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(not bright)(color) apagado(light/glow) pálido(eyes/complexion) sin brillo
- A half smile graced my lips and my dull blue eyes brightened up.
- Then it goes back, filches the worst and puts a dull sheen on it.
- She had russet colored hair that turned a dull red in the lamplight.
- It was made of stone, just as the storeroom had been, and shone with a dull sheen.
- The most beautiful was a series of small graphite paintings, buffed to a dull sheen that recalls the surfaces of ancient mirrors.
- The mixture of bright and dull colors attracted many customers.
- Both turned to watch the young child in silence, her once bright aqua eyes were dull; no light shone in them and her demeanor was cold.
- I use a stick to gingerly push aside the stalks and turn over the debris, picking out the dull sheen of a slug here, the progress of a tiny worm there.
- The figure's leather clad legs were the only part of him that was visible in the dull lamp light.
- In most stores, the lighting is either too bright or too dull, but here it is perfect.
- The bell on the door tinkled merrily in the dull glow of lamplight.
- Floors are also concrete, painted black and lacquered to a dull sheen.
- Hot colours tend to advance visually and dominate, making less strong colours appear dull and insipid.
- Once the iron sheet is buffed to give it the dull sheen the engraving work is taken up.
- The pamor adds color and beauty to the otherwise dull black sheen of the blade.
- A great way to get those green fingers moving in the winter months with the added bonus of perhaps brightening up a dull corner of the living room.
- It's now hanging over my desk bringing a little brightness into my otherwise dull room.
- There's a uniform, dull sheen to the advice received by council.
- Ian picked up the revolver and held it in his lap with both hands, staring at it, admiring the dull sheen of the metal.
- Her eyelids appear swollen, a dull gold in the lamplight.
1.2(not shiny)(finish) mate(hair) sin brillo
1.3(overcast)(morning/day) gris(morning/day) feoit's rather dull out today — hoy está bastante nublado
- As a result, when it reaches the British Isles it tends to produce dull, overcast weather often with drizzle.
- Without their bravery, courage and sacrifice on a dull, overcast morning in early summer in 1944, the free Europe would not exist today.
- This dull, grey weather has me dreaming of better climates, where I can sit on the beach with a Mai-tai in my hand, listening to the waves lapping up on the shore.
- Since then the clouds have rolled in and it has become just another dull, overcast day, barely even worthy of mention.
- By the time we got home the weather became dull and chilly.
- There was a splash of sunlight late morning in what has otherwise been a dull, overcast day, and I went out to sit in it for as long as it lasted.
- I dislike with intensity days like today, it was dull, overcast and intermittently pouring with rain and my mood was only marginally better.
- Across the region, despite the dull Easter weekend weather, resorts and leisure attractions were celebrating yesterday after a bumper holiday weekend.
- Film-makers also say the dull weather bathes the vehicle in a soft light preferable to the harsh reflections caused by bright sunlight on shiny metal surfaces.
- The weather may have been dull, but events were not.
- Despite a dull and overcast day, their welcome could not have been warmer, traditional Irish hospitality being extended by all.
- The weather was typical of this time of year with dull, overcast skies, intermittent drizzle and a drop in temperature.
- The one near my University served a wonderful noodle soup that gladdened the heart on dull, overcast winter afternoons.
- I go through each day and it seems like each day is dull or overcast.
- The usual five-hour match period around midday should do the field few favours unless conditions are dull and overcast.
- It's been mild, too, and I had the kitchen door wide open until the early evening, much to the delight of the cats, who love to mooch in and out when the weather is dull.
- While the sun did not shine, many Easter bonnets were on display in the calm, dry but dull weather conditions.
- One minute it was lovely and the Sun was warm on my bare legs, the next minute it was dull, overcast, and horribly humid.
- The wind was blowing strong and the sky was overcast and dull.
- Only when he had not returned in the early evening - he had no coat and was only wearing a thin cotton shirt even though the weather was dull and showery - did concern start to mount.
2(boring)(speech) aburrido(person) aburrido(person) soso coloquiala deadly dull evening — una noche terriblemente aburrida
- More dull, bland, insipid and uninspiring commercial radio is on its way!
- Moviegoers who look beyond the daily coming and goings, perhaps on a second viewing, may find the dispassionate style, lack of plot momentum and flat characters a little dull.
- What a boring, dull choice for a boring performer.
- It was a rare moment of excitement in an otherwise dull match.
- Granted, three of the bits work well, but the rest are so banal, so dull, so lifeless, that one has to wonder how this thing ever got released.
- That would add greater interest to an otherwise dull sport, and would mean a large pool of volunteers willing to sweep up the pitch at the final whistle.
