comes to history and historiography and, in specific, to making reference ...
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What do you call the reading method of copying a book word by word?

I wonder if this is a typical reading method in English world, and whether it has a name. In old days, it could be copying by handwriting, and nowadays by typing on a keyboard.
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What to call something that is used to impart flavour to food, but is not actually ingested?

What is the generic term for something that is used in food preparation, typically to impart flavour, but is removed from the dish before it is served? For instance, a bouquet garni is a specific ...
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What is a small tent kind of shop on the side of the road called?

What is a small tent kind of shop on the side of the road called? It can sell stuff like newspapers, snacks, coffee, and other small things. The only two things that come to mind are "a hot dog stand"...
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A word for a professor teaching in multiple universities

I have this feeling that I've seen and then forgotten a word which specifically describes a professor / lecturer who teaches in multiple universities. (Not just a visiting professor) "I hear Mallory ...
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Alternative to “grandfather” in an organizational context [duplicate]

In organizations sometimes we refer to the manager of a manager as the "grandfather". For example "candidates for senior level positions must go through a grandfather's interview" meaning those ...
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Difference between declarative sentence and proposition statement?

Oxford dictionary defines declarative sentence as : "A statement in the form of a declaration." and Proposition as: "A statement or assertion that expresses a judgement or opinion". What is the ...
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two different kinds of adjectives?

There seem to be two different kinds of adjectives, those that are used as prefixes and those that are used as predicates. Is there a name or terminology for this difference? For example, The dogs ...
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Terminology to describe bell rope [closed]

I'm looking for words that describe the rope that hangs from a bell in a bell tower. ADDED: This isn't so much about where the word would be used as it is trying to identify examples or variations ...
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Aggregate vs total [closed]

What is the difference between the words aggregate and total? Please give examples where one word might be preferred to the other. In economics for example, there are terms like aggregate demand, ...
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How to call when each of a group pays and shares expenses?

Me and my friend are flatmates. I spend $100 for bills, he spends $60 for shared groceries. Every once in a while we balance out our expenses; in this case my friend gives me $20, or makes a $40 ...
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Single word to replace “allowed to be missing”

I want to express my knowledge about the presence of absence of something. My knowledge is divided into three different cases: I know that the thing doesn't exist. I don't know whether the thing ...
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Can you call a vegetable plot “a vegetable bed”? [closed]

Can you call a vegetable plot "a vegetable bed"? Or is this usage uncommon? For example a bed of flowers is called a flowerbed.
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The linguistic term for the slogan structure

Recently I've seen this slogan. Its spelling and pronunciation are a bit unusual: "Nice to meat you" means "it's nice to provide you with some meat dish", but it sounds like "It's nice to meet you"...
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Term for extended alliteration - a specific form of assonance [duplicate]

In answering a recent question here I found myself in need of a term for alliteration but including the first vowel sound, as in "Costa Coffee". An ideal term would be more specific than assonance. I'...
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What to call a library of shared libraries in programming

There are (for example) three dynamic libraries that is files libxx.so, libyy.so, and libzz.so (or .dll files xx.dll, yy.dll, and zz.dll on Windows). What do you call the collection of all three ...
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A word to define “semi-transparent waving” effect?

I'm usually working with animations and also usually I find hard to define or put words on some things. What would be the correct term to define this (pretty used) effect which is kind of semi-...
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When should I be using sans, anyway?

People often use sans, the French word for ‘without’ in English. What I don’t get, is when should that switch be made. When should I say sans when I really want to say without. Are there any general ...
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Why are tax returns called tax returns, and is the term applicable outside the US?

I have a problem with the term tax returns regarding its genesis and use in international communication. 1) Genesis and logic I do not understand the logic behind it. As far as I see, "tax returns"...
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Sentence Explanation - Seneca's On the Shortness of Life

I realized that your grief should not be intruded upon while it was fresh and agonizing, in case the consolations themselves should rouse and inflame it: for an illness too nothing is more harmful ...
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A double-D / A cap / A beanie / A bonnet

1- I'm writing a story and one of my characters wears a bonnet. I searched the internet for some examples but then, I found other names like: A double-D / A cap / A beanie / A bonnet. Now I’m confused ...
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What is the word that de­scribes the hu­man fe­male breast’s shape?

