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"Explosivo" is a noun which is often translated as "explosive", and "bomba" is a noun which is often translated as "bomb". Learn more about the difference between "explosivo" and "bomba" below.
explosivo(
ehks
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ploh
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see
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boh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (thing that detonates)
a. explosive
Los mineros usaron explosivos durante la excavación.The miners used explosives during the excavation.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (detonating)
a. explosive
Este material explosivo se debe manejar con cuidado.This explosive material must be handled with care.
3. (forceful)
a. explosive
Sus constantes reacciones explosivas lo llevaron a buscar terapia para manejar su ira.His constant explosive reactions led him to seek anger management therapy.
4.
A word or phrase that is only used by experts, professionals, or academics in a particular field (e.g. exposition).
(technical)
(linguistics)
a. plosive
A word or phrase that is only used by experts, professionals, or academics in a particular field (e.g. exposition).
(technical)
Una consonante explosiva como la /p/, se produce cuando se obstruye el paso de aire en el tracto vocal.A plosive consonante such as /p/ is produced when the airflow is obstructed in the vocal tract.
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bomba(
bohm
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bah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (explosive)
a. bomb
La policía encontró una bomba en el sótano del edificio y logró desactivarla.The police found a bomb in the basement of the building and they managed to defuse it.
2. (mechanics)
a. pump
Señor, vamos a tener que reemplazar la bomba de gasolina de su carro.Sir, we're going to have to replace your car's fuel pump.
3. (big news)
a. bombshell
La noticia de la muerte de su padre fue una bomba.The news of her father's death was a bombshell.
4. (service station)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. gas station
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Deberíamos parar aquí en esta bomba porque más hacia al sur, la gasolina será mucho más cara.We should stop at this gas station, because further south, gas will be more expensive.
b. petrol station (United Kingdom)
¡Se nos acabó la gasolina! ¡Y estamos a diez kilómetros de una bomba!We've run out of petrol! And we're ten kilometres from a petrol station!
5. (sphere)
a. bubble
Me encanta mascar chicle y hacer bombas.I love chewing gum and blowing bubbles.
6. (inebriation)
Regionalism used in Peru
(Peru)
a. drunkenness
Como resultado de la bomba de anoche, pasé toda la mañana vomitando.As a result of last night's drunkenness, I spent the whole morning throwing up.
b. drunk (adjective)
A veces me hago el tonto cuando estoy en bomba.Sometimes I make an idiot of myself when I'm drunk.
c. plastered (adjective)
Ni siquiera sé dónde fuimos anoche. Me pegué una bomba.I don't even know where we went last night. I got plastered.
7. (fire service)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
a. fire station
Los bomberos estaban jugando a naipes en la bomba cuando recibieron la llamada.The firemen were playing cards at the fire station when they received the call.
b. fire department
¡Socorro! ¡Hay un incendio! ¡Llamen a la bomba!Help! There's a fire! Call the fire department!
8. (vehicle)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
a. fire truck
Los bomberos llegaron al incendio en la bomba y empezaron a subir la escalera hacia mi ventana.The firemen arrived at the fire in their fire truck, and they started to climb the ladder toward my window.
9.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(great success)
a. the bomb
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
La boda a la que asistimos este fin de semana fue la bomba.The wedding we went to this weekend was the bomb.
b. a hit
Esperaba que mi obra tuviera éxito, pero no sabía que iba a ser la bomba.I hoped my play would be a success, but I didn't know it would be a hit.
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