Quick answer
"Lapses" is a form of "lapse", a noun which is often translated as "el lapsus". "Slips" is a plural noun which is often translated as "la galería". Learn more about the difference between "lapses" and "slips" below.
lapse
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (fault)
a. el lapsus
(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'm sorry. I just had a lapse in memory and completely forgot your name.Lo siento. Acabo de tener un lapsus de memoria y me olvidé por completo de tu nombre.
b. la falla
(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 knows better than to do something like that. It must have been a lapse of judgment.Él sabe bien que no debe hacer algo así. Ha de haberse tratado de una falla de juicio.
c. el fallo
(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 jury noted my lapse in technique during my audition and I didn't get a seat in the orchestra.El jurado notó mi fallo técnico durante la audición y no conseguí el lugar en la orquesta.
d. la falta
(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).
These constant lapses in concentration are making it hard to write my dissertation.Estas faltas constantes de concentración me están dificultando la escritura de la tesis.
2. (interval)
a. el período
(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 finally gave birth after a lapse of nine months.Finalmente dio a luz después de un período de nueve meses.
b. el lapso
(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).
A lapse of nearly an hour passed before the play finally started.Un lapso de casi una hora transcurrió antes de que la obra finalmente empezara.
c. el intervalo
(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 jury delivered their verdict after a lapse of three days.El jurado dictó su veredicto después de un intervalo de tres días.
3. (slip)
a. el desliz
(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 normally take out the trash, but on Friday I had a one-time lapse.Por lo usual saco la basura, pero el viernes tuve un desliz.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to decline gradually)
a. decaer
After the caretaker's death, the grounds lapsed into a state of decay.Después de la muerte del cuidador, el terreno decayó en un estado de deterioro.
5. (to expire)
a. caducar
Your warranty lapsed, so we can't repair your computer for free.Su garantía caducó, así que no podemos reparar su computadora gratis.
b. vencer
My membership at the country club lapsed and I forgot to renew it.Mi afiliación al club de campo venció y me olvidé de renovarla.
6. (to cease to exist)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The bus driver's concentration lapsed and we nearly got into an accident.El conductor de autobús perdió la concentración y casi tuvimos un accidente.
The charity lapsed years ago, but many other organizations have taken up the cause.La organización benéfica ya no existe desde hace años, pero muchas otras organizaciones han emprendido la causa.
7. (to pass)
a. transcurrir
How much time has lapsed since we last saw each other?¿Cuánto tiempo ha transcurrido desde la última vez que nos vimos?
8. (fall into old ways)
a. caer en
Even after extensive counseling, Tony lapsed into bad behavior.Aún después de terapia extensa, Tony cayó en el conducto malo.
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slips
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1. (theater)
a. la galería
(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 could only buy a ticket for a standing position on the slips.Solo pude conseguir una entrada para la galería de pie.
slip
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to lose balance)
a. resbalar
Today I almost slipped when I was running to catch the bus.Hoy casi resbalo cuando corría para tomar el autobús.
b. resbalarse
My grandmother slipped and broke her ankle.Mi abuela se resbaló y se fracturó el tobillo.
3. (to slide out)
a. resbalar
The knife slipped and I cut myself.El cuchillo resbaló y me corté.
b. resbalarse
The glass slipped out of Gina's hands.A Gina se le resbaló el vaso.
4. (to make a mistake)
a. tener un desliz
I'm sorry, I slipped. I told your secret to my sister.Lo siento, tuve un desliz, le conté tu secreto a mi hermana.
5. (to move quickly or unobtrusively)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
(quickly)
Mike slipped into bed as soon as he got home.Mike se metió rápidamente en la cama apenas llegó a casa.
Time just slips by when I hang out with my friends.El tiempo pasa volando cuando estoy con mis amigos.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
(unobtrusively)
I slipped into the room to pick up my cell phone because the baby was sleeping.Entré con cuidado al cuarto para buscar mi celular porque la beba estaba durmiendo.
We came back late but we slipped through the door and nobody noticed.Volvimos tarde pero entramos en silencio y nadie se dio cuenta.