Phal­lic is fairly com­mon. Yonic, vul­vic, or labial were sug­gested as an­to­nyms. What is the word to de­scribe the breast’s shape? We cover up three ar­eas: the male groin, the fe­male groin, ...
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What is the name for evoking an answer that's a trick on the responder?

Mister Mxyzptlk was a trickster who tormented Superman. Although the rules eventually changed, the only way that Superman could send Mister Mxyzptlk back to the fifth dimension was to trick him into ...
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What does “mansplaining” mean?

I am trying to prepare myself to going into the international social space. In doing so, I saw the video: Feminist "Mansplaining" Video Goes Wrong and I do not understand something: What is ...
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What is the word for a person who twists your words around into something negative…?

Here is some more info... This individual has a drug problem... people close to him have concluded that he is suffering from some form of personality disorder, thus, he is self medicating with ...
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The noun for when no individual in a community is doing wrong but the net result of those actions is evil?

I hope this question is legitimate under the strict rules of this forum? It is possible that the accumulated effect of a number of good people’s actions can be evil, not just in a discrete situation, ...
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What term is used for something you say in social situations but may or not actually be true?

For example, my son's birthday is Christmas Eve. When I tell people this I generally add how I have to tell family and friends not to go cheap and buy him a birthday present but say it's also for ...
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How is “iff” different from “if”

So I just discovered iff thinking it was a typo. But after looking it up and reading other answers on here it is a valid contraction of words if and only if. Much like XOR in a mathematical domain. ...
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What do you call someone who you show a game to and then they binge plays the game until they are better than you? [closed]

My so called "friend " likes to play video games a lot. We like to play Roblox (We aren't 5 yr olds). So one day I found this awesome game called RoBeats and I loved to play it. One day I got so good ...
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Does make-up with lab experiments work?

We used to say a make-up exam, how about the make-up lab experiment when we miss an experiment?
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Is there a name for a word which is a noun and also an unrelated verb?

There are many true homonym pairs where one of the words is a noun and the other is an verb. Example: Bear as a noun: The bear is a furry carnivorous mammal, different species of which can be ...
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A noun for the act of misinterpreting a word

When someone says a word that is superficially similar to, but means something different from, what they really mean, we call it a malapropism. I'm looking for the counterpart to this—a word for the ...
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What is the term when fixing one issue positively impacts other issues?

An example of what I am trying to ask is - The head of household for a family is undocumented, earning a little under minimum wage and renting a room. However, if he is able to get his green card he ...
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Non-jargon alternative to the term “content” when describing articles, videos, photos, etc

Web publishers often refer to articles, videos, photos, etc. as "content" or "online content", but I feel as if this term is hackneyed jargon and also fairly vague. What alternatives are there?
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What does “read chapter 18 onwards” mean? [closed]

What does "read chapter 18 onwards" mean? Read until chapter 18 or from 18 to end of the book? This is confusing.
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What word describes someone that hides in public? [closed]

For example a public figure, celebrity, authority, teacher that secretly conducts unlawful or unsavoury behaviour. Is there a specific word for this?
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What is a single-word adjective for relating /pertaining to physical addictiveness?

I need an adjective which means roughly 'of a tendency to cause physical dependence' that can be applied to drugs. 'Addictive' or the like won't work because it doesn't distinguish between physical ...
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Term for an unachievable goal which should be aimed for

Is there a term to describe a goal which it's unlikely will ever be fully achieved, but should be aimed for anyway? E.g. "All business processes should be fully documented" is a great goal to have. ...
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General word for “imaginary bad things”?

In some languages there's a categorical word for all things which are evil and imaginary. For example, Strašidlo in Czech describes ghosts, bogeymen, etc. Is there an equivalent word in English?
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Meaning of the term “instaciate”/“instatiate” in computer programming

What does this word mean? instaciate, otherwise instatiate It's not in any of my dictionaries, but there are a few too many occurrences of this word in programming communities and across the ...
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please let me know the nuance and teach me which is correct

This new sports complex is _________, so people can enjoy the games whatever the season is. (A) encased (B) enclosed (C) encircled (D) enveloped