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"Brief" is an adjective which is often translated as "breve", and "pad" is a noun which is often translated as "la almohadilla". Learn more about the difference between "brief" and "pad" below.
brief(
brif
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of short duration)
a. breve
We went for a brief walk to breathe some fresh air.Fuimos a hacer una breve caminata para tomar aire fresco.
b. corto
The train ride seemed very brief.El viaje en tren se me hizo muy corto.
2. (concise)
a. breve
The president's announcement was brief but powerful.El anuncio del presidente fue breve pero impactante.
b. sucinto
They only gave us a brief explanation.No nos dieron más que una explicación sucinta.
3. (clothing)
a. sucinto
My son got it into his head to wear some brief, yellow shorts.A mi hijo se le metió en la cabeza ponerse un sucinto short de color amarillo.
b. diminuto
I saw her at the beach wearing a brief bikini.La vi en la playa con un biquini diminuto.
c. corto (skirt)
She was wearing a very brief skirt and high heels.Llevaba puesta una falda cortísima con unos taconazos.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (legal)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el escrito
(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 lawyer already sent the brief with his defense arguments.El abogado envió ya el escrito con los argumentos de la defensa.
5. (legal) (United Kingdom)
a. el caso
(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).
None of the barristers want to work on this brief.Ninguno de los abogados quiere trabajar en este caso.
6. (scope of responsibility) (United Kingdom)
a. la competencia
(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 have identified the problem, however, solving it is not part of our brief.Nosotros hemos identificado el problema, ahora bien, resolverlo no entra dentro de nuestra competencia.
7. (instructions) (United Kingdom)
a. las instrucciones
(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 brief was to negotiate a treaty between his brother-in-law, the king of France, and his father, the Pope.Tenía instrucciones de negociar un tratado entre su cuñado, el rey de Francia, y su padre, el Papa.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (to inform)
a. informar
The police briefed us on the progress of the investigation.La policía nos informó sobre el progreso de la investigación.
b. instruir
The judge has to brief the jury on the laws having a bearing on the case.El juez tiene que instruir al jurado sobre las leyes que inciden en el caso.
9. (to give orders)
a. dar instrucciones a
The general briefed the soldiers on their mission.El general dio instrucciones a los soldados para su misión.
briefs
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
10. (women's underwear)
a. los calzones
(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).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Do you prefer cotton or lycra briefs?¿Prefieres los calzones de algodón o de lycra?
b. las bragas
(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).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
These lace briefs are on sale.Estas bragas de encaje están de oferta.
11. (men's underwear)
a. los calzoncillos
(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 brother forgot to pack briefs.Mi hermano se olvidó de empacar calzoncillos.
b. los calzones
(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).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
My wife gave me some very modern briefs as a birthday present.Mi esposa me regaló unos calzones muy modernos como regalo de cumpleaños.
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pad(
pahd
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (cushion)
a. la almohadilla
(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 father uses a heating pad to soothe his sore muscles after a long day at work.Mi padre usa una almohadilla térmica para aliviar sus músculos doloridos después de un largo día de trabajo.
b. el cojinete
(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 need to stick felt pads on the chair legs to stop them scratching the floor.Hay que pegar cojinetes de fieltro en las patas de las sillas para evitar que rayen el suelo.
c. el tampón
(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).
(for ink)
Moisten the stamp on the pad before using it in the letterhead.Humedece el sello en el tampón antes de usarlo en el membrete.
2. (protective guard)
a. el protector
(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).
If you buy your child a skateboard, don't forget to get them a helmet and pads too.Si le compras a tu hijo un monopatín, acuérdate de comprarle también casco y protectores.
b. la rodillera
(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).
(kneepad)
It's a good idea to wear pads to protect your knees if you have to kneel to paint baseboards and so on.Si tienes que estar de rodillas para pintar zócalos o hacer cosas así, es buena idea llevar rodilleras para protegerte las rodillas.
c. la hombrera
(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).
(shoulder pad)
Ewan bruised his shoulder playing hockey, but fortunately the pad stopped him from getting a worse injury.Ewan se magulló el hombro jugando al hockey, pero por suerte la hombrera evitó que se hiciera una lesión más grave.
d. la codera
(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).
