Quick answer
"Figure" is a noun which is often translated as "la figura", and "box" is a noun which is often translated as "la caja". Learn more about the difference between "figure" and "box" below.
figure(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (physique)
a. la figura
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He became quite distracted when he saw the model's incredible figure.Se distrajo un poco al ver la estupenda figura del modelo.
b. el tipo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The soccer player had a very muscular figure.El futbolista tenía un tipo muy musculoso.
2. (digit)
a. la cifra
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
They have a nice house thanks to her six-figure salary.Tienen una buena casa gracias a su sueldo de six cifras.
3. (iconic person)
a. la figura
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Charlie Parker was one of the most important figures in the history of jazz.Charlie Parker fue una de las figuras más importantes de la historia del jazz.
4. (amount)
a. la cifra
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
As this is a preliminary meeting, let's decide on an approximate figure for the budget.Como se trata de una reunión preliminar, lleguemos a un acuerdo en una cifra aproximada para el presupuesto.
5. (image)
a. la figura
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
For a diagram of a eukaryotic cell, see figure 15A.Para ver un diagrama de una célula eucariota, consulta la figura 15A.
b. la ilustración
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The figure on the left contrasts the poverty levels in the United States and Canada.La ilustración a la izquierda contrasta el nivel de pobreza entre Estados Unidos y Canadá.
6. (fine arts)
a. la figura
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She molded the figure in the shape of a dolphin.Moldeó la figura en forma de delfín.
7. (music)
a. la figura
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'm having a really hard time with the figure in the fourth bar.Me está costando mucho la figura en el cuarto compás.
8. (geometry)
a. la figura
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Find the area of the following geometric figures.Determina el área de las siguientes figuras geométricas.
9. (shape)
a. la figura
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She carved the figure of a bull into the trunk of the tree.Grabó la figura de un toro en el tronco del árbol.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
10. (to feature)
a. figurar
Stories written by this author had never figured in any popular anthologies.Los cuentos escritos por este autor nunca habían figurado en ninguna antología popular.
b. ocupar un lugar
Complaints about noise pollution figured prominently in letters to the newspaper.Las quejas por la contaminación acústica ocupaban un lugar prominente en las cartas al periódico.
c. ocupar un papel
I don't understand why this issue didn't figure more prominently in your discussions.No entiendo por qué este asunto no ocupaba un papel más prominente en sus discusiones.
11.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to make sense)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It figures that I would lose my keys on the day I have to drive to work.Claro que pierdo mis llaves el día que tengo que conducir al trabajo.
She’s late again? Well, that figures!¿Llega tarde otra vez? ¡Pues, no me extraña nada!
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
12. (to reckon)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. figurarse
They're still not here. I figure they must have gotten lost.Todavía no están aquí. Me figuro que se habrán perdido.
b. imaginarse
I figure she'll resign over this.Me imagino que dimitirá por esto.
c. calcular
She figures the project will cost more than it will be worth.Calcula que el proyecto costará más de lo que vale.
13. (to incorporate)
a. figurar
Your equations are sound, but you haven't figured the variables into the last expression.Tus ecuaciones son correctas, pero no has figurado las variable a la última expresión.
figures
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
14. (statistics)
a. las estadísticas
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The survey revealed some startling figures about the economy.La encuesta reveló unas estadísticas sorprendentes sobre la economía.
b. los datos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The latest figures indicate that there has been an increase in unemployment.Los últimos datos señalan que ha habido un aumento del paro.
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box(
baks
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (container)
a. la caja
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He put her gift in a box and wrapped it with tissue paper.Puso su regalo en una caja y la envolvió con papel de seda.
b. el cajón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(large)
We donated a box full of clothing to the homeless shelter.Donamos un cajón lleno de ropa al centro de acogida.
c. el estuche
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(small)
The necklace came inside a red box.El collar venía dentro de un estuche rojo.
d. el baúl
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(with a rounded cover)
She found an old toy box in the attic.Encontró un viejo baúl con juguetes en el desván.
e. la alcancía
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(for money)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
We put one dollar in a box every time we say a bad word, and we're running out of money.Ponemos un dólar en una alcancía cada vez que decimos una palabrota, y nos estamos quedando sin dinero.
f. la hucha
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(for money)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
The money in the box is for our summer vacation.El dinero de la hucha es para nuestras vacaciones de verano.
g. el joyero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(for jewels)
My grandmother kept her jewels in an ebony box.Mi abuela guardaba sus joyas en un joyero de ébano.
h. el alhajero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(for jewels)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Every night, my mother would put her necklace in a box that was a gift from my father.Todas las noches, mi madre guardaba su collar en un alhajero que le había regalado mi padre.
i. la urna
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(for votes or raffle tickets)
Put your raffle tickets in the box.Pongan sus boletos de rifa en la urna.
