caballo
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caballo(
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (animal)
a. horse
Tenemos dos caballos en la granja.We have two horses on the farm.
2. (chess)
a. knight
El movimiento del caballo es difícil de aprender.It's hard to learn how to move your knight.
3. (Spanish deck of cards)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. knight
Solo el rey gana al caballo.Only a king beats a knight.
4. (unit of power)
a. horsepower
Un motor de 50 caballos será suficiente.A 50 horsepower engine will be enough.
5.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(heroine)
a. smack (slang)
Dijo que ya no consumía caballo. ¡Ojalá fuera cierto!He said he wasn't doing smack any more. I wish it were true!
b. horse (slang)
Ha hecho tanto caballo que no sé cómo sigue viva.She's done so much horse that I don't know how she's still alive.
6. (carpentry)
a. sawhorse
Pon la madera en el caballo y sujétala bien antes de empezar a serrar.Place the wood on the sawhorse and clamp it securely before starting to saw.
b. sawbuck
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Si no tienes caballo, apoya la tabla sobre una silla para cortarla.If you don't have a sawbuck, place the plank of wood on a chair to cut it.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
7.
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
(slang)
(unintelligent)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
a. stupid (colloquial)
Es bien caballo ese chavo. - No, no más es muy callado.That kid is really stupid. - No, he's just really quiet.
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caballo
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (animal)
a. horse
montar a caballoto ride
a caballoon horseback
2. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
estar a caballo entre dos cosasto be halfway between two things
vive a caballo entre Madrid y Bruselasshe lives part of the time in Madrid and part of the time in Brussels
3. (prov)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
a caballo regalado no le mires el dientedon't look a gift horse in the mouth
caballo de batallabone of contention
caballo de carrerasracehorse
caballo de TroyaTrojan Horse
4. (pieza de ajedrez)
a. knight
5. (naipe)
a. card in Spanish deck with a picture of a knight, equivalent to queen in standard deck
6. (technology)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
caballo (de fuerza o de vapor)horsepower
7. (colloquial)
a. smack, horse
8. (sports)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
caballo con arcospommel horse
caballo sin arcosvaulting horse
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caballo
1 (animal) horse
a caballo: una mujer a caballo a woman on horseback o riding a horse; vino a caballo he came on horseback; he rode here; me gusta montar a caballo I like (to go) horse riding; paseo a caballo (horse) ride; tropas de a caballo mounted troops
de caballo huge; massive
una dosis de caballo a huge dose; a massive dose; una depresión de caballo a terrible depression; a really deep depression
a caballo entre
Andalucía, a caballo entre oriente y occidente Andalusia, halfway between the east and the west
está a caballo entre el neoclacisismo y el romanticismo
vivo a caballo entre Madrid y Barcelona I spend my time between Madrid and Barcelona; I spend half my time in Madrid, half in Barcelona
como caballo desbocado rashly; hastily
ir a mata caballo to go at breakneck speed; go like the clappers (familiar)
a caballo regalado no le mires el diente don't look a gift horse in the mouth
caballo blanco white knight
caballo de batalla
han convertido el asunto en su caballo de batalla personal the issue has become their hobbyhorse; esto se convirtió en el caballo de batalla de la reunión this became the bone of contention in the meeting
caballo de carga packhorse
caballo de carreras racehorse
caballo de caza hunter
caballo de guerra warhorse; charger
caballo de manta caballo de silla saddle horse
caballo de tiro carthorse; plough horse; plow horse; (EEUU)
Caballo de Troya Trojan horse
2 (Ajedrez) knight; (Naipes) equivalent of queen in the Spanish pack of cards
3 (Mecánica) (also caballo de fuerza, caballo de vapor) horsepower
un motor de 100 caballos a 100 horsepower engine; ¿cuántos caballos tiene este coche? what horsepower is this car?; what's this car's horsepower?; un dos caballos a 2CV
caballo de vapor decimal metric horsepower
4 (Dep)
caballo con arcos pommel horse; side horse
caballo de saltos vaulting horse; long horse
5 [de carpintero] sawhorse; sawbuck; (EEUU)
6 (heroína) smack (muy_familiar); sugar (muy_familiar)
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