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"Encerado" is an adjective which is often translated as "waxed", and "peldaño" is a noun which is often translated as "step". Learn more about the difference between "encerado" and "peldaño" below.
encerado(
ehn
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seh
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rah
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doh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (treated with wax)
a. waxed
No es fácil pintar sobre superficies enceradas.Painting over waxed surfaces isn't easy.
b. polished
Entramos a una cocina de baldosas enceradas y relucientes.We walked into a kitchen with shiny, polished floor tiles.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (wax application)
a. waxing
Para que el coche se vea nuevo y reluciente, tienes que hacerle un encerado frecuente.Regular car waxing will keep your car looking gleaming and new.
3. (board)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. chalkboard
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Mientras explicaba, el profesor iba escribiendo en el encerado.As he explained, the teacher wrote on the chalkboard.
b. blackboard (United Kingdom)
Hay que borrar el encerado antes de salir del aula.The blackboard must be erased before you leave the classroom.
4. (protective material)
a. oilcloth
Voy a comprar un encerado para que no se me oxiden las herramientas.I'm going to buy an oilcloth to stop my tools from getting rusty.
5. (covering)
a. wax finish (wood)
Una alternativa para no plastificar el piso de madera es un encerado.A wax finish is an alternative to laminating wood flooring.
b. wax coating (fruit)
El encerado protege a las frutas durante su transporte.Wax coating protects fruit while it's being shipped.
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peldaño(
pehl
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dah
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nyoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (of a stairway)
a. step
Debes subir veinte peldaños para llegar al rellano de la escalera.You must go up twenty steps to reach the stairway landing.
b. stair
Encontramos el gato durmiendo en el último peldaño.We found the cat sleeping on the last stair.
2. (of a ladder)
a. rung
Ten cuidado al subir por la escalera, el segundo peldaño está suelto.Be careful when going up the ladder; the second rung is loose.
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