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subtle

['sʌtl]

ADJ

(compar subtler)

(superl subtlest)

  1. (=delicate, fine) [perfume, flavour] suave, sutil; [colour] tenue; [charm, beauty, nuance, reminder, person] sutil; [humour, irony] sutil, fino

  2. (=perceptive) [person] perspicaz, agudo; [mind] sutil, agudo; [analysis] ingenioso

Examples from texts

Just out front of the vert-paleo gallery there is an indoor balcony, looking down on the Rotunda, which has a subtle star-burst design laid into its marble floor.
Justo frente a la galería de vertebrados hay un balcón interior, que mira sobre la Rotonda, que tiene un sutil diseño en forma de estrella grabado en el suelo de mármol.
Sawyer, Robert / Calculating GodSawyer, Robert / El calculo de Dios
El calculo de Dios
Sawyer, Robert
© 2002 by Ediciones B, S.A.
© 2000 by Robert Sawyer
Calculating God
Sawyer, Robert
© 2000 by Robert Sawyer
“Save the subtle stuff.
Ahórrate los objetos delicados.»
Sebold, Alice / The Lovely BonesSebold, Alice / Desde Mi Cielo
Desde Mi Cielo
Sebold, Alice
© 2002 por Alice Sebold
© 2003 por Aurora Echevarria
© 2003 por Random House Mondadori, S. A.
The Lovely Bones
Sebold, Alice
© 2002 by Alice Sebold
The ass-wipe went inanimate as a subtle beep-beep-beep replaced the phone’s dial tone.
El maldito asno se quedó inerte mientras un sutil beep-beep-beep reemplazaba al tono de marcación del teléfono.
Ward, J.R. / Lover EnshrinedWard, J.R. / Amante Consagrado
Amante Consagrado
Ward, J.R.
© Traducción: 2009, Patricia Torres Londoño
© 2010, Santillana Ediciones Generales, S.L.
© 2007, Jessica Bird
Lover Enshrined
Ward, J.R.
© Jessica Bird, 2008
The major reason for this preference is that the increased variability which would inevitably result from non-fasting, would tend to mask more subtle effects and make interpretation difficult.
La razón principal es que el aumento de la variabilidad que provocaría necesariamente la toma de alimentos podría enmascarar efectos más sutiles y dificultar la interpretación.
Above: This enhanced-color view was created with a statistical technique that highlights subtle color variations seen in the 11 filters of MESSENGER's wide-angle camera.
Arriba: Esta imagen realzada en colores fue creada con una técnica estadística que destaca las sutiles variaciones de color registradas en los 11 filtros de la cámara de amplio campo visual de la nave MESSENGER.
This is fantastically accurate, yet the possibility remains that the equivalence principle could fail at some more subtle level.
Esto es fantásticamente preciso; sin embargo, existe la posibilidad de que el Principio de Equivalencia pueda fallar en un nivel algo más imperceptible.

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subtle1/2
'sʌtlsuave; sutil; tenue; sutil; sutil; finoExamples

the subtle fragrance of the violet — la suave fragancia or la fragancia sutil de la violeta
a subtle hint of pink — un ligero toque de rosa
there's a subtle difference between these two words — hay una diferencia sutil entre estas dos palabras
she was never very subtle — nunca fue muy sutil
it was a subtle form of racism — era una forma sutil de racismo

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Word forms

subtle

adjective
Positive degreesubtle
Comparative degreesubtler
Superlative degreesubtlest