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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Replacing 'mother and daughter'?

I want to say they quickly realized we were mother and daughter. Does it sound natural? I wonder if there are any words which can replace mother and daughter. Thank you!
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Anything that has a color of bone

First of all I need to make sure if there is an adjective (color name) in English which is used for describing something's color that has a color of bone. Then if there is, then what adjective it ...
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Can “gyroscopic” be rephrased as “circular path”?

I would like to know the best term to use instead of the word "gyroscopic". In English dictionaries, they usually explain the physics meaning behind the gyroscopic phenomenon which I find really weird....
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A mixed-race person

What do you call a person who has two races mixed as their parents are from different races? I.e. an American mother and a German father. I have found two words, but they appear to be offensive words!...
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“Mc” in “McDonald” means “son of”, how will “McDonald” change if we want to say “daughter of”?

"Mc" in "McDonald" or other words starting with "Mc" means "son of". For example, "McDonald" is equal to "Donaldson" or "son of Donald". 1-Now how will "McDonald" change if we want to say "...
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Drowning or something else?

If you kill someone by submerging their head in water, do you call it killing by drowning or something else?
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You're in a room and your child is standing outside in the living room. Why do some native teachers say “come/get in here” is wrong?

You're in a room and your child is standing outside in the living room. You say to the child "come/get in here". Some native teachers say "come/get in here" is wrong in this situation, why is that?
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Am I a Vegetarian? [closed]

I don't eat beaf,lamb[ meaning red meats],pork or chicken etc but I eat fish[ tuna] every day.I consume animal products[milk,yogurt and cheese] So am i still a vegetarian? [ I mean can you call me ...
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Is it correct to say “my ear phones has got tangled in each other”?

Is it correct to say "my ear phones has got tangled in each other" and "we need to untangle them" as shown in the picture?
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How to express “to squeeze his skin / hand… with my fingernails”?

squeeze [transitive, intransitive] squeeze (something) to press something firmly, especially with your fingers to squeeze a tube of toothpaste to squeeze the trigger of a gun (= to ...
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Like a necromancer, but not evil [closed]

I'm trying to figure out if there is a name for a person (male or female) who is a necromancer, but isn't evil. Maybe some old religious or ancient name. The person is a made-up character to a book. ...
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What is the term for a backup plan that will help you beat any critic?

Say you have an idea and it needs to be tested by argument. But you also have a backup idea that helps you beat it if the critic is too strong. The backup is not necessary wrong or a fallacy, it's ...
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Is there an antonym to “atom” and “atomic”?

Is there an antonym to "atom"? The only thing that comes to mind is "group of atoms", because that's literally what the antonym of "atom" should be, but that's a phrase. ...
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A geometrical shape

I am looking for a specific name of a geometrical shape if there is any. It is a cylinder. The height is very short relative to it’s large radius. It’s very flat, but much thicker than a coin. Like a ...
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what is it called “a narrow plastic strip that can be bendable. It can stay fixed at the position that it is bent and is used for tying things”?

When you buy an electric equipment such as a phone or headphones, etc. You often see the cables of the equipment are tied into a bunch using "a narrow plastic strip that can be bendable". The strip ...
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What do you call a blob of hair attached together?

I am not sure if there's a word for it, but if there's no word for it what's the next best way to say it, is there a short phrase or something you can think of? I am thinking of a blob of hair ...
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An edible thing that has a bad or very bad taste

Which adjective would you usually use to allude to something "not delicious"? (Something that has a bad taste) i.e. It won't eat this food! It's really ....... (bad-tasting) food. Perhaps, ...
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A single word for “not enrolled”

Are there any other words which give the meaning not enrolled? I am searching for a single word which means never being enrolled in the first place, or not being a member of some class/school/...
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Communicate without the intervention of technology

I'm writing an essay for my English class. It's about technology and what the world was like before many modern inventions. I want to say in the past, people used to communicate without the ...
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Is it correct to say “She is wriggling my kneepit with her foot”?

You're sitting with your knees bent, and your wife put her foot into your kneepit, then she twists and turn her foot in your kneepit as shown in the picture. Is it correct to say "She is ...
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Is there a definition for an actively working person?

I would like to ask for a direct or indirect definition that would define the person who is actively working in a company. For example in Linkedin I've seen the definition as present yet it does not ...
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something that doesn't fit us

What is particular 'verb' for the situation when one's footwear doesn't fit his foot and his foot comes out of the footwear again and again? Do we say: The shoe is getting out again and again. Or ...
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One word for “to be upset”

Is there a one word (intransitive verb) for the phrase "to be upset"? I will be upset I will ___? (cry?) When my son doesn't want to do something I usually say, "You upset me", but I want to have ...
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“Can I meet you at 6?” is wrong? [closed]

When I make an appointment with my hair stylist, can I say "Can I meet you at 6?" ?
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“last week, this week, next week” what comes later in this series?

