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Generic word for a verse, chorus, or bridge of a hymn or song

I'm working on a project that involves breaking a set of lyrics into “sections,” by splitting on double line breaks. Later on in the process, each section will be categorized as a verse, chorus, or ...
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Does “as my cynicism ran rife” make any sense? [closed]

I want it to seem like the cynicism spread throughout me (not to anyone else though). I was cynical about things with me.
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can Where/Whereas be used interchangeably in the following examples?

"Whereas there were once as many as fifteen thousand divers on the island, there are now only about five thousand." "Where there were once as many as fifteen thousand divers on the ...
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What are some cool words that mean [closed]

I'm looking for some cool sounding nouns that relate to things like -- nexus/intersection crossroads bridge transit hub exchange conversion from one state to another axis I was trying to find ...
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What is the meaning of “cuts at the root of the right-wing position” in this context? [closed]

I was reading the book The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From by Tony Joseph, published in India in 2018, when I came across this sentence that I can't understand. It goes like : There was ...
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Does the expression “press the flesh” imply hypocrisy? [closed]

I read in Longman the meaning of this phrase "to shake hands with many people while campaigning for public office". Is this phrase implying that the act of "pressing the flesh"/...
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What is the difference between “being” and “having been”? [migrated]

My mom has asked me quite often: What is the difference between “being” and “having been”? She still struggles with the difference between the two phrases. Although I’m aware of how they are different,...
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Does “unnerve” mean “to make nervous”? If not, what are some verbs for “to make nervous”? [closed]

I'm confused by the word "unnerve" which sounds like it might mean "to make nervous," but seems to actually mean, "to emasculate or weaken." So what would be some words ...
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definition of “character” [duplicate]

I wonder if "character" could be explained as "something that exists separately from other things and has a clear identity of its own" in a strict sense. In my opinion, character ...
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What is the meaning of the word English word “ravished” in this sentence, violated or transfixed? [migrated]

I’m trying to figure out the best word in Spanish to translate the English word ravished as it’s used in the following context: There, before my ravished eye, a Cube, moving in some altogether new ...
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Is there a word in English to describe the descent of water or fluid out from a source? [closed]

I'm looking for a word to describe the flow of a liquid downwards gently and continually from a source. E.g. water being shot up from a jet fountain and then bending and flowing downwards. Lava ...
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Please explain the differences between those similar words [closed]

I came across with the unfinished sentence below: Her bestie showed her true _______. a. character b. disposition c. temperament d. colors e. nature I know the correct answer is D for colors. But I ...
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Meaning of “snatch the words from”

What is the meaning of "snatch the words from" as in this sentence: I have seen a religious who used to snatch the words from his superior’s lips, but I despaired of his obedience when I ...
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What are some alternative words/phrases for Wargame/Wargaming?

I am pursuing a doctoral research and because of lack of data in my specific domain, I want to use war-gaming as a methodology. However my advisor won't be very comfortable with the military ...
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What is the meaning of “flat-footed” in this context?

The word 'flat-footed' appears several times in the Harry Potter books and I am not quite sure what to make of it. It could be interpreted in several different ways, I think. And normally in the ...
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What's the synonym of “Module”? [closed]

I want to know the synonym of the word "module" in the context of university. What is another way to call a module of a university course? can I call it a subject ?
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Is the word “adjectival” used in this context?

My English Fundamentals professor keeps using the word "adjectival" as in "adjectival clause" but I can't find it being used anywhere else but his class notes. I know that the word ...
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Sinecurist synonyms

So my native language has a word whose definition is a person who has become a public sector employee through a nepotistic relationship or political party affiliation, normally without the required ...
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Why are there so few synonyms for *interesting*? [closed]

Why are there so few synonyms for the word interesting? Really the only entirely interchangeable synonym is curious but it's rarely used now in this context. And interesting is a word used a lot and ...
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Is there a term for when people group 2 unrelated things they dislike into one entity?

I have seen this fallacy a lot of times when I'm having conversations with people. For example - when someone assumes a person who leans towards the right on the political scale will definitely be ...
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How is the word 'possible' used in this sentence?

"My job is important because it makes the best use of nature possible." I'm not sure how the word 'possible' is used in this sentence. I've looked up the dictionaries and thought of possible ...
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Word or phrase for becoming clumsy due to being overjoyed/happy

As the title implies, I'm trying to describe a person who is extremely happy and because of that behaves clumsily since they don't have enough attention about their surroundings. The specific case ...
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Not everything is about you [closed]

What does it actually mean when people say "Not everything is about you." when they use it?
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What does “Dibs on his wings” mean? [duplicate]

When I watched "how I met your mother" season 5 ep15, Robin said: "Dibs on his wings" when she saw Barney was on TV, showed his phone number for any girl to call if that woman ...
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How is the expression 'in my work' used in the following question?

