Translation of slow in Spanish:


lento, adj.

Pronunciation /sləʊ//sloʊ/


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    (reactions/rate/tempo) lento
    it's slow work stripping furniture quitarles la pintura a los muebles lleva mucho tiempo
    • she's a slow learner tiene problemas de aprendizaje
    • oak trees are very slow growers los robles crecen muy despacio
    • I'm a slow reader leo despacio
    • he's slow, but he gets the job done es lento / trabaja despacio, pero termina las cosas
    • in a slow oven en horno tibio
    • a slow poison un veneno de efecto retardado / que tarda en hacer efecto
    • it has a slow leak / puncture pierde aire
    • to be slow to + inf tardar en + inf
    • the authorities were slow to react las autoridades tardaron en reaccionar
    • she wasn't slow to point out the defects no tardó en encontrarle defectos
    • he was slow to anger tenía mucha paciencia
    • The end repeats the design so far - slow followed by fast - in more concentrated form.
    • Well, because of its speed, which was slow, and its size, which was huge, Frances was and is a colossal rain maker.
    • He tends to swell held notes in both slow and fast movements, perhaps a nod to authentic performance.
    • And if the heart rate gets too slow, it will speed it up like a pacemaker.
    • The speeds are quite slow, but fast enough for a little surfing and emails that aren't way too big.
    • The alternatives are various forms of death - quick, slow, agonising, or imperceptible.
    • My speed was so slow that bicycles were actually overtaking me.
    • It made short quick movements then proceeded at a 90 degrees from the original movement at a slow speed.
    • No more waiting for slow websites with internet speeds up to 10 times faster than a normal 56k service.
    • So it seems to me that the alert system was a little slow in operating.
    • Movements are large and appear relatively slow in the techniques designed for armored combat.
    • The term passing lanes implies that the road is divided into slow and fast moving traffic lanes.
    • Motorbikes in the summer are the worst for speed and caravans create long lines of very slow moving traffic.
    • The days are just moving so fast and slow at the same time, it's difficult to keep track.
    • To sum up, to show action and movement, select a slow shutter speed and stand side on to the action.
    • In our tests, this printer was slow, noisy and yielded the least impressive results, even with the subtle photo cartridge in place.
    • On the slow speed circuits it's proved that it's fast at Imola and I think here it's proved that it's quick and reliable on a high-speed circuit.
    • That United weren't streets ahead by half-time was down to their slow, slow, quick, quick, slow approach in the opening period.
    • A lorry driver, stopped because of his slow speed, was found to be more than two-and-a-half times the legal alcohol limit, a court heard.
    • It was especially difficult because of the slow speed at which the criminal justice system operated.
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    • 2.1(not lively)

      (novel/plot) lento
      business is slow no hay mucho movimiento (en el negocio)
      • life here is very slow el ritmo de vida aquí es muy lento
      • I recognise that this has been a rather slow and dull debate to this point.
      • Dull slow ballad type tracks that don't really go anywhere.
      • For a time, perhaps, she had broken away from a slow, uneventful life.
      • I know several IT managers who are neither dull, slow nor reactive.
      • I found the film to be slow, dull, and ultimately unengaging.
      • So I needed something that wasn't so slow, dull or trivial.
      • This game had all the ingredients of the banal and wonderful as it slipped from dull slow football to edge of the seat stuff.
      • They are dull, slow, sober and fearful characters with a weak pulse and a cowardly, slothful disposition.
      • Our ride was slow and dull, conversationless, through land that seemed to look all the same.
      • The flashbacks to the uncles' escapades in Africa ought to have been the saving grace of a rather uninteresting slow plot.
      • Amassing cash is a surefire - but incredibly slow and dull - way to make a million, assuming that your bank doesn't go bust.
      • And soon breakfast and the beautiful fact that Thomas is slow, quiet and dull in the mornings.
      • He answered all the questions that were put to him in his slow and dull manner, using readymade and overcooked phrases.
      • Her right foot moved first, then her left, alternating in a rather boring and slow way.
      • On my first listen, I found the album dull and slow, but subsequent tries have brought out all the strange and lovely stuff going on.
      • Yeah, it has been a rather slow, boring kind of day, why do you ask?
      • What looks like a slow, dull session even for August, it is, under the circumstances, a grand achievement.
      • It's been very slow and dull day, but it hasn't been boring.
      • It is a long film at 132 minutes, but the story does not feel slow or dull at any point.
      • In fact, since the plodding dreariness is usually broken by bouts of howling misery, the slow points come as rather a pleasant respite.

    • 2.2euphemistic (stupid)

      poco despierto euphemistic
      corto (de entendederas) informal
      • I was slow in learning the skills and my legs and back soon started to ache.
      • This is unfortunate because, as we have been slow to learn, the various sectors of health care are critically interdependent.
      • It seems likely that families with generally lower cognitive levels are going to be more likely to have kids who are slow to learn to read.
      • In truth, the sort of skills he's trying to introduce are more easily learnt by youngsters - mature rugby players can be slow learners.
      • Barrett was slow to learn the defense last season, but he's athletic, fearless and can play the ball.
      • This could mean that in intellectual exercises the child may be ahead, but in learning to ride a bike, for instance, slow to learn such a skill.
      • The boys get out to a lead with Scout again holding the girls back with her old body and mind just to damn slow for winning challenges.
      • He was essentially a reactive politician, a late learner, slow to grasp the consequences of change.
      • Siobhan and her husband Eamonn, from Montenotte in Cork, realised something was wrong when their toddler was slow to learn to speak.
      • He has been a slow learner but has learnt the finer points and has put them into practice for the benefit of the team.
      • His name is Mathicumus, and he is rather slow in the head, you know.
      • O-lan is plain looking, dull, and slow, but she is hard working, thrifty, and resourceful.
      • He was a little slow in understanding our request and we lamented in front of him that you couldn't get good hired help anymore.
      • I encourage those people who are a little weak and slow to learn, I try and work with them and drag them along.
      • He's a bit slow to learn and it took time for the penny to drop, then he started to finish even though he would have hated the ground.
      • Jeremy was born with a twisted body, a slow mind and a chronic, terminal illness that had been slowly killing him for all his young life.
      • Private tuitions are not allowed and slow learners are encouraged to come up instead of being condemned.
      • Though he has been slow to learn the position, the team plans to work him there more often.
      • You can't coming across as a smug and superior school marm correcting a slow child if you want to succeed.
      • The future is not bright for those who still use ox-carts - the ones who are slow or unwilling to absorb new expertise.
      • Our human minds are slow to understand the awful wickedness of idol worship.

