Questions tagged [word-request]

This tag is for questions seeking a word that fits a meaning. Please demonstrate why you expect the word to exist in English. For example you could tell us a word that means the same in another language. Please use a bilingual dictionary and include the result of your research. Please include a sample sentence demonstrating how the word would be used. If you actually seek a phrase, or don't care, see the "phrase-request" tag.

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What do you call peaces of cardboard with political slogans on them?

What do you call these? Protest signs?
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What do you call the act of moving a variable or constant on the other side of the equal sign?

What do you call the act of moving a variable or constant to the other side of the equal sign? For example: 3x = y x = y/3 How do you call the act of moving a constant or a variable to the other ...
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Suppressing someone's money

When someone owes someone else a sum of money and they are NOT paying it back, they don't even intend to give it back to the lender, it is kind of suppressing, right? But I don't feel it is natural to ...
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When do we say “I am getting sick”?

There're 3 stages of a cold: a Stage 1: You have a bit fever and some sneezes Stage 2: You cough a lot and have a runny nose Stage 3: You cough less and less and the cold will be over in a few days. ...
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“all the time” vs. “always”

Do the two terms "all the time" and "always" give the same meaning? I am asking about them as I might replace "all the time" with "always" in a survey frequency ...
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Is it correct to say “could you bend your legs in/back to give us more room?”?

Your son is sitting on the bed with his legs straightened, which occupies quite a lot of space, and you want him to bend or fold his legs towards his belly to give space. Is it correct to say "...
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Is it called “the ledge/ edge of a flower enclosure”?

In front of houses or buildings people have these structures like the one in the above picture. There is an enclosure and flowers are planted in there. What is the edge of that enclosure called in ...
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How to describe word formatting changes automatically and unexpectedly?

How to describe word formatting changes automatically and unexpectedly? Sometimes when we use another PC to open a word file, formatting changes automatically and unexpectedly due to word version ...
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Is it correct to say “don't force the bottle closed/open because the threads of the cap and the bottle don't align well with each other”?

Sometimes, when we screw / unscrew a cap on / off a bottle, the external male thread of the neck of the bottle doesn't align well with the internal female thread the cap. And As a result, the cap ...
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Is it natural to say “tuck in the flaps of the medicine box to close it”?

Medicine or pills are often stored in boxes like the above picture. Is the above box called "a pill box" or "medicine box"? And to close the box, we have to fold its flaps in a ...
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Is it natural to say “squeeze the toy chick to make it hiss” and “shake the toy chick to make it flash”?

I have a tiny rubber toy chick like the above picture. When I squeeze it, it makes some hissing sound. When I shake it, it flashes or blinks Is it natural to say "squeeze the toy chick to make it ...
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What do you call the painted image done on a car?

What do you call the painted image done on a car? I think there's a specific terms used by people who do the paint job for custom cars, but I can't remember what it was.
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Is it correct to say “Sweetie, don't stretch the neckline all the way to show off your shoulders like those girls on TV like that”?

Some young women wear some special type of tops like the above picture. The top could be a sweater or Tshit or any top can be made into it. What is the common term for it in everyday conversation, for ...
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Is this called “a display stand with a base”?

Note that: The information on the panel could show menus of a restaurant as the above picture. Or, it could show some instruction that you often see in university or school. Or, people may put some ...
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Sea creatures (not fish) that have the suffix 'fish'?

I think of two sea creatures of which their names end with the suffix 'fish': Cuttlefish, shell-fish, although by definition they aren't real fish. Are there more names of sea creatures (which aren't ...
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Third gender or intersex

What is the term used for a baby born with biological conditions that do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies? What is used in the UK and USA? Is the term 'intersex' acceptable? ...
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Talking relationship

I have searching for a term that I'm unable to find yet. If I am not talking to my friend or relative but my relationship isn't broken. We two are angry with each other. We will begin talking and ...
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Describing movement (kneeling or lying down)

For a story I'm writing, I sometimes have issues with describing movement, more specifically when the characters are not standing upright. More specifically for following situations: A character is ...
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Describing a sitting posture

I'm writing a book in English. Not my main language, but I'm doing this for fun mostly and love writing in English. I usually find words or descriptions on the internet if I'm not sure how to word ...
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What do you call the action of the sea going back and forth on a beach?

I don't think there's a word for it, but I remember there was a word that was somewhat used to express a similar thing. We could say in bad English: The wave beached on the sandy beach and then ...
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What's the verb to describe the onset of a disease?

I know that "onset" is a noun. I'm trying to find a verb to convey the onset of a disease. For instance, I need to make a list of things that are not covered by a medical insurance product, ...
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Is it correct to say “a coil is made of many loops”?

loop 1 /luːp/ ●●○ noun [countable] 1 SHAPE OR LINE a shape like a curve or a circle made by a line curving back towards itself, or a piece of wire, string etc that has this shape loop of wire/rope/...
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How to describe the action that one switches for a better job? [closed]

When a person jumps into a higher-paying job, what are some verbs to describe such actions?
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Synonyms for “take risks/chance”

What are other similar phrases or vocabulary to express "take risks/chances"? In the following context: Some people believe that success in life comes from taking risks or chances.
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Email subject for an email including information for campus residents who have poor internet connection

I am sending an email to all students, but it is for campus residents who have poor internet connection. Which one is a good subject? To campus residents who have poor internet connection To campus ...
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synonyms for “conceive of”

I am not a native speaker of English and It's become very confusing to understand the meaning of "conceive of" . To conceive means to conceptualize; but why we mostly use preposition of with ...
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What word describes 'reconnect and continue' a previous correspondence?

