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"Gliding" is a noun which is often translated as "el vuelo sin motor", and "looming" is an adjective which is often translated as "inminente". Learn more about the difference between "gliding" and "looming" below.
gliding
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. el vuelo sin motor
(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).
We went gliding in Colorado and had a great view of the Rockies and Denver.Fuimos a practicar vuelo sin motor en Colorado y tuvimos una gran vista de las Montañas Rocosas y Denver.
b. el planeo
(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).
Gliding is a solo sport, but it anyway requires the assistance of a team.El planeo es un deporte solitario, pero requiere de todos modos la ayuda de un equipo.
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looming
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (impending)
a. inminente
With a looming energy crisis, the country is at the mercy of its suppliers abroad.Ante una inminente crisis energética, el país está a merced de sus proveedores en el extranjero.
2. (appearing)
a. que surge
I saw no way of climbing the looming cliff face in front of us.No veía la manera de subir la pared del acantilado que surgía ante nosotros.
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