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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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What do you call the act of searching a list of words related to another word?

What do you call the act of searching a list of words (not just synonyms) related to another word? For example searching every word related to medicine, which includes all illnesses, equipment, ...
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What do you call a language that doesn't use the European alphabet?

What do you call a language that doesn't use the European alphabet (abcd...), like Mandarin and Japanese? Is there a word for it, or maybe an adjective that characterizes as being "non-alphabetic"? ...
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What do you call the act of removing a part of a word and replacing it with an apostrophe

I don't remember the technical word for it. I think it's a figure of speech, but I am not sure. Anyway, here is an example to illustrate what I mean: He was an apostle! He was a 'postle! So ...
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What do you call the “technique” of putting the right amount of syllables in a verse?

What do you call the "technique" of putting the right amount of syllables in a verse? I put techniques around quotes, because I am not sure if it's a technique, but anyway there should be a word for ...
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How can I describe the sound when an apple hits the floor?

In my story there is a scene where someone uses magic to drop an apple to the ground. What word can I use to describe that? Edit: Since some people have asked me to clarify a bit, the scene goes like ...
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What's the word that refers to the pronoun the possessive pronoun his/her relates to?

I don't remember what it's called. For instance: Robert lost his keys. Robert is the pronoun the possessive pronoun his refers to. I am guessing there's a technical term used by grammarians, but ...
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Is there any English word(s) used to describe person who likes to make a fool of other people?

What word can I use to call someone who thinks he can fool everybody because he thinks they are not so clever as he is?. In my research I got these: Adjectives - condescending, patronizing, snooty, ...
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What do you call the pose of a dog that has its front paws near it's head and standing on its two hind legs?

I am not sure if there's a word/expression/phrase that describes that cute pose some dogs get into to get favors. I am not even sure if dogs do get into those kind of poses, correct me if I am wrong. ...
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What do you call the soldiers who had the job to whip people's backs for their crimes in medieval times?

I was watching passion of Christ and there's a scene when Jesus is whipped very badly before being crucified. I was wondering what you'd call one of those big brawny guys with the whip. Maybe ...
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The name of a bike from a dockless bike share company?

I need a word which means the bike I ride, and the bike is one provided by a dockless bike share company like Ford Gobike or something. The context would be: I ride a ** bike. I prefer the ** ...
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What do you call the act of projecting gradually or not gradually something?

The shadow of the moon crept in on the vast valley. The shadow of the moon _____ the vast valley. Is there a verb for saying that? I am thinking "projected its shadow onto", but it's a mouthful. ...
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An alternative for “wait”?

In my daily report, I would say I have finished my last work task and waiting for a new one. But I think "wait" is not positive. Is there any alternative for here?
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the word area for the chest

I was watching a movie in which the hero expressed his feelings to the lady he loved. Signaling towards his chest he used the word 'area'. His words were something like this: I feel something for you ...
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What do you call the air that rushes into your car in the highway?

I don't think we call it a wind, because it's not a wind if the air is hitting you, because the car is moving at a high speed. Is there a specific word for stagnant air (doesn't have to be stagnant ...
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Lima Bean Experiment [closed]

A student of mine is writing about her experience when she opened a Baggie of lima beans that had begun to rot. The smell was gross, like rotten garbage. A few sentences she wrote are "When we opened ...
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Immediate/prospective husband,mate,significant other,wife

I wanted to know what is the correct collecation for (for example) significant other who has not come to someone's life yet( an unknown person or a probable person who gonna come in the future ). Is ...
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What do you call a metallic bar projecting out of something that's used to support/carry an object?

Is there a word for such thing? Think of a tank or vehicle with a metallic bar projecting to the side and that's used to carry some bag. Is there a name for something like that? Here's an example: ...
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Does “Until when” sound natural for native speakers?

In some languages such as my native languages (Kurdish and Persian), when we want to ask about the exact limit point of time for something, we use two words which are exactly equal to this two words ...
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What word should I use?

Simply, I just want to know antonym of "causative factor" Below is the background the reason I wonder. Normally, cell is connected with collagen. When cell is detached from collagen, cell will be ...
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What do you call a “mock interview” with your own self?

Is it just a mock interview? Usually, a mock interview is done with 2 persons at least, but what if you do a mock interview with yourself? Is there a word for it? I am thinking there's no word for it, ...
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A good noun to describe “complex details” of a project/model

I've been struggling to find a good word to describe "complex entangled details" of a project. Example: The model is too simple to describe [the complex details] of the project. What's a good ...
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When your spirits are not adapted to a particular situation [closed]

Please suppose you are not mentally / emotionally prepared to a particular condition / situation. How can you describe such a situation that your spirits do not compromise with the conditions you are ...
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What is the word when someone go beyond the limit of a mobile phone subscription

I was looking for a way to call the fact when someone for instance call too much or use too much data and go beyond the limit, we can say: "He did a ......" But I'm looking for this particular ...
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sitting position… sitting on hams

Does the following sentence best present the sitting position shown in the picture? He is sitting kneeled down.
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Is there a word for my cousin's cousin?

