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"Estufa" is a noun which is often translated as "stove", and "calentador" is a noun which is often translated as "heater". Learn more about the difference between "estufa" and "calentador" below.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (electrical appliance)
a. stove
Mira, la olla de agua en la estufa está hirviendo.Look, the pot of water on the stove is boiling.
2. (space heater)
a. heater
Hace mucho frío en el sótano; debemos poner una estufa allí abajo.It's really cold in the basement; we should put a heater down there.
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (device for heating water)
a. heater
El calentador estaba al máximo y por eso el agua del grifo abrasaba.The heater was set to maximum and because of that the water from the faucet was boiling.
b. water heater
El calentador se estropeó y me tuve que duchar con agua fría.The water heater broke down and I had to take a shower in cold water.
2. (device for warming a room or an object)
a. heater
En invierno coloco el calentador cerca del sofá para no pasar frío.In winter I place the heater near the sofa to keep from being cold.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
3. (clothing)
a. legwarmers
Todas las bailarinas llevaban calentadores en los ensayos.All the dancers were wearing legwarmers during the rehearsals.
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