Questions tagged [terminology]

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

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What does “playground” mean in an informatics educational context?

What does “playground” mean when people use this word in articles or tutorials? For example, there is an article with this title: "Kotlin Playground" (Kotlin is a programming language and this is an ...
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Are US detention centers on the US-Mexico border “concentration camps”?

There is a hot "debate" on Twitter regarding whether the detention centers used by the US border patrol to detain/hold immigrants can be called "concentration camps" or not. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, ...
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Term for either the Earth's Moon or Sun?

Is there a term (compound word or phrase would be acceptable) one could use to refer to either the Moon or the Sun depending on the time of day? Other than the big shiny thing in the sky. I'd use it ...
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What is a secondary school graduate called?

I think graduate indicates only a university graduate in British English, but in American English can it perhaps also suggest a high-school graduate as well? Could anyone tell me something about ...
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“Sixty tray, all day” — what does that mean?

I've stumbled upon a very peculiar phrase in a comic I'm currently reading; here's the screenshot. As can be seen, just before exiting the train some gangsta guy quips "Sixty tray, all day" to a ...
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Term for “bending in multiple directions at the same time” - “mind bending”, actually

I want to extend the expression "mind bending" to mean "mind bending in multiple directions at the same time". My intuition to "mind bending" is an object becoming curved to roughly a quarter ...
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In grammar terminology, what sentence structure terminology is used to describe the infinitive-looking phrase after the verb “told”?

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The sentences below prove that the infinitive form of verbs as well as the gerund form can be used in the object position of the sentence structure S-V-O. I like toys. (...
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Is there a prefix meaning 'old'? [closed]

I am writing a sci-fi novel in which humanity has struggled to survive in colonies throughout the solar system after the Earth becomes uninhabitable. I am writing a passage about a main character's ...
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Is there a word for the arrow/pointer of a speech bubble

A speech bubble points to the person articulating the speech. The bubble itself is a square, but what is the arrow that points to the speaker called?
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Is there a term for when fiction refers to fiction

In the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, two characters are talking and one refers to something from Star Trek. Here is the lines from that dialogue (source IMDB), Elliott: He's a man from outer ...
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How to call the outcome of a cooking recipe, in quantitative terms [closed]

Talking about cooking recipes, how do you call "the amount of it that the recipe produces", the recipe outcome in quantitative terms? I'm looking for the more professional term, the one used by ...
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What is a term for someone who plays the fool and is secretly not one?

This is akin to the ‘Darth Jar Jar’ theory, where Jar Jar is theorised to be a powerful and clever sith lord who acts clumsy and stupid to hide in plain sight. Preferably the term conveys a fake ...
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What term would you use for a person who caused an incident

I am working on a procedure for my company and I am seeking a term to use for someone who causes an incident/accident. Example: Have "term" fill out an incident report as soon as they are able to.
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How to refer in English to the Spanish “consonante” and “asonante” rhymes?

Verses in Spanish language can have two types of rhyme: Consonante rhyme, in which every sound from the stressed syllable to the end are the same. Asonante rhyme, in which every vowel sound from the ...
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A word for reporting observations without drawing conclusions [closed]

I recently read an article about Navy pilots seeing something they couldn't identify and thought they did a good job of reporting on the incident without making assumptions as to what they were seeing....
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Finding a better name for “context” or “variant” for describing a software object concept

Problem: In a software product, there is the possibility to define sets of parameters (key, value pairs). The functionality is encapsulated in an object in the code, to be reused by programmers ...
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The deliberate use of misleading terminology [duplicate]

Is there a word or phrase which describes "choice of misleading words", or the negation: "choice of non-misleading words"? The nearest phrases I can think of are linguistic deception, or controlled ...
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Is there a single word for unhealthy ego?

This article actually explains my question http://stonepsychology.com/is-your-ego-healthy-or-unhealthy-heres-how-to-tell/ very well. If we say some action is driven by 'ego' we often mean that the ...
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I need an assistance in finding new word driven out of “Neutralization” word [closed]

I need help in finding the most suitable words derived from the word neutralization. I am using the word neutralization to describe a particular mathematical situation where the problem can be ...
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Name for a business model where you get free 'basic' packages

I'm looking for a term for a business model that includes free base packages and charges you for the amount of service you require. Some examples: Unity, pay once you make 100'000 Google Drive, ...
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Term for a small number of bad incidents ruining something larger for everyone else?

I'm looking for a word or expression that describes the following types of events / patterns. Example 1: Until the late 1960s / early 1970s in the USA, airport security was minimal and you could ...
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What is the meaning of the term “town hottie”?

I know I heard this term several times before, but when I look it up, I can't find anything on it. Thanks in advance.
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What does Designate mean in a legal document?

When I read this in a legal document I believe it means "whom ever the authority figure designates" but I'm a little unsure of that. It keeps coming up in the thing that I'm reading, and that's why I'...
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Appointment scheduling nomenclature

My question is quite broad, thus I wasn't able to close it under a single title, so forgive me. Background: I can work between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ...
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How far back does the distinction between “interpreter” and “translator” go in English?

