Quick answer
"Curving" is a form of "curve", a noun which is often translated as "la curva". "Sweeping" is a noun which is often translated as "el barrido". Learn more about the difference between "curving" and "sweeping" below.
curve(
kuhrv
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (bent portion)
a. la curva
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(in a road, river, or trajectory)
When you're driving through northern Texas, there's hardly a curve in the road.Cuando estás manejando por el norte de Texas, no hay casi curvas en el camino.
2. (bent shape)
a. la curva
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The facades of modernist buildings often feature intricate designs and curves.Las fachadas de los edificios modernistas muchas veces cuentan con intrincados diseños y curvas.
3. (mathematics)
a. la curva
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The teacher showed the students how to draw a curve defined by a given equation.El profesor enseñó a los alumnos a trazar una curva definida por una ecuación dada.
4. (sports)
a. la bola curva
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Peter threw a curve and Anthony missed it.Peter lanzó una bola curva y Anthony la falló.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to form a bend)
a. hacer una curva
Slow down! The road curves dramatically ahead.¡Despacio! Adelante la calle hace una curva muy cerrada.
b. curvarse
The murderer's finger curved around the trigger.El dedo del asesino se curvó sobre el gatillo.
c. combarse (surface)
You can see that it's an old window if you look at it from the side because it curves every so slightly.Puedes ver que es una ventana vieja si la ves del lado porque se combó apenas.
d. estar combado (surface)
The mirror curves, which distorts your reflection.El espejo está combado, lo que distorsiona el reflejo.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to reject)
a. rechazar
I want to ask her on a date, but I'm afraid she'll curve me.Quiero invitarla a salir, pero tengo miedo de que me rechace.
b. evitar
I called Eduardo last night, but he didn't answer. I think he's curving me.Llamé a Eduardo anoche, pero no contestó. Creo que me evita.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
7. (sports)
a. curvo
The batter swung and missed the curve ball.El bateador intentó batear la bola curva pero falló.
curves
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
8. (generous figure)
a. las curvas
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Ordinary women have curves, so why shouldn't models have them?Las mujeres normales tienen curvas; entonces, ¿por qué no han de tenerlas las modelos?
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sweeping
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (chore)
a. el barrido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There's a lot of dust in this room. Can you give it a sweeping?Hay mucho polvo en este cuarto. ¿Puedes darle un barrido?
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (wide)
a. amplio
He made a sweeping gesture with his hand to indicate that all the land we saw was his.Hizo un gesto amplio con la mano para indicarnos que todas las tierras que veíamos eran suyas.
3. (over-general)
a. indiscriminado
The politician was censured for making sweeping racist generalizations.El político fue censurado por hacer generalizaciones indiscriminadas de tono racista.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Asserting that the whole government is corrupt is a sweeping statement.Afirmar que el gobierno en su totalidad es corrupto es generalizar demasiado.
I think it is a sweeping comment to say that the new generation is not interested in anything.A mí me parece demasiado tajante decir que la nueva generación no está interesada en nada.
4. (overwhelming)
a. arrollador
Political analysts predict a sweeping victory for our candidate in the presidential election.Los analistas políticos predicen la victoria arrolladora de nuestro candidato en las elecciones presidenciales.
b. aplastante
The game ended in a sweeping victory for the home team.El partido finalizó con una victoria aplastante del equipo de casa.
5. (far-reaching)
a. radical
The new principal made sweeping reforms to the school's education policies.El nuevo director llevó a cabo reformas radicales en las políticas educativas de la escuela.
sweepings
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
6. (swept matter)
a. la basura del barrido
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I can't find the dustpan. What can I use to pick up these sweepings?No puedo encontrar el recogedor. ¿Qué puedo usar para recoger la basura del barrido?
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