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"Envase" is a noun which is often translated as "container", and "contenedor" is a noun which is also often translated as "container". Learn more about the difference between "envase" and "contenedor" below.
envase(
ehm
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bah
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seh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (vessel)
a. container
Llena el envase con agua destilada.Fill the container with distilled water.
b. bottle
¡No los tires a la basura! Son envases retornables.Don't throw them away! They are returnable bottles.
c. can
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Reciclamos más de mil envases de aluminio por día.We recycle more than a thousand aluminum cans per day.
d. tin (United Kingdom)
Cada paquete trae 12 envases de soda.Each package contains 12 tins of soda.
2. (packing)
a. packaging
El producto es malo, pero a los niños les gusta por el envase.The product is bad, but children are attracted by the packaging.
3. (act of packing)
a. bottling
El envase de este rosado especial es el aspecto más complejo de su producción.The bottling of this special rosé is the most complex aspect in its production.
b. canning
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El envase es un método eficaz para la conservación de comida.Canning is an effective method of preserving food.
c. tinning (United Kingdom)
Una vez realizado el envase, se colocan las latas en cajas grandes.Once the tinning is done, the tins are put into large boxes.
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contenedor(
kohn
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teh
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neh
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dohr
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (for goods)
a. container
El barco lleva contenedores cargados de cereales.The ship is carrying containers loaded with cereals.
2. (for recycling or waste)
a. garbage can
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Puedes poner los platos usados en ese contenedor negro.You can put the used plates in that black garbage can.
b. rubbish bin (United Kingdom)
En el contenedor azul se deposita papel y cartón.Paper and cardboard should be deposited in the blue rubbish bin.
c. dumpster (large)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Hay un gran contenedor en la carretera.There's a big dumpster on the highway.
d. skip (large) (United Kingdom)
Tendremos que alquilar un contenedor para los escombros.We'll need to hire a skip for the rubble.
3. (receptacle)
a. container
Fabricamos pequeños contenedores de plástico.We manufacture small plastic containers.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (that contains; used with "de")
a. containing
El paciente presenta un tumor benigno contenedor de tejido fibroso.The patient has a benign tumor containing fibrous tissue.
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