Quick answer
"Cable" is a noun which is often translated as "el cable", and "cord" is a noun which is often translated as "la cuerda". Learn more about the difference between "cable" and "cord" below.
cable(
key
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buhl
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (electricity)
a. el cable
(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).
Aren't you going to use gloves to handle those cables?¿No vas a usar guantes para manejar esos cables?
2. (telecommunications)
a. el cable
(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 cable from our officer warned about possible attacks on the camp.El cable de nuestro oficial avisaba de posibles ataques al campamento.
b. el cablegrama
(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).
Sir, we got a cable for you last night.Señor, nos llegó un cablegrama para usted ayer por la noche.
c. el telegrama
(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 spent more than two hours waiting for an important cable.Pasamos más de dos horas esperando un telegrama importante.
3. (television)
a. el cable
(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 live in a valley that has no television reception, so we got cable.Vivimos en un valle que no tiene recepción de televisión, así que instalamos cable.
4. (nautical)
a. el cable
(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 powerful winch controls the cable that slowly lowers or raises the ship's anchor.Un potente cabrestante controla el cable que baja o levanta lentamente el ancla de la nave.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to transmit via cable)
a. cablegrafiar
Cable your father to let him know that you arrived safely.Cablegrafía a tu padre para hacerle saber que llegaste bien.
b. mandar un cable
Take this money and cable your mother urgently!¡Toma este dinero y manda un cable a tu madre urgentemente!
c. telegrafiar
The soldier cabled his wife before the battle to tell her how much he loved her.El soldado telegrafió a su esposa antes del combate para decirle lo mucho que la quería.
d. mandar por cable
The war correspondent cabled his report to the newspaper.El corresponsal de guerra mandó el informe por cable al periódico.
6. (to be wired for cable television)
a. tener televisión por cable
I'm not living in an area that hasn't been cabled yet.No voy a vivir en una zona que no tenga televisión por cable todavía.
b. instalar televisión por cable
My father cabled his house last year so he could watch the sports channels.Mi padre instaló la televisión por cable el año pasado para ver los canales deportivos.
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cord(
kawrd
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (type of rope)
a. la cuerda
(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 used a cord to tie up the boxes.Usamos una cuerda para atar las cajas.
b. el cordón
(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 cord for the curtains broke and they wouldn't open.El cordón de las cortinas se rompió, y no se abren.
2. (electronics)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el cordón
(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 puppy chewed through the telephone cord.Mi perrito masticó el cordón del teléfono.
b. el cable
(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 a power cord is damaged, it should be replaced immediately to avoid risk of electrical shock.Cuando se daña un cable de alimentación, debe reemplazarse de inmediato para evitar el riesgo de una descarga eléctrica.
3. (anatomy)
a. la médula
(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 actor became paralyzed after he broke his spinal cord.El actor quedó paralizado cuando se rompió la médula espinal.
b. el cordón
(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 doctor cut the baby's umbilical cord once it was born.El doctor cortó el cordón umbilical del bebé cuando nació.
c. la cuerda
(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 injured my vocal cords and lost my voice.Me lesioné las cuerdas vocales y me quedé sin voz.
4. (type of fabric)
a. la pana
(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 can wear the gingham blouse with your cord skirt.Puedes llevar la blusa de gingán con tu falda de pana.
b. el corderoy
(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 South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
I just bought a pair of cord overalls at the mall this afternoon.Acabo de comprar un overol de corderoy en el centro comercial esta tarde.
c. el cotelé
(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 Chile
(Chile)
Do you want to wear the cord or the denim jacket?¿Quieres llevar la chaqueta de cotelé o la de tela vaquera?
cords
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (clothing)
a. los pantalones de pana
(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).
Do you think that cords are too casual to wear to an interview?¿Te parece que unos pantalones de pana son demasiado informales para llevar a una entrevista?
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