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(accent/smell/improvement) ligero(smell/improvement/accent) leveshe has a slight temperature — tiene un poco de fiebre
- there has been a slight change of plan — ha habido un pequeño cambio de planes
- she walks with a slight limp — cojea ligeramente
- there was a slight tremor in her voice — le temblaba levemente la voz
- without the slightest hesitation — sin dudarlo un instante
- he gets upset at the slightest thing — se molesta por la menor tontería / por cualquier nimiedad
- I haven't the slightest idea — no tengo (ni) la menor / (ni) la más remota idea
- do you mind? — not in the slightest — ¿te importa? — en absoluto / para nada
- he's not in the slightest bit interested — no le interesa en lo más mínimo / en absoluto / para nada
- Customers do get us mixed-up however, which can cause a slight degree of chaos with orders!
- They improve performance to a slight degree, but not by any factor that a typical user would notice, he says.
- A slight degree of petulance had crept into his voice.
- In virtually every case, however, the degree of degradation was slight enough to be inconsequential.
- Aerodynamic limitations have been avoided to a slight degree at almost prohibitive cost and with consequent contamination.
- My hands were getting clammy and I was feeling a slight degree of nervousness.
- Colors often look muted and washed out with there also being a slight degree of edge enhancement rearing its ugly head.
- This results in fluid retention of a slight degree when you are able to drink adequately and replete your exercise fluid losses.
- There were 21 injuries as a result of accidental fires a slight increase from last year but half of those reported were from just two incidents.
- There may be in fact none, of course, but notions of that kind perhaps still inform the provision to a slight degree.
- All human eyes have a slight degree of farsightedness at birth.
- However, even the moderate winds during my drive caused the roadster to react with a slight degree of cowl shake.
- Hence, the difference could only be explained by the use of a different negative, copied from the original with a slight degree of enlargement.
- The air temperature is 26 degrees and there is slight westerly breeze blowing.
- Now that mightn't be just be in number of cases, it might just be in slight increases in margin return over time.
- We couldn't have asked for a better day, around 19 degrees Celsius, a slight breeze and hardly a cloud in the sky.
- Having said that, the latter does play its part, but only to a slight degree.
- Once you're out on the streets you do have a slight degree of autonomy.
- Five of six genes, regardless of X or autosomal location, are increased in expression to a slight degree in mutant females.
- Thomas is also exhibiting more obvious signs of agoraphobia, although of a slight degree.
1.2(minimal)escasohopes of finding her alive are slight — las esperanzas de encontrarla con vida son escasas / remotas
- their chances are slight — tienen muy pocas posibilidades
1.3(flimsy, inadequate)(foundation/grounds) poco firmehis second novel is a rather slight work — su segunda novela es de poca monta / es una obra menor
- This tale is rather slight, but the visual beauty and thrilling action make this a stunning work of animation.
- You can still interact with people, but those interactions are slight and superficial (in the on-the-surface sense) and ephemeral.
- I mean, this isn't Shakespeare, it's slight and rather broad comedy.
- It is all rather slight, but the visual beauty and thrilling action make this a stunning work of animation.
- Much of his concert work is slight, mainly because that's all the time he felt he could give.
- Her books are deceptively slight, superficially easy, and so easily misunderstood.
- It's a slight work, but gives an insight into Puccini's early creativity.
- Komorebi is a slight work made up of sketches and vignettes, whose very slightness is one of its most attractive qualities.
- Taylor understands the idiom quite perfectly and he manages to bring a grandeur and nobility to the admittedly slight work.
- Objectively, the plot is slight, but wrapped up in the details there lurks an epic tale.
- He is too light, too slight, too trivial, a figure with insufficient gravity.
- Despite this, cumulatively the threads both between tracks and between the constituent parts of each track appear rather too slight to maintain this listener's engagement.
- Abelard also wrote a slight work of practical advice for his son.
- He continues to direct good films, even if all of them are rather slight.
- His best work was way behind him by this time, and even now it's rather slight, but I have a soft spot for some of it
- Ultimately, it all sounds rather petty and slight.
- While intelligent and elegant, they have seemed rather slight and concerned with relatively marginal problems.
- This is a rather slight movie if I ever saw one, but that doesn't mean it's not an enjoyable one.
- A woman writer who evokes an intensely personal landscape still finds she is dismissed as slight, precious, trivial.
- The earliest concertos composed for square piano are slight works, diverting but lightweight.
2(slim)delgadomenudoof slight build — de complexión delgada / menuda
1(offend, ignore)desairarhacerle un desaire ahacerle un desprecio ahe felt slighted — se sintió ofendido / desairado
2(belittle)(contribution/work) hablar con desdén de
1formaldesaire masculinedesprecio masculinea slight on sb — un desprecio para con / hacia algn
- a slight on sth — un desprecio a algo
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