ASK A QUESTION Ambular, the mystery word
I've come across the word "ambular" about three times now and spanishdict doesn't have it in it's database. I also looked it up in my dictionary, wasn't there. Qué significa entonces?
He oído esos varias veces: un enciclopedia ambulante ( a walking encyclopedia, a person who knows a lot about whatever topic.) una farmacia ambulante ( a walking pharmacy, someone who carries a lot of medicine, band aids etc.) etc
It's not listed on dictionary.com, and it also does not appear in my American Heritage Desk Dictionary.
What is the context in which you saw this word?
(Del lat. ambulāre, pasear).
- intr. p. us. andar (‖ ir dando pasos).
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In English it is to amble or ambulate, of course. If you use the wildcard feature in our dictionary you will get all kinds of words derived from the common base. (e.g. ambulancia)
I'll have always thought it meant to stroll (dar un paseo, vagar).
Ambular: errar (v), zanganear, trasladar
This is one of the sentences I saw it in: El geógrafo es demasiado importante para ambular.
ambular intr. Andar, ir de un lado para otro. Es una voz poco usada. Meaning: 'The geographer is too important to be running back and forth." (waste his time)
See this entry in "WordMagic Translation Software":
When all else fails with understanding a word, I look up the definition in Spanish.
ambular intr. p. us. Andar, ir de una parte a otra.
That dictionary is pretty useful. Plus, they have a nice little hangman game on the front page for a fun way to see random vocabulary words.