Quick answer
"Length" is a noun which is often translated as "el largo", and "span" is a noun which is often translated as "el espacio". Learn more about the difference between "length" and "span" below.
length(
lehngth
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (measurement)
a. el largo
(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).
What length is the swimming pool?¿Cuál es el largo de la piscina?
b. la longitud
(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).
Have you measured the length of the table?¿Ya mediste la longitud de la mesa?
2. (time)
a. la duración
(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).
Fees depend on the length of the course.La matrícula depende de la duración del curso.
3. (extent)
a. la extensión
(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 text must be no more than 500 words in length.El texto debe tener una extensión de no más de 500 palabras.
4. (piece)
a. el trozo
(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 cut a length of string.Cortó un trozo de cordel.
5. (sports)
a. el cuerpo
(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).
(in horse racing)
Our horse won by a length.Nuestro caballo ganó por un cuerpo.
b. el largo
(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).
(in rowing)
They were half a length ahead.Ganaban por medio largo.
c. el largo
(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 swimming pool)
I do 20 lengths every day.Me hago 20 largos cada día.
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span(
spahn
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (duration)
a. el espacio
(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 need to finish this project in a span of two hours.Tenemos que terminar este proyecto en el espacio de dos horas.
b. 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).
We plan to open another restaurant within a span of three years.Tenemos planeado abrir otro restaurante en un período de tres años como máximo.
c. 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).
Cinema allows spectators to forget about their ordinary lives, even if only for a brief span of time.El cine permite al espectador olvidar su vida cotidiana, aunque solo sea por un breve lapso de tiempo.
d. el rato
(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).
Nowadays many children are unable to hold their attention for a long span.Hoy en día, muchos niños son incapaces de mantener la atención por mucho rato.
2. (scope)
a. la variedad
(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 our projects, we draw on a wide span of expertise.Para nuestros proyectos, recurrimos a expertos en una amplia variedad de campos.
b. el compendio
(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 book attempts an account of the entire span of philosophy.El libro supone un intento de ofrecer un compendio de la filosofía en su totalidad.
3. (length)
a. el palmo
(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 hand)
There were no gloves that would fit him because his hand had a span of more than 20 cm.No había guantes a su medida porque un palmo de su mano medía más de 20 cm.
b. la envergadura
(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).
(of a wing or an aircraft)
The span of the aircraft is approximately 50 feet.La envergadura del avión es de aproximadamente 50 pies.
c. la luz
(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).
(of a bridge or an arch)
The new bridge has a span of more than 200 meters.La luz del nuevo puente mide más de 200 metros.
4.
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)
(measure)
a. el palmo
(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 word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
The giant Goliath measured six cubits and a span.El gigante Goliat medía seis codos y un palmo.
5. (pair)
a. la yunta
(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).
(of oxen)
The farmer was driving the span of oxen across the field.El granjero conducía la yunta de bueyes a través del campo.
b. el tronco
(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 horses)
The carriage was drawn by a span of white horses.Un tronco de caballos blancos tiraba del carruaje.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to extend across)
a. abarcar
It is a period that spans from the unification of the country to the present day.Es un periodo que abarca desde la unificación del país hasta la actualidad.
b. extenderse
The data collection process spanned several months.El proceso de recogida de datos se extendió varios meses.
7. (to go across)
a. cruzar
The bridge spans the river and the canal.El puente cruza el río y el canal.
b. extenderse sobre
The arch spans the width of the avenue.El arco se extiende sobre la anchura de la avenida.
8. (to occupy)
a. extenderse sobre
The county spans a wide area of woodland and farmland.El condado se extiende sobre una amplia superficie de bosque y tierras de cultivo.
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