Quick answer
"Dimensiones" is a plural noun which is often translated as "dimensions", and "material" is an adjective which is often translated as "physical". Learn more about the difference between "dimensiones" and "material" below.
dimensiones(
dee
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mehn
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syoh
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nehs
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A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (size)
a. dimensions
Un objeto de estas dimensiones no pasará por la puerta.An object of these dimensions won't fit through the door.
b. measurements
El carpintero midió las dimensiones del armario con una cinta métrica.The carpenter took the measurements of the wardrobe with a tape measure.
dimensión
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
2. (mathematics or physics)
a. dimension
El diseñador está creando un bosquejo de la casa en tres dimensiones.The designer is creating a sketch of the house in three dimensions.
3. (facet)
a. dimension
La psicología carece de una dimensión social porque se centra en lo interior.Psychology lacks a social dimension because it is inner-focused.
b. aspect
Mi bienestar espiritual es la dimensión más importante de mi vida en este momento.My spiritual well-being is the most important aspect of my life right now.
4. (scope)
a. scale
La dimensión del problema es mayor que la esperada.The scale of the problem is greater than we expected.
b. extent
El gobierno todavía no calculó la dimensión de las pérdidas causadas por la inundación.The government still hasn't calculated the extent of the losses caused by the flood.
5. (importance)
a. stature
Su primera película lo volvió un director de dimensión internacional.His first movie made him a director of international stature.
b. standing
Nuestro movimiento social todavía carece de dimensión política.Our social movement still lacks political standing
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material(
mah
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teh
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ryahl
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (tangible)
a. physical
El ladrón no ocasionó daños materiales en la vivienda.The thief did not cause any physical damage to the property.
b. material
La policía encontró la prueba material del delito en casa del acusado.The police found the material evidence of the crime in the defendant's house.
2. (value, consequences etc)
a. material
Estaba muy apegada a los bienes materiales hasta que sufrió aquel accidente.She cared a lot about material possessions until she had that road accident.
3. (real)
a. actual
No tengo tiempo material para hacer nada de ejercicio.I have no actual time to do any exercise.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (substance)
a. material
¿De qué material está hecho el escritorio de tu oficina?What material is your office desk made of?
5. (machines, tools etc)
a. equipment
¿Han traído todo el material para hacer el trabajo?Have you brought all the equipment to do the job?
b. materials
Vendemos material de construcción.We sell building materials.
6. (animal skin)
a. leather
Cómprate unos buenos zapatos de material, no esto.Buy yourself a good pair of leather shoes, not this.
7. (building material)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. bricks
Las casas de este pueblo están hechas de material.The houses of this town are made of bricks.
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