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Concept clusters in the subject Materials (Back)
Abrasive Adhesive tape Adsorption Aerosols Air conditioning Applying paint to a surface Applying paint to a surface (2) Arch Archaeology Architectural element Architecture Architecture (2) Architecture (3) Architecture (4) Architecture (5) Architecture of the temple Area of land near a house Artificial light Attaching something Bandage material Barrier Bat as a tool or weapon Binding medical care Blowing wind Board Board or plank Brass as a metal Brick Bricklaying Brickwork Bubble of air Building Building's floorplan Burial Burnt brick Burrow Cabinetry Cage Camping out Candle holder Capsule Carbonization Carpentry Carving tools Casting Cellar Cementing things together Centrifuging or centrifuge Ceramics Chromium plating Church architecture Clothes Coagulation Coal as a substance Coal as a type of rock Coating Columns in architecture Composite materials Concentrating a material Conduit for air Construction Container Container (2) Covering something with paper Covering to keep something out Creams Crenellation Cutting with a blade Cutting with a saw Cutting with a saw blade Dark skin Darkness Darkness (2) Dead body Decomposing metal Device for measuring weight Device that burns something Digging a ditch Digging in the ground Digging up a body from a grave Distillation Door Door frame Draft as a plan or sketch Dresser Drilling a hole Drilling a hole (2) Dump Dyeing Ear as a body part Ear piercing Ear tags Emulsifiers Enamel work Engineering Engraving Evening Extracting a substance from a solution Fast Fastening Fence as a noun Filter Filtering Filtration Fire Fire (2) Fire in a fireplace Fire that is not very bright First part of the day Flammable Flocculants Flood Fluid flow Fluid flow through a porous material Fluids leaking through a material Flushing out Food additives Fortification Fossil fuels Froth Fuel Funnel Garbage disposal Gas Gas (2) Gelatin Gemstones Gilding Glassmaking Glassware Glassy Glaze Gold as a valuable commodity Goody bag Grains or particles Gravel Gray Greasy Grinding mill Grinding mill (2) Grooves Handmade Hardness Heat Hell as a place of punishment Hiding something Hole Homeless shelter Honing Hot House House (2) Household furniture Housing Hydroelectric power In the boondocks Incense Industrial furnace Inn Internals of machines Iron and steel production Irritant gas Lacquerwork Ladder-like structure Laminate Lamp Lamp (2) Large Large (2) Large amount of something Large and expensive Layering Light Light (2) Line as a physical object Liquefaction Lithic technology Living in the wilderness Lock Locking/unlocking Long and thin Lubricating oil Lubrication Machining Making something white Marketplace Marsh Mast with a boom and gaff Mechanics Metallurgy Metals Metalwork Military guard post Mixing metals Molds Monumentalization Mosaic as a piece of art Mother-of-pearl Mound Mountainous terrain Multi-story building Mummification Nails Night Noon Office furniture Old age Opening or entrance Outdoor living space Outdoor stove Packaging Painting a surface Paper Paperfolding Papyrus Paraffin oil Pasteurization Paved surfaces Paving Peat bog Pebble Person who cleans up Person who works with the land Petroleum Petroleum products Physical barrier Plane Plastering Plasticity in materials Plumb line Polishing Portable roof or canopy Powdered dust Preventing heat loss Propping up Protected area Pulp and paper Pulp and paper manufacturing Purifying water Pyrophoricity Pyrotechnics Rain Rake Red as an adjective Refrigeration Refrigerator Removing color Removing germs Removing toxins from the body Resistant to damage Ridge-like structure Rock Roof Roof shape Roofing materials Room Room in a house Row of attached houses Rubber as a material Sand Sandy Sanitation or purification Saw with teeth Sawing lumber Scavenging Screwdriver Sculpture Secret Separating the wheat from the chaff Separation Setting fire to something Shelf Shelter Shelter or refuge Sifting through Silver as a color Skyscraper Slate Sleeping through the night Sloping Small Small (2) Small and temporary Small part of a larger thing Snuffing out a candle Soap Soapmaking Spongy Spraying a liquid Spring Springing forth Stair-related Starting a fire Steel alloy Stone monument Stonemasonry Storage Storage space Storm Stormy day Stripping Structure Summer Sunlight Support Table is the superordinate concept of all of these words Thinness of fabric Threadlike filament Thunder and lightning Tinned metal Tool that is used to strike other objects Tools Topical application Toward Towering structure Transparency Undercurrents Up or above Vacuuming Vaulted ceiling Vaulting Water Watery Wax Wax (2) Weapon Weather Wedge-shaped object Welding Welding joins two metals Wind as a force Window coverings Window element Wood inlay Wood products Workbench Working with metal Working with metal (2) Wrapping or covering something

This subjext index is an experimental OneLook feature. We've grouped words and phrases into thousands of clusters based on a statistical analysis of how they are used in writing. Some of the words and concepts may be vulgar or offensive. The names of the subjects were written automatically and may not precisely describe every word within the cluster.

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(Use pattern:description syntax)
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Much gratitude to Gultchin et al for the algorithm behind the "Most funny-sounding" sort order.

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