subtle


subtle
01. There is a [subtle] difference in meaning between the two words that is difficult to explain.
02. His sense of humor is quite [subtle], so sometimes it's hard to know if he is joking or if he's serious.
03. Her novels have a common theme which is often quite [subtle], but is nonetheless important to the outcome of the story.
04. This premium wine has [subtle] tastes of chocolate and cherries that make it quite special.
05. Books that are translated often lose the [subtleties] of language which are present in the original.
06. Thoreau once remarked that we perceive, and are affected by changes too [subtle] to be described.
07. There is a Congolese proverb which states that a little [subtlety] is better than a lot of force.
08. The Monarch butterfly can discern tastes 12,000 times more [subtle] than those perceivable by human taste buds.
09. Karl Marx believed that the dominant few encourage religious faith among the masses as a [subtle] tool in the process of economic exploitation.
10. The [subtle] humor of the film, combined with the real tenderness between the characters, make it one of the best movies of the year.
11. The qualities that make a Stradivarius violin superior to fine modern violins are so [subtle] that the average listener cannot detect them.
12. Research shows that there is a small number of individuals who experience great difficulties in learning foreign languages because they may have some [subtle] processing difficulties in their native language.
13. Louis Pasteur once observed that science advances through tentative answers to a series of more and more [subtle] questions which reach deeper and deeper into the essence of natural phenomena.
14. Seasonal temperature changes are more [subtle] near the equator than they are in other areas.
15. In Burundi, whispered singing is a technique of singing quietly enough to allow for the [subtle] sounds of the traditional instruments to be clearly heard.
16. Doctors warn that many of the symptoms of diabetes can be so [subtle] that they often go ignored for 10-15 years.
17. Many problems are caused by the [subtle] modification of a river system as a result of urbanization.
18. Hot water created by factories is a very [subtle] type of liquid pollutant.

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  • Subtle — Тип Менеджер окон Разработчик Christoph Kappel Написана на C Операционная система POSIX совместимые Последняя версия 0.9 Тестовая версия последняя ревизия Darcs …   Википедия

  • Subtle — Sub tle, a. [Compar. {Subtler}; superl. {Subtlest}.] [OE. sotil, subtil, OF. soutil, later subtil, F. subtil, L. subtilis; probably, originally, woven fine, and fr. sub under + tela a web, fr. texere to weave. See {Text}, and cf. {Subtile}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • subtle — [sut′ l] adj. subtler [sut′lər, sut′ l ər] subtlest [ME sotil < OFr soutil < L subtilis, fine, thin, precise, orig., closely woven < sub (see SUB ) + tela, web < * texla < texere, to weave: see TECHNIC] 1. thin; rare; tenuous; not… …   English World dictionary

  • Subtle — est un groupe composé par Adam Drucker, Jeffrey Logan, Dax Pierson, Jordan Dalrymple, Alexander Kort, et Marty Dowers. Bien que Adam (alias Doseone) et Jeffrey (alias Jel) soient signés sur anticon., le groupe Subtle ne fait pas partie du… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Subtle — may refer to:*Subtle, a musical group consisting of members of the anticon. hip hop collective *Doctor Subtilis, John Duns Scotus *Subtle body, an idea in mysticism * The Subtle Knife , a novel by Philip Pullman and the second book in the trilogy …   Wikipedia

  • subtle — [adj1] nice, quiet, delicate attenuate, attenuated, deep, discriminating, ethereal, exquisite, faint, fine, finespun, hairline, hairsplitting, illusive, implied, inconspicuous, indirect, indistinct, inferred, ingenious, insinuated, mental,… …   New thesaurus

  • subtle — ► ADJECTIVE (subtler, subtlest) 1) so delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyse or describe. 2) capable of making fine distinctions. 3) delicately complex and understated: subtle lighting. 4) making use of clever and indirect methods to… …   English terms dictionary

  • subtle — I (insidious) adjective canny, contriving, crafty, cunning, deceitful, deceptive, designing, feline, guileful, illusive, implied, indistinct, inferred, insinuated, intriguing, serpentine, shifty, shrewd, sly, sophistical, stealthy, tricky,… …   Law dictionary

  • subtle — c.1300, sutel, soutil, in ref. to things, of thin consistency; in ref. to craftsmen, skilled, clever, from O.Fr. soutil, from L. subtilis fine, thin, delicate, finely woven, from sub under (see SUB (Cf. sub )) + tilis, from tela web and texere …   Etymology dictionary

  • subtle — *logical, analytical Analogous words: penetrating, piercing, probing (see ENTER): *deep, profound: abstruse, *recondite Antonyms: dense (in mind): blunt (in speech) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • subtle — has a corresponding adverb subtly, and the noun is subtlety (which is also countable with a plural form subtleties). The b is silent in all these forms …   Modern English usage