Having a series of one week difference after each week, what comes after "next week"? Is it "next two weeks" or "in two weeks from now"? last week, this week, next week, ("next two weeks", "in two ...
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Distinguishing between different kinds of silicon

My company would like to find freebies made of silicon (Si, the metallic element, e.g. wafers or uncapped chips, something that has no practical purpose other than being shiny and having the company ...
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an adjective for a tall line! [closed]

Suppose these two lines ====== ============================= I say the first line is short, it's a short line! what can I say for the second line? tall line?! big line? large line? update: ...
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Is it correct to say “don't touch the food, the worship is not done yet”?

So, this is a part of Asian culture. As shown in the above picture, a woman "sets the holy table for God" (I'm not sure it's correct to say it) (ie, put some bowls of food, chopstics, etc ...
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If something begins one day and then continues the next day, without interruption, what do you call it?

If something begins one day and then continues the next day, without interruption, what do you call it? Does it spill or stretch into the next day? I feel I forgot the right word.
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What is the word/phrase for killing someone for their color or race?

What is the word/phrase for killing someone for their color or race? Like: “George Floyd’s murder is called ________(the word/phrase here).”
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An insect is moving on a table. How can we express that you put a cup in such a way that it contains the insect inside?

An insect is moving on a table. Now you want to capture the insect by putting a cup in such a way that it contains the insect inside. How can we express that? Can we say "to lock the insect with a ...
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What's a word that has a meaning a 'new word for an old concept'?

Word2 is better known today as Word1 . Word1 is a _____ for Word2
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What is the verb to express “a person walks like a drunk after he spins around and around”?

Ok, After my child spins around and around, he often feels dizzy & walks like a drunk and almost falls. What is the verb to express "a person walks like a drunk after he spins around and around"? ...
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What is it called? a socket? an extension cord? or both?

socket: 1 a place in a wall where you can connect electrical equipment to the supply of electricity SYN power point British English, outlet American English exˈtension ˌlead British English, ...
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A perfect soccer player / journalist etc “Epitome” Vs “Fully-fledged”

I was wondering what would you call a soccer player who is truly well-trained and either physically and mentally is completely ready and in short a player who has all the requirement to be a perfect ...
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What do you call a piece of software inside another software that could be considered a software on its own?

What do you call a piece of software inside another software that could be considered a software on its own? I am looking for a language and technology independent word for it. Is there a word for it, ...
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A person who is willing and not afraid of taking risks

I wonder what do you call a person who is willing to take risks and is not afraid of doing risky things. Such people believe that the success is on the other side of risk, and they have to go through ...
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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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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 a good expression for saying that two things share some similaraties?

I believe there was an expression for it, it was something like 'x and z come into or meet at a similarity when it comes to.......'
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Agricultural depositary vs Agricultural depository

I know that both words "depositary" and "depository" have a similar meaning: Depository - A place where something is deposited, as for storage, safekeeping or preservation; a repository. Depositary - ...
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How to describe a place/society where criminal/offenders lives in a single word except prison/jail? [closed]

Would be great if someone here suggest a single or at max two words for where offenders/criminals live. I was thinking of something like "Infringed Element Society" but its a quite long phrase.I am ...
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Is it colloquial to say “you brush vertically the inner and outer sides of your teeth, then horizontally the chewing surfaces of your teeth”?

Do we say "vertically", "horizontally", "the inner/outer sides of teeth", "chewing surfaces of teeth" in everyday conversations? Is it colloquial to say "...
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an expression meaning “to switch to (a less expensive product)”

Is there an expression, a phrasal verb or otherwise, that means "to switch to (a less advanced, expensive, etc., product or service)" because one doesn't have as much money as one used to or ...
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If some agency has too many responsibilities, how do you describe it? [closed]

If some agency has too many competencies, things it's responsible for, what adjective can I use? For example, if it's an intelligence, counter-intelligence, law enforcement body all at once (with the ...
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Is there a word describing a woman careful with cleanliness than ordinary?

There are some women who care about cleanliness than others. When she behaves, you can see the difference in her behavior from others. But she is not extreme like all-time hands washing from ...
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We say “After you put the shirt on, you are wearing it”. Would you say “After you lay your head on the pillow, you are laying your head on it”?

put something + adv./prep. to move something into a particular place or position Put the cases down there, please. Did you put sugar in my coffee? Put your hand up if you need more ...
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Day-to-day word for “corresponding” in this context

Integers are: All the natural numbers, their negative corresponding numbers and zero. The word corresponding doesn't seem suitable for a child. How a native speaker would say this to a child? Is ...
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A girl wore her hair in bunches, what do you call each of the two parts: a bunch or a side?

bunches [plural] British English if a girl wears her hair in bunches, she ties it together at each side of her head The girl in the picture wore her hair in bunches. What do you call each of the ...
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How to distinguish “to fold the paper up / down / back / over”?

fold [transitive] to bend something, especially paper or cloth, so that one part lies on top of another part fold something First, fold the paper in half/in two. The bird folded its wings. ...