6. (to decline)
a. decaer
Sales slipped in March due to the economic crisis.Las ventas decayeron en marzo debido a la crisis económica.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
7. (to move smoothly)
a. deslizar
When we were watching a movie, I didn't dare to slip my arm around her.Mientras veíamos una película, no me atreví a deslizar mi brazo alrededor de sus hombros.
b. pasar
I slipped my arm through the sling and pretended to be disabled.Pasé mi brazo por el cabestrillo y fingí estar inválido.
8. (to open or shut)
a. correr
I slipped the window open and took a breath of fresh air.Corrí la ventana y respiré aire puro.
9. (automobile)
a. derrapar
The car slipped off the road from ice.El auto derrapó por el hielo y se salió de la carretera.
b. patinar
The tires slipped, but quickly regained traction and pushed forward.Las ruedas patinaron, pero recobraron la tracción rápidamente y avanzaron.
10. (medicine)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
My grandfather slipped a disk in his back when he fell from a chair.Mi abuelo se agarró hernia de disco al caerse de una silla.
Steven slipped a disk and needs to undergo surgery.Steven tiene hernia de disco y necesita someterse a cirugía.
11. (knitting)
a. pasar sin hacer (a stitch)
My grandmother taught me how to slip a stitch.Mi abuela me enseñó a pasar sin hacer un punto.
b. pasar (the marker)
Slip the marker to the right needle and continue working.Pasa la marca a la aguja derecha y continúa.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
12. (slide)
a. el resbalón
(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).
Everybody in the room laughed at my slip and I blushed when I got up.Todos en la sala se rieron de mi resbalón y me levanté ruborizado.
13. (decline)
a. la caída
(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 slip in prices lured foreign investors.La caída de precios atrajo a inversores extranjeros.
14. (mistake)
a. el desliz
(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).
Just a single slip could ruin everything for us.Un solo desliz nos podría echar todo a perder.
b. el error
(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 game will be over in five minutes. The team cannot afford any slips.El partido terminará en cinco minutos. El equipo no se puede permitir ningún error.
c. la equivocación
(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).
If you make a slight slip, you will have to start the process all over again.Ante la menor equivocación, tendrás que empezar el proceso de nuevo desde cero.
15. (paper)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Margarita wrote her name and address on a slip of paper.Margarita escribió su nombre y dirección en un trozo de papel.
The floor was littered with slips of paper.El piso estaba lleno de papelitos.
16. (clothing)
a. la combinación
(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 not wearing a slip under my dress today. It's too hot.Hoy no llevo puesta la combinación bajo el vestido. Hace mucho calor.
b. la enagua
(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).
In the 1950s, the vast majority of slips were made of nylon.En la década de 1950, la mayoría de las enaguas estaban hechas de nailon.
c. el viso
(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 skin gets chafed if I don't wear a slip under this dress.La piel se me irrita si no uso un viso debajo de este vestido.
17. (bedding)
a. la funda de almohada
(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 wash the slips as often as your sheets.Tienes que lavar las fundas de las almohadas tan a menudo como las sábanas.
18.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(person)
a. el chiquillo
(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).
, la chiquilla
(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 slip of a boy is too young to drink coffee.Ese chiquillo es muy joven para tomar café.
19. (botany)
a. el esqueje
(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 slip will grow into a new plant in six months.El esqueje se convertirá en una planta nueva en seis meses.
20. (pottery)
a. la barbotina
(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 used slip to join the handle to the jar.Usé barbotina para pegar el asa a la jarra.
21. (slipway for boat building or repairs)
a. la grada
(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).
Our boat is still on the slip while it's undergoing repairs.Nuestro barco sigue en la grada mientras lo reparan.
22. (berth)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el amarre
(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 shocked to find out how much it costs to rent a slip at the marina.Me quedé asustado cuando me enteré de lo que cuesta alquilar un amarre en el puerto deportivo.
b. la amarra
(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).
Having a slip here costs a fortune.Tener una amarra aquí sale una fortuna.
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