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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (railways)
a. locomotive
El maquinista maneja el tren desde la locomotora.The engineer drives the train from the locomotive.
b. engine
El tren se detuvo porque hubo un problema con la locomotora.The train stopped because there was a problem with the engine.
2. (acting)
a. driving force
La administración pasada fue una locomotora para la economía del país.The last administration was a driving force in the country's economy.
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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. (general)
a. engine, locomotive
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1 (Ferro) engine; locomotive
locomotora de maniobras shunting engine; switch engine; (EEUU)
locomotora de vapor steam locomotive
2 [de la economía, del desarrollo] driving force
la locomotora [electoral]
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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