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"Blanks" is a form of "blank", an adjective which is often translated as "en blanco". "Gaps" is a form of "gap", a noun which is often translated as "el hueco". Learn more about the difference between "blanks" and "gaps" below.
blank(
bleyngk
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (empty)
a. en blanco (page, sheet, space)
I get a blank screen when I switch my computer on.Al prender mi computadora, la pantalla aparece en blanco.
b. liso (wall)
This blank wall needs some pictures to liven it up.A esta pared lisa le hacen falta unos cuadros para darle más vida.
2. (not recorded)
a. en blanco
Do you have a blank CD? This one's already been recorded on.¿Tienes un CD en blanco? Este ya está grabado.
b. virgen
I put a blank tape in the VCR and started recording.Puse una cinta virgen en la videograbadora y empecé a grabar.
3. (emotionless)
a. inexpresivo (face or look)
The poker player's blank face gave nothing away.La cara inexpresiva del jugador de póquer no reveló nada.
b. vacío (expression or look)
He had a blank look in his eyes, as if he had been drugged.La mirada vacía de sus ojos era como si se estuviera drogado.
4. (uncomprehending)
a. perplejo
After my lecture on quantum physics, the students stared at me with blank faces.Tras mi presentación sobre la mecánica cuántica, los alumnos me miraron con caras perplejas.
5. (outright)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
His request for funds had met with a blank refusal.Habían rechazado de plano su solicitud de fondos.
The two acrobats stared at each other in blank astonishment after their act.Los dos acróbatas se miraron atónitos después de su acto.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (empty space)
a. el espacio en blanco
(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).
Fill in the blanks with your name, address, and social security number.Rellene los espacios en blanco con su nombre, dirección y número de seguro social.
7. (military)
a. el cartucho de fogueo
(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).
They weren't firing live ammunition. They were blanks.No usaron munición real. Eran cartuchos de fogueo.
8. (object with no mark or design)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Archaeologists found many gold coins and several blanks on the burial site.Los arqueólogos encontraron muchas monedas de oro y varias monedas sin acuñar en el sitio funerario.
He has a stock of blanks to make copies of existing keys.Tiene una reserva de llaves ciegas para hacer copias de llaves existentes.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
9. (to ignore) (United Kingdom)
a. ignorar
She greeted Dan warmly but totally blanked me.Recibió a Dan calurosamente, pero a mí me ignoró totalmente.
10.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(sports)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. dar una buena paliza a
The Atlanta Falcons blanked the Titans 5-0.Los Atlanta Falcons le dieron una buena paliza a los Titans por 5-0.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
11. (to forget)
a. no acordarse
I met that famous actor last night at the premiere but now I'm blanking on his name.Anoche en el estreno me encontré con ese actor famoso, pero ya no me acuerdo de su nombre.
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gap(
gahp
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (opening or hole)
a. el hueco
(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 sunlight filtered into the room through the gaps in the blinds.Los rayos de sol se filtraban en la habitación por los huecos de las persianas.
2. (space between objects)
a. el espacio
(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).
Leave a gap of ten cm between each nail.Deja un espacio de diez cm entre cada clavo.
b. el hueco
(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).
When she smiled, she showed a gap between her teeth.Cuando sonreía, se le veía un hueco entre los dientes.
3. (distance between competitors)
a. el hueco
(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).
As the marathon progressed, the gap between the runners widened.Según avanzaba la maratón, el hueco entre los corredores era cada vez mayor.
4. (mountain pass)
a. el paso
(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).
Our itinerary included several mountain gaps.Nuestro itinerario incluía varios pasos de montaña.
5. (time)
a. el intervalo
(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 started seeing each other again after a gap of ten years.Empezamos a vernos otra vez tras un intervalo de diez años.
6. (disparity)
a. la brecha
(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 gap between rich and poor gets bigger every year.La brecha entre ricos y pobres es mayor cada año.
b. la distancia
(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 gap between them is so great they will never agree.La distancia que los separa es tan grande que nunca estarán de acuerdo.
c. la diferencia
(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 age gap between her and her boyfriend did not bother her.La diferencia de edad entre ella y su novio no le importaba.
7. (missing part)
a. la laguna
(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 will have to explain any gaps in your CV.Tendrás que explicar las lagunas que haya en tu currículum.
b. el vacío
(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 was a big gap in my life when we split up.Hubo un gran vacío en mi vida cuando nos separamos.
8. (blank)
a. el espacio en blanco
(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 exercise consisted in filling in the gaps in the sentences.El ejercicio consistía en rellenar los espacios en blanco en las frases.
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