(elbow pad)
You wouldn't have cracked your elbow if you'd been wearing pads.Si hubieras llevado coderas, no te habrías hecho una herida en el codo.
e. la espinillera
(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).
(shinpad)
You must wear pads when you're playing cricket as the hard ball could cause serious damage to your legs.Debes llevar espinilleras cuando juegas al críquet, ya que la pelota dura podría hacerte mucho daño en las piernas.
3. (notebook)
a. el bloc
(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).
You can write the shopping list on the last sheet of that pad.Puedes escribir la lista de la compra en la última hoja de ese bloc.
4. (sanitary pad)
a. la compresa
(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).
Many women and girls find it embarrassing to buy tampons, pads, and other feminine hygiene products.A muchas mujeres y chicas les resulta violento comprar tampones, compresas y otros productos de higiene femenina.
b. la toalla sanitaria
(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 man was determined to improve women's lives by making affordable pads possible.Este hombre estaba resuelto a mejorar la vida de las mujeres haciendo toallas sanitarias asequibles.
c. la toalla femenina
(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).
Our students can't afford pads and so have to miss school when they're on their period.Nuestras alumnas no tienen dinero para comprar toallas femeninas y, por eso, tienen que faltar a clase cuando tienen la regla.
d. la toalla higiénica
(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 use of disposable pads and diapers comes at an environmental cost.El uso de toallas higiénicas y pañales desechables tiene un costo medioambiental.
e. la toallita
(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 different pads for light, medium, or heavy flow.Existen distintas toallitas para flujos ligeros, moderados o abundantes.
f. la toallita higiénica
(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).
Excuse me, there aren't any pads in the dispenser in the bathroom.Disculpe, no quedan toallitas higiénicas en la máquina expendedora del baño.
5.
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)
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(dwelling)
a. el apartamento
(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 had a date with a young woman and invited her to my pad afterwards.Tuve una cita con una joven y después la invité a mi apartamento.
b. el departamento
(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 police raided the drug dealer's pad.La policía hizo una redada en el departamento del narcotraficante.
c. la casa
(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're more than welcome to stay at my pad tonight.Eres más que bienvenido en mi casa esta noche.
6. (anatomy)
a. la almohadilla
(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).
(of animal)
My cat stepped on a rusty nail, and now his pads are swollen.Mi gato pisó un clavo oxidado y ahora tiene las almohadillas hinchadas.
b. la yema
(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).
(of finger)
Noah burned the pads of his fingers touching a hot casserole dish.Noah se quemó las yemas de los dedos al tocar una cazuela caliente.
7. (aviation)
a. la plataforma
(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).
(for helicopters)
Because of the fog, the pilot could not find the pad to land the helicopter.Por la niebla, el piloto no podía encontrar la plataforma para aterrizar el helicóptero.
b. la plataforma de lanzamiento
(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).
(for rockets or missiles)
Everybody is awaiting the countdown at the launch pad.Todos están esperando la cuenta regresiva en la plataforma de lanzamiento.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (to stuff)
a. acolchar
My mother-in-law is padding a blanket for my girl.Mi suegra está acolchando un edredón para mi hija.
b. enguatar
Did you pad this fabric yourself? I'd love to learn how to do it!¿Tú enguataste esta tela? ¡Me encantaría aprender a hacerlo!
9. (to add to)
a. rellenar
Joseph's partner padded the company's accounts while they were losing profits.El socio de Joseph rellenó las cuentas de la compañía mientras estaban teniendo pérdidas.
b. meter paja
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I would prefer that you submit a shorter paper than you pad your essay with flimsy arguments.Preferiría que entregaras un trabajo más corto a que le metas paja al ensayo con argumentos débiles.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
10. (to move silently)
a. caminar sin hacer ruido
I like these new wool socks. They're so thick that I seem to pad along the floors every time I wear them.Me gustan estos nuevos calcetines de lana. Son tan gruesos que camino sin hacer ruido cuando me los pongo.
b. caminar con suavidad
He padded through the room to grab his mother's keys without waking her.Caminó con suavidad por la habitación para coger las llaves de su madre sin despertarla.
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