grain
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Usage note
This word is not used in the plural in the context shown in 2.
grain(
greyn
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (particle)
a. el grano
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
How can you count the grains of sand on a beach?¿Cómo se pueden contar los granos de arena en una playa?
2. (cereal)
a. el grano
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The country is now a net importer of grain.El país ya es importador neto de grano.
b. el cereal
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We had a record grain harvest this year.Este año tuvimos una cosecha récord de cereales.
3. (of wood)
a. la veta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(longitudinal pattern)
This transparent varnish will bring out the grain of the wood.Este barniz transparente realzará la veta de la madera.
b. el grano
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(texture)
They found fibers from the killer's clothing caught in the rough grain of the planks.Encontraron fibras de la ropa del asesino en el grano áspero de las tablas.
4. (of leather)
a. la flor
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The leather has such a fine grain that it feels like silk.El cuero tiene una flor tan fina que parece seda al tacto.
5. (photography)
a. el grano
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There's too much grain to make out the face clearly.Hay demasiado grano como para distinguir claramente la cara.
6. (very small amount)
a. la pizca
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You'd know that, if you had a grain of common sense.Si tuvieras una pizca de sentido común, sabrías eso.
7. (unit of measurement)
a. el grano
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Each coin weighed about 54 grains of gold.Cada moneda pesaba unos 54 granos de oro.
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grain
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (of wheat, pepper, salt, sand)
a. el grano
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
a grain of truthuna pizca de verdad
2. (of photo)
a. el grano
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
3. (of wood, meat)
a. el grano
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
4. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
it goes against the grain for me to do ithacer eso va contra mi naturaleza
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grain [ɡreɪn]
noun
1 (single particle of wheat, sand etc) grano (m)
2 (no pl) (cereals) cereales (m); (US) (corn) trigo (m)
3 [of sense, truth] pizca (f)
there's not a grain of truth in it en eso no hay ni pizca de verdad
with a grain of salt con reservas
4 [of wood] fibra (f); hebra (f); [of stone] veta (f); vena (f); [of leather] flor (f); [of cloth] granilla (f); (Fot) grano (m)
against the grain a contrapelo; to saw with the grain aserrar a hebra
it goes against the grain no me pasa; no me entra
5 (Pharmacology) grano (m)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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Phrases with "grain"
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whole grain
el grano entero
whole-grain
integral
whole-grain bread
el pan integral
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