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"Bow" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "inclinarse", and "ribbon" is a noun which is often translated as "la cinta". Learn more about the difference between "bow" and "ribbon" below.
bow(
bau
,
bo
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (salutation)
a. inclinarse
All the knights bowed before their King.Todos los caballeros se inclinaron ante su rey.
b. hacer una reverencia
To invite a lady to dance, the man bows before her.Para invitar a una dama a bailar, el caballero le hace una reverencia.
2. (to bend)
a. doblarse
The branches bowed in the strong winds.Las ramas se doblaron por los fuertes vientos.
b. arquearse
The roof bowed under the weight of the snow.El techo se arqueó bajo el peso de la nieve.
3. (to yield)
a. ceder
The president finally bowed to pressure from Congress on the tax issue.El presidente finalmente cedió a la presión del Congreso en el asunto de los impuestos.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to lower)
a. inclinar
The subjects bowed their heads as the king passed by.Los súbditos inclinaron la cabeza al paso del rey.
5. (to bend)
a. doblar
A strong wind was bowing the trees.Un viento fuerte doblaba los árboles.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (knot)
a. el lazo
(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).
My sister wore a beautiful bow on her ponytail.Mi hermana llevaba un precioso lazo en la coleta.
7. (weapon)
a. el arco
(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).
He put an arrow on his bow, aimed at the target, and missed the shot.Puso una flecha en el arco, apuntó a la diana y falló el tiro.
8. (salutation)
a. la reverencia
(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 men all gave a slight bow when they were presented to the Queen.Los hombres todos hicieron una pequeña reverencia cuando se les presentó a la Reina.
9. (music)
a. el arco
(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 that violinist's style with the bow.Me encanta el estilo de ese violinista con el arco.
10. (nautical)
a. la proa
(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 anchor dropped from the bow of the ship.El ancla cayó desde la proa del barco.
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ribbon(
rih
-
buhn
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (strip of fabric)
a. la cinta
(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 daughter loves that dress with bows made of blue ribbon.A mi hija le encanta este vestido con lazos de cinta azul.
2. (award)
a. el premio
(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 was awarded a ribbon for my strawberry pie at the fair.Me dieron un premio por mi pay de fresa en la feria.
b. el galón
(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).
(military)
The colonel was awarded another ribbon yesterday.El coronel fue galardonado ayer con un nuevo galón.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(narrow strip)
a. la franja
(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 is only a narrow ribbon of asphalt where the airplanes take off and land.Hay solo una estrecha franja de asfalto donde despegan y aterrizan los aviones.
b. la faja
(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 walked along a ribbon of beach to get to the cliff.Caminamos por una faja de playa para llegar al acantilado.
4. (mechanics)
a. la cinta
(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 typewriter ribbon was obviously very worn.Era evidente que la cinta de la máquina de escribir estaba muy desgastada.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to decorate with ribbons)
a. encintar
The living room with its ribboned ceiling and walls had been transformed into a party room.La sala, con el techo y las paredes encintados, había sido transformada en un salón de fiestas.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to extend like ribbons; used with "across" or "through")
a. rayar con cintas
Plane trails ribboned across the clear blue skies.Los rastros de los aviones rayaban con cintas el claro cielo azul.
ribbons
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
7. (shreds)
a. los jirones
(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 dog tore my shirt to ribbons.El perro me hizo jirones la camisa.
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