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"Blinds" is a form of "blind", an adjective which is often translated as "ciego". "Shades" is a plural noun which is often translated as "los anteojos de sol". Learn more about the difference between "blinds" and "shades" below.
blind(
blaynd
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (sightless)
a. ciego
He was born blind and attends a special school to learn Braille.Es ciego de nacimiento y va a una escuela especial para aprender braille.
2. (irrational)
a. ciego
How can you be that blind and not see that she doesn't love you?¿Cómo puedes estar tan ciego y no ver que ella no te quiere?
3. (without openings)
a. ciego
My office has three blind walls, and the only opening is a door to the hallway.Mi oficina tiene tres paredes ciegas y solo comunica con el exterior por una puerta que se abre al pasillo.
4. (without an exit)
a. sin salida
It was a blind street, so I had to back up.Era una calle sin salida, así que tuve que dar marcha atrás.
5. (aviation)
a. con instrumentos
Due to the low visibility condition in the airport, the pilot made a blind landing.Debido a la baja visibilidad en el aeropuerto, el piloto realizó un aterrizaje con instrumentos.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (persons)
a. los ciegos
(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).
, las ciegas
(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 blind can't see, but they have their other senses enhanced.Los ciegos no pueden ver, pero tienen sus otros sentidos más desarrollados.
7. (window covering)
a. la persiana
(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).
Open the blind to let the light in.Abre la persiana para dejar que entre la luz.
8. (pretense)
a. el subterfugio
(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 scandal was only a blind to hide the truth from the people.El escándalo fue solo un subterfugio para ocultar la verdad al pueblo.
b. la pantalla
(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 wouldn't be surprised to find out that the investigation is a blind to cover another crime.No me sorprendería descubrir que la investigación es una pantalla para encubrir otro crimen.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
9. (used as an intensifier)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He was blind stoned when the police caught him swimming naked in a fountain.Iba colocadísimo cuando la policía lo pilló bañándose desnudo en una fuente.
The witness insisted blind that he was with the defendant in a restaurant when the murder was committed.El testigo insistía e insistía en que estaba con el acusado en un restaurante cuando se cometió el asesinato.
10. (culinary)
a. en blanco
Place the pastry covered with beans on the tray and bake blind for 20 minutes.Pon la masa cubierta con alubias en la bandeja y hornea en blanco durante 20 minutos.
b. sin relleno
To make a crispy crust, bake the dough blind before adding the filling.Para conseguir una corteza crujiente, hornea la masa antes de añadirle el relleno.
11. (aviation)
a. con instrumentos
If there is so much fog in the airport, I will have to land blind.Si hay tanta niebla en el aeropuerto, tendré que aterrizar con instrumentos.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
12. (to render sightless)
a. dejar ciego
The glaucoma blinded him, and now he's learning to walk with a cane.El glaucoma lo dejó ciego y ahora está aprendiendo a caminar con un bastón.
13. (to dazzle)
a. cegar
When his mother opened the curtains, the sun blinded him momentarily.Cuando su madre abrió las cortinas, el sol lo cegó momentáneamente.
b. deslumbrar
The accident occurred because the truck lights blinded the driver of the car.El accidente se produjo porque las luces del camión deslumbraron al conductor del coche.
14. (to deprive of understanding or judgment)
a. cegar
He was so blinded by love that he refused to believe that she was cheating on him.Estaba tan cegado por el amor que se resistía a creer que ella le estuviera engañando.
b. impedir ver
Ignorance can blind people to reality.La ignorancia puede impedir a la gente ver la realidad.
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shades(
sheydz
)
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(sunglasses)
a. los anteojos de sol
(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 skiing, but I can't find my gloves or my shades.Voy a ir a esquiar, pero no encuentro ni los guantes ni los anteojos de sol.
b. las gafas de sol
(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).
Aviators are my favorite kind of shades.Las de aviador son mi modelo preferido de gafas de sol.
c. los lentes de sol
(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 wearing shades because I don't want people to notice my black eye.Estoy usando lentes de sol porque no quiero que nadie vea que tengo un ojo morado.
2. (window blinds)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la persiana
(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).
Pull down the shades so we can project the movie on the wall.Baja la persiana para poder proyectar la película en la pared.
3. (reminder)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Look at that tricycle. Shades of my childhood!Mira ese triciclo. ¡Me recuerda a mi infancia!
That smell... shades of my grandma's cooking!¡Huele como la comida que hacía mi abuela!
shade
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (dark area)
a. la sombra
(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 sun is too hot. Let's move into the shade.Hace mucho sol. Vamos a la sombra.
5. (degree of color)
a. el tono
(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).
How about this shade of blue for the bedroom walls?¿Qué te parece este tono de azul para las paredes de la habitación?
b. la matiz
(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 car comes in different shades of red.El carro está disponible en matices distintos de rojo.
6.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(ghost)
a. el fantasma
(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 say that the beheaded bellhop still walks the hotel as a shade.Se dice que el botones degollado aún anda por el hotel como fantasma.
7. (lampshade)
a. la pantalla
(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).
When you turn on the lamp, you can see the painting on its shade.Cuando enciendes la lámpara, se puede ver la pintura sobre la pantalla.
8. (slight amount)
a. la pizca
(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 loved the movie but it was just a shade too long.Me encantó la película pero resultó una pizca larga.
b. el poquito
(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 Chemisty final was a shade more difficult than the first examEl final de Química fue un poquito más difícil que el primer examen.
c. el poquitín
(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 beans from the casada are missing just a shade of salt.A los frijoles de la casada les falta un poquitín de sal.
9. (art)
a. la sombra
(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 used watered down black paint to add shade and texture to the bathroom walls.Rebajé pintura negra con agua y la usé para hacer sombras y un diseño a las paredes del baño.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
10. (to protect from sunlight)
a. dar sombra
Those oak trees shade the house the whole year.Esos robles le dan sombra a la casa todo el año.
b. proteger del sol
Park over there where the house will shade the car.Estaciona allá donde la casa proteja el auto del sol.
11. (art)
a. sombrear
The artist spent 30 minutes shading just the torso of his portrait.El artista pasó 30 minutos sombreando solo el torso de su retrato.
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