I see it's stated in many websites that "interpreter" refers to someone who does oral translation (often bi-directionally) whereas "translator" refers to someone who translates written material. How ...
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Term or phrase that encompasses both top-down and bottom-up

When neither a top-down approach nor a bottom-up approach works, exclusively of each other, how might I succinctly label an approach that encompasses both top-down and bottom-up?
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Term or Title That Embraces the Juxtaposition of Work and Fun

I'm looking for a clever way to describe someone who likes to be positive and have fun but who is also serious about getting work done. The phrase "work hard, play hard" comes to mind, but I'm not ...
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what is the terminology that describe the rate of user access over order in the context of e-commerce

assume I have an e-commerce website. let num_user denote how many user access my website in a day, let num_order denote and how many of them make an order in that day. the question is, what is the ...
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Neologism: I am introducing a new term in my thesis for a concept but I am cautious [closed]

Is it arrogant in writing to explicitly say I came up with the term? Fear of appearing arrogant made me think to just say: X will be used throughout the thesis to refer to the concept of Y without ...
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Where does the term “old salt” originate

I know an old salt is an old sailor in maritime jargon, but where does the term originate. Does it have to do with the fact that sea water is salty? Why does the old salt have to be old, can’t s/he be ...
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What is the antonym of “terminus”? [closed]

As for an ad hoc single-direction train, the last station is called the "terminus", while the first station is called the ______. A. origin B. source C. start D. initus E. ...... (other names)
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Using words used as words: Why am I confusing myself? [closed]

Humans, naturally, prefer simple over complex. I would think that in the above sentence, both simple and complex are words used as words. (Though, perhaps, not as clear as it is in the preceding ...
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How to name collection of web links? [closed]

I have a blog and from time to time I made posts that contains only web links with some short description. Those links was not so easy to gather and they are have a value by themselves. I call this ...
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Term for maladaptive animal behavior that will lead to their demise?

Moths to a flame. Is there a term for such a behavior?
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What do you call the part of a novel that is not dialog?

Many novels consist of dialog - and the other part, the part that is not dialog. What do you call the part of a novel that is not dialog?
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Term for phobia of various groups

So I am not looking for 'Enochlophobia' or 'Agoraphobia' the fear of large crowds. I am looking for a generic term (or is it collect noun?!) for phobia of various groups of people e.g. homophobia, ...
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Is there a specific term to refer to a word associated with specific part of speech?

I'm looking for a term I can use to refer to words tagged with a specific part of speech. Let's say the word run may be used as a verb and as a noun. So, run (n) and run (v) are ... of word run. Is ...
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American communities vs communities in America

Is there a difference in meaning between: "Helping migrants became part our communities in America." vs "Helping migrants become part of our American communities." It feels like option 1 is more ...
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Terms for someone who is attracted to females/males [duplicate]

Heterosexual/homosexual indicates a person's sexual preference in relation to their gender. However I am looking for a term which indicates sexual preference irespective of a person's own gender. E.g....
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Alternative way to communicate “Fill Rate” [closed]

I am working with customers in an app that helps them visualize where their products are in the order management process. Recently with some testing I discovered that the users were confused by the ...
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Term for asking crowd to cheer louder

Sports people, sometimes after making a really impressive play, make a motion with their arms spread out moving up and down, basically signalling at the crowd to cheer louder. Is there a better word ...
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What is the difference between contraction and elision? [closed]

So, what is the difference between the terms? Is it right to say that elision is a specific case of contraction? Another version I've I ran onto was that these were slightly different terms as ...
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What is the longest adjective that has been made by stacking -o adjectives? E.g. Socio-economic

Words, like socioeconomic and geopolitical, have become more popular as the globe has noticed certain phenomena are irrevocably connected. But how far has this adjective stacking been taken? Most of ...
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Getting something to work with something else

What is the proper way of conveying that I'm starting the task of getting some component to work or to be compatible with another component? Having an app that was developed for iPhone to work on ...
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What is “first modify” in the following piece from a license text?

"You may redistribute the source code of this program subject to the condition that you do not first modify it in any way"
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What is the proper term for etching or digging of wall to hide conduit of cables

I am creating a scope of work and I can't seem to find the right term to say... (including context) Contractor should provide in wall conduit. If no in wall conduit is available, contractor should ...
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Is there any standard terminology to describe how advanced a topic is?

Background: I have been searching for succinct language for referring to how "advanced" a topic or skill might be. I've found things like Integrative Complexity and the Model of Hierarchical ...
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When and where did “clam” come to mean a missed note in a musical performance?

Someone just asked me in chat what a missed note in music is called. Without hesitation, I replied, "A clam." It's what I've always heard in academic and professional settings since forever. Only now,...
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“sit back down again” — Tautology or no?

I'm curious about whether the phrase "sit back down again" (along with anything similar, like "stand back up again") would be considered a tautology or if another term would be a better fit here. To ...
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Term for direct antonyms?

The word "antonyms" covers any pair of words where the meaning is opposite -- quiet and loud, cautious and foolhardy, simple and complex -- but each word in these pairs could have other partners ...