asta

USAGE NOTE
Feminine nouns that begin with a stressed "a-" or "ha-" sound in Spanish use the definite article "el" in the singular.
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (pole)
a. flagpole
Durante la ceremonia, las autoridades izaron la bandera nacional en el asta del palacio.During the ceremony, the authorities ran the national flag up the palace flagpole.
b. mast
La bandera debe enarbolarse en un asta blanca e izarse al tope.The flag should be flown on a white mast, and run up as far as it will go.
2. (handgrip)
a. handle (for paintbrushes)
El niño no sabía qué pintar y estaba mordiendo el asta del pincel.The litle boy didn't know what to paint and was chewing the handle of his paintbrush.
3. (shank)
a. shaft (of lance or spear)
Los indígenas usaban caña para hacer las astas de sus flechas.The indigenous people used to make the shafts of their spears out of canes.
4. (zoology)
a. horn (of a bull)
Una vez vi un toro herir a un torero con sus astas.I once saw a bull gore a bullfighter with its horns.
b. antler (of a deer)
Por el tamaño de las astas de ese venado se ve que es aún bastante joven.Judging by the size of its antlers, that stag is still quite young.
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asta
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (de bandera)
a. flagpole, mast
a media astaat half-mast
2. (de lanza)
a. shaft
3. (de brocha)
a. handle
4. (de toro)
a. horn
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asta
1 (arma) lance; spear; (palo) shaft; [de banderas] flagpole; [de brocha] handle
a media asta at half mast
2 (Zoología) horn; antler
dejar a algn en las astas del toro to leave sb in a jam o in a pickle (familiar)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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