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"Zinc" is a noun which is often translated as "zinc", and "chapa" is a noun which is often translated as "sheet". Learn more about the difference between "zinc" and "chapa" below.
zinc(
seengk
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (metal)
a. zinc
Según mi nutricionista, las ostras tienen mucho zinc.According to my nutritionist, oysters are rich in zinc.
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chapa(
chah
-
pah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (material)
a. sheet
Las mesas del laboratorio están recubiertas de chapas de acero inoxidable.The workbenches in the lab are covered with sheets of stainless steel.
b. plate (piece of metal)
Taparon el bache temporalmente con una chapa de hierro.They covered the pothole temporarily with an iron sheet.
c. panel (flat piece of wood)
Vamos a construir un biombo con chapas de madera.We're going to build a screen with wood panels.
d. veneer (thin layer of wood or plastic)
Los muebles están hechos de pino, pero gracias a la chapa parecen de caoba.The furniture is made of pine, but thanks to the veneer it looks like mahogany.
2. (automobile)
a. bodywork
Después del choque, Juan tuvo que llevar el coche al taller para hacerle chapa y pintura.After the crash, Juan had to take the car to the shop for bodywork and respraying.
3. (insignia)
a. badge
El policía presentó su chapa y pidió permiso para registrar la casa.The police officer presented his badge and asked for permission to search the house.
4. (decoration)
a. badge
Raúl ha ganado una docena de chapas con la tropa de los scouts.Raul has earned a dozen badges with his scout troop.
5. (bottle lid)
a. cap
José tiene una enorme colección de chapas de botella de todo el mundo.Jose has a huge collection of bottle caps from all over the world.
b. top
Erica sacudió la botella de refresco y la chapa salió volando.Erica shook the soft drink bottle and the top flew off.
6. (door fastener)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. lock
El ladrón forzó la chapa y robó la televisión.The burglar forced the lock and stole the television.
7. (vehicle tag) (River Plate)
a. license plate
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿Anotaste la chapa del coche que tumbó la lámpara?Did you write down the license plate of the car that knocked the street lamp down?
b. number plate (United Kingdom)
Pagó una buena cantidad por una chapa personalizada para el coche nuevo.He paid a hefty sum for a personalized number plate for his new car.
8.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(prostitution)
a. trick
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
La pobrecita fue expulsada de su casa a los 15 años y se vio obligada a hacer chapas para vivir.The poor thing was kicked out of the house at 15 and forced to turn tricks for a living.
chapas
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
9. (game)
a. game with bottle tops
Los niños están jugando a las chapas en el patio de recreo.The children are playing a game with bottle tops on the playground.
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