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Questions tagged [word-request]

This tag is for questions seeking a word that fits a meaning. If you actually seek a phrase, or don't care, see the "phrase-request" tag.

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Is there a word that means including more than those named?

I was at first thinking inclusive or, but then I realized it's only useful in computer science and set theory and is doesn't mean at all "including more than those named", rather it means "including ...
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Is there a word you can use to mean “changing something to fit another purpose”?

I am thinking repurposing, but that's not really a word, and it doesn't seem to be appropriate when talking about a company, so is there a way to say it a little better? For example: Disney wanted ...
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Is there an adjective that means “does not emit CO2 or cause pollution”?

I am not sure if there's an adjective for it. I know people use the word "green", but "green" doesn't necessarily mean that it doesn't emit CO2 or cause pollution. For example: The green electric ...
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Doing something right before you need it - expression for this?

Is there an expression that means doing something right before you will need it rather than doing it in case you might need it? I am not sure if there's such an expression. Sometimes, people do a lot ...
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What's the word for qualifying something that conforms to one or several musical conventions?

I am thinking "melodic" might be one of them, but there are probably many words, because melody is only one aspect of musical conventions, so please tell me if you know one, and also I think there's a ...
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Family dependence [closed]

Suppose a young person is going to separate from his family and live alone! He is talking to an elderly who is familiar with he and his family regarding this matter; the person is going make sure if ...
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A verb like molded, but for things that don't maintain their shapes

Mold usually mean form something into a particular shape, but it also implies that the shape won't lose its form for a while, but in some instances it's not the case, so the verb mold doesn't seem to ...
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Open cloze exercise question

Is the word in bold correct? If it is not, which word fits better? Today, English is used by at least 750 million people. Some estimates have put the total at 1 billion. Despite the total, ...
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What do you call the container where you extract cow milk into?

I am not sure why, but I forgot the word. I know there's a general word for it, more specific than container, but I would also like to know is there's an even more specific word for it too. For ...
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Is there an adjective that means “far-deviating”?

There are adjectives that are synonymous with deviating, but I'm wondering if there are synonyms for the compound adjective "far-deviating", which can be useful to express certain ideas. It's not ...
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Is there a word to refer to the result of worldbuilding?

Worldbuilding means putting details into a fictional world. The result, which is a bunch of details of the said fictional world, don't seem to have a specific word for it, or does it? How would you ...
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'to spoil s.b.' - is there a noun for it?

Is there a noun for 'to spoil'? The classical EN dictionaries OED, OALD, CALD, ... seem not to have one listed. EXAMPLE: In the beginning it was a spoil of the most ecstatic and euphoric experiences.....
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Is there a word that's used to qualify a different world that has a shared space with ours?

The spirit world is * to our physical world. When we use parallel world, it usually means that the world doesn't share the same worldspace and that exist independently to ours, but what about the ...
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What do you call a show that last 2 seasons?

Instead of lasting only 1 season, they should have made the show into a two-season show. Let's say the year is divided into 4 seasons: fall, winter, spring, summer. What would you call a TV show ...
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A word that expresses that something is correlated with X and negatively correlated with its opposite

I can't think of any concise way of saying this. When you say A happens progressively as you do X, it doesn't mean that the opposite of A happens when you do the opposite of X. Is there a way to say ...
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Is there a word that means say something to a dead person?

Ok, so I thought about the word pray, but the definitions of prayer seems to indicate that you are talking to God, and not just any deceased person, so is there a word for it? It seems that the verb ...
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word for a light “so bright it's painful”

Is there an adjective expressing the feeling of light that is so bright it hurts in the eyes? I'm looking for a synonym word that could be used metaphorically as something like "awfully clear".
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past-tense equivalent of the word “current”

What would be the right equivalent for "current" when I speak in terms of the past? For example, this sentence sounds okay to me: These days, increasing her listening comprehension is all she ...
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What's the word for saying that a limb or body part originates from another?

What's the word for saying that a limb or body part originates from another? I can think of a metaphorical way of saying it, but it's definitively not what I am looking for. I want to say it in a non-...
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What do you call a bypass between two organs?

Let's say we surgically made a bypass that goes from the bladder to the large intestine, don't ask me why we would do that. How would you call it? A "bladder-large-intestine" bypass? I have no idea ...
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When something arouses your jealousy

Please give me a hand to fill in the blank with the most appropriate verb: Scenario: She is the most gorgeous actress among all the female players and this is why most of the men try to flatter her ...
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Word for continuous crying

Is there an exact word to describe "Sudden, loud crying / sobbing, with hiccups and gasping for air"? (To describe someone who woke up crying from a bad dream)
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What do you call a syllable that makes a snake-like sound?

I am thinking there's a word or an adjective for syllables that makes snake-like sounds, I don't know if a syllable that contain the letter s qualifies, or if it restricted to a very few syllables, ...
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What's the term for saying “go to a show as a guest”?

Go to a show as a guest is a bit wordy, but I can't find a single word that means exactly that, or even a short phrasal verb that means that. Is there anything I can use? For example: Tom Cruise ...
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What is the word for “eyeing at X and thinking lewd things”?

