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).
masculine or feminine noun
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).
masculine noun
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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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. sleeping
la Bella DurmienteSleeping Beauty
la Bella Durmiente (del Bosque) Sleeping Beauty
(persona) sleeper
(Ferro) sleeper; tie; (EEUU)
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