In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(of bee, wasp)zumbido masculino
- He listened to the buzz of the insects, the gentle rhythmic accompaniment of the sea.
- Finally, the maddening buzz of the insects and their sting won out and Miri shook herself, wiping her hands over her body to remove the mosquitoes attacking her.
- The dining room was carpeted, and there was a quiet buzz of conversation from the other guests.
- I could hear a buzz of echoing conversation as I neared the door.
- Instantly the Country air rushed in, carrying the smell of hay and the buzz of little insects.
- There was a buzz of conversation, a rustling of toffee papers, a feel of expectancy.
- The monotonous buzz of bees and wasps is familiar to most Southerners, and the insects' stings can be quite painful.
- The only sounds were the crackling of the fire and the buzz of nocturnal insects waking up.
- Dialogue had to be carefully picked out from among the buzz of insects and neighbours chatting.
- Then, from somewhere nearby, seemingly above the everyday sounds of the street, came the insect buzz of a tiny motor.
- The buzz of insects and the musical chirping of grasshoppers filled the air.
- In the background, cameras whirred like demented bluebottles, adding their drone to the low buzz of conversation.
- A continuous buzz of black flies haloed their heads.
- Once in a while, a heart-rending cry would pierce the buzz of conversation.
- There was a kind of green silence to our clearing, interrupted only by the sleepy buzz of insects and the occasional hymn from a passing bird.
- However, due to the bar at the back of the room, the constant buzz of conversation was distracting at times.
- Over the sound of the surf I could hear vague shouts and laughter behind me, and the low buzz of many conversations: the beach was filling up.
- I was about to lose myself to a dream, when there was a sudden swell, a growing buzz, like bees singing Bach.
- And in Diepkloof, in the midst of the continuous buzz and hum of the crowds, is a small, quiet spot.
- The dining hall was alive with the buzz of laughter and conversation.
1.2(of voices)rumor masculinomurmullo masculinothere was a buzz of excitement in the lecture hall — hubo un murmullo de agitación en la sala de conferencias
1.3(as signal)zumbido masculino
- Nicole's alarm clock went off that morning with a resounding buzz that seemed louder than usual.
- We were confronted by an almost Martian environment of stark rock in a wide assortment of hues and a silence completely unnatural to our modern world of beeps, buzzes and designer cell phone rings.
- Suddenly all the indicators began flashing an angry red and several alarms signals went off at once creating a loud cacophony of buzzes, sirens and wails.
- Some people wanted a secure financial future, one wanted to be a role model, almost everyone wanted to escape the irritating buzz of the alarm clock every weekday morning.
- Ironically, she would always find her eyes opening up the moment she heard her alarm clock buzz.
- Kei groaned as for the third time that morning his hand sleepily fumbled in an attempt to silence the irritating buzz of the battery alarm clock.
- A little intimidated, I rang, and on hearing a buzz, went up the carpeted stairs.
- The familiar buzz that had rang for the 8 years that she had been at the military academy to nudge her awake did so.
- I heard the buzz that signaled for me to open the door and I smiled smugly as I walked in.
- I dialled the number and sat listening to the buzzes that represented rings.
- He actually felt quite relieved when a buzz sounded at the door; it signaled a little extra help, whether they knew it yet or not.
- I soon determine that the annoying buzz is coming from the pink alarm clock that lay next to me on the nightstand.
- The loud buzz of the alarm was the only thing that could awaken me.
- The buzz of an alarm clock sounded through the room.
- ‘It's time to get up,’ a smooth voice said, barely carrying over the loud buzz of the alarm.
- When the telephone rang, a loud long electronic buzz, everyone flinched, and Danny almost jumped out of his chair.
- Jem's words are cut off by the buzz of Olivia's telephone, and Olivia presses the speaker button.
- For sound effects there's a lot of futuristic beeps and buzzes, electrical tones, and the like.
- The annoying buzz of my alarm clock awoke me from my dreamless sleep.
- The buzz of telephones and fax machines fills Lauren's head as she attempts to peruse an investment project put to her by Jake.
2coloquial(phone call)to give sb a buzz — darle un toque a algn España coloquial
3coloquial(from drugs, thrill)colocón masculino argotI get a real buzz out of surfing — el surf me vuelve loco
4Britanicocoloquial(rumor, news)rumor masculinothe buzz is that … — se rumorea que …
2(telephone/alarm clock) sonar
3(be animated)to buzz with sth
- the town was buzzing with rumors — la ciudad era un hervidero de rumores
- the Boston arts scene is really buzzing — hay una actividad febril en el mundo artístico de Boston
4(reverberate, reel)my ears were buzzing — me zumbaban los oídos
- my head was buzzing with all the figures I had to memorize — la cabeza me daba vueltas con todos los números que me tenía que aprender
2(call on intercom)llamar por el interfono
3EEUUcoloquial(call on phone)darle un telefonazo a coloquialpegarle un telefonazo a coloquialecharle un telefonazo a México coloquialdarle un toque a España coloquial
4(aircraft) acercarse a
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