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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (military)
a. siege
El ejército puso cerco a la ciudad para que nadie pudiera salir.The army laid a siege to the city so that no one could leave.
2. (mark)
a. ring
El cerco que ha dejado la botella de vino en el mantel será difícil de limpiar.The ring left by the wine bottle on the tablecloth will be difficult to remove.
3. (crown of light)
a. halo
En la foto era visible el cerco del sol.In the picture I took you could see the halo of the sun.
4. (barrier)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. fence
Los animales derribaron el cerco y se dirigieron a la carretera.The animals knocked down the fence and headed for the road.
b. hedge
Los jardineros dieron divertidas formas al cerco que rodeaba la casa.The gardeners shaped the hedge around the house in funny shapes.
A word or phrase that is only used by experts, professionals, or academics in a particular field (e.g. exposition).
a. rim
El cerco de la rueda estaba defectuoso y por eso la bici no andaba bien.The rim of the wheel was faulty and that's why the bike didn't work well.
6. (architecture)
a. frame
El cerco no sustentaba la ventana porque no estaba bien hecho.The frame couldn't support the window because it wasn't well done.
7. (circle)
a. group
El cerco de personas que rodeaba el monumento era enorme.The group of people surrounding the monument was huge.
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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. (marca)
a. circle, ring
el vaso ha dejado un cerco en la mesathe glass has left a ring on the table
2. (de astro)
a. halo
3. (asedio)
a. siege
poner cerco ato lay siege to
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1 (Agr) (recinto) enclosure
2 (Latinoamérica) (valla) fence; hedge
saltar el cerco (S. Cone) to jump on the bandwagon
3 (Técnica) [de rueda] rim; [de tonel] hoop
4 (borde externo) [de estrella] halo; [de mancha] ring
5 (corrillo) social group; circle
6 (Mil) siege
alzar o levantar el cerco to raise the siege; poner cerco a algo to lay siege to sth; besiege sth
poner cerco a los locales de diversión es el objetivo del PP los musulmanes pusieron cerco a la plaza de Peñícola el Auxerre puso cerco a la portería del Arsenal
7 (Archit) casing; frame
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