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"Durmiente" is an adjective which is often translated as "sleeping", and "tirante" is a noun which is often translated as "strap". Learn more about the difference between "durmiente" and "tirante" below.
durmiente(
door
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myehn
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (who sleeps)
a. sleeping
Los duendes lograron escapar sin despertar al monstruo durmiente.The elves managed to escape without waking up the sleeping monster.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (person who sleeps)
a. sleeper
Los durmientes cayeron en los brazos de Morfeo.The sleepers fell in the arms of Morpheus.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (beam on railroad)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. sleeper
Uno de los durmientes de la vía se rompió y tuvieron que interrumpir el servicio de trenes.One of the sleepers in the rail track broke and the train service had to be suspended.
b. tie
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Miles de durmientes aseguran la estructura de las vías.Thousands of ties support the structure of the rail tracks.
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tirante(
tee
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rahn
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teh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (clothing)
a. strap
Me gusta usar corpiños que tienen tirantes transparentes.I like wearing bras that have transparent straps.
b. shoulder strap
Uno de los tirantes de mi camisola se cortó.One of the shoulder straps of my camisole snapped.
2. (architecture)
a. brace
Los arquitectos decidieron usar tirantes como refuerzo.The architects decided to use braces as a reinforcement.
b. crosspiece
El tirante de madera cedió y las paredes se desplomaron.The wooden crosspiece broke and the walls collapsed.
c. strut
Instalamos un tirante para resistir la compresión longitudinal.We installed a strut to resist longitudinal compression.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (tightly drawn)
a. tight
Haz un nudo y mantén la cuerda tirante.Tie a knot and keep the rope tight.
b. taut
Dijo que cuando estés paseando el perro, la correa tiene que estar tirante.He said that when you're walking your dog, the leash needs to be taut.
4. (uneasy)
a. tense
Cuando entré al cuarto, todos estaban callados y había una atmósfera tirante.When I entered the room, everybody was quiet and the atmosphere was tense.
b. strained
Noté que su relación era tirante, pero nunca imaginé que se divorciarían.I felt their relationship was strained, but never imagined they would divorce.
tirantes
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (clothing)
a. suspenders
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿Por qué tienes puesto el cinturón si tienes tirantes?Why are you wearing a belt if you're wearing suspenders?
b. braces (United Kingdom)
Me compré tirantes que combinan con la corbata.I bought braces that match with my tie.
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