- The next day was as boring, mundane, unexciting, humdrum, dull, tedious, uneventful and monotonous as usual.
- The left wing think tanks, for instance, are now lifeless, dull and lacking in ideas.
- Their journey would have been so much more interesting and exciting, instead of dull and boring most of the time.
- The quiet little village seemed kind of dull after the excitement.
- If it's dull, boring and lifeless, your reader will surely move on.
- Instead of seeing the area as boring and dull, they described it as busy, familiar and interesting.
- But they still probably create the most excitement in a very dull weight class.
- I was not in the least bit interested in the dull suitors, with their hungry looks and weak minds.
- So no excuses for last minute gifts that are bland, boring and dull.
- I think they have realised that it is not all dull and boring.
- We have a natural tendency to place emphasis on matters which are ponderous, dull and uninteresting.
- It is a gifted novelist, indeed, who can make ordinary events come alive, and who can interest the reader in ordinary, even dull, characters.
- Only church bells ringing, and the walk of church-goers and the faithful going on daily prayers added any dull excitement to the Sunday.
- We very rarely get to see any of it, because we all assume no-one else would be interested in the dull rigmarole of our lives.
- In doing so, mankind has become callous and his senses have become dull to the ultimate pleasure this relationship would offer.
- If I should accede one day to Heaven, it must be there as it is here, except that I will be rid of my dull senses and my heavy bones.
- His vision, though dull and somewhat blurry, was recovering.
- I am not particularly strong, I lack speed, my senses are dull in comparison, my eyesight sucks, my sense of smell and that of hearing are almost negligible.
- I never kept a diary when I was growing up but I did receive them as Christmas presents and loved the idea of documenting my daily and dull doings.
- It has to be said, this was a horrendously dull process.
3.4(not acute)(ache/pain) sordo
- The pain starts with a dull ache and blossoms into something incredible.
- His thigh muscles pulsed with dull pain from the unaccustomed effort of his one-and-a-half mile ride.
- My right knee is in a constant pulse of dull pain.
- The dull pain, not even a throb, just a constant, nagging ache, seems to be inside your body, deep inside, rattling your bones, if that were possible.
- It's a dull ache rather than a pain and it's been there for a week.
- She could still feel the wrinkled skin of her fingers from the apple's juice and the dull twinge of pain that penetrated every muscle in her back.
- He felt a dull pain in his chest as he saw her face.
- Some women often have tension headaches, which cause squeezing pain or a dull ache on both sides of the head or the back of the neck.
- I had a dull pain in my gut, but thought there was probably no big loss of blood as I was still conscious.
- After several minutes, the pain subsided to a dull ache in my rib cage.
- As he stood he felt every bone in his body ache with a dull pain.
- Having said that I know I'm lucky that it only effects a few joints in my fingers and the pain is more a dull ache than a debilitating one.
- My finger is recovering well, I'm in no pain from that quarter, although I have a dull ache in my leg where I was shot full of medication.
- All through her tantrum she felt the pain inside of her, but with after a half an hour her pain subsided into a dull ache.
- Then there was a dull pain that traveled down my leg causing it to ache but for only a moment.
- His arms, his legs, his neck, almost every part of his body throbbed with the dull ache of pain.
- For the last two weeks I've been waking up with a dull pain in my groin.
- His neck ached still, but the pain was very dull and was exceeded threefold by his leg.
- Occasionally there may be a dull ache, or even more seldom, acute pain.
- Classically, the pain is characterized as constant, dull and boring, and is worse when the patient is supine.
3.5(muffled)(sound) sordo(sound) amortiguado
- A good wheel gives a true ring, a cracked one responds with a dull sound.
- The only sounds are the wind and a dull roar floating back from the mufflers.
- Halfway through this life, the snap in my step is the dull sound of bone on bone, like bass castanets.
- Next minute she heard a dull thud and all sound from the back ceased.
- The computer sounded a dull beep and the doors slid away to reveal what looked like the bridge of a ship.
- The trees around the narrow winding road muffled the buzz, the dull roar of an engine, to keep all residents happy.
- The dull sound fell loudly into the silence of the prison.
- When a sample of the cancer cells touched the man's forehead, the percussion sound changed from resonant sound to a dull sound.
- The frantic battering of the fireflies and the dull click of the demon's hooves sounded like thunder against the heavy, dead air.
- The beams pulled them in closer until a dull thud sounded throughout the thick hulls of the salvage vessels.
- At first, the sound is just a dull roar, but then after a while you pick out patterns in the ticking, as the metronomes go in and out of phase with each other.
- Prodding the ground with his javelin he walked across the floor until he heard a the dull sound of steel on wood.