"I am a sport data analyst. In my work, I watch baseball games all the time." I want to know what 'in my work' means in the above sentences. I guess it could be 'in my working place', or '...
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Does this piece of text, below, follow a correct grammar? [closed]

This piece of text was found today in the streets of Amsterdam. I was wondering if its grammar is correct. Wandered walker sewn onto the shadowy night. Vindictively I swear to be casted you, into the ...
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What does “play at writer” mean in this context in the The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck? [closed]

" Bukowski wrote back to the editor: “I have one of two choices—stay in the post office and go crazy . . . or stay out here and play at writer and starve. I have decided to starve.” " What ...
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the quality of having technical expertise is called? [closed]

I have to write three qualities, which a successful person possesses. I thought of creativity resilience knowledge - Here knowledge is not the quality of a successful person as per my teacher. But I ...
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Which is correct: “cope up”, “cope with” or “cope up with”? [closed]

So, I was just writing an essay as part of my summer holiday homework, and I got stuck at this phrase - is it "cope up", "cope with" or "cope up with"? Naturally, cope up ...
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word analogy - accelerate is to velocity as [closed]

Accelerate is to Velocity as sound is to decibels incarcerate is to prison levitate is to elevation commiserate is to weight denigrate is to reputation Please choose one option.
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Word analogy - terrify is to frighten as [closed]

Terrify is to frighten as... demand is to request explore is to ignore brag is to scold predator is to prey chase is to capture Please choose the closest option.
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What is the best word to describe the feeling of being nervous, intimidated, excited etc which may be felt upon meeting a person you greatly admire? [duplicate]

Every time I've had the opportunity to meet a moviestar/rockstar who I idolize and imitate in every way (and call it influence), I always flub it up. Without fail. This is because I get so nervous and ...
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How you say to take notes/information in this context?

The idea is that take notes means to store info about something, so is this context correct? I placed an order, but they didn't note well my info. When you are taking somebody's info, how do you say ...
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Is there a book or website or software with core English words that allow you to understand every English word? [closed]

Is there a book or website or software with core English words that allow you to understand every English word? These core words can give us the meaning of every English word in the entire English ...
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What is the name of the relationship between someone and his/her relative?

If the relationship between someone and their friend is "Friendship", then what is the name of the relationship between someone and his/her relative? Context: e.g. I cherish my friendship ...
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Must sentences that declare truth be declarative syntatically? [closed]

I'm reading a book about discrete math written by Kenneth H.Rose and in it he states that in mathematical logic, A proposition is a declarative sentence (that is, a sentence that declares a fact) ...
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How would I say “Time it takes to fall after casting” as short as possible?

As said in the title. The "Time it takes to fall after casting" is only for a title and should not show a time.
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How do I say whether or not a number was pronounced like a telephone number (or zip code). Are there words for this?

501 can be pronounced 'five hundred one' or 'five zero one'. How do I tell someone how it was pronounced without saying the number. The best I've come up with is 'normal style' vs 'zip code style'. ...
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What does 'underwritten" mean in the following sentence?

I am asking about the meaning of 'underwritten' in the following sentence? The film received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for its visual effects and action sequences, but with ...
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Name of a specific visual effect

it's a visual effect that originates from a pack of cigarettes, which shows the pack of cigarettes on the packaging, and it goes on and on forever. basically "recursive"
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What are these types of soldiers called?

During the military service in Iran, some soldiers are responsible for traffic control (entrance and exit of people in a garrison or headquarters after writing down their names and searching them), ...
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Question about distinction between “trellis”, “grid”, “grating”, “mesh”, etc. etc

I have a question denoting the right word for a particular object. In German, we have mainly one word for all the objects denoted by "grid", "trellis", "grating", "...
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Word for presenting facts, but also being at pains to not infer anything beyond those facts

"They only stated heavily ???? facts" They were careful to only state facts and were even at pains to explicitly clarify that those facts did not imply other things that people might usually ...
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Living in a neighborhood between a suburb and “the woods”

Is there a specific way to describe a very green suburban neighborhood, which has vegetation that looks natural/wild and relatively a lot of room between each house? It is just 1 mile away from the ...
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Can “Free” be a noun? And what does it mean? [duplicate]

I saw this sentence when I was studying British Culture. "William Shakespeare composed plays that broke FREE of England's past style of plays and theatre." I was quite confused about the ...
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Is this usage of the word “concerned” correct?

Dictionaries are not generally concerned with phonetic transcription, but rather with phonemic transcription of the words presented. Sentence by myself. I just wanted to see if this sentence makes ...
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What does “corning a place” mean?

I'm translating some chapters of the book A History of Greek Fire and Gunpowder by J. R. Partington with the Introduction by Bert S. Hall. In the Introduction, page XIX, Bert S. Hall writes: "Any ...
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Atrium and ventricle

I was trying to find the original meanings of "atrium" and "ventricle" before they were adopted by heart anatomy. So far I learned that atrium is a word in architecture. But it ...
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meaning of “Calmly and deliberately, she cut up his suits one by one.” [closed]

In the definition of "deliberately" in Cambridge English Dictionary, the second meaning which is "slowly and carefully" has an example: Calmly and deliberately, she cut up his ...
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A word for being willing to accept the decisions and/or actions of machines

Is there a word that describes the attitude of a human willingly accepting the decisions and/or actions of machines (automation, robots, control systems, etc). e.g. I have just bought a new car with ...

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