had been wailing
-había estado llorando
Past perfect progressiveconjugation ofwail. There are other translations for this conjugation.

wail

wail(
weyl
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to cry mournfully)
a. llorar
When Sara arrived at the wall of the old temple in Jerusulem, she wailed for her family and all of humanity.Cuando Sara llegó al muro del antiguo templo de Jerusalén, lloró por su familia y toda la humanidad.
b. gemir
Phillip wailed for days when he was told his wife had died.Phillip gemió durante días cuando le dijeron que su esposa había muerto.
2. (to emit a mournful sound)
a. gemir
She stared off into the distance as the bagpipes wailed at the funeral.Se quedó mirando fijadamente a la distancia mientras la gaita gemía en el funeral.
b. aullar
The wind wails all the time here in the mountain.El viento siempre aulla aquí en la montaña.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
3. (mournful sound)
a. el gemido
(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).
(M)
The sadness in her wail was unbearable.La tristeza de su gemido era insoportable.
b. el aullido
(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).
(M)
I heard the siren's wail draw ever nearer.Oí el aullido de la sirena acercarse cada vez más.
c. el lamento
(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).
(M)
Amalia's wail pierced my heart.El lamento de Amalia me atravesó el corazón.
d. el grito
(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).
(M)
A wail of protest arose from the 49% who voted against the measure.Un grito de protesta se elevó del 49% de los que votaron en contra de la medida.
e. el vagido
(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).
(M)
(new-born)
Our new-born woke us last night with his wails.Nuestro recién nacido nos despertó anoche con sus vagidos.
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wail
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (of person)
a. el quejido m, gemido
(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).
(M)
2. (of siren)
a. el sonido m, aullido
(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).
(M)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (person)
a. gemir
4. (siren)
a. sonar, aullar
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wail [weɪl]
noun
1 (moan) lamento (m); gemido (m); [of new-born] vagido (m); (complaint) queja (f); protesta (f)
a great wail went up pusieron el grito en el cielo
2 [of siren, wind] gemido (m)
intransitive verb
1 (moan) lamentarse; gemir; [+child] llorar; (complain) quejarse; protestar
2 [+siren, wind, bagpipes] gemir
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