Quick answer
"Line" is a noun which is often translated as "la línea", and "file" is a noun which is often translated as "el archivo". Learn more about the difference between "line" and "file" below.
line(
layn
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (mark)
a. la línea
(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 beach made a curved line around the bay.La playa formaba una línea curva alrededor de la bahía.
b. la raya
(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 drew vertical lines on the paper.Trazó rayas verticales en el papel.
2. (wrinkle)
a. la arruga
(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 lines under her eyes showed her age.Se le notaba los años en las arrugas bajo sus ojos.
b. la línea
(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 palm reader told her that her life line was short.El quiromante le dijo que su línea de la vida era corta.
3. (a length of rope, cord, wire)
a. la cuerda
(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 hung the wash out on the line.Tendí la ropa en la cuerda.
b. el cable
(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 storm brought down power lines.La tormenta echó abajo los cables de electricidad.
c. el sedal
(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).
(fishing)
I need a line and hooks to go fishing.Necesito sedal y anzuelos para ir a pescar.
d. el cabo
(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).
(nautical)
One of the sailors had already untied the line connecting the boat to the quay.Uno de los marineros ya había desatado el cabo que unía el barco al muelle.
4. (row)
a. la fila
(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).
Put the dominoes in a line.Pon las fichas de dominó en fila.
5. (row of people)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la cola
(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 we want to get into the club, we'll have to join the line.Si queremos entrar en la discoteca, tendremos que ponernos a la cola.
b. la fila
(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 line to buy tickets was very long.La fila para comprar las entradas era muy larga.
6. (boundary)
a. la línea
(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 ball went over the line.El balón pasó la línea.
7. (section of text)
a. la línea
(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).
Delete the second line of the third paragraph.Suprima la segunda línea del tercer párrafo.
b. el renglón
(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).
How do I change the spacing between lines?¿Cómo hago para cambiar el espaciado entre renglones?
8. (film, theater, television)
a. la línea
(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 principal actor forgot her lines at the beginning of the second act.A la actriz principal se le olvidaron las líneas al comienzo del segundo acto.
9. (direction)
a. la línea
(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).
They were in the line of fire.Estaban en la línea de fuego.
10. (telecommunications)
a. la línea
(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 has a direct line to the president.Tiene línea directa con el presidente.
11. (succession)
a. la línea
(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 crown passed to the next in line to the throne.La corona pasaba al próximo en la línea de sucesión al trono.
b. el linaje
(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 keep my family line alive.No puedo continuar el linaje de mi familia.
c. la serie
(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).
This is just the latest in a long line of scandals.Esto no es más que el último de una larga serie de escándalos.
12. (military)
a. la línea
(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 enemy broke through our lines.El enemigo penetró en nuestras líneas.
13. (attitude)
a. la postura
(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 takes a more moderate line.Él tiene una postura más moderada.
b. la línea
(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 principal will take a hard line regarding his behavior.El director adoptará una línea dura con respecto a su conducta.
14. (contour)
a. la línea
(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 prefer the squarer lines of the old model.Prefiero las líneas más cuadradas del modelo anterior.
15. (field or area)
a. el área
(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 is your line of specialization in the company?¿Cuál es tu área de especialización en la empresa?
16. (commerce)
a. la línea
(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 new line of swimwear will be available before summer.La nueva línea de trajes de baño estará disponible antes de verano.
17. (transportation)
a. la línea
(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).
(route)
We will take the blue line on the metro.Tomaremos la línea azul del metro.
b. la vía
(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).
(tracks)
The train lines have been repaired after the accident.Las vías del tren se arreglaron tras el accidente.
c. la naviera
(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).
(shipping company)
The line went bankrupt after the tsunami.La naviera quebró después del tsunami.
18. (pipe)
a. el conducto
(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 line goes under the sea.El conducto pasa por debajo del mar.
19.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(excuse)
a. el cuento
(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)
Don't give me that line!¡No me vengas con ese cuento!
20. (note)
a. las líneas
(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).
Drop me a line whenever you want to come and visit.Escríbeme unas líneas cuando quieras venir a visitarme.
21. (drugs)
a. la raya
(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).
We snorted a few lines before we went out.Esnifamos unas rayas antes de salir.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
22. (to mark with lines)
a. rayar
You have to line the paper in order to draw a grid.Para dibujar una cuadrícula tienes que rayar el papel.
23. (to border)
a. bordear
The path is lined with stones.El camino está bordeado de piedras.
24. (to put a lining in)
a. forrar
The jacket was lined with fur.La chaqueta estaba forrada de piel.
25. (to cover)
a. revestir
They lined the bunker with concrete.Revistieron al búnker de hormigón.
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file(
fayl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (organizing object)
a. el archivo
(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).
He put all the documentation in the file.Puso toda la documentación en el archivo.
b. la carpeta
(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 forgot the file with the tickets at home.Se me olvidó la carpeta con los billetes en casa.
c. el clasificador
(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).
Look for the form in the file.Busca el formulario en el clasificador.
2. (information)
a. el expediente
(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 police kept a file on each of us.La policía tenía un expediente para cada uno de nosotros.
3. (computing)
a. el archivo
(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).
Copy the file into the desired folder.Copia el archivo en la carpeta deseada.
b. el fichero
(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 file is not readable.El fichero no se puede leer.
4. (tool)
a. la lima
(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 can break out of jail using a file.Puedes escaparte de la cárcel con una lima.
5. (line)
a. la fila
(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).
Please form a single file.Por favor, pónganse en fila india.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (law)
a. presentar
He filed a discrimination complaint.Presentó una queja por discriminación.
7. (to classify)
a. archivar
The judge filed the case.El juez archivó el caso.
8. (to smooth)
a. limar
It's important to know how to file your nails properly.Es importante saber cómo limarse las uñas correctamente.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
9. (to march)
a. desfilar
The soldiers filed past the authorities' podium.Los soldados desfilaron por delante del podio de las autoridades.
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