Questions tagged [word-request]

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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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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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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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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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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 do you call the edge that goes along ironed trousers?

When you move a heated iron up and down a pair of trousers it causes the trousers to fold and a resulting line is noticeable on the front of the trousers. what do you call that "line"?
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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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A person full of complexes

I wonder what would you normally call someone who has a chip on their shoulder informally? (What I am looking for can be considered as an offensive idiom/expression/adjective by most people.) Such ...
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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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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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What do you call someone who misuses facts (scientific or otherwise) to support their opinions?

Basically I'm looking for a word that describes someone who takes facts or things people have said and twists them around to support whatever it is they believe. The actual scenario: Someone I know ...
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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 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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What is called an organization where people are looking for a job for a while?

I am writing a CV in English and I have come to work experience. I do not know if there is a name in English for this organization or something like that, but in my language a literal translation ...
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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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A neutral word for someone who behaves differently from everyone else

What do you call a person, that, given a particular social context, behaves or is led to behave differently from all others, perhaps ending up being regarded as a strange person and/or punished or ...
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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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Word for fear that a book might not be up to our expectation

Last night I was talking to a friend of mine and came to know that she also gets a creepy feel (a fear, I guess) when she buys a novel and starts reading it. It's just our nature that we don't like to ...
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What is “the hole of a pet bottle on the top” called?

It's very subtle but I cannot come up with a simple word to indicate the hole on a pet bottle's top, where the liquid comes out when the bottle is leaned. I guess it's a very simple word that I ...
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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 subcategory of a subcategory

What do you call a subcategory of a subcategory? Is there any particular term that can be used or should I use any other words such as group, set, collection etc.? Edit: For Example if A is 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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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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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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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'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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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 ...
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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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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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Acute and chronic are sub-classification of what?

We can classify a disease for example according to the severity (mild, intermediate, and severe) or according to the stability (stable and non-stable) and so on. According to what we determine acute ...
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What is the name of the frontal part of the neck?

Neck is the part which connect the head to the body. I would like to know what is the name of the frontal part of the neck - in English?
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An idiom/expression to imply “rebuilding and beautifying a destroyed area”

Please imagine a large destroyed area which has become ruined due to a war or an earthquake or simply because it was uninhabited for a long time or even from the outset. I wonder what idiom/verb or ...
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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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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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Word Request: Something that is garbage but looks very valuable on the surface

I need to used this in context of information technology phrase "garbage in - garbage out". Except I'm trying to describe a situation where garbage out looks very convincing and useful to a human ...
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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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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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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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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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Term for someone who moved to the US that started going to college?

Is there a term for someone who moved to the US and started going to college there? I was born and raised elsewhere and moved to the US in my teens. My parents went to college, but not in the US. Is ...
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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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An adjective for a deal/agreement that is withdrawn by one side?

The nuclear agreement is now a ----- deal. Trump one-sidedly withdrew it. I want an adjective that shows a deal is withdrawn only by one side with no shortcoming on the part of the other side. I ...