- Thoughtfully, I tapped on the slab of rock, hearing a dull boom as the sound came back, reflected in the room it was hiding.
- It sounded like a dull roar at first, but now it was nearly deafening.
- There was a dull sound in the air, like the pounding wheels of distant chariots.
- What that means for people nearby is that nights are accompanied by the sound of a dull thud, boom-booming its way around the neighbourhood.
- In a few moments, he heard a low, dull sound, and didn't realize until a few moments longer that he was purring.
- Yet for her it was only a dull sound, ringing in the back of her mind like some long-forgotten memory.
- The dull thud of horse hooves on the packed earth changed suddenly to the loud clacking of iron horseshoes on a paved road.
- There was an uncanny lack of sound for an attack until about fifty yards in front of the gate when the warriors took up a battle cry that sounded like a dull roar.
3.6(blunt)(edge/blade) romo(edge/blade) embotado
- If you must shave, use plenty of shaving cream and a clean razor - dull blades will pull the skin along with the hair, irritating it further.
- Using the dull edge of the knife blade, scrape the inside of the top shell in short movements going away from you.
- Remove excess soil promptly by blotting or scraping with a dull edge first.
- Using the dull edge of a knife, scrape any remaining innards from the body.
- Scrape the sides with a fish scaler or the dull edge of a knife to remove the scales.
- When the blade is dull, the end is simply broken off to reveal another sharp tip.
- First, she licks the knife she has been using to chop up the fruit, her lizard tongue running up and down the dull blade.
- Reaching over, he took the top envelope from the small pile, and with a mail opener sitting next to his bag, he opened it with a quick swipe of the dull blade.
- Most cooks use the point because the edge is dull.
- This is the first clue that your blade is dull or that you're over feeding the saw.
- In a moment he was holding the blade, being careful to grab the dull edge.
- When the blade is dull, you can replace just the blade instead of buying a whole new clipper.
- Try removing as much of the label or tape as possible with your fingernail or the dull edge of a knife.
- Then, using the blade changing key, you simply flip the dull blade around for a fresh edge.
- Blade sharpening is important, too, because dull edges will rip the grass open and leave vascular tissue vulnerable to disease.
- I rubbed the dull edge with my hand and held it out only a few inches from my face.
- She had an old, rusty push mower with steel wheels and dull blades, the kind you might see in a museum.
- A dull blade requires excessive force, can slip and cause accidents.
- I'm sure I don't need to describe the cuts and nicks you get from using a dull blade.
- Flick out the stinger by lifting it with a fingernail or scrape it off using the edge of a dull knife.
1(make less bright)(metal/surface/color) quitar el brillo a(metal/surface/color) opacar
- It helps keep them warm for a while, and dulls the ruthless realities of their lives.
- It is a narcotic that dulls the brain and deadens the nerves.
- Aesthetically, the palette manages something paradoxical: it both intensifies and dulls the impact of onscreen violence.
- It has a way of diminishing the shine, dulling the glamour and dampening the sizzle of even the glitziest of clubs.
- I don't watch much televised football because I think it dulls my enthusiasm when I'm playing but I've always made an exception when it comes to Old Firm matches because they always throw up talking points.
- The shock value, which is what we're after, dulls after a while.
- Not so much because it makes those whom it afflicts unhappy, or as myth has it, turn green, but because it dulls their analytical skills.
- Alcohol dulls the brain, reduces reaction time and the law says very clearly that drinking and driving with a certain amount of it in your bloodstream is taboo.
- Believe it or not, these are ironies we can learn a lot from, a useful exercise when the culture of consumption dulls us down as we absorb the season's greetings.
- Such conditioning dulls ambitions and makes managers defensive.
- It seems to me that each act of sinning incrementally dulls the ability of an individual to see the sinfulness of the act.
- The scale of the novel was what impressed initially but intimacy has not dulled its artistic achievements.
- Alas, she has grown earnest, musically and spiritually conservative, dulling with the passing years.
- After a while, the prickly feeling of anxiousness dulls and turns blunt.
- The alcohol helped, dulled his memories and finally numbed them, as it always did.
- This proved to be extremely hot, possibly dulling my taste buds because I could not detect the fennel.
- But mere faith and blind faith is dangerous: it dulls the brain, and makes a man reactionary.
- A flood of testosterone dulls the messages from their political antennae.
- The ratio of one element to another was spot on, whetting the appetite, not dulling it.
- Memories of this incident in the west may have been dulled by the passage of time.
2(make less sharp)(pain) aliviar(pain) calmar(senses) entorpecer(senses) embotar(edge/blade) embotarhe drank to dull his grief — bebía para ahogar las penas
1(surface/metal) perder brillo
2(senses/memory) embotarse(memory/senses) entorpecerse
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