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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. (mathematics)
a. compass
Utiliza el compás para hacer el círculo.Use the compass to draw the circle.
2. (nautical)
a. compass
El compás nos permitía determinar el rumbo del barco.The compass made it possible for us to determine the course of the ship.
3. (mining)
a. compass
En minería, se puede utilizar un compás para guiar el rumbo de la excavación.In mining, a compass can be used to direct the course of the excavation.
4. (rhythm in music)
a. time
El maestro marcaba el compás dando palmas.The teacher marked time by clapping.
b. beat
Es fácil perder el compás si no cuentas.It is easy to lose the beat if you don't count.
c. rhythm
El baterista tenía problemas para mantener el compás.The drummer had a hard time keeping the rhythm.
d. meter
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
La canción que compuse utiliza un compás compuesto.The song I wrote uses a compound meter.
e. metre (United Kingdom)
Esta rapsodia contemporánea para piano tiene un compás irregular.This contemporary rhapsody for piano has an irregular metre.
5. (bar of music)
a. measure
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Me encantan los dos primeros compases de esta sonata.I love the first two measures of this sonata.
b. bar
El primer compás es de dos por cuatro.The first bar is in two-four time.
6. (musical notation)
a. time signature
¿Cuál es el compás de esta pieza?What's the time signature of this piece?
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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. (instrumento)
a. pair of compasses
2. (nautical)
a. compass
3. (music)
a. bar
4. (ritmo)
a. rhythm, beat
al compás (de la música)in time (with the music)
llevar el compásto keep time
perder el compásto lose the beat
5. (fig)
compás de esperapause, interlude
las negociaciones se hallan en un compás de esperanegotiations have been temporarily suspended
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1 (Música) time; (ritmo) beat; rhythm; (división) bar; measure; (EEUU)
a compás in time; al compás de la música in time to the music; fuera de compás off beat; not in time; martillar a compás to hammer rhythmically; llevar el compás to keep time; perder el compás to lose the beat; entraron a los compases de un vals they came in to the strains of a waltz; mantenemos el compás de espera we are still waiting
compás de 2 por 4 2/4 time
compás de vals waltz time
2 (Matemáticas) (also compás de puntas) compass; pair of compasses
3 (Náutica) compass
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