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

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Is there a word that denotes the process by which a new leader is selected?

I'm looking for a word that describes the process by which a leader is chosen. I would use "election", but that word contains too much information about the details of the process. I need something ...
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Is there a standard term for the purchasability of a principal’s dignity?

At the elementary school attended by my children, the dignity of the principal is regularly sacrificed in support of fundraising (hence its ‘purchasability’). I would be surprised if this weren’t a ...
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Word for exaggerating a response [on hold]

In soccer, players often exaggerate their injuries to make their opponent look more guilty. I've also seen this on TV shows with a hostile police officer, saying things like "Whoa whoa whoa, calm ...
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Is “R&D sector” a right term? [on hold]

I want to join R&D sector in XYZ industry. Does this sentence sound right ? Is there a better way of saying it ?
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Illuminated vs non luminous

Can illuminated be used in place of non luminous everytime? Like can air or glass ,which are see through materials, be said to be "illuminated". Illuminated means lit up. Non luminous means ...
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A way to describe a group of trees of one species using only one word

While working on a short story I faltered when I tried to depict in a concise and yet expressive manner a fact that main character was at the edge of a birch woodland. I don’t really like a word ...
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What is the term for a safety feature that prevents operation in unsafe conditions?

I'm thinking about things like the switches in a rice cooker that won't let you turn them on without actually adding rice and water to the pot, or a handle bar on a lawn mower that turns the engine ...
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Is there a terminology to describe a user (in computer science) who doesn't need to think to do its job?

To be more specific, an example: The customer relationship department of a company has 100 people to work on customer requests. This company has a system in which almost everything is automated for ...
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Is “tracking database” a meaningful term? [closed]

Is tracking database a meaningful term, or does it only make sense as part of a longer term, such as "project tracking database" or "asset tracking system"? The relevant definition of track is "...
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Is there a common term for the unfinished portion of a calendar year?

Year to date (YTD) is commonly used to describe the completed portion of the current calendar year. Is there a common term to use for the remaining part of the year (i.e. - now through December 31 of ...
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Inclusive term for alcohol, coffee and tobacco?

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe alcoholic beverages, coffee and tobacco products collectively. The closest I can think of is "drug," but that is too broad. Namely, it includes ...
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Guy as anchorage tool [closed]

What does "guy" refers to in case of anchorage of a steel structure to a wall ? *"..in addition to tie-ins, a series of guys shall be installed.."
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Is there a term for the process of telling multiple people different information to find a mole?

Not 100% sure this is the right stack site for this (or if there is one at all) so feel free to lock if it's off topic and I'll go elsewhere :) This is frequently used in movies where there is an ...
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A word that means “the yield of a hunt”

I am looking for a word that can be used for the catch resulting from a hunt. For example, a fox catches a rabbit and in that case, the rabbit is the prey. However if one talks about prey in general,...
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What is a term for an operator/function in which the order of parameters makes no difference?

I'm trying to recall the term for an operator/function where f(a, b) = f(b, a). For example, a + b = b + a for all values of a and b. However a - b != b - a unless a = b.
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a verb that means inhabiting the desert by large numbers?

I want to know if "conquer the desert" is the right way to talk about inhabiting desert by large numbers.Also,if there is any other verb that can be used other than "conquer" like "invade" or "overrun"...
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Term for a “unit-ed” (versus “unitless”) quantity

What is a term for the class of measured quantities that have a unit, as distinct from those that are unitless? This term describes any quantity with a unit: 5.3 seconds $0.00 −17.28 metres 4½ ...
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Is there a name for the substitution of “the + singular noun” for a plural noun?

For instance, I might say, "Overcrowding is a major concern in the classroom today" rather than "Overcrowding is a major concern in classrooms today". Is that substitution a literary device? The ...
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Hypernym for “conjunction” and “opposition”

Conjunction and opposition are terms from astronomy and astrology, and refer to two celestial bodies (usually planets) being together, or opposite one another, as seen from a third body (almost-always ...
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Is there a proper term for “mid-course students”?

I'm looking for a proper term for students that join a class mid-course. The suggested term I found was "mid-course student," but that doesn't seem to be an actual term. "Transfer student" would be ...
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First use of the expression “Spandau Ballet”

Am wondering about the known history of this term. I assume that Spandau refers to the German MG08. The term as a whole refers to the behaviour of massed troops being hit by machine gun fire. The ...
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Is there a popular expression in english to say “pasadomañana” as in spanish?

There is in spanish a word "pasadomañana" to refer to the day after tomorrow, I wonder if maybe there is an popular/informal way to mean the same without say the day after tomorrow
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What word would work as a better substitute for “Stalker”?

Context I am working on a game and one of the Classes in it is "Rogue". (Original, I know.) I'm trying to find a term that accurately describes and can serve as a name for one of the Subclasses. (...
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Is there a term for a group believing their methods are better than another?

I'm writing about a rebellion in a kingdom with an unjust government and a cruel monarchy. Like all rebellions, their goal is to overthrow the government and the ruler to bring back order. In the ...
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Is there a word or phrase that encompasses both infidelity and open relationships?

