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pulso
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pulso(
pool
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soh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (beat)
a. pulse
Un paramédico buscaba el pulso del accidentado.A paramedic was trying to find the injured man's pulse.
Se me aceleró el pulso al ver un alacrán salir de debajo de mi bolsa.My pulse sped up when I saw a scorpion crawl out from under my purse.
2. (stable grip)
a. hand
Un cirujano necesita tener muy buen pulso.A surgeon needs to have a very steady hand.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Tengo el pulso fatal; me tiembla la mano cuando intento sacar fotos.I have an unsteady hand; my hand shakes when I try to take photos.
Hace tiempo que me tiembla el pulso.My hand has been shaking for some time now.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(resolution)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Al ejecutivo no le va a temblar el pulso a la hora de tomar decisiones difíciles sobre la economía.The executive won't hesitate when it comes to taking difficult decisions about the economy.
El gobierno debe actuar con pulso firme y reformar esta legislación.The government must act decisively and reform this legislation.
4. (caution)
a. care
Trataré el asunto con pulso y discreción.I'll handle this matter with care and discretion.
b. tact
Manejaron la delicada situación con mucho pulso.They handled the delicate situation with great tact.
5. (physical contest)
a. arm-wrestling match
Los muchachos resolvieron sus diferencias echando un pulso en el bar.The guys settled their differences with an arm-wrestling match at the bar.
6.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(confrontation)
a. battle of wills
Sigue el pulso entre los dos departamentos ministeriales.The battle of wills between the two ministerial departments continues.
b. trial of strength
El debate se reduce ya a un pulso entre el primer ministro y su partido.The debate has come down to a trial of strength between the prime minister and his party.
7. (physics)
a. pulse
La NASA observó un pulso de energía que salía de un agujero negro.NASA observed a pulse of energy coming out of a black hole.
8. (jewelry)
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
a. bracelet
El pulso de oro de 14 quilates está en rebaja.The 14-carat gold bracelet is on sale.
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pulso
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (latido)
a. pulse
tomar el pulso a alguiento take somebody's pulse
2. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
tomar el pulso a algo/alguiento sound something/somebody out
3. (firmeza)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
tener buen pulsoto have a steady hand
a pulsounaided
4. (lucha)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
echar un pulso (con alguien)to arm-wrestle (with somebody)
5. (situación conflictiva)
a. battle of wills
las negociaciones se han convertido en un pulso entre patronal y sindicatosthe negotiations have turned into a battle of wills between management and the unions
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pulso
1 (Anatomía) pulse
tomar el pulso a algn to take sb's pulse; feel sb's pulse
perder el pulso de algo
la Iglesia ha perdido el pulso de la sociedad the church has lost touch with society
perder el pulso de la sociedad El episcopado lleva un tiempo dando pruebas de que está haciendo un análisis erróneo de la realidad social, y eso se paga. La Iglesia española [ha perdido el pulso] de la sociedad.
tomar el pulso a algo
tomar el pulso a la opinión pública to sound out public opinion; tomar el pulso al mercado to gauge the mood of the market
los cómicos son excelentes termómetros para tomar el pulso de la realidad cotidiana Hemos pasado ya la cuarta etapa y se le empieza a tomar el pulso a la carrera.
2 (seguridad en la mano)
tener buen pulso to have a steady hand; tener mal pulso to have an unsteady hand; tener pulso (S. Cone) to have a good aim; con pulso firme with a firm hand
dibuja con pulso firme la continuidad y el pulso firme de un narrador comprometido, tiene la responsabilidad de guiar a la Obra con pulso firme
le tiembla el pulso his hand is shaking
3
a pulso: levantar algo a pulso to lift sth with one hand; levantar una silla a pulso to lift a chair with one hand; tomar un mueble a pulso to lift a piece of furniture clean off the ground; dibujo (hecho) a pulso freehand drawing
ganar(se) algo a pulso (con esfuerzo) to get sth through one's own hard work; (con dificultad) to get sth the hard way
hacer algo a pulso (sin ayuda) to do sth without help from anyone
a pulso sudando orquesta de pulso y púa
4 (pelea)
echar un pulso to arm-wrestle
5 (contienda) trial of strength; showdown
el pulso entre el gobierno y la oposición the confrontation o showdown between the government and the opposition
ávidos de presenciar un pulso entre él (24 años), Indurain (30 en julio) y Tony Rominger El pulso entre el presidente y el legislativo una huelga general que va a significar un auténtico pulso entre el Gobierno y los sindicatos
echar un pulso a algn (contender) to have a trial of strength with sb; (desafiar) to challenge sb
6 (tacto) tact
con mucho pulso with great tact
7 (Col) (pulsera) bracelet; (reloj) wristwatch
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