A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (automobile)
a. fourth gear
La transmisión del auto se queda atrancada en cuarta, y tengo que bajar la marcha manualmente.The transmission of my car gets stuck in fourth gear, and I have to shift it down manually.
2. (unit of measurement)
a. span
Una cuarta equivale a 22.86 centímetros.A span equals 22.86 centimeters.
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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. (palmo)
a. span
2. (automotive)
a. fourth (gear)
meter (la) cuartato go into fourth (gear)
1 (Matemáticas) quarter
2 (palmo) span
3 (Automóviles) fourth gear; fourth
meter la cuarta to go into fourth (gear); put it o the car into fourth (gear)
4 (Náutica) point of the compass; (of the compass)
5 (México) (látigo) a short whip used for horse-riding
6 (S. Cone) (Agr) extra pair of oxen
a la cuarta short of money
la situación económica nos trae a todos a la cuarta the economic situation has left us all broke o short of money; a fin de mes siempre andamos a la cuarta at the end of the month we're always short of money; es muy tacaño, nos tiene a todos a la cuarta he's very mean, we're crying out for money
andar de la cuarta al pértigo (S. Cone)
vivir a la cuarta (S. Cone) (México)
to be on the bread line
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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