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"Engranaje" is a noun which is often translated as "gears", and "engrane" is a noun which is often translated as "cog". Learn more about the difference between "engranaje" and "engrane" below.
engranaje(
ehng
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grah
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nah
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heh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (mechanics)
a. gears
El relojero arregló el engranaje del reloj de pulsera.The watch repairer fixed the watch gears.
b. gear assembly
El saboteador metió una vara de metal en el engranaje de la máquina.A saboteur stuck a metal rod into the machine's gear assembly.
c. cogs
El engranaje de la cajita de música está oxidado y no funciona.The cogs of the music box are rusty and aren't working.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(system)
a. machinery
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
El engranaje diplomático logró la recuperación del territorio perdido durante la guerra.The diplomatic machinery succeeded in reclaiming the territories lost during the war.
b. mechanism
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
Los fabricantes de armas ejercen presión para que el engranaje de la guerra comience a funcionar.Arms manufacturers are lobbying for the war mechanism to get into motion.
c. apparatus
Las familias adineradas ejercían una gran influencia en el engranaje político.The wealthy families had great influence in the political apparatus.
3. (tooth on a gear)
a. gear teeth
Se rompió un engranaje, pero la rueda todavía puede girar.One of the gear teeth broke, but the gear can still turn.
b. cog
Los engranajes de esta pieza son muy grandes y no encajarán con el resto.The cogs of this piece are too big and won't fit with the others.
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engrane(
ehn
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grah
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neh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (mechanics)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. cog
El engrane está desgastado. Hay que cambiarlo.The cog is worn out. It needs changing.
b. cogwheel
Tengo las manos sucias porque tuve que colocar la cadena de la bici en el engrane.My hands are dirty because I had to put my bike's chain back around the cogwheel.
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