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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Someone who invites other people to another religion

I was wondering if you could let me know how shall I describe someone who tries to convert people to another religion. The only word I know is "missionary" who attempts to invite people to a specific ...
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The act of declaring and revoking a structure a church

What is it called when a building is announced to be a church, like, effective now, tada, this is a church? And conversely, what is it called when a church is revoked the rights of such, as in it ...
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What is a word meaning “with a low possibility”?

A simplified example: — Do you think you can come? — Yeah, unless (word here) I have a visitor. "not very likely" seems like a solution, but is there any other shorter word/phrase to use? ...
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What is the term for the morning wake up gesture?

What term do we use to describe the gesture that we find when someone wakes up and flexes her arms? Here is the picture.
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What do you call a Matrix-like slowdown and camera movement effect?

I think there's a scene in The Matrix where Neo does a bullet dodge in slow-motion and you also see the camera rotate around Neo, what do you call this effect? For example: The ____ when Neo ...
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What is the word for describing something old?

What is the word for something that is dysfunctional because of it being old and in use for a very long time? I was having a conversation with my friend yesterday about the earphones I use with my ...
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Is there a word for superstitions which are meant for good?

In the Bengali language there are two types of superstitions: The good one is called Sanskar and the other one is called Kusanskar. Ideally, Kusanskar is what we would call superstition in English, i....
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What do you call the battery slot's ends?

What do you call the battery slot's ends? By that, I mean the spring and the little round flat end for the plus and minus ends of the battery. Do they have a name? I looked up on the Internet, but ...
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What do you call this kind of door lock?

How would you name or describe such a type of door lock? For instance, if you would like to buy one exactly like this. Is it a "latch", a "door bolt" or maybe something else? In Russian there is a ...
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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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How do you describe an anomaly in the car body! deformation? Sunken?

Suppose you had a very slight car accident and a point of the car's door looks as if it's pushed in, something like this However, without any scratches, just a simple anomaly that can be easily fixed....
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What do you call the angle of the direction of an airplane?

What do you call the angle of the direction of an airplane? I am thinking of "tilt" or "slant", but I am not if there's a more specific word for planes. I am thinking there's a more technical word for ...
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Is there a word that describes the unjustified use of a more complex word?

Is there a word that describes the unjustified use of a more complex word? For example, using "didactic" instead of using the simpler "instructive" when the use of "didactic" is not justified in the ...
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Is “vegetable base” a common term in English?

How do they refer to big roofed places, in which vegetables, having been brought from fields, are kept before being taken to various outlets to be sold? I thought "vegetable base" was a good term, ...
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Verb for how much space a file takes up?

When I was a kid my dad used to say (in Norwegian): This file weighs four megabytes. Or maybe one could say This file consumes four megabytes. Or simply This file is four megabytes. But ...
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What is the word used to express “investigating someone without their knowledge”?

What I mean is this. Police suspects someone living at a house is running an illegal operation from there. So, they mount a base on a house across the street and from there they observe the suspect, ...
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What is the opposite of sunny when there is no sun in the sky?

Shade is caused by some object blocking the sunlight. So, opposite of sunny in this case cannot be shady(?). So, when there is no sun in the sky and therefore it is not sunny, then how should I ...
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What is it called when something creates itself by itself or something is made by itself?

Like in this sentence: Fashion is not ________ . It's made. Obviously I can not write "made" in the blank, because it would imply an involvement of some external factor. I want a word which ...
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What is the structure in which people sit on the elephant called in English?

What is the structure in which people sit on the elephant called in English? Here is a picture which describes exactly what I mean. The structure here is in silver color, and has three people on it. ...
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Where are the vases in this picture? A term for that space

In my recently purchased apartment, I've come up with an idea for the hall as a part of interior designing. In my mother-tongue, we have a term for those three pits(?). Vases in the wall? - I'm not ...
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What is the common term to express the barrier of a balcony?

The barrier of a balcony could by built in many forms like these or or or Should we call it "balcony railings" or "balcony fence"?
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Expression for “running/getting out of somewhere really fast”

I am looking for a word or expression to mean running out of somewhere very fast because of being terrified of something, or to avoid meeting someone.
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Is there a word in English meaning “see something incorrectly”?

For example, I saw someone just now. I thought he was Jack, but turned out he was not. Or, I saw something and recognized it as something else incorrectly. Is there a word for such situations? I ...
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Is there any word to describe things we do regularly over and over again?

For example, when in our daily life we go to school, do homework, go to the gym and then go to sleep, but all these things we do for a whole week. Repetitive things. Another example would be when two ...
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What do you call a person who usually talks about a matter he/she doesn't know much about?

