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"Ball" is a noun which is often translated as "la pelota", and "round" is an adjective which is often translated as "redondo". Learn more about the difference between "ball" and "round" below.
ball(
bal
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sports)
a. la pelota
(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 had to run to catch the ball.Tuve que correr para atrapar la pelota.
b. el balón
(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).
(soccer, basketball)
He shot the ball at the goalkeeper.Le chutó el balón al portero.
c. la bola
(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).
The way you rack the balls depends on which game of billiards you're playing.La forma en que se colocan las bolas depende del juego de billar que estés jugando.
2. (sport)
a. el beisbol
(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 children went to the park to play ball on the diamond.Los niños fueron al parque a jugar béisbol en el diamante.
3. (unsuccessful pitch)
a. la bola
(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).
The umpire called ball four, and the batter walked to first.El árbitro declaró la bola cuatro, y el bateador caminó a primera.
4. (military)
a. la bala
(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).
There are four black balls next to the cannon.Hay cuatro balas negras al lado del cañón.
5. (round mass)
a. el ovillo
(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).
(of wool, string)
The cat was playing with a ball of wool.El gato jugaba con un ovillo de lana.
b. la bola
(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).
(of snow, dough)
The children were having fun making balls out of paper and throwing them around the class.Los niños se estaban divirtiendo haciendo bolas de papel y tirándolas en clase.
6. (anatomy)
a. la base
(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).
(of thumb)
I jabbed a nail through the ball of my thumb when I grabbed that old board.Se me hundió un clavo en la base del pulgar cuando agarré esa vieja tabla.
b. el tercio anterior del pie
(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).
(of foot)
The balls of my feet were sore after jumping rope for an hour.Los tercios anteriores de los pies me dolían después de saltar a la cuerda por una hora.
c. el pulpejo
(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 use insoles that cushion the balls of my feet.Uso plantillas que me protegen los pulpejos.
7. (formal dance)
a. el baile
(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 prince invited her to the ball.El príncipe la invitó al baile.
8. (good time)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The whole family had a ball at the fun park.Toda la familia se divirtió en el parque de diversiones.
We had a ball last weekend with our cousins at the lake.Lo pasamos en grande el fin de semana pasado con nuestros primos en el lago.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
9.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(to have sex with)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. cogerse a
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
A couple summers ago, I balled a girl at a beach party.Hace un par de veranos, me cogí a una flaca en una fiesta en la playa.
b. echarse un polvo con
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
I wouldn't mind balling his sister!¡No me importaría echarme un polvo con su hermana!
c. follarse a
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
And that was the first time he ever balled a chick too!¡Y esa fue la primera vez que se folló a una tía!
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
10.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to play basketball)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. jugar al baloncesto
I went to ball on my birthday and made a three point shot.Fui a jugar al baloncesto en mi cumpleaños y anoté un tiro de tres puntos.
b. jugar al básquetbol
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I went to ball on the army base with my buddies and felt like I was at an NBA tryout.Fui a jugar al básquetbol en la base del ejército con mis compadres y me sentí como si estuviera en una prueba de la NBA.
balls
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
11.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(testicles)
a. las pelotas
(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).
(vulgar)
His brother kicked him in the balls when they were playing.Su hermano le dio una patada en las pelotas cuando estaban jugando.
b. los huevos
(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).
(vulgar)
Mind my balls when you shoot!¡No me tires a los huevos!
c. los cojones
(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).
(vulgar)
Ouch! That hit my balls!¡Uy! ¡Me dio en los cojones!
12.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(courage)
a. los huevos
(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).
(vulgar)
Man, you have balls the size of the Empire State building!¡Vaya! ¡Tienes unos huevos del tamaño del Empire State!
b. los cojones
(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).
(vulgar)
There's no denying that you have to have balls to do such a dangerous job.No se puede negar que hay que tener cojones para trabajar en algo tan peligroso.
13.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(used to express annoyance or disapproval)
a. mierda
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Balls! I left my cell phone at the restaurant.¡Mierda! Dejé mi celular en el restaurante.
b. huevadas
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
That's just balls!¡Son solo huevadas!
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round(
raund
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (circular, spherical)
a. redondo
He has a round face and big eyes.Tiene la cara redonda con ojos grandes.
Some say if the belly is big and round it means that the mother is carrying a girl.Algunos dicen que si la barriga es grande y redonda, significa que la madre está esperando una niña.
2. (whole)
a. redondo
How much does it cost, in round figures?¿Cuánto cuesta en números redondos?
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
3. (surrounding)
a. por
There's no one by that name round these parts.No hay nadie con ese nombre por estas partes.
b. alrededor
We sat round and waited for the class to begin.Estábamos sentados alrededor esperando que empezara la clase.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
4. (encircling)
a. alrededor de
There are cycle tracks round the city.Hay carriles bici alrededor de la ciudad.
5. (indicating movement around or through) (United Kingdom)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He went round the corner and disappeared from view.Dobló la esquina y lo perdí de vista.
Her ambition was to travel all round South America.Su ambición era de viajar por toda América del Sur.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (shape)
a. el círculo
(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'm cutting out a round with my scissors.Estoy cortando un círculo con mis tijeras.
7. (series)
a. la serie
(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).
After a round of tests, their findings were inconclusive.Tras una serie de pruebas, no llegaron a conclusiones definitivas.
b. la ronda
(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).
The lecture ended with a round of questions.La clase acabó con una ronda de preguntas.
8. (sports)
a. el asalto
(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).
(boxing)
The boxer was knocked out in the third round.Noquearon al púgil en el tercer asalto.
b. el recorrido
(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).
(golf)
The round has 18 holes.El recorrido tiene 18 hoyos.
c. la partida
(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).
(cards)
I will win this round of poker.Voy a ganar esta partida de póquer.
d. la vuelta
(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).
(of a competition or tournament)
We were knocked out in the second round of the championship.Quedamos eliminados en la segunda vuelta del campeonato.
9. (route, visit)
a. el recorrido
(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 delivery guy plans his round with a map.El repartidor planifica su recorrido con un mapa.
b. la ronda
(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).
The doctor does his rounds at eight o'clock.El médico hace la ronda de visitas en sala a las ocho.
10. (order for drinks)
a. la ronda
(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).
This round is on the house!¡Esta ronda corre a cuenta de la casa!
11. (weaponry)
a. el disparo
(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 machine gun can fire 30 rounds a second.Esta ametralladora es capaz de disparar 30 disparos por segundo.
b. la bala
(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).
He ran out of rounds for his gun.Se le acabaron las balas para la pistola.
12. (music)
a. el canon
(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 refrain is sung as a round.El estribillo se canta en canon.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
13. (to make round)
a. redondear
Round the edges with sandpaper.Redondea los bordes con lija.
14. (to go around)
a. doblar
I rounded the corner and saw a beautiful church.Doblé la esquina y vi una iglesia bonita.
15. (mathematics)
a. redondear
You can round the numbers if you want to do quick calculations in your head.Puedes redondear los números si quieres hacer cálculos mentales rápidos.
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