Quick answer
"Figure" is a noun which is often translated as "la figura", and "plate" is a noun which is often translated as "el plato". Learn more about the difference between "figure" and "plate" below.
figure(
fihg
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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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plate(
plehiht
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (tableware)
a. el plato
(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).
We went to buy new plates and glasses.Fuimos a comprar platos y vasos nuevos.
2. (food)
a. el plato
(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).
I ate a plate of macaroni and cheese.Me comí un plato de macarrones con queso.
3. (piece of metal)
a. la placa
(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 council is changing the plates with the street names.El ayuntamiento está cambiando las placas con los nombres de las calles.
b. la lámina
(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 tinsmith cut the plates with a squared shape.El hojalatero cortaba las láminas con forma cuadrada.
c. la plancha
(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 plate on the roof is to be replaced.Hay que cambiar una plancha del tejado.
4. (drawing)
a. la lámina
(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 gave me a handpainted plate as a gift.Me regaló una lámina pintada a mano.
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 artist drew beautiful plates.El artista dibujaba bonitas ilustraciones.
5. (religious)
a. el platillo
(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 were more coins than ever in the plate.Había más monedas que nunca en el platillo.
6. (dishes)
a. la vajilla
(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).
Where is the plate for occasions?¿Dónde está la vajilla para ocasiones especiales?
7. (geology)
a. la placa
(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).
There is a tectonic plate under the city.Hay una placa tectónica bajo la ciudad.
8. (coating)
a. el enchapado
(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 plate of the window is made of aluminium.El enchapado de la ventana es de aluminio.
9. (automobile)
a. la placa
(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).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
The girl bought a custom plate for her car.La chica compró una placa personalizada para su coche.
b. la matrícula
(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).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
The numbers on his plate were barely legible.Los números de su matrícula apenas se podían leer.
c. la chapa
(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).
(River Plate)
The vehicle had a California plate.El vehículo tenía chapa de California.
10. (on a cooker)
a. el fuego
(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).
Take the pot off the plate.Retira la olla del fuego.
b. el quemador
(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).
Put the frying pan on the plate.Pon la sartén en el quemador.
11. (baseball)
a. el plato
(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 hitter glided on the plate.El bateador se deslizó sobre el plato.
12. (denture)
a. la dentadura postiza
(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 man was too young to wear a plate.El hombre era demasiado joven para llevar dentadura postiza.
13. (prize)
a. el trofeo
(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 runner's bedroom was full of plates.La habitación del corredor estaba llena de trofeos.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
14. (to coat)
a. platear (with silver)
The artisan plated the chain.El artesano plateó la cadena.
b. dorar (with gold)
The jeweler plated the earrings in high-quality gold.El joyero doró los pendientes en oro de alta calidad.
15. (to encase)
a. blindar
The machine was plated in an undestructible material.La máquina estaba blindada con un material indestructible.
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