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Feminine nouns that begin with a stressed "a-" or "ha-" sound in Spanish use the definite article "el" in the singular.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (anatomy)
a. wing (of a bird, bat or insect)
Me encontré un pájaro con un ala rota.I found a bird with a broken wing.
2. (aviation)
a. wing
La ventanilla de mi asiento daba a las alas del avión.The window beside my seat looked out over the wings of the airplane.
3. (section of building)
a. wing
El incendio empezó en el ala norte del edificio.The fire started in the north wing of the building.
4. (sports)
a. wing (area)
Pérez se situó en el ala izquierda.Pérez positioned himself on the left wing.
5. (military)
a. flank
El ejército planeó un ataque por el ala izquierda.The army planned an attack on the left flank.
b. wing
El enemigo atacó por el ala derecha.The enemy attacked on the right wing.
6. (faction)
a. wing
El ala izquierda del partido quería convocar elecciones.The left wing of the party wanted to hold elections.
7. (part of hat)
a. brim
Juan se tocó el ala del sombrero.Juan touched the brim of his hat.
8. (part of roof)
a. eaves
El ave construyó un nido bajo el ala del tejado.The bird built a nest under the eaves of the roof.
9. (part of a table)
a. leaf
Compré una mesa extensible con dos alas laterales.I bought an extending table with two side leaves.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
10. (player)
a. winger
El ala derecha del equipo se lesionó la rodilla.The team's right winger injured her knee.
b. wing
Las alas jugaron demasiado tiempo en el centro del campo.The wings spent too much time playing in midfield.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (de ave, avión)
a. wing
cortar las alas a alguiento clip somebody's wings
2. (sports)
ala deltahang glider
3. (parte lateral; de tejado)
a. eaves
4. (de sombrero)
a. brim
5. (de nariz)
a. side
6. (de mesa)
a. leaf
7. (de edificio, partido)
a. wing
8. (sports)
a. winger, wing
1 [de insecto, pájaro] wing
de cuatro alas four-winged; de alas azules blue-winged
2 [de avión] wing
con alas en delta delta-winged; con alas en flecha swept-wing
ala delta hang glider
3 (Política) wing
el ala izquierda del partido the left wing of the party
4 (Mil) wing; flank
5 [de edificio] wing
6 (parte sobresaliente) [de sombrero] brim; [de corazón] auricle; [del techo] eaves
; (p)
[de mesa] leaf; flap
7 (Dep) (banda) wing
ala derecha outside-right
ala izquierda outside-left
ahuecar el ala to beat it (familiar)
andar con el ala caída
arrastrar el ala (cortejar) to be courting; (estar deprimido) to be depressed
tener bajo el ala
se le cayeron las alas del corazón his heart sank
cortar las alas a algn to clip sb's wings
dar alas a algn to encourage sb
del ala (España)
los 100 euros del ala a cool 100 euros (familiar)
ser como ala de mosca to be paper thin; be transparent
quedar tocado de ala to be a lame duck
tomar alas to get cheeky (familiar)
volar con las propias alas to stand on one's own two feet
(Dep) winger
medio ala half-back; wing-half
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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