Quick answer
"Clip" is a noun which is often translated as "el sujetapapeles", and "switch" is a noun which is often translated as "el interruptor". Learn more about the difference between "clip" and "switch" below.
clip(
klihp
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (fastener)
a. el sujetapapeles
(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 need a clip to hold these papers together.Necesito un sujetapapeles para sujetar estos papeles.
b. el clip
(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).
Put all of the requested documents together, put a clip on them, and hand them to the receptionist.Junta todos los documentos que se piden, ponles un clip y entrégaselos a la recepcionista.
c. la pinza
(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 forgot to wear a clip and got my pants caught in the bike chain.Se me olvidó usar una pinza y se me atoró el pantalón en la cadena de la bici.
d. la horquilla
(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 hair)
Erika asked for a clip to keep her hair out of her eyes.Erika pidió una horquilla para que el pelo no le cayera sobre los ojos.
2. (jewelry)
a. el broche
(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).
Chloe wore a diamond studded clip on her lapel.Chloe llevaba un broche cubierto de diamantes en la solapa.
b. el alfiler
(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).
James is wearing a silver tie clip today.James lleva un alfiler de corbata de plata hoy.
3. (film)
a. el fragmento
(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 clip for that movie was much more exciting than the movie itself.El fragmento de esa película fue mucho más interesante que la película.
b. el clip
(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 kids are excited to go see the new cartoon movie because of the clips they've seen on TV.Mis hijos están entusiasmados por ir a ver la nueva película de caricaturas por los clips que han visto en la tele.
c. el avance
(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).
That movie is so risqué that the clips can only be aired after 10 pm.Esa película está tan subida de tono que los avances solo se pueden pasar después de las 10 pm.
4. (weaponry)
a. el cargador
(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've got to get out of here! I'm down to my last clip.¡Tenemos que irnos de aquí! Solo me queda un cargador.
5. (cut)
a. la tijeretada
(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 took the dogs to the veterinarian for a wash and a clip.Llevé los perros al veterinario para un baño y una tijeretada.
6. (speed)
a. la velocidad
(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).
Patrick rode his bike at a good clip for 100 miles in the triathlon.Patrick anduvo en su bicicleta a buena velocidad por 100 millas en el triatlón.
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(hit) (United Kingdom)
a. el cachete
(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).
Julie gave Steve a clip when he had the nerve to ask her about her boyfriend's kissing.Julie le dio un cachete a Steve cuando tuvo el descaro de preguntarle sobre los besos de su novio.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (to attach)
a. sujetar
Clip all the papers together so they don't get separated.Sujeta los papeles juntos para que no se separen.
9. (to trim)
a. cortar
Tony, it looks like you need to clip your fingernails.Tony, parece que debes cortarte las uñas.
b. acortar
The rope is too long. You need to clip about seven meters.La soga está demasiado larga, debes acortarla unos siete metros.
c. podar (botany)
Lorena is out in the garden, clipping her hedges.Lorena está en el jardín podando los setos.
10. (to shear)
a. trasquilar
We need to clip about a hundred sheep as quickly as possible.Hay que trasquilar unas cien ovejas lo más rápido posible.
b. esquilar
Fred clipped about 1,000 pounds of wool by himself.Fred esquiló unas 1,000 libras de lana por sí solo.
c. recortar
Your dog looks nice. Was it you or your wife who clipped him?Tu perro se ve lindo. ¿Lo recortaste tú o tu esposa?
11. (to cut out)
a. recortar
Sam has to clip some articles from the paper for his homework.Sam tiene que recortar unos artículos del periódico para su tarea.
12. (to punch a ticket) (United Kingdom)
a. picar
The guard on the train clipped my ticket.El revisor del tren me picó el boleto.
13. (to hit) (United Kingdom)
a. golpear
A careless motorcyclist clipped my car as he passed me between lanes.Un motociclista descuidado golpeó mi carro al pasar entre carriles.
b. dar un cachete (on the face)
She's feisty. Sometimes she clips her boyfriend for looking at her the wrong way.Ellas es batalladora, a veces le da un cachete a su novio por mirarla mal.
14. (to shorten a word)
a. abreviar
I can barely understand Gerardo because he clips most of his words.Apenas puedo entender a Gerardo porque abrevia la mayoría de sus palabras.
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switch(
swihch
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (electricity)
a. el interruptor
(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 fumbled for the light switch.Busqué a tientas el interruptor de la luz.
2. (change)
a. el cambio
(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 switch to solar energy was completed last year.El cambio a la energía solar se completó el año pasado.
3. (railroad)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. las agujas
(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 switch didn't work on time and the train was sent north instead of south.Las agujas no funcionaron a tiempo y enviaron el tren hacia el norte en lugar del sur.
4. (stick)
a. la vara
(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).
Teachers used to hit the backs of students' hands with a switch.Los profesores pegaban a los alumnos en el dorso de la mano con una vara.
5. (hair)
a. el postizo
(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).
Laura used a switch to increase the length of her hair.Laura usaba un postizo para alargar su pelo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to change)
a. cambiar
Since I switched to online banking, I find it much easier.Desde que cambié a la banca online, lo encuentro todo más fácil.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
7. (to change)
a. cambiar de
Have you ever switched electricity supplier?¿Ha cambiado alguna vez de compañía eléctrica?
8. (to exchange)
a. intercambiar
The twins switched their clothes during the party to see if people were able to tell them apart.Los gemelos intercambiaron su ropa durante la fiesta para ver si la gente podía distinguirlos.
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