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"Inch" is a noun which is often translated as "la pulgada", and "thread" is a noun which is often translated as "el hilo". Learn more about the difference between "inch" and "thread" below.
inch(
ihnch
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (unit of measurement)
a. la pulgada
(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 table measures 60 inches in length and 40 in width.La mesa mide 60 pulgadas de largo y 40 de ancho.
b. el dedo
(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).
(approximate)
When we got up in the morning, there were five inches of snow.Cuando nos levantamos por la mañana, había cinco dedos de nieve.
2. (small amount)
a. palmo
The injured hiker crawled inch by inch back to the base camp.El alpinista herido se arrastró palmo a palmo de vuelta al campamento base.
b. el paso
(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 was an inch from losing my temper with my students today.Hoy estuve a un paso de perder los estribos con mis alumnos.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to move slowly)
a. avanzar despacio
He felt a knot in his stomach as he inched towards the door.Sintió un nudo en el estómago mientras avanzaba despacio hacia la puerta.
b. avanzar paso a paso
She inched along the corridor as noiselessly as possible.Avanzó paso a paso por el pasillo, tratando de hacer el menor ruido posible.
c. moverse lentamente
The clock hands were inching toward noon.Las manecillas del reloj se movían lentamente hacia el mediodía.
4.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to progress slowly)
a. avanzar despacio
The negotiations are now inching towards a resolution.Las negociaciones avanzan ya despacio hacia una resolución.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to move slowly)
a. mover lentamente
After thinking long and hard, John inched two poker chips toward the center of the table.Tras mucho pensar, John movió dos fichas de póker lentamente hacia el centro de la mesa.
b. deslizar
The thief inched the television out the window to his accomplice.El ladrón deslizó el televisor por la ventana para que su cómplice lo recogiera.
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thread(
threhd
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sewing)
a. el hilo
(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 can't find thread that is the same color as the button I want to sew.No puedo encontrar un hilo que sea del mismo color que el botón que quiero coser.
2. (filament)
a. la hebra
(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).
Jack caught the thread of cheese dangling above his mouth with his finger.Jack tomó con su dedo la hebra de queso que colgaba de su boca.
3. (sequence)
a. el hilo
(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's no common thread between the characters in this book.No hay hilo común entre los personajes de este libro.
4. (of screw)
a. la rosca
(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 can't tighten the screw because the thread is nicked.No puedo ajustar el tornillo porque la rosca está mellada.
b. el filete
(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).
Make sure the thread is lubricated before you turn the screw.Antes de ajustar el tornillo, asegúrate de que el filete esté lubricado.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to put onto a string)
a. enhebrar
It took me ten minutes to thread the needle and five minutes to hem these pants.Tardé diez minutos en enhebrar la aguja y cinco en hacer el dobladillo a estos pantalones.
6. (to connect with a string)
a. ensartar
Once you have threaded the beads together, attach the clasp of the necklace.Una vez que hayas ensartado las cuentas, coloca el gancho del collar.
b. enhebrar
She makes pretty bracelets by threading seashells together.Hace unas pulseras lindas por enhebrar conchas.
threads
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(clothes)
a. los trapos
(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).
(colloquial)
Be careful with the iron! These threads cost me an arm and a leg.¡Ten cuidado con la plancha! Estos trapos me costaron un ojo de la cara.
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