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(barely perceptible)(mark/line) apenas visible(light/gleam/glow) débil(gleam/glow/light) tenue(noise/voice/echo) apenas perceptible(echo/voice/noise) débil(breeze/aroma/smell) ligero(smell/breeze/aroma) leve
- A faint trace of wood smoke wisps through the air.
- All of the marks on the sides are very faint.
- The sound was so faint untrained ears could have barely heard it.
- He had short black hair and a very faint black moustache, a London accent and a thin build.
- Even now, years later, with a little help from my imagination I can open up that suitcase and still smell their faint aroma.
- Everywhere they look in the sky, they see a faint glow.
- Richard stayed silent, nothing stirred and he could hear his heart beating nervously and the faint crackle of the flames.
- The only sound is the faint whisper of the air-conditioning.
- Last night on the evening air a faint whiff of garbage floated down the street making the heat even more unbearable.
- As I get closer, there's a faint gleam behind the stained-glass windows of the 13th-century abbey.
- A faint rustling was heard close to where they were.
- Bat calls have to be incredibly loud so that the faint echoes can to be detected.
- I strained my ears and was about to give up when the faint sound of a rumbling engine became perceptible.
- As they got closer Zoe could see faint outlines of buildings.
- l've been listening to the faint hum of London traffic and the random bangs and crackles of fireworks in nearby parks and gardens.
- On a small, precarious headland the faint traces of a monastic cell can be seen.
- I just lay there listening to the faint beat of his heart.
- I lie there listening for a few minutes and, just as I'm at the point of giving up and going back to sleep I hear it again - a faint noise, barely audible at all.
- I could still detect the faint smell of bleach.
- There was just a faint scent of lavender and mothballs about her.
1.2(slight)(suspicion/smile/hope) ligero(hope/smile/suspicion) leve(recollection) vago(resemblance) vago(resemblance) ligerowhat's going on? — I haven't the faintest (idea) — ¿qué pasa? — no tengo ni (la menor / la más mínima / la más remota) idea
- It was all going nowhere and we were clinging to the faint hope that Kildare might muster something.
- There remains a faint hope that he has been released and is attempting to make his way through the jungle.
- I saw a faint glimmer of hope; a chance to derail the topic.
- So on Saturday I went to the Bayshore Winners with the faint hope they would carry the same merchandise.
- With a minute to go, Henry pulled his fifth and final foul and left the court, taking with him Kingston's faint hope of winning the game.
- United desperately need to win at the Riverside Stadium to maintain their faint hopes of clawing their way back into the title race.
- I always have this faint hope that I might stumble across some great find at the flea market.
- I am therefore in the weeks ahead going to be putting up my old academic papers on Blogspot in the faint hope of introducing them to a wider audience.
- Today's results extinguished their faint hopes that they could prise back control of the Senate.
- Only rain could have rescued the home side and a light cloud cover may have raised faint hopes of a miracle but it was all over after India had bowled just 12 balls.
- He eked out his drinking water until Tuesday morning, waiting in the faint hope of being found.
- Reports last week suggested that there is now a faint hope of an end to these absurdities.
- Is there a touch of faint hope in Mr Ward's comment that the bank was considering appealing?
- In short, the whole point of the pub is that you go to relax and talk to people in the faint hope that when you emerge, your mind feels unburdened.
- Volunteers' title hopes took a blow when they lost 4-3 at home to Hounds, who still harbour faint hopes of the championship.
- All the while he is in faint hope he can make it home to his beloved.
- Well, with 13 million creatures who have yet to be named is there a faint chance that you might run out of possible names?
- His tenure closed with a win at Hampden, but it was a hollow victory as faint hopes of qualification for the next World Cup were extinguished.
- Yes, on one hand he's accepting perhaps the reality, but also on the other hand, he's still trying to see if there is a faint hope he can hang on in there.
- And there's a touch of faint hope in Mr Ward's comment that the bank was considering appealing.
2(weak)he was faint with hunger — estaba desfallecido de hambre
- I feel faint — estoy mareado
1desmayarseI nearly fainted! — casi me da un síncope
1desmayo masculineshe collapsed in a dead faint — cayó desvanecida
- If that seems like faint praise… well, it is.
- The acquisition of Edmark was greeted with faint enthusiasm when it was first announced.
- Ask about the income from playing the instrument, he will give you a faint smile as reply.
- Hundreds of mourners gather daily, shedding torrents of tears and managing a few faint smiles as they remember their loved ones.
- I made the obvious joke about him looking forward to progressing to the next stage and consuming solids, which got me a faint smile from Quentin.
- They received the faint answer of ‘yes’ and their fears were assuaged; if only for a moment.
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