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pala
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pala(
pah
-
lah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (tool)
a. shovel
Necesito una pala más grande para quitar la nieve de la puerta.I need a bigger shovel to remove the snow from the doorway.
b. spade
¿Dónde está la pala para cavar en el huerto?Where's the garden spade?
c. dustpan (used with a broom or brush)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Tendrás que utilizar el cepillo y la pala para barrer porque la aspidora no funciona.You'll have to use the dustpan and broom to sweep up as the vacuum cleaner isn't working.
2. (culinary)
a. spatula (for lifting or turning)
Te iría mejor comprar una pala de madera para no rayar la sartén.You'd be better off buying a wooden spatula so you don't scratch the frying pan.
b. slice (for lifting or turning)
Dame la pala para servir la tarta.Will you pass me the cake slice?
c. fish knife (piece of cutlery)
A la hora de comer pescado, hay que tomar el tenedor con la mano izquierda y la pala con la derecha.When eating fish, you should hold the fork in your left hand and the fish knife in your right.
d. scoop (for sugar or flour)
Puedes servirte de una cuchara en lugar de una pala de azúcar.You could use a spoon instead of a sugar scoop.
e. shovel (baker's)
Mi abuelo colecciona palas de panadero.My grandfather collects baker's shovels.
3. (racket sports)
a. paddle (table tennis or paddle tennis)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
La pala de ping-pong tiene que ser más ligera.The ping-pong paddle needs to be lighter.
b. bat (table tennis or paddle tennis) (United Kingdom)
La pala está muy desgastada de darle a la pelota.The bat is very worn from hitting the ball.
c. racket (frontenis)
Traen sus palas para jugar un par de partidas de frontenis.Bring your rackets so we can play a couple of rounds of frontenis.
4. (canoeing)
a. paddle
Las palas de madera hacen que me salgan ampollas.Wooden paddles give me blisters.
5. (part of a propeller, oar, or ax)
a. blade
Se rompió una de las palas de la hélice.One of the propeller blades broke.
6. (part of a shoe)
a. upper (part above sole)
Las palas de estos zapatos son de piel.The uppers on these shoes are made of leather.
b. vamp
A word or phrase that is only used by experts, professionals, or academics in a particular field (e.g. exposition).
(technical)
(part covering front of foot)
La pala y la parte superior son sintéticas.The vamp and upper are synthetic.
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(anatomy)
a. (upper) front tooth
Cuando era pequeña, tenía unas palas enormes.When I was a child, my upper front teeth were enormous.
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(guile)
a. cunning
Sobrevive gracias a su pala.He survives by his cunning.
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pala
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (herramienta)
a. spade
2. (para recoger)
a. shovel
3. (culinary)
a. slice
pala mecánica o excavadoraexcavator, digger
4. (de frontón, ping-pong)
a. bat
b. paddle
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
jugar a las palasto play beach tennis
5. (de remo, hélice)
a. blade
6. (diente)
a. (upper) front tooth
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pala
1 (para cavar) spade; (para nieve, carbón, tierra) shovel
pala cargadora mechanical loader
pala de patatas potato fork
pala excavadora digger
pala mecánica power shovel
pala quitanieves snowplough; snowplow; (EEUU)
pala topadora (Arg) bulldozer
2 (Culin) slice
pala para el pescado fish slice
3 (Dep) (Béisbol) bat; (en ping-pong) bat; paddle; (EEUU) (en tenis) racket
jugar a pala to play beach-tennis
4 [de hélice, remo] blade
5
pala matamoscas fly swat
6 [de zapato] vamp
7 (mano) mitt (muy_familiar)
¡choca la pala! shake on it! (familiar)
8 (astucia) cunning; wiliness
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