Quick answer
"Curving" is a form of "curve", a noun which is often translated as "la curva". "Reaching" is a form of "reach", a noun which is often translated as "el alcance". Learn more about the difference between "curving" and "reaching" below.
curve(
kuhrv
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (bent portion)
a. la curva
(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).
(in a road, river, or trajectory)
When you're driving through northern Texas, there's hardly a curve in the road.Cuando estás manejando por el norte de Texas, no hay casi curvas en el camino.
2. (bent shape)
a. la curva
(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 facades of modernist buildings often feature intricate designs and curves.Las fachadas de los edificios modernistas muchas veces cuentan con intrincados diseños y curvas.
3. (mathematics)
a. la curva
(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 teacher showed the students how to draw a curve defined by a given equation.El profesor enseñó a los alumnos a trazar una curva definida por una ecuación dada.
4. (sports)
a. la bola curva
(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).
Peter threw a curve and Anthony missed it.Peter lanzó una bola curva y Anthony la falló.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to form a bend)
a. hacer una curva
Slow down! The road curves dramatically ahead.¡Despacio! Adelante la calle hace una curva muy cerrada.
b. curvarse
The murderer's finger curved around the trigger.El dedo del asesino se curvó sobre el gatillo.
c. combarse (surface)
You can see that it's an old window if you look at it from the side because it curves every so slightly.Puedes ver que es una ventana vieja si la ves del lado porque se combó apenas.
d. estar combado (surface)
The mirror curves, which distorts your reflection.El espejo está combado, lo que distorsiona el reflejo.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to reject)
a. rechazar
I want to ask her on a date, but I'm afraid she'll curve me.Quiero invitarla a salir, pero tengo miedo de que me rechace.
b. evitar
I called Eduardo last night, but he didn't answer. I think he's curving me.Llamé a Eduardo anoche, pero no contestó. Creo que me evita.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
7. (sports)
a. curvo
The batter swung and missed the curve ball.El bateador intentó batear la bola curva pero falló.
curves
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
8. (generous figure)
a. las curvas
(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).
Ordinary women have curves, so why shouldn't models have them?Las mujeres normales tienen curvas; entonces, ¿por qué no han de tenerlas las modelos?
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reach(
rich
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (range)
a. el alcance
(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).
Can you pass me the key? - I can't get it; it's out of my reach.¿Puedes pasarme la llave? - No llego; está fuera de mi alcance.
2. (stretch)
a. el tramo
(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).
He went walking with his dog through a beautiful reach of moorland.Se fue caminando con su perro por un tramo hermoso del páramo.
3. (understanding)
a. la comprensión
(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 principles of astrophysics are quite out of my reach.Los principios de la astrofísica están fuera de mi comprensión.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to touch)
a. alcanzar
You're so tall that I'm sure that you can reach the basketball hoop.Eres tan alta que seguro que alcanzas la canasta de baloncesto.
b. llegar a
If I stand on my tiptoes, I can reach the ceiling.Si me pongo de puntillas, llego al techo.
5. (to contact)
a. contactar
Have you tried to reach your grandfather by phone?¿Has intentado contactar a tu abuelo por teléfono?
b. ponerse en contacto con
I called my cousin many times to ask how she was, but I couldn't reach her.Llamé a mi prima muchas veces para ver cómo estaba, pero no conseguí ponerme en contacto con ella.
6. (to arrive at)
a. llegar a
We had to drive quickly to reach the campsite before it got dark.Tuvimos que conducir rápido para llegar al camping antes de que anocheciera.
7. (to get to)
a. alcanzar
The temperature is going to reach 80 degrees Fahrenheit today.La temperatura alcanzará los 80 grados Fahrenheit hoy.
b. llegar a
My grandmother reached 90 without ever having gone to the doctor.Mi abuela llegó a los 90 sin haber ido en la vida al doctor.
8. (to affect)
a. llegar a
This message has reached thousands of listeners.Este mensaje ha llegado a miles de radioyentes.
9. (to succeed in an endeavor)
a. llegar a
Have you reached an agreement?¿Han llegado a un acuerdo?
b. lograr
They reached their goal of selling one million copies of their album.Lograron su objetivo de vender un millón de copias de su álbum.
10.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to pass)
a. alcanzar
Can you reach me that plate, please?¿Me puedes alcanzar este plato, por favor?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
11. (to spread)
a. extenderse a
The spread of war has reached the south.La influencia de la guerra se ha extendido al sur.
12. (to be able to touch)
a. llegar
Can you help me? I can't reach.¿Podrías ayudarme? No llego.
b. alcanzar
I want to get that glass down but I can't reach.Quiero bajar ese vaso pero no alcanzo.
13. (to extend to)
a. llegar a
The sleeves reached to my elbows.Las mangas me llegaban a los codos.
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