2. (contents)
a. la caja
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Manuela ate a whole box of cookies.Manuela se comió una caja entera de galletas.
3. (on a form or a text)
a. la casilla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Please mark the box next to the most appropriate answer.Por favor, marca la casilla junto a la respuesta más apropiada.
b. el recuadro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
See the grammar box.Véase el recuadro de gramática.
4. (theater)
a. el palco
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
His family had a box at the opera.Su familia tenía un palco en la ópera.
5. (booth)
a. la cabina
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
That is the conference interpreters' box.Esa es la cabina de los intérpretes de la conferencia.
6. (sports)
a. el área de castigo
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(soccer)
He missed a goal in the box.Se falló un gol en el área de castigo.
b. el banquillo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(hockey)
He was sent to the box for tripping.Fue enviado al banquillo por poner una zancadilla.
c. la caja
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(baseball)
The batter stepped into the box and got ready to swing.El bateador entró a la caja y se preparó para batear.
7. (genitalia shield) (United Kingdom)
a. el protector
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(cricket)
The ball hit the batsmen in the box.La bola le dio al bateador en el protector.
8. (legal)
a. el estrado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The witness took a seat in the box.El testigo tomó asiento en el estrado.
9. (road junction) (United Kingdom)
a. la parrilla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He got a ticket for stopping in the box between New Kings Road and Bagley's Road.Le pusieron una multa por pararse en la parrilla entre las calles New Kings y Bagley.
10. (mailing address)
a. el apartado de correos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My address is box 219, Montreal, Canada.Mi dirección es apartado de correos 219, Montreal, Canadá.
11.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(television) (United Kingdom)
a. la tele
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
What's on the box?¿Qué hay en la tele?
b. la caja tonta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
You spend too much time glued to the box.Pasas demasiado tiempo pegado a la caja tonta.
c. la caja boba
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I'm going to stay home to watch Monty Python on the box.Me quedaré en casa a ver Monty Python en la caja boba.
12. (blow)
a. el sopapo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She gave her brother a box on the ear and told him to clean his room.Le dio un sopapo en la oreja a su hermano y le dijo que limpiara su cuarto.
13. (Christmas bonus) (United Kingdom)
a. el aguinaldo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
In Great Britain the box is given to employees after Christmas, but in Mexico, it's before Christmas.En Gran Bretaña se da el aguinaldo a los empleados después de Navidad y, en México, antes de Navidad.
14. (botany)
a. el boj
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There is a box hedge that surrounds the house.Alrededor de la casa, hay un seto de boj.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
15. (to pack in boxes)
a. poner en cajas
I've boxed most of my books. You can keep the rest.He puesto la mayoría de mis libros en cajas. Te puedes quedar con el resto.
b. poner en una caja
We boxed the switches so that the children wouldn't play with them.Pusimos los interruptores dentro de una caja para que los niños no jugaran con ellos.
c. embalar
It's important to figure out how many boxes you need before you begin boxing everything for your move.Es importante calcular cuántas cajas necesitas antes de empezar a embalar todo para la mudanza.
16. (to hit)
a. dar un sopapo
She boxed her cousin around the ears when he teased her about her boyfriend.Le dio un sopapo a su primo cuando se burló de ella por su novio.
17. (to fight)
a. boxear con
If you want to be the champion, you have to box the champion.Si quieres ser el campeón, debes boxear con el campeón.
b. boxear contra
You need to learn how to box a southpaw.Tienes que aprender a boxear contra un zurdo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
18. (to fight)
a. boxear
When he was young, he used to box with the other boys in the neighborhood.Cuando era joven, boxeaba con los otros chicos del barrio.
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