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"Metro" is a noun which is often translated as "meter", and "pico" is a noun which is often translated as "beak". Learn more about the difference between "metro" and "pico" below.
metro(
meh
-
troh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (unit of measurement)
a. meter
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
La playa está a cien metros de mi casa.The beach is a hundred meters from my house.
b. metre (United Kingdom)
El Burj Khalifa es el rascacielos más alto del mundo con 828 metros de altura.Burj Khalifa is the tallest skyscraper in the world with a height of 828 metres.
2. (transport)
a. metro
Yo siempre ando en metro al trabajo porque es más económico.I always take the metro to work because it is cheaper.
b. subway
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Puedes tomar el metro directo desde el aeropuerto al centro.You can take the subway directly from the airport to downtown.
c. underground (United Kingdom)
Mira en el mapa si esa línea de metro pasa por esta estación.Check on the map to see if that underground line passes through this station.
d. tube (United Kingdom)
El metro se satura durante la hora punta y las estaciones se abarrotan de viajeros.The tube is very busy during rush hour, and stations are overcrowded with commuters.
3. (measuring instrument)
a. ruler
El explorador dibujó su ruta en el mapa con un metro y un lápiz.The explorer drew his route on the map with a ruler and a pencil.
b. rule
Usa un metro para hacer líneas rectas.Use a rule for your straight lines.
c. tape measure
El sastre midió la cintura, el pecho y las caderas de la modelo con un metro.The tailor measured the waist, chest, and hips of the model with a tape measure.
4. (literature)
a. meter
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El metro de una línea de poesía se establece por el número de sílabas acentuadas.The meter of a line of poetry is established by the number of stressed syllables.
b. metre (United Kingdom)
La rima y el metro de un soneto deben ser fácil de encontrar.The rhyme and meter of a sonnet should be easy to find.
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pico(
pee
-
koh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (animal anatomy)
a. beak
Los alumnos de biología estudiaron el tamaño del pico de los colibríes.The biology students studied the size of hummingbirds' beaks.
b. bill
Las forma del pico de una ave te indica cómo son sus hábitos alimentarios.The shape of a bird's bill tells you about its feeding habits.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(human anatomy)
a. trap (colloquial)
¡Ya cierra el pico!Shut your trap!
b. mouth
El jefe escuchó mi explicación sin abrir el pico.The boss listened to my explanation without opening his mouth.
3. (geography)
a. peak
Vimos el pico de la montaña desde el avión.We saw the mountain's peak from the plane.
4. (high point)
a. peak
Los casos de influenza alcanzaron su pico máximo a fines de diciembre.Influenza cases reached their highest peak in late December.
5. (edge)
a. corner
Bettina se pegó en la cabeza con el pico de la mesa.Bettina hit her head against the corner of the table.
b. sharp point
El pico de la plancha está roto porque se me cayó, pero funciona.The sharp point of the iron is broken because I dropped it, but it works.
6. (tool)
a. pick
Los soldados cavaban las trincheras con pico y pala.The soldiers dug the trenches with pick and spade.
b. pickax
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
La Sra. Jonte relató a los periodistas que la habían amenazado con un pico.Mrs. Jonte told the reporters she had been threatened with a pickax.
c. pickaxe (United Kingdom)
Tuvimos que usar un pico para abrir el baúl.We had to use a pickaxe to open the chest.
7. (mouth of a container)
a. lip
Si haces demasiada presión con el sacacorchos, se puede romper el pico de la botella.If you press the corkscrew too hard, the lip of the bottle may break.
b. spout
Cuando veas salir vapor por el pico, saca la tetera del fuego.When you see steam coming out of the spout, take the kettle off the burner.
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(quantity; used with "y")
a. something
La mamá de Mateo tiene unos treinta y pico años.Mateo's mom is thirty-something years old.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Jorge trabajó en el mismo lugar unos cuarenta y pico de años.Jorge worked in the same place for forty odd years.
Los invitados llegaron a las seis y pico.The guests got here just after six.
9.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(drugs)
a. fix (colloquial)
Toto estaba en pánico por un pico de heroína.Toto was jonesing for a heroin fix.
10. (kiss)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
a. peck (colloquial)
Nos saludamos con un pico en la mejilla.We said hi with a peck on the cheek.
11. (light kiss)
Regionalism used in Argentina
(Argentina)
Regionalism used in Uruguay
(Uruguay)
a. peck on the lips
Los concursantes festejaron dándose un pico.The contestants celebrated with a peck on the lips.
12.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(male genitalia)
Regionalism used in Bolivia
(Bolivia)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
a. dick
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Nadie quiere verte el pico, huevón.Nobody wants to see your dick, dude.
b. cock
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Si sacas el pico en el parque, te pueden arrestar.If you whip out your cock in the park, you can get arrested.
c. prick
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Ese hombre tiene un pico grandote.That man has a huge prick.
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