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"Fregadero" is a noun which is often translated as "sink", and "pila" is a noun which is often translated as "battery". Learn more about the difference between "fregadero" and "pila" below.
fregadero(
freh
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gah
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deh
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roh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (kitchen basin)
a. sink
Me espera un fregadero lleno de platos sucios.A sink full of dirty plates is waiting for me.
Ana, puedes dejar los platos en el fregadero. Los lavaré después.Ana, you can leave the dishes in the sink. I'll wash them later.
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pila(
pee
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lah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (electronics)
a. battery
El control de la televisión lleva dos pilas.The TV remote control needs two batteries.
2. (receptacle for water)
a. sink
Necesité una hora para fregar todos los platos de la pila.It took me an hour to wash all the dishes in the sink.
b. basin (of fountain)
Unos niños rompieron la pila de la fuente de la plaza.Some kids broke the basin of the fountain in the square.
c. fountain (public water source)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
La mujer llenó dos cubos de agua en la pila.The woman filled two buckets of water at the fountain.
3. (religious)
a. font
El cura bautizó al bebé en la pila.The priest baptized the baby in the font.
4. (heap)
a. pile
Tuve que quitar una pila de cajas para entrar en la habitación.I had to remove a pile of boxes to get into the room.
b. stack
En la cocina había una pila de platos sucios.There was a stack of dirty dishes in the kitchen.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(large amount)
a. loads
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Recibió una pila de correos electrónicos de todas partes del mundo.He received loads of emails from all over the world.
b. a ton
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
El profesor de matemáticas siempre nos da una pila de deberes.The math teacher always gives us a ton of homework.
6. (architecture)
a. pile
Las pilas del puente son de hormigón armado.The piles of the bridge are made of reinforced concrete.
7. (computing)
a. stack
No entiendo la diferencia entre las pilas y las colas.I don't understand the difference between stacks and queues.
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