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"Groove" is a noun which is often translated as "la ranura", and "outset" is a noun which is often translated as "el principio". Learn more about the difference between "groove" and "outset" below.
groove(
gruv
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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. (narrow indentation)
a. la ranura
(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).
You have to make sure that the drawer fits into the groove, or it won't close right.Hay que asegurar que el cajón encaje en la ranura porque si no, no cierra bien.
b. la estría
(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 tourists admired the enormous grooves in the Doric pillar.Los turistas admiraron las enormes estrías en la columna dórica.
c. la muesca
(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 groove of the screw is damaged; that's why it won't go in.La muesca del tornillo está estropeada; por eso es que no entra.
d. el surco
(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).
(of a record)
The needle produces the sound as it glides through the tiny grooves of the record.La aguja produce el sonido al deslizarse por los surcos diminutos del disco.
2. (musical pattern)
a. el ritmo
(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 drum teacher taught me a great samba groove in my lesson today.Mi profe de batería me enseñó un ritmo de samba buenísimo en mi clase hoy.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(fixed routine)
a. la rutina
(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).
(negative)
Shelly found herself stuck in a groove where every day seemed the same.Shelly se encontró metida en una rutina en la que cada día parecía igual al otro.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
(positive)
It took a while for Franco to find his groove after being away from work.Le tardó un rato a Franco volver a estar en forma después de haber estado sin trabajar.
Natalia put off her work, but once she got in the groove, she found she enjoyed it.Natalia posponía su trabajo, pero una vez que estuvo en vena, descubrió que lo disfrutaba.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to make grooves in)
a. acanalar
The gardener grooved the soil with a rake.El jardinero acanaló la tierra con un rastrillo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to dance; often used with "to")
a. moverse
Look at Mari grooving to this cumbia song.Ve como Mari se mueve con esta cumbia.
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outset
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. el principio
(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).
Savvy consumers prefer to spend a little more at the outset if it means savings in the long run.Los consumidores astutos prefieren gastar un poco más al principio si significa ahorrar a largo plazo.
b. el comienzo
(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).
Rick says he was always against the war, but the record shows he supported it at its outset.Rick dice que siempre estuvo en contra de la guerra, pero el documento demuestra que la apoyó desde el comienzo.
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