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"Blizzard" is a noun which is often translated as "la tormenta de nieve", and "gale" is a noun which is often translated as "el vendaval". Learn more about the difference between "blizzard" and "gale" below.
blizzard(
blih
-
zuhrd
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (weather)
a. la tormenta de nieve
(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 blizzard caused extensive damage throughout the city.La tormenta de nieve causó daños extensos por toda la ciudad.
The worst blizzard in ten years blew into town last weekend.La peor tormenta de nieve en diez años llegó de golpe a la ciudad la semana pasada.
b. la ventisca
(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 power lines couldn't withstand the blizzard.Los cables no pudieron resistir la ventisca.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(large amount)
a. la avalancha
(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 got a blizzard of emails on Monday morning.Me llegó una avalancha de correos el lunes por la mañana.
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gale(
geyl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (intense wind)
a. el vendaval
(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 lot of branches came down during the gale we had yesterday.Se cayeron muchas ramas durante el vendaval que tuvimos ayer.
b. el viento fuerte
(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).
Half the city has lost power as a result of today's gale.La mitad de la ciudad no tiene luz por el viento fuerte de hoy.
2.
A word or phrase that is only used by experts, professionals, or academics in a particular field (e.g. exposition).
(technical)
(weather)
a. el temporal
(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 crew were told that the storm had the potential of developing into a gale.Le dijeron a la tripulación que la tormenta podía convertirse en temporal.
b. la tempestad
(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 sank during the gale and the wreck was never found.El barco se hundió durante la tempestad y los restos del naufragio nunca se encontraron.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(burst)
a. el estallido
(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 could hear Millie's gale of laughter from my room.Pude escuchar el estallido de carcajadas de Millie desde mi cuarto.
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