I thought to terms below and found them inappropriate: Ignorant = A person who doesn't know generally = incorrect Talkative = A person who may know a lot too! = incorrect Awkward = A person who may ...
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What do you call a person with a good memory? Does 'intelligent' work?

Can a person with great memory power be called intelligent? Or is there any other word or phrase to describe such a person?
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What is the type of movement of hot-air balloons called in English?

The question about hot-air balloons* got me thinking: What do you call their type of movement in English? In German it is not "fliegen" (flying) but "fahren" (shipping, possibly driving). What is it ...
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Word for a person who increases the argument

What can I name a person who increases the argument between two people. Can I call him as catalyst or is any other word available?
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Could you vs would you

Could you write your name? Would you write your name? When you are asked to do this, are there any situation in which you hear weird if either is used (but the other sounds pretty natural .)
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What is a specific term for people who think that they're always right?

What do you call people who think they're always right?
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Is there any word in English to ask for “whichth”? [duplicate]

In my native language, and most Indian languages that I know, there is a way to ask for "whichth", but I don't seem to have found anything similar in English. Let me explain below. What question ...
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How to describe this font feature in English?

I am trying to find one word to say one thing but cannot. Let's see: I've tried googling for one font that has this feature but I have not managed to so far. Can someone please help?
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Noun for the event of something splitting in two directions

I know there's a perfect word for this, but I just can't seem to recall it. I know about split, but I'm thinking of something more eloquent. For example: After the split of Western philosophy ...
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Is it correct to say to a child “let go of the chair” when he is holding on to the chair?

In the dictionary let somebody/something go | let go (of somebody/something): ​to stop holding somebody/something Don't let the rope go. Don't let go of the rope. Let go! You're hurting me! I think ...
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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 do you call this nearby position?

Let's say you are in a classroom. You are the red square. What to call the position of the yellow seats in relation to you? I thought of using "next," but I think that doesn't apply to the ...
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Use of word “stuffy” to mean “not easily digested” (or word suggestion)

Scenario: I only had a cup of smoothie for lunch so I'd get hungry pretty soon afterwards. This is because smoothie is not very stuffy. It digests easily and fast so that my stomach becomes ...
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An expression for comparing things accurately in English

I am looking for an idiomatic expression to describe the comparison of things which is so true and vivid. For example: A: "Mainland China and Taiwan are like brothers fighting each other for who ...
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What do we call our conversation partner on the telephone?

What is a proper word for a person who you have telephone talk with? I found the words interlocutor, interviewer, addressee and hearer. What is the best to choose, especially for using in a formal way?...
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What do you call the area in which they put furniture in a furniture shop?

When you go to American Furniture or IKEA to buy a couch, you move in a big area full of couches and other furniture. You call this: display area display room both are fine you use other word to ...
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What do you call the hair or body hair you trim off your body?

What do you call the hair or body hair you trim off your body? When you get your hair cut, remainders are left on the floor until it is swept off. What do you call them? For example: The boy swept ...
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What do you call a painting painted on a wall?

Is there a word for it? If you go to certain church, you will see some paintings done on walls a long time ago. Is there a word for it? I am thinking there might be a word for it since the look of a ...
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Neutral equivalent to the attributive use of the adjective “so-called”

The attributive use of the adjective "so-called" is defined as follows by the Oxford English Dictionary. In attributive use (hyphened): Called or designated by this name or term, but not properly ...
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Words to say about someone being almost the same age as you are

Seeking the alternatives to saying about someone that he is almost the same age as I am, I came across the words agemate and batchmate. In the Russian language, there are several one-word terms to ...
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What's the word for prejudicing, stereotyping or discrimination against men?

I'm aware of the word 'sexism' (or for that sake 'genderism' as it directed me to 'sexism'). Sexism, genderism (mass noun) - prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on ...
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How to describe wearing a T-shirt in a opposite manner?

Let's say I put on a T-shirt with back in front and front in back. Is there any word to describe the state of the t-short similar to how upside down means that up and down have been reversed?. The ...
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Swapping the first parts of two words (e.g. Taylor Swift -> Saylor Twift)

I'd like to know the name of the process in English in which you swap the first letters of two words. I can't explain it well but see the examples below: Taylor Swift -> Saylor Twift London Town -> ...
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What do you call in English for the words like this 'rotor'?

Consider the word rotor. Whichever way you read it, from left to right or from right to left, you get the same word. Is there any specific word for words like this?
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What is “spilling the beans”? A proverb? A phrase? …?

What is "spilling the beans"? A proverb? A phrase? ...? For example, what to put in the blank below? Truth might be told mistakenly, as indicated by ----- spilling the beans. Should I use "the ...
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Is the child that is not adopted your 'blood child'?

We have two kids -- one is adopted and the other is not. He's our blood child. Is it correct to say so? For real parents we say birth parents. For real children of your own, we say what?

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