heap
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Usage note
This word is often used in plural in the sense shown in 2) and must be preceded by the definite article in the sense shown in 4).
heap
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (pile)
a. el montón
(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 moles had left little heaps of earth all over the lawn.Los topos habían dejado pequeños montones de tierra por todo el césped.
b. la pila
(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).
There was a heap of dirty bed linen in the corner of the room.Había una pila de ropa de cama sucia en un rincón de la habitación.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(large amount)
a. el montón
(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 word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I've made a whole heap of friends since I moved to this town.Hice un verdadero montón de amigos desde que me mudé a esta ciudad.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(automobile)
a. el cacharro
(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 word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
You're not still driving that old heap, are you? It's fit for the scrap yard.No seguirás manejando ese cacharro, ¿no? Es pura chatarra.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(hierarchy)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
These tax measures do nothing but favor people at the top of the heap.Estas medidas fiscales no hacen más que favorecer a los de arriba.
When it comes to promotion I'm always at the bottom of the heap.Cuando se trata de un ascenso, yo estoy siempre al final de la lista.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to put in a pile; often used with "on" or "onto")
a. amontonar
The snow had been heaped on the side of the road.Habían amontonado la nieve al borde de la carretera.
b. apilar
The refugees heaped their belongings onto handcarts.Los refugiados apilaron sus pertenencias en carretillas.
6. (to lavish; used with "on" or "onto")
a. prodigar (praise)
The organizing committee deserves all the praise that has been heaped on it.El comité organizativo merece todos los elogios que le fueron prodigados.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
As soon as I finished, she would heap more food onto my plate.En cuanto terminaba, me llenaba otra vez el plato de comida.
They received us with enthusiasm and heaped attention on us.Nos recibieron con entusiasmo y nos colmaron de atenciones.
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heap
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. el montón
(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).
2. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
people at the top/bottom of the heaplos de arriba/abajo
3. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
we've got heaps of timetenemos un montón de tiempo
4. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
she had heaps of childrentenía montones de hijos
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (general)
a. amontonar
his plate was heaped with foodtenía el plato lleno hasta arriba de comida
to heap riches/praise/insults on somebodycolmar a alguien de riquezas/alabanzas/insultos
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heap [hiːp]
noun
1 (pile) montón (m); pila (f)
her clothes lay in a heap on the floor su ropa estaba amontonada en el suelo
he lay in a heap on the floor
2 montón (informal) (m)
a whole heap of trouble un montón de disgustos (informal); a whole heap of people un montón de gente (informal); muchísima gente
3 (old car) cacharro (informal) (m)
transitive verb
(also heap up) [+stones etc] amontonar; apilar; [+bricks, coal] amontonar;onto sobre
to heap sth together juntar algo en un montón; to heap a plate with food colmar un plato de comida; to heap favours/praise on sb colmar a algn de favores/elogios; heaped tablespoonful (Cookery) cucharada (f) colmada
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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