Quick answer
"Cord" is a noun which is often translated as "la cuerda", and "thread" is a noun which is often translated as "el hilo". Learn more about the difference between "cord" and "thread" below.
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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thread(
threhd
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sewing)
a. el hilo
(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 can't find thread that is the same color as the button I want to sew.No puedo encontrar un hilo que sea del mismo color que el botón que quiero coser.
2. (filament)
a. la hebra
(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).
Jack caught the thread of cheese dangling above his mouth with his finger.Jack tomó con su dedo la hebra de queso que colgaba de su boca.
3. (sequence)
a. el hilo
(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).
There's no common thread between the characters in this book.No hay hilo común entre los personajes de este libro.
4. (of screw)
a. la rosca
(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 can't tighten the screw because the thread is nicked.No puedo ajustar el tornillo porque la rosca está mellada.
b. el filete
(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).
Make sure the thread is lubricated before you turn the screw.Antes de ajustar el tornillo, asegúrate de que el filete esté lubricado.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to put onto a string)
a. enhebrar
It took me ten minutes to thread the needle and five minutes to hem these pants.Tardé diez minutos en enhebrar la aguja y cinco en hacer el dobladillo a estos pantalones.
6. (to connect with a string)
a. ensartar
Once you have threaded the beads together, attach the clasp of the necklace.Una vez que hayas ensartado las cuentas, coloca el gancho del collar.
b. enhebrar
She makes pretty bracelets by threading seashells together.Hace unas pulseras lindas por enhebrar conchas.
threads
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(clothes)
a. los trapos
(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).
(colloquial)
Be careful with the iron! These threads cost me an arm and a leg.¡Ten cuidado con la plancha! Estos trapos me costaron un ojo de la cara.
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