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"Baffle" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "desconcertar", and "puzzle" is a noun which is often translated as "el rompecabezas". Learn more about the difference between "baffle" and "puzzle" below.
baffle(
bah
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fuhl
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to perplex)
a. desconcertar
His behavior baffles me. I never know where I stand with him.Su comportamiento me desconcierta. Con él nunca sé a qué atenerme.
b. dejar desconcertado
The new regulations are so complex they have baffled many customers.El nuevo reglamento es tan complejo que dejó desconcertados a muchos de los clientes.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
That they've waited so long before doing anything about it really baffles me.No puedo entender que esperaran tanto para hacer algo al respecto.
We're baffled that he was released from prison after just one year.Nos quedamos atónitos cuando lo pusieron en libertad tan solo un año después de haber entrado en prisión.
2. (to thwart)
a. frustrar (advance, plans, efforts)
In an attempt to baffle the advance of the enemy, they blew up the bridge they had crossed.En un intento de frustrar el avance enemigo, volaron el puente que acababan de cruzar.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (audio)
a. el bafle
(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).
These foam baffles will improve the quality of sound from your speakers.Estos bafles de espuma mejorarán la calidad de sonido de tus altavoces.
4. (physics and mechanics)
a. el deflector
(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).
Baffles in front of the bulbs mean that light is focused directly on the exhibits.Los deflectores colocados delante de los focos hacen que la luz incida directamente sobre los objetos expuestos.
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puzzle(
puh
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zuhl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (game)
a. el rompecabezas
(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).
I finished a 1,000 piece puzzle in one month.Terminé un rompecabezas de 1,000 piezas tras un mes.
b. el puzzle
(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).
My dog ate several pieces of the puzzle.Mi perro se comió varias piezas del puzzle.
c. el crucigrama
(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).
There's one word left to complete the puzzle.Falta una palabra para completar el crucigrama.
2. (riddle)
a. el acertijo
(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).
This equation is one mathematical puzzle that has never been solved.Esa ecuación es un acertijo de matemáticas que nunca se ha resuelto.
b. la adivinanza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I need more time to solve this puzzle.Necesito más tiempo para resolver esta adivinanza.
3. (mystery)
a. el enigma
(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).
The vanishing of the statue from the square is a real puzzle.La desaparición de la estatua de la plaza es todo un enigma.
b. el misterio
(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).
The puzzle of the unpaired socks is still unresolved.El misterio de los calcetines desparejados sigue sin resolverse.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to confuse)
a. desconcertar
The fact that the alarm bell sounded when we were leaving the shop puzzled us.Nos desconcertó que la alarma sonara cuando salíamos de la tienda.
b. dejar perplejo
It puzzles me that the price of the shoes is still high even with a 70%.Me deja perplejo que el precio de los zapatos siga caro aun con un 70 % de descuento.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to think about; used with "over")
a. dar vueltas a
I need to puzzle over this job offer a little longer.Necesito dar vueltas a esta oferta de trabajo por más tiempo.
b. cavilar
She puzzled over his mysterious proposal all day long.Cavilaba su propuesta misteriosa durante todo el día.
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