I was thinking of using the word eyeing, but it doesn't necessarily imply that the person eyeing a person X is also thinking about lewd things about person X. Is there a word for this? For example: ...
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What do you call the infoboxes with text and sometimes images on the side of a page we find in textbooks?

Is there a generic word for it. I would call them infoboxes, but it's not a word, so I am assuming there's a word for it that I am not aware of. For example: The infobox on the side of the page ...
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A verb in English that would mean “to win in the court”

Is there a verb in English that would mean "to win in the court"? For example, both Johnson and Gregson claimed their rights on one patch of land in Arizona. They took this case to the court and the ...
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What do you call a shot showing what's happening inside a body?

Sometimes, we see often see images showing a sagittal cut of the head to allow people to see the inside of the head. The issue is that there are no term for videos or segments of a video showing the ...
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What do you call someone who is focused too much on the technicalities of a law rather than the big picture?

What do you call someone who is focused too much on the technicalities of a law rather than the big picture? Some people are too much focused on the word by word definition of a law that they forget ...
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to have a lot of guts

Are there any other expressions to say "I have a lot of guts"? The situation is you want to express that you have enough courage and conviction in a job interview.
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Verbs collocating with the term “jet lag” used both as the subject and the object

Someone who has made a long journey from east to west by plane feels as if the time were several hours later than the local time. Looking for the term which may be applied to that phenomenon (or a ...
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What are in-between foreground and middle ground and middle ground and background?

We have three terms for determining different level of depth in a movie shot and they are foreground, middle ground and background, but are there more words? How do you for example identify different ...
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Is there a verb that means you “belong to a political ideology”?

I think you can use the verb is, as in "she is far-left", but is there a verb that's more specific, because whenever I use the verb "is" I might not get understood by everyone especially if the person ...
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“Review” a course?

I want to find a word to express relearning something. For instance, after taking a lecture you may find that something is still confusing and you go to learn it the second time by reading the ...
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How to say when an application is taking the half of your screen on a computer

When using a computer I know when the application is taking the entire screen we call it "full screen" or "your application is in full screen mode". And so how is it called when a application is ...
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Is “uncounted day” the right term for this case?

There’s a 30-day term, and I need to account for 2 days off by extending the term to 32 days. Can use the term like this?: Term: 01/01/19 – 01/02/19 (2 uncounted days on 01/05/19 and 01/13/19)
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What do you call a set of protruding bars, some mobile, some not, which are used to carry a load and manipulate it?

I loaded a huge chainsaw on my * and off of it. I am not sure if there are words for such a thing. I am thinking of a set of bars that can be used to hold heavy objects with mobile bars like arms ...
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What verb can I use to mean “cause financial costs”?

I'm trying to describe (very succinctly) the financial impact of a given scenario. If it happens, it will cost money. What is the right verb to describe this? My first thought is to cause financial ...
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Is there a word that refers to the sound made when we are moving in a type of terrain?

Is there a word that refers to the sound made when we are moving in a type of terrain? It should be a word that useful for video games, esp. 2d ones where moving through a grass or solid terrain ...
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Can you describe someone as luxurious?

Can you describe someone as luxurious? As in someone who likes luxurious things? We're pretty sure you can't, but we don't know what word you'd use. It's not hedonistic, that's different. We're just ...
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What do you call a close interaction with someone, but not intimate?

The man had a * with the locals. Is there a word that means "close interaction with someone"? I am not thinking about intimate or sexual interactions, but close interactions in general, which include ...
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What is it called when you seperate from a country [closed]

its crazy how we speak? i have hard times sometimes speaking! Is it called seceding?
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What do they call that case that they cover a piano with?

What do they call that cloth case that they cover a piano with when transporting it or just protect it from dust? Would just piano case work? Or there is a better term?
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God… independent

If we want to say that A depends on none but all depends on A. A needs no one but everyone needs A. What is the best word that fits best this trait? Independent Self-reliant Self-sufficient Let me ...
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Isn't the word “experience” wrongly used in this context?

Friend: Have you ever flirted with a female cop? Me: Nope. Friend: I have done that experience. I think experience is the wrong word here. What else should he have said?
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What is the English word for a graduation award?

I was wondering if there was a specific word for this particular type of plaque/award? It's given to college graduates, to commemorate and represent their degree. I think it's mostly just called ...
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What do you call the act of synchronizing your flight to that of another plane so that you remain on its side never overtaking it?

I am not quite sure if there's any word for this very precise idea, but I would like to know how I can succinctly express it. So I am looking for a verb or a noun that would allow me to express the ...
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Do native speakers use “ultima” and “proxima” frequently in spoken English?

I have noticed that the words ultima and proxima are rarely used. How do native speakers use these?
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Two names of one concept?

In many disciplines we can find some confusing concepts and most of the time they are actually of the same definition and they are just talking about the same thing. For instance relative entropy is ...
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What do you call the fact you were baptized as a Christian?

I am not sure you can use the word "baptism" like this: I celebrated my baptism (the fact I was baptized) every year since I was baptized. I used my baptism (the fact I was baptized) to get ...