I always called one of my cousin's cousins as my second cousin until my friend corrected me a few days back. According to him second cousins should share common great grand parents. So whats the word ...
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what is buzzword for a too many cups of coffee

Like the term Boozer is for a drunk, what is the buzzword used for a person who has too many cups of coffee or an overload of caffeine? General used amongst the digital generation sipping away in ...
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Looking for other ways to say “run out of quickly”

I was talking to one of my friends on the phone today when he mentioned to me that he had got a phone plan that only got him 3GB of data which is really not that much nowadays if you wanna browse ...
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Adjective meaning being difficult and requiring attention

Is there an adjective that qualifies an action of being difficult and requiring attention? As an example: _______ spellcasting as opposed to automatic spellcasting I can't think of anything. I ...
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What's the most common name for the owner of the apartment (in which rents it to others)

What's the most common name -in the UK- for the owner of the apartment (in which rents it to others)? I found three choices: homeowner, landlord, owner. Is one of them is more common in usage than ...
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Odd and even but not odd and odd or even and even pairs?

I want to know how I can differentiate in plain English these two kinds of pairs: The first type: (odd, even) (even, odd) which means that the order doesn't matter but two values in a pair should ...
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Word for something that's always reliable, but never the best?

What do you call something that's always reliable, but that's never the best? Is there a word for it? I am trying to think of something, but there's nothing I can really think of that exactly means ...
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What does “don't have a baby” imply or mean in this sentence?

This is really, really confusing as the literal meaning of "don't have a baby" — being pregnant or give birth to a child — does not fit the context at all. My guesses are: Don't act like a baby, be ...
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What do you call the act of giving new meanings to old existing words?

I am wondering if there's a word for it? I can't think of a word that means that, and yet it would be a useful words since a lot of people did that in the past, especially in the area of philosophy ...
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What's the adjective word for “full of resource, lots of sample”?

I was wondering if there are any adjective for the following: "full of resource that I can refer from" example conversation: Person A: I'm not sure which computer language I should start ...
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Substitute for “prospection of” something

I'm doing a comparative analysis to determine the best device to be used in an academic project, and this analysis shall be recorded in a document. For example, from all wireless keyboards available ...
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'underlying' --> 'underlyingly present'?

The word underlyingly does not exist in the classical English dictionaries. I would like to write the following: The crawling is still underlyingly present in the denser regions, where the wringing ...
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Put the bedsheet on the wrong way(the wrong side up) [closed]

A bedsheet/sheet with patterns put on the bed,and the pattern is inverted(someone put it on the bed the wrong way) So what would you use to describe that?Is there an expression to express that? (...
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What do we call the relief person in a shift work (the next shift worker who comes to continue the work)?

I'm translating a sentence from Russian that says that a chromatography room operator failed to inform the next shift worker that he needs to test a further three filters: Cause of deviation: the ...
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Ways to say 'get smaller', 'decrease in size' in one word

What are the proper ways to say that something gets smaller (decreases in size) in one word? I am not asking about cases when what we discribe represents a measure of something (price, volume, ...
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Alternative words and phrases for “school finishing” in this context [closed]

"My school finishes at 4pm." What can be the alternatives for "finish"?
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De-icing or combat icing in winter. “Snow” vocabulary

I'd like to learn some "ice and snow-related" vocabulary. I've marked bold the words I'm trying to think of. I'm not sure whether you face the same problem in places you live in, but still.. In my ...
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What do you call a coined term like “Cobra effect”?

Looked on wiktionary: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cobra_effect and it just says it's a noun. How do you look for coined words on Wiktionary. I want to search for coined words instead of ordinary ...
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How to specify that “all dates” are included in a mentioned period of time?

When I'd like to specify dates to do some task, how can I express that the last date should be included in the provided period? For example: From 5th to 7th March Meaning March 5th, March 6th and ...
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One word to describe over/underweight

Is there a word to describe either under or overweight? I simply want a single word that would mean "this is the amount that is - or + the normal weight range". I am thinking of either 'deviation' ...
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What can you call a low quality “best 10 everything” website?

Sometimes when you google something like "best camping stove" or "best coffee maker" (just examples) you can see low-quality websites that look very similar, full of amazon affiliate links. And if you ...
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By, with, using or via here?

So, what do you think of the application I finished yesterday? Would you correct anything? I support your idea, but the client would appreciate it more if it was completed by/with/using/via other ...
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How do you describe the following spot?

Actually, i work at a supermarket, so when a customer asks me about a specific product, i struggle to describe this spot, which is at the back end of the isle. Sometimes i say, it is on the corner ...
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Motion or movement? Turn from/ turn away from and step to/come up to

In the cooking video I'm trying to describe, a man (chef) is standing in front of the camera. He's standing at the table (i.e. there's a table before him). There's a cooker behind him. The man is ...
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What is a word that would describe some who is strong yet is not afraid of showing his/her emotions to others?

I'm trying to describe someone who is mentally and physically strong, but who is also able to show his/her tender side and emotions.
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Is there a word that defines “a thing that I/you don't know”?

I'm new here. Is there a word that defines "a thing that I/you don't know"? Example sentence: Hello, why you just draw 'a thing that I don't know' on my avatar? Thanks if answered it.