la pila
-the battery
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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. (electronics)
a. battery
El control de la televisión lleva dos pilas.The TV remote control needs two batteries.
2. (receptacle for water)
a. sink
Necesité una hora para fregar todos los platos de la pila.It took me an hour to wash all the dishes in the sink.
b. basin (of fountain)
Unos niños rompieron la pila de la fuente de la plaza.Some kids broke the basin of the fountain in the square.
c. fountain (public water source)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
La mujer llenó dos cubos de agua en la pila.The woman filled two buckets of water at the fountain.
3. (religious)
a. font
El cura bautizó al bebé en la pila.The priest baptized the baby in the font.
4. (heap)
a. pile
Tuve que quitar una pila de cajas para entrar en la habitación.I had to remove a pile of boxes to get into the room.
b. stack
En la cocina había una pila de platos sucios.There was a stack of dirty dishes in the kitchen.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(large amount)
a. loads
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
Recibió una pila de correos electrónicos de todas partes del mundo.He received loads of emails from all over the world.
b. a ton
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
El profesor de matemáticas siempre nos da una pila de deberes.The math teacher always gives us a ton of homework.
6. (architecture)
a. pile
Las pilas del puente son de hormigón armado.The piles of the bridge are made of reinforced concrete.
7. (computing)
a. stack
No entiendo la diferencia entre las pilas y las colas.I don't understand the difference between stacks and queues.
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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. (generador)
a. battery
funciona a o con pilasit works o runs off batteries
2. (fam fig)
ponerse las pilasto get moving o cracking
pila alcalinaalkaline battery
pila atómicaatomic pile
pila recargablerechargeable battery
pila solarsolar cell
3. (montón)
a. pile
tiene una pila de deudashe's up to his neck in debt
4. (fregadero)
a. sink
pila bautismal(baptismal) font
5. (architecture)
a. pile
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1 [de libros, juguetes] pile; stack
2 [de deberes, trabajo] heap
una pila de heaps of; piles of; tengo una pila de cosas que hacer I have heaps o piles of things to do; una pila de años ages; una pila de ladrones a bunch of thieves
3 (Archit) pile
1 (fregadero) sink; (artesa) trough; (abrevadero) drinking trough; [de fuente] basin; (Latinoamérica) (public) fountain
pila de cocina kitchen sink
2 (Religión) (also pila bautismal) font
nombre de pila Christian name; first name
sacar de pila a algn to act as godparent to sb
pila de agua bendita holy water stoup
3 (Electricidad y Eléctronica) battery
aparato a pilas battery-run apparatus; battery-operated apparatus
cargar las pilas to recharge one's batteries
pila alcalina alkaline battery; alkaline cell
pila atómica atomic pile
pila (de) botón watch battery; calculator battery
pila seca dry cell
pila solar solar battery
ponerse las pilas to get one's act together; put one's skates on
5 (Caribe) (grifo) tap; faucet; (EEUU)
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