I had a correspondence with an office that ended some time ago. Now I want to reconnect and continue from where I left the previous correspondence. My mind tells me the word Resurrect, i.e. ...
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A pram, a stroller, or a baby carriage? [duplicate]

What would most Americans call this: A pram, a stroller, or a baby carriage? Or something else?
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The verb “appetize”

I would appreciate it if someone could let me know what is the common verb to stimulating appetite when someone or something makes you to eat because they are very pleasant, look delicious and ...
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A common verb to describe someone's act when he/she eats eagerly and pleasantly

I'm going to describe someone who eats usually eagerly and pleasantly so that it appetizes others, makes them feel good, and makes them want to eat the dish themselves. How shall I imply that in ...
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Word for “selectful”

looking for a proper word to say "only a selectful of them", which tries to express that, only a handful of them, not all of them of these a handful, each is carefully selected, not random ...
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words or phrases to describe people who value relationships

What are any vocabulary or phrases to describe the kind of people who value relationship (with family, friends, colleagues...) more over other things, work, success, etc. ?
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A child is lying on the side of a round footstool. Is it correct to say “Be careful! You may roll yourself onto the floor”?

There is a round footstool with no legs and a child stands the stool up on its side. Then he lies on the side of the footstool as shown in the above picture. The momentum of the stool may drive the ...
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Single word that encompasses backpacks, baskets, pockets, etc

What is a good, single word to describe any means of keeping and transporting items? The word must describe: backpacks, baskets, pockets, purses and plastic bags. Bonus points if hands fit the ...
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other ways of saying “getting/coming” out of poverty?

What are other ways of saying "getting/coming" out of poverty? More formal and concise? I want to express the idea that progress in economy help people "come out of poverty" after ...
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“enthusiast” vs “aficionado” vs “fan”

Tennis and Cricket enthusiast. Formula-1 and MotoGP fan. I have included these two lines in my (high school format) résumé. I want to depict the idea that I know most of the rules of Tennis and ...
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What is the part of an outer mouth that is limited between the upper lip and nose called in everyday conversations?

What is the part of an outer mouth that is limited between the upper lip and nose called in everyday conversations as shown in the picture. It seems that the technical word for it is "philtrum&...
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Does “bloviate” have a positive alternative?

In Czech we use the verb "vykládat" when someone "talks about something for a longer time with passion / in detail" or vyprávět for "telling a story with passion". "...
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Is it correct to say “tear the wrapper open by the side to take the straw out”?

There is a straw in a plastic wrapper as shown in the above picture. There is a zigzag line on the side of the wrapper. In order to take the straw out, we have to tear the zigzag line, not the top and ...
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Is there any word in English to say “additional stuff” for free?

There is a term in Portuguese "choro" or "chorinho", that can be used in a context like this: O barman me serviu uma dose the whiskey e deu um chorinho meaning The barman served ...
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What are some phrases or words to describe a person who enjoys family life and values family over other things?

What is a phrase or word to describe a person who enjoys family life and values family over other things? The only phrase I can think of is 'family person/people', which I think is not proper or even ...
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What's the name of those threads at the edge of cloths?

Some clothes (especially shawls) have at the edge kind of decorative part (see the picture attached here) of which kind of threads falls down. What is called? N.b. I don't know its name in my native ...
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Uncommon present continuous verbs

Today, I learned that some verbs can be used in present continuous form to make statements and requests sound less direct. I'm asking permission to be excused from work for at least three days. ...
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Is “unaware” appropriate here?

Jeff: So what do you think of our new coach? The new coach steps into the locker room. Unaware, Jeff goes on -- Jeff: What an idiot, huh? I mean, who the hell does he think he is? Question: Is "...
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What is the word for Compliance using -tion or city [closed]

I want to know the family of word Compliance. This work I am using show something success. I have list with product's state, list items are Compliance, Pending, failed. Now I need label for list. As ...
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Word for a question whose answer depends on each person

Can someone please help me with this: A word you use to describe some question that got a lot of answer dependent on each person.
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What am I? (If I can only speak and understand a language but can't read and write it)

I am looking for a word (or a set of words) that can be used to reflect someone's level of proficiency in a language that they can speak (not fluently though) and understand (perfectly) but can't read ...
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Better word to mean “unintended mix of expressions”

I found this sentence in some text: The conversation you cite with A, B and C sounds to my eyes uncommon. Based on this, I wanted to explain something like this: Most likely, it is a (contraption) ...
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How to call the few pages before the actual content of a book?

That may include the Book title page, Copyright page, preface page, content table page, etc. or just the Book title page and the Copyright page.
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Is it correct to say “could you turn the songs/ videos on”?

Your wife is holding a mobile phone which contains many songs/videos in song/video formats such as mp3 or avi. In dictionaries, "turn on/ off" is often used for machines. to make a machine ...

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