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"Bit" is a noun which is often translated as "el pedazo", and "piece" is a noun which is also often translated as "el pedazo". Learn more about the difference between "bit" and "piece" below.
bit(
biht
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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. (piece)
a. el pedazo
(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've got a bit of land on the coast.Tengo un pedazo de terreno en la costa.
b. el trozo
(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 a bit of cake there if you'd like it.Hay un trozo de pastel allí si lo quieres.
2. (small amount of something; used with "a")
a. un poco
Can I have a bit of your spaghetti, please?¿Me das un poco de tu espagueti, por favor?
3. (part)
a. la parte
(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 is the bit in the film where the knight saves the princess.Esta es la parte de la película en la que el caballero rescata a la princesa.
4. (little while; used with "a")
a. el rato
(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 going grocery shopping. I'll be back in a bit.Voy a hacer la compra. Vuelvo en un rato.
b. el momento
(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).
We went into a café for a bit to talk.Entramos en un café un momento para hablar.
5. (computing)
a. el bit
(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).
A bit is a tiny measurement of digital space.Un bit es una medida minúscula de espacio digital.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(responsibility)
a. la parte
(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 a lot of dishes here. I've done my bit; now it's your turn.Aquí hay muchos platos. He cumplido mi parte; ahora te toca a ti.
7. (horseback riding)
a. el freno
(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'll show you how to properly insert the bit into the horse's mouth.Te enseñaré a introducir bien el freno en la boca del caballo.
b. el bocado
(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 bit is attached to the reins, giving you control over the horse's movements.El bocado está atado a las riendas, lo que permite controlar los movimientos del caballo.
8. (tool)
a. la broca
(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 think I'm going to buy my dad a set of drill bits.Creo que voy a comprarle un juego de brocas para el taladro a mi papá.
b. la barrena
(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 drill comes with several different types of bits.El taladro viene con varios tipos de barrena.
9. (film, theater, television)
a. el sketch
(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 love the bit about Prince and a basketball game.Me encanta el sketch acerca de Prince y un partido de basquetbol.
b. la rutina
(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 bit is so funny!¡Esa rutina da mucha risa!
10.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(set of customary actions)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Angela is in France, doing the whole study abroad bit.Angela está en Francia, haciendo lo que se hace cuando estudias en el extranjero.
The housewife bit just isn't for me.Lo de ser ama de casa no es lo mío.
11.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(woman) (United Kingdom)
a. la tipa
(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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I hear Josh has another bit on the side.Me dijeron que Josh ya anda con otra tipa.
b. la tía
(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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Look at her! She's a bit of all right!¡Mira esa de ahí! ¡Está buena, la tía!
12. (currency) (United Kingdom)
a. la moneda
(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 saw a 10p bit on the ground, so I picked it up.Había una moneda de diez peniques en el suelo, así que la cogí.
13.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(currency)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. moneda de doce centavos y medio
When I was younger, my grandmother used to give me one bit for helping her clean.Cuando era pequeño, mi abuela me daba una moneda de doce centavos y medio por ayudarla a limpiar.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
14. (somewhat; used with "a")
a. un poco
Sam can be a bit thick, but he's a good guy.Sam puede ser un poco torpe, pero es buen tío.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
15. (horseback riding)
a. ponerle el freno a
Bitting a horse is probably the most difficult part of taming it.Ponerle el freno al caballo es probablemente la parte más difícil de su doma.
b. ponerle el bocado a
When the cowboy bitted the horse, it reared up.Cuando el vaquero le puso el brocado al caballo, este se encabritó.
16. (to restrain)
a. contener
Unable to bit his anger, he pounced on the other man and started punching him.No pudiendo contener su ira, se abalanzó sobre el otro hombre y empezó a darle puñetazos.
b. reprimir
The bad temper the boy displayed in the first years of his life was bitted by his strict upbringing.El mal carácter del que el niño hizo gala en los primeros años de su vida fue reprimido por una educación severa.
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piece(
pis
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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. (fragment)
a. el pedazo
(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 couldn't finish my meal and I left a piece of meat on the plate.No pude acabarme la comida y dejé un pedazo de carne en el plato.
b. el trozo
(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 piece of chocolate cake is too big for me!¡Este trozo de pastel de chocolate es demasiado grande para mí!
2. (component)
a. la pieza
(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's a piece missing in the engine; that's why it doesn't work.Al motor le falta una pieza, por eso no funciona.
3. (art)
a. la pieza
(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).
Pablo Picasso produced hundreds of ceramic pieces in the last few years of his life.Pablo Picasso produjo cientos de piezas de cerámica en los últimos años de su vida.
4. (specimen)
a. la pieza
(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 piece of fine pottery belongs to a lost civilization.Esta pieza de cerámica fina pertenece a una civilización perdida.
5. (item)
a. la pieza
(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).
Would you like a piece of fruit?¿Quieres una pieza de fruta?
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Can I offer you a piece of advice?¿Te puedo ofrecer un consejo?
This piece of furniture would look better over there.Este mueble se vería mejor por allá.
6. (music)
a. la pieza
(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 orchestra played a piece by Mozart before introducing the conductor.La orquesta tocó una pieza de Mozart antes de presentar al director.
7. (theater)
a. la pieza
(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 actors performed a piece by Lope de Vega.Los actores presentaron una pieza de Lope de Vega.
8. (journalism)
a. el artículo
(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).
Did you see the piece in The Times about new solar technologies?¿Viste el artículo en The Times acerca de las nuevas tecnologías solares?
9. (coin)
a. la moneda
(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).
His grandfather bought the table with a 50 pence piece 100 years ago.Su abuelo compró la mesita con una moneda de 50 peniques hace 100 años.
b. la pieza
(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).
Isaac paid his uncle 50 gold pieces for his business.Isaac le pagó 50 piezas de oro a su tío por su negocio.
10. (games)
a. la ficha
(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).
Do you want to play checkers? - Sure, but I'm missing a red piece.¿Quieres jugar a las damas? - Está bien, pero me falta una ficha roja.
b. la pieza
(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).
My chess pieces are made of wood.Las piezas de mi juego de ajedrez están hechas de madera.
11. (weapon)
a. la pistola
(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 cowboy grabbed his piece, took aim, and shot.El vaquero agarró su pistola, apuntó y disparó.
b. la pieza
(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).
Thousands of artillery pieces were left lying in French battlefields after World War I.Miles de piezas de artillería quedaron tendidas en los campos de batalla franceses después de la Primera Guerra Mundial.
c. la pipa
(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).
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
The gangster aimed his piece at the store clerk, and the clerk fainted.El gánster apuntó con la pipa al encargado de la tienda, y este se desmayó.
12. (distance)
a. el trecho
(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).
Does Bonnie live next door? - No, but she's close by. She lives down the road a piece.¿Bonnie vive en la casa de al lado? - No, pero vive cerca, a un trecho hacia abajo por esta calle.
13.
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(woman)
a. la tipa
(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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
Who is that hot piece standing by the bar?¿Quién es esa tipa sexy parada al lado del bar?
b. la tía
(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).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Did you see Paco's girlfriend? - Yeah, she's a nice piece.¿Viste a la novia de Paco? - Sí, es una tía guapa.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
14. (to assemble; used with "together")
a. montar
We managed to piece the ornament together before anyone knew we'd dropped it.Fuimos capaces de montar el ornamento antes de que nadie supiera que se nos había caído.
15. (to work out; used with "together")
a. reconstruir
We've tried to piece together the details of the case but it doesn't make sense.Hemos intentado reconstruir los detalles del caso pero no tiene sentido.
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