Quick answer
"Filling" is a noun which is often translated as "el empaste", and "drilling" is a noun which is often translated as "la perforación". Learn more about the difference between "filling" and "drilling" below.
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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. (dentistry)
a. el empaste
(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).
If my filling falls out again, I will call the dentist.Si se me cae el empaste otra vez, llamaré al dentista.
b. la emplomadura
(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).
(Southern Cone)
If you have a cavity, the dentist will give you a filling.Si tiene una caries, el dentista le colocará una emplomadura.
c. la tapadura
(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 Chile
(Chile)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
The dentist asked if the patient wanted a gold filling.El dentista preguntó si el paciente quería que la tapadura fuera de oro.
d. la calza
(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 Colombia
(Colombia)
Regionalism used in Ecuador
(Ecuador)
The dentist told him he would need three fillings.La dentista le dijo que necesitaría tres calzas.
2. (culinary)
a. el relleno
(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).
Empanadas can have meat, cheese, vegetable, or fruit fillings.Las empanadas pueden tener relleno de carne, queso, verduras o frutas.
3. (construction)
a. el relleno
(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 construction worker prepared the filling for the pothole.El albañil preparó el relleno para el bache.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (substantial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I can only eat three tamales because they are very filling.Sólo puedo comer tres tamales porque llenan mucho.
The soup was so filling I could not eat the main course.Me llené tanto con la sopa que no pude comer el segundo plato.
b. llenador (Southern Cone)
Rice and bread are cheap and filling.El arroz y el pan son baratos y llenadores.
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drilling
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (act of drilling)
a. la perforación
(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 construction workers started the noisy drilling on the street at seven in the morning.Los obreros empezaron la ruidosa perforación de la calle a las siete de la mañana.
2. (mining)
a. la perforación
(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 oil company is waiting for approval of the drilling from the local government.La compañía de petróleos está esperando la aprobación de la perforación por parte del gobierno local.
3. (training)
a. los ejercicios de repetición
(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).
Many children need continuous drilling in order to learn their multiplication tables.Muchos niños necesitan continuos ejercicios de repetición para aprenderse las tablas de multiplicar.
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