When it comes to married couples or people in a dedicated intimate relationship, there are (essentially) two ways to describe one person in the relationship being intimate with someone other than ...
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Term for an anti-theft/anti-loss feature seen on pens

I suspect many people here have seen those pens in banks by the tellers, that have lines between them and the counter top, so users can't walk off with them. I am trying to find out what that kind of ...
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Term for an image that briefly appears on computer screen

What do you call an image, usually fragmented, that appears on a computer screen for a split second, such as when a webpage is loading or an app is launching? I know the term exists, but can't ...
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Does this sentence make sense ‘ all spectrums of the coin’

I just want to confirm if the wording of the sentence above gets the point across the right way in the English language. ‘We will be looking at all spectrums of the coin’, or is there another way I ...
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In the context of gambling, specifically poker, do you post a bet or place a bet?

In the context of poker a player places/posts bets. Two particular types of bets are the blinds. I've seen "place a bet" and "post the small/big blind" but are the verbs interchangeable? I ...
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Run “as” normal user vs. Run “with” normal user

On Linux Mint 19, I have a Makefile with a command which should output a sentence: Target 'distrib' has to be run as normal user! in case the user has run it as / with the root user. Since I am ...
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Is there a name for text that reads the same upside-down? [duplicate]

This is similar to a palindrome but, instead of a word/sentence that reads the same forwards and backward, is there a word for words/sentences that read the same right side up and upside-down? See ...
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Which one is a better term: a men-hater, a men hater or a man hater? [closed]

Which one is a better term to describe a person who has a hatred towards men: a men-hater, a men hater or a man hater? In the Corpus of Contemporary American English there are such combinations like "...
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Differences between Band and Act

When should I use 'band' and when 'act', particularly in the musical context? Checking the Google Ngram service, I see that rock bands is more common than rock acts. Instead hip-hop acts is more ...
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Is there a term for the ending consonant of one word connected/disconnected from the next leading to different yet related meanings?

In his 2013 TEDx Houston talk The tyranny of the rocket equation, astronaut and International Space Station Flight Engineer Don Pettit humorously introduces two categories of mass launched from Earth ...
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“Entire production” as a collective noun for an artist's works

Is it common or possible to use the construction "The entire production of an artist is on display at the museum", or is there another collective noun that encompasses the entirety of an artist's ...
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What is this little section of concrete called?

This concrete/triangle object is the object in question. (Image from Google Maps).
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Term for rhetorical refrain

In the widely followed hearing on Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to the United States Supreme Court, Senator Kamala Harris said to Kavanaugh's accuser of sexual assault; You have called for an ...
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What do you call someone who leads a visitor from the office reception to the office premises

What is the name of the person who takes a visitor (guest, client, etc.) from the reception area to the inside of the office premises? Many times when we will go to office, the office receptionist ...
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Where is the ‘abaft the beam’? [closed]

Please point out where ‘abaft the beam’ is on this picture. I cannot find it. abaft adv. Toward the stern. prep. Toward the stern from
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interrogative sentences with W-clauses in the middle

I know that when we are reporting a question in our sentence in reported speech, the question mark shall be removed, like this : Question asked from me : Did you know that girl? Reported : He ...
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Political catchwords used to misguide? [closed]

I remember reading a Wikipedia article about a linguistic category of catchwords used in politics which refer to ill-defined ideas. They are left purposefully vague so their exact meaning is left ...
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Is there a grammatical term to distinguish the different functions of the verb “married”?

Sense 1: The husband married the wife. Sense 2: The priest married the couple. Is there a grammatical term that characterizes the different ways the verb is used in these two senses? I'm ...
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“sink my jig” in nautical dialect

In a short story by Edward Page Mitchel entitled The Last Cruise of the Judas Iscariot, captain Cram, a sailor from Main, tells the story of him building a schooner with three masts, which was frowned ...
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Why is it called a literary cycle?

The word cycle itself is simple enough when used to mean something that returns to its beginning, something that loops. But how did it also gain the meaning of a literary cycle, defined as a ...
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Is there a term that describes the set of professional skills of a person?

This set of professional skills can be used to determine which work is best for someone. Example of use: The test yields that Marie has a good <term> for the project manager vacancy
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What is the lingustic term for a language's usage conventions?

Every language has usage conventions that cannot be deducted from a basic dictionary. For example, to describe highly concentrated tea, English speakers will usually use "strong tea". Is there a ...
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Correspondence of French “exercice” and English “year/period” in a specialized, economic sense

In French, we use the term exercice to refer to a period of time between two events. We say exercice fiscal for fiscal year, exercice comptable for accounting period, etc. One of the senses given by ...
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Term for the kind of tools that haven't significantly changed over history

I’m looking for a term for the kind of tools that haven’t significantly changed over history.  These kind of items first uses usually date from humanity's early days, haven't changed much in form or ...
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Origins of '[politician's last name] derangement syndrome' and of 'derangement' in the sense of 'insanity'

In recent months, Donald Trump has characterized critics of his administration as suffering from "Trump Derangement Syndrome"—presumably, an irrational hostility to anything Trump says or does. The ...