Quick answer
"Diente" is a noun which is often translated as "tooth", and "cepillarse" is a reflexive verb which is often translated as "to brush". Learn more about the difference between "diente" and "cepillarse" below.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (anatomy)
a. tooth
Mi hermana tiene un diente de oro.My sister has a gold tooth.
Por favor, cepíllate los dientes; tu aliento apesta.Please brush your teeth; your breath stinks.
b. fang
La serpiente usa sus dientes para inyectar el veneno.The serpent uses its fangs to inject poison.
2. (part of a fork)
a. tine
¿Cuántos dientes normalmente tiene un tenedor?How many tines does a fork normally have?
b. prong
Los dientes de estos tenedores de plástico se rompen a cada rato.The prongs of these plastic forks break all the time.
3. (part of a saw)
a. tooth
Cuidado que no toques los dientes de la sierra, que te cortas.Be careful not to touch the teeth of the saw, or you'll get cut.
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A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
1. (to clean one's teeth with a brush)
a. to brush
Hay que cepillarse los dientes tres veces al día.You should brush your teeth three times a day.
2. (to arrange one's hair with a brush)
a. to brush
Ella gasta 10 minutos cepillándose el pelo.She spends 10 minutes brushing her hair.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to clean off an object)
a. to brush
Cepilla las botas después de entrar de la nieve.Brush off your boots after coming in from the snow.
b. to clean
Siempre tengo que cepillar la pelusa de este abrigo.I always have to clean off the lint from this coat.
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