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"Basin" is a noun which is often translated as "el lavabo", and "watershed" is a noun which is often translated as "la cuenca". Learn more about the difference between "basin" and "watershed" below.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sink)
a. el lavabo
(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).
Maude went to wash her hands in the basin before making dinner.Maude fue a lavarse las manos en el lavabo antes de preparar la cena.
b. el lavamanos
(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 basins in the restaurant bathroom were hand-painted in Italy.Los lavamanos del baño del restaurante italiano fueron pintados a mano en Italia.
c. el lavatorio
(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).
(Southern Cone)
Do you have a basin so I can wash up before eating?¿Hay un lavatorio para lavarme las manos antes de comer?
d. la pileta
(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).
You could give the baby a bath in the basin.Podrías bañar al bebé en la pileta.
2. (washbowl)
a. la palangana
(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).
We wash our dishes in a plastic basin when we go camping.Lavamos los platos en una palangana de plástico cuando acampamos.
3. (culinary) (United Kingdom)
a. el bol
(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).
Put all the dry ingredients into a basin and mix well.Pon todos los ingredientes secos en un bol y mezcla bien.
b. el cuenco
(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).
Transfer the mix to your pudding basin.Transfiere la mezcla al cuenco del postre.
c. el tazón
(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).
Pour warm water over the farina in the basin and stir.Vierte agua caliente sobre el almidón de papa en el tazón y revuelve.
4. (geografīa)
a. la cuenca
(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).
We need to reduce pollution in the rivers that form the Chesapeake Bay basin.Necesitamos reducir la contaminación de los ríos que forman la cuenca de la bahía de Chesapeake.
b. la ensenada
(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).
We went swimming and fishing at a small basin on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.Fuimos a nadar y pescar en una pequeña ensenada en las costas del Pacífico.
5. (geology)
a. la cuenca
(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 Los Angeles basin is bordered by mountains, hills, and ocean.La cuenca de Los Angeles está bordeada de montañas, colinas y el océano.
6. (dock)
a. la dársena
(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 ship pulled into the basin to load the cargo.El buque entró a la dársena para recoger la carga.
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watershed
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (catchment area)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la cuenca
(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).
Several major cities located in the watershed of the river are at risk of flooding.Varias ciudades importantes situadas en la cuenca del río corren el riesgo de inundarse.
2. (division) (United Kingdom)
a. la línea divisoria de aguas
(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).
These hills form the watershed between the two rivers.Estas colinas marcan la línea divisoria de aguas entre los dos ríos.
3. (critical moment)
a. el momento decisivo
(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 day I quit that job was a watershed in my life.El día que dejé ese trabajo fue un momento decisivo en mi vida.
b. el momento clave
(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 debate proved to be a watershed in the election campaign.El debate resultó ser un momento clave en la campaña electoral.
c. el hito
(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 verdict marks a watershed in the democratic process.Este veredicto marca un hito en el proceso democrático.
d. el punto de inflexión
(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 protests were a watershed for the civil rights movement.Las protestas supusieron un punto de inflexión en el movimiento de defensa de los derechos civiles.
4. (television) (United Kingdom)
a. el final del horario de protección de menores
(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 sort of content cannot be shown before the 9 o'clock watershed.Este tipo de contenido no se puede emitir antes de las 9, cuando finaliza el horario de protección de menores.
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