Questions tagged [word-request]

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What do you call the driving lane that we find in front of certain hotels and hospitals that allows people to drop off people right at the entrance?

What do you call the driving lane that we find in front of certain hotels and hospitals that allows people to drop off people right at the entrance? The only thing I can think of is driving lane, but ...
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What do we call a song or music we perform during a funeral or for a dead person?

What do we call a song or music we perform during a funeral or for a dead person? I was thinking for "funeral song", but there has to be some kind of more specific term for this. I don't mind if the ...
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An adjective for a 'good definition'?

I am looking for an idiomatic adjective for a definition that is good. I know that a definition must be to-the-point, precise, clear, exact, accurate, etc. But what adjective do we usually use when ...
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An (erosive/eroding) job/task/action etc

I wonder what adjective do you normally use to describe an action / a task which as time passes causes you to wear out and makes you exhausted. These kinds of jobs are not at all boring at first, but ...
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What do you call these large signs hung from the ceilings?

What do you call these large signs hung from the ceilings? We often find these at the airport, sometimes, instead of one large sign, we have 3 large ones next to each other with the directions to ...
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What do you call the first areas that you find yourself in after getting off an airplane at an airport?

What do you call the first areas that you find yourself in after getting off an airplane at an airport? After doing some research, I found the term "passenger terminal", but it's too vague and seem to ...
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Is there a word that refers to the phrase that follows a dialog?

Is there a word that refers to the phrase that follows a dialog? By that, I mean phrases such as "said Matthew", "exclaimed John", etc. Is there a word that refers to those phrases we use in novels? ...
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What is the word for students under the same advisor

I'd like to know what is the word to describe students under the same advisor in graduate program, e.g. PhD. Students in the same department and/or in the same school year are called classmate.
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How to name one who expects something?

Is there a word in English that denotes a person who expects something to happen? writer writes reader reads ? expects
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Tresses or long hair

What do we call the hair that hangs loose on the neck below the ear? Tresses? As can be seen in the image:
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Word or a phrase for quick looking through a bookshelf

Would the act of quick looking through a shelf to find a book be called "browsing through the shelf"? Are there any alternatives to describe the same action? Edit: "Which hex do I enter? Which ...
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Family tree… the genealogy

What do we call a man who begins a family. Do we call him an antecedent or great-grand father or ancestor, a lineal antecedent? Or what? Such as, there is a family Richard. Now, the family got its ...
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What is the term for a compulsive liar?

If a kleptomaniac is compulsive thief, which term is used for a compulsive liar? I have searched extensively but to no avail. Is there an equivalent?
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standalone noun that refers to a person with a birth defect

Is there a one-word noun in English that refers to a person with a birth defect? By "standalone noun" or "one-word noun" I mean a noun that is not a compound one (like "power of attorney", "due ...
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A quite aware and experienced person who usually and easily can judge people / situations properly

I need a single word in English encompassing a specific quality of someone who is so aware and astute that can easily understand and judge other people and their intentions prior to any attempt by ...
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Is there a verb that means “tracks and changes”?

Is there a verb that means "tracks and changes"? I don't think there is so can you find a way to formulate the following sentence in a way that doesn't sound too weird and incomprehensible? For ...
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Is there any word or expression to describe feeling something really deep (you don't know what that feeling is)?

Sometimes you feel kind of like you're lost in time or something—you forget about your issues and everything for a few seconds. This happens especially when you see a beautiful photograph or listen to ...
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How to politely tell your senior that what they told is wrong?

How to politely tell someone whatever they told is not correct according to me? Is it okay to say "let me know if I am wrong?" after explaining them about that concept?
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Is there an intransitive verb that means “withdraw money”?

Is there an intransitive verb that means "withdraw money"? I am looking for either an intransitive verb that means "withdraw money" or a transitive verb that means "withdraw money" that doesn't have ...
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A verb/phrasal verb for removing an impasse

This debate has reached an impasse. We need a novel approach to _____ the current impasse. What would be an idiomatic verb for the blank? Remove? destroy? resolve? bring us out of? bring the debate ...
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What's the technical of conjoining two words into one word?

What's the technical of conjoining two words into one word? For example, taking the words "bath" and "water" to create the word "bathwater". What is the technical word for this? I am thinking there ...
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Is there a word for the damage women go through during delivery?

Is there a word for the damage women go through during delivery? I am especially thinking about the damage undergone in the private parts. Is there a specific word people use? I thought "damage" was ...
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What do you call the thing that squirts out juice, chocolate in a food plant?

What do you call the thing that squirts out juice, chocolate in a food plant? What do you call the end of the machine that squirts out the food ingredients, and what do you call the entire thing? I am ...
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What do you call the waving of the wand done by a concert conductor?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP4kXJ92Qh4 I am wondering if there's a particular word for it. I think you can say "conduct", but it doesn't refer to the specific movement, but the whole thing. Is ...
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What do you call a facial gesture?

