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 water)ola femeninoto ride the waves — surcar los mares
- to make waves — hacer olas
- The sound of the waves breaking on the shore is a fine way to fall asleep.
- It was the voices of a thousand songbirds, of waves lapping against the shore, and of a pack of wolves, mourning the loss of their leader.
- He had anticipated this move though for as soon as she broke the surface a wave of water hit her.
- Huge waves slammed into the shores of remote, north-east coast village two weeks ago, destroying its thriving fishing industry.
- We waded near the shore and the waves would come and knock her over.
- It's high tide, so the sea in its surfeit doesn't pound itself against the shore but sends its waves softly like gulls gliding.
- I remembered the young soldier on the cliff top standing with me in silence as we looked down at the peaceful waves lapping the shore beneath us.
- The only sound she could hear was the ocean waves crashing down on the sand.
- The waves hammering the shore cause the bulk of the damage in a hurricane landfall.
- A calmer Maracas Bay enticed these men into its waters yesterday, even though two days before bathers scampered for safety as massive waves crashed on the shore.
- The waves climb up the shore only to retreat back to their haven.
- As he posed for photographs near the shore a huge wave knocked him from his perch and almost carried him out to sea.
- More remarkably, fish actually emerge from the ocean, riding high waves onto shore to spawn on the sandy beaches.
- While the guys attempted to body surf the waves, the girls laid out on the sand to tan.
- Its job is to return to the sea the water that comes to shore with the breaking waves.
- The image of a pristine island - azure waves lapping at the shore, palm trees silhouetted in the setting sun - is synonymous with paradise.
- Just listen to the song of the lark, the lapping of the waves on the shore.
- As a large wave approaches the shore, the two take off in a race for the beach.
- We went to the beach and watched the dull grey waves slam the white shore.
- Above him, sea birds wheeled and called and although he couldn't see a beach, he could hear the gentle wash of waves on the shore.
1.2(in hair)onda femeninoshe has a natural wave to her hair — tiene el pelo naturalmente ondulado
- I have a slight wave in my hair so it looks choppy when it is roughly cut.
- It is straight and flat with no curl, but may have a slight wave.
- Her long dark blonde hair had a natural wave and hung half to her waist.
- Sure, my outfit was great and my hair held a natural wave that I didn't want to mess with.
- They had styled my hair by blowing it out straight so that even the ends were perfect without any of my natural wave or curl.
- Applied to wet hair, it stretches out the wave to mimic the texture of relaxed hair.
- Her hair had a slight wave to it from it always being in a ponytail.
- We finger-styled Tamara's hair fresh out of the shower, coaxing out the natural wave in her otherwise pin-straight hair.
- Her hair was white-blonde with a slight wave and she had sky blue eyes.
- Standing at well over six feet, he had long, dark hair with a slight wave to it that just brushed his shoulders.
- He was clean shaven, had dark hair which was around one-and-a-half inches long with a slight wave, and was wearing a black hooded top with black jeans.
- It ‘gave a rotundity to my person, a wave and curl to my hair, and perhaps led me to fancy pictorial illustration and flaming colours’.
2(surge, movement)oleada femeninoa wave of revolutionary fervor — una oleada de fervor revolucionario
- a wave of nausea came over him — le vinieron náuseas
- there has been a wave of attacks — ha habido una oleada de asaltos
3(gesture)he silenced them with a wave of his hand — los hizo callar con un gesto de la mano
- she gave them a wave — les hizo adiós/los saludó con la mano
- It was a scene repeated at polling stations across America last week as an unprecedented wave of early voting signalled a potentially sharp rise in overall turnout.
- In a dynamic, innovative economy, these forces unleash waves upon waves of change.
- The immigration waves that have shaped so much of the city's personality have created a series of villages.
- Less restraint was shown in bygone days, when shark attacks sometimes inspired mass waves of indiscriminate killing.
- Discussions with school officials indicate that waves of immigration differ for the ethnic groups.
- After the mid-19th century there was a wave of mass migration of poor Europeans to North America, and to other colonies, such as Brazil and South Africa.
- Waves of immigrants began to flow into Mauritania in the third century AD.
- Momentum was increased by a fresh wave of Russian pogroms in 1903.
- So will one the features of this new age - in addition to the welcome growth in sexual openness - be a terrible wave of increased sexual assaults?
- Plans to lift prices earlier this year were postponed after a wave of protests.
- But I'll tell you, it hasn't stopped this wave of illegal immigration.
- The upward tendency in arms exports has generated a new wave of company mergers, especially in the aerospace industry.
- Did you never wonder what these sudden waves of mass hysteria were about?
- This latest wave of violence is being looked at very closely.
- Waves of energy arrive, waves upon waves of sadness, of despair.
- Their plans sent the first wave of bright-eyed immigrants back to Palestine in 1881.
- But the enduring depression led to a wave of negative equity.
- And this latest wave of complaints about the behavior won't be the last.
- The United States also pledged $350m to help tsunami victims, a tenfold increase over its first wave of aid.
- Kris burst into a fresh wave of sobs as she collapsed in Mike's arms.
2(shake, swing)(handkerchief/flag) agitarshe waved her hand sadly — hizo adiós con la mano, llena de tristeza
- to wave sth in the air — agitar algo en el aire
- stop waving those papers under my nose! — ¡deja de restregarme esos papeles por las narices!
- to wave sth around — agitar algo
- she waved her stick at them — los amenazó agitando su bastón en el aire / blandiendo su bastón
- smiling, she waved the letter at him — sonriente, le enseñaba la carta agitándola en el aire
- to wave goodbye — hacer adiós con la mano
- [with two objects] she waved him goodbye — le hizo adiós con la mano
3(direct)I was waved to one side — me apartó con un gesto
- the policeman waved us on — el policía nos hizo señas para / de que siguiéramos adelante
4(curl)(hair) marcar(hair) ondularI had my hair waved — me marqué / me ondulé el pelo
1(signal)saludar a algn con la manoto wave at / to sb — hacerle adiós a algn con la mano
- he waved at / to me to come over — me hizo señas para que me acercara
- she waved up/across at me — me hizo señas desde abajo/desde el otro lado
2(sway, flutter)(corn/trees) agitarse(trees/corn) mecerse con el viento(pennants/flag) ondear(flag/pennants) flamear
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