  • 3

    (of clock, watch)
    the kitchen clock is slow el reloj de la cocina (se) atrasa / está atrasado
    • my watch is five minutes slow mi reloj está cinco minutos atrasado
  • 4

    (pitch/surface) lento
    • However, with all of the traffic headed north and none going south, travel remains slow.
    • In Jai-Alai you will hear people talk about live or dead balls and fast or slow balls.
    • Before the match his high watermark was 33, but he belted the fast men down the ground and slow bowlers square in a performance to embarrass his batsmen.
    • Had I, in some inexplicable way, left my own town earlier than I intended, and really travelled in a slow train?
    • She has shown aptitude on fast and slow ground, is trained by a very able handler who thinks plenty of her and possibly has plenty more to come.
    • Maybe a slow surface would have tested his fitness, a lot better.
    • It was far away and traveling very slow (seven miles per hour); no need to worry now.
    • And if you are in the slow lane and too fast then again that is your own fault and you should move up a lane, dependent on how crowded other lanes are.
    • Also, I fielded a slow roller and tripped over the mound and fell flat on my face.
    • To me he is a natural sweeper, he reads the game well for a young player but at times he is too slow on the ball and a little languid.
    • The first half of the Twentieth Century was a time of tremendous change; the last half was a time of fast food and slow travel.
    • Injuries often kept Larson off the field, and a slow bat hurt him when he did play.
    • At the Combine, the surface is slow, but at least the conditions are a constant.
    • Either table can be played with normal or slow balls, the latter intended to make the going easier for younger hands.
    • Traffic is travelling at a slow rate with back ups developing that are unnecessary.
    • Not only was travel difficult and slow in the eleventh century, he was also still Duke of Normandy and he had to return to Normandy to maintain his control of this land in France.
    • It was awful up there, cold and damp, and the ground was too slow for my liking.
    • It was kind of a slow field and was getting a little bogged down at the end.
    • The batsmen just couldn't pick my slow looping balls, playing and missing regularly.
    • I was in the slow lane and sensed where the shoulder should be, so I eased the car off the roadway and let it scrape the railing to be sure we were in a safe spot.
    • For years and years the Australian turf in good weather has been all against the rising fast ball and slow bowler's spin.
    • Any additional torque provided the same slow seat post travel into the seat tube.
    • Police say they are stumped as to why a man decided to walk into the slow lane of a motorway - and was then knocked down and killed in a collision with a car.
    • They overcame grinding poverty, tremendous distances on slow transportation with no travel budgets.
    • Indeed, slow neutrons often find their way into nuclei more efficiently than fast ones, much as a slow cricket ball is easier to catch.
    • Pollock was also unfazed by the fact the Paarl pitch was likely to play slow, which would be to the Lankans' advantage.
    • Finally, Rosen hit a slow grounder toward Detroit third baseman Gerry Priddy and raced as hard as he could for first.
    • Warren said that to flee the murder scene he drove a blue van from the fast lane on the Naas Road across a slow lane and into a slip road leading to the Boot Road.
    • It was clear that the majority of drivers felt that this signage was either redundant or in error and few were driving at 50 mph, even in the slow lane.
    • He was a fast batter and she'd thrown a series of slow and fast balls.
    • Muralitharan's brief cameo came to an end with a straight slow ball by Waqar to signal the end for the Lankans.
    • The cool water and slow pace of travel will make it much more pleasant.
    • Travel on it was slow but cheap, and heavy loads could be easily shifted.
    • The other, who I know of old, remained in the slow lane.
    • The convoy had many days left of this slow travel ahead of it.
    • The slower bowlers have often been difficult to attack on the slow St George's surfaces.
    • The fast-lane campaign works on a similar principle to fast and slow lanes in swimming pools.
    • It was slow travel, through wet heavy snow along the bank of a small stream, but within less than a mile we came to a kill.
    • Williams is slow off the ball because he's too worded about making a mistake.
    • There are no other cars on the road and the truck drivers just chill in their slow lane and leave the fast one all to you.
    • A second visit to Venice took place in the midst of the Thirty Years' War, when travel was slow and hazardous.

intransitive verb

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    growth/inflation has slowed considerably el ritmo de crecimiento/el índice de inflación ha disminuido considerablemente
    • the train slowed to a stop el tren fue disminuyendo la velocidad hasta detenerse

transitive verb

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    we slowed our pace to allow them to catch up aflojamos el paso / aminoramos la marcha para que pudieran alcanzarnos
    • bad weather slowed their progress el mal tiempo los retrasó
    • alcohol slows your reactions el alcohol entorpece sus reflejos


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    my watch runs slow mi reloj (se) atrasa
    • slow! despacio
    • nice and slow bien despacito
    • to go slow avanzar lentamente