Quick answer
"Cords" is a plural noun which is often translated as "los pantalones de pana", and "ropes" is a plural noun which is often translated as "cuerdas". Learn more about the difference between "cords" and "ropes" below.
cords
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (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?
cord
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (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.
3. (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.
4. (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.
5. (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?
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ropes
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (sports)
a. cuerdas (boxing)
The boxer threw his opponent against the ropes.El boxeador lanzó a su contrincante contra las cuerdas.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(details)
a. pormenores
Our new employee learned the ropes of her new job very easily.Nuestra nueva empleada aprendió los pormenores de su nuevo trabajo con facilidad.
rope
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (thick cord)
a. la soga
(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 need a longer rope to hang these hams from the ceiling.Necesito una soga más larga para colgar estos jamones del techo.
b. 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 think I can fix this wooden ladder with a rope and some nails.Creo que puedo arreglar esta escalera de madera con una cuerda y algunos clavos.
c. el cabo
(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 sailboat ropes were singed by the sun.Los cabos del velero estaban quemados por el sol.
d. la maroma
(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).
Someone cut the rope from the mooring and stole the boat.Alguien cortó la maroma del punto de amarre y robó el barco.
4. (string of objects)
a. el collar
(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 bride wore a rope of pearls around her neck.La novia llevaba un collar de perlas alrededor del cuello.
5. (death by hanging)
a. la horca
(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 prisoner was given the rope for the massacre he committed during the war.El reo fue condenado a la horca por la matanza que llevó a cabo durante la guerra.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to fasten)
a. atar
The lumberjack roped the ladder to the tree.El leñador ató la escalera al árbol.
b. amarrar
I want you to rope the dog to your belt so you don't lose him.Quiero que amarres el perro a tu cinturón para que no lo pierdas.
7. (to lasso)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. lazar
The cowboy roped the cow on the first try.El vaquero lazó la vaca en el primer intento.
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
8. (to tie together)
a. encordarse
As the weather worsened, the two mountain climbers roped themselves together.Mientras el clima empeoraba, los dos alpinistas se encordaron.
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