What do you call a facial gesture? I thought about it and I can't think of a single word to refer to it. It's not a facial expression, because it's not an expression, but a gesture that can accompany ...
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Word do describe a person who only has knowledge about their own field

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe a person who does not know much about anything but the field they are majoring or have majored on. For example, a computer scientist who does not know ...
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What do you call the act of moving as a group one at a time with the last person going in front of the first person and on and on?

What do you call the act of moving as a group one at a time with the last person going in front of the first person and on and on? I think the word leapfroging is used, but it involves jumping over a ...
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What do you call the act of swiping a finger on your lips and blowing it to mimic a crazy person?

What do you call the act of swiping a finger on your lips and blowing it to mimic a crazy person? I am referring to the act of blowing your finger with your lips and making the "BLBLBLBLBLBLBL" sound. ...
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Something said or done in front of you & meant for you

Say you were bullied by someone as a kid, and they see you years later and say or do something in front of you in a way to remind you of the past, without directly doing or saying it to you. (But they ...
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Single Verb for “Be Compatible with (a Proposition)”

Suppose we have a proposition of any given form (for example, "the earth is 'flat' "). In terms of observations, the best we can do is to decide if the proposition is disproved or not disproved (which ...
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What to call a list of banknote + quantity

When transfering cash, especially with large sums or in cashier/accounting jobs you are often tasked with filling and/or signing a piece of paper that is essentially a list of nominal values their ...
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What's the proper way to say “1 unit of caviar”?

What's the proper way to say "1 unit of caviar"? Caviar is an uncountable noun even though technically it's countable unlike water, so because of that I am not sure if you can refer to "1 unit of ...
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What's in-between silence and clamor?

What's in-between silence and clamor? Sometimes, in a room for example, there's no sound except 1 person talking at times, do we still refer to that as silence. If not, what is it called? I suppose it'...
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What do you call the static elements in an interface?

What do you call the static elements in an interface? By that, I mean, the bottom part which shows you the health and mana and also the top part and the inventory window. What do you call these ...
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Is there a word for major software developers?

Is there a word for major software developers? There are amateur developers who work alone, there are indie developers who work for small companies and then you have Adobe who is a major developer. Is ...
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What do you call the facial expression where the mouth and the eyes are wide open?

I am thinking about "in awe", but that doesn't necessarily imply that the eyes are wide open and the mouth is also wide open, so if there's no such word is there a phrase that you can use to convey ...
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What's the adjective used to qualify a software that's available on your first boot?

What's the adjective used to qualify a software that's available on your first boot? By that, I mean a software that's available on a machine as soon as you boot the system. Is there an adjective for ...
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What do you call the science of determining the location of a geographical feature from pictures?

What do you call the science of determining the location of a geographical feature from pictures? By that any geographical features, or for that matter any element shown in pictures? I know some ...
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Another word for 'symptoms' but not materalisation, illness, disease,

I'm looking for a word to fill in the blank. Symptoms are inauspicious ______ that might be caused by the induced sensations. But they can also be a sign of a latent or a manifest disease. Would ...
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Is there a word that describes something as conditionally true?

Is there a word that describes something as conditionally true? Is there a word that is used to define or describes something that's conditionally true, something whose truth is contingent on other ...
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Is there a formal/better word than “skyrocket” for the given context?

The labour market condition in a region where the unemployment rate skyrocketed from 6 to 10 percent is no better than in the region where the rate fell from 13 to 12 percent. I can't find a word ...
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The most idiomatic adjective for a community that is not well established

Unlike in Western European countries were scientific community has developed for a couple of centuries, scientific community in this country is yet ______ and fragile. I want to say that the ...
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A translation for “propper” (promotor) in Dutch to English

I'm trying to explain with a metaphor what a recruiter is. In Dutch a propper would be a good fit. A "propper" is a nightclub / disco promoter. Someone who is paid to lure people inside often with ...
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What do you call a situation where you have choices but no good choice?

How do you call a situation in which you seemingly have a choice, but whatever you choose it will be to your disadvantage in one way or another?
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Formal way of saying “cutting”

Say there is a very long article, I took it, then cut/shrink/excerpt it to a much shorter version. What the proper way to express the meaning/action of cut/shrink/excerpt, but in a respectful way?
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What do you call the previous version of a plane?

What do you call the previous version of a plane? I am not sure if I am imagining things, but I feel like the word version isn't used at all to refer to previous versions of the planes. I saw the ...
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What do you call a sole that's not “filled”?

The shoes has a sole with a lot of gaps unlike most shoes that have a sole that's filled. What the adjective for saying there's no gap or empty space, and what's the adjective for saying the exact ...
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What do you call someone who's job is to guard or watch vehicles?

What do you call someone whose job is to guard or watch government-owned vehicles? Or any vehicle.
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What is a word for a popular saying?

In China, there is such "saying" -- mixed-bloods are smarter. This may be right, may be not. Whatever, this is a kind of opinion and popular and people talk about it. In Chinese we call it's a kind ...
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Is there a verb for “applying/putting gel”?

Is there a verb for "applying/putting gel"? Applying or putting doesn't sound like the verb you would use for someone who did his hair with gel before going to school? What's the proper way to say ...