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vara
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vara(
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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. (pole)
a. stick
Traté de alejar al animal con una vara.I tried to make the animal go away with a stick.
b. rod
Esa vara de metal que se ve en el tejado es una antena.That metal rod you can see on the roof is an antenna.
2. (botany)
a. branch
Recogimos varas secas para la fogata.We collected dry branches for the campfire.
b. stick
El nido estaba hecho de varas y hojas secas.The nest was made of sticks and dry leaves.
3. (authority symbol)
a. staff
Durante la ceremonia el alcalde debe sostener la vara en las manos.The mayor has to hold his staff during the ceremony.
4. (measure)
a. vara
Una vara equivale a casi una yarda.A vara is approximately one yard.
Necesito dos varas de esa tela.I need two varas of that fabric.
5. (standard)
a. yardstick
Son dos cosas distintas y no pueden medirse con la misma vara.They're two different things and cannot be measured with the same yardstick.
6. (bullfighting)
a. lance
El picador arremetió contra el toro utilizando su vara.The picador charged against the bull using his lance.
7. (of a trombone)
a. slide
Es al mover la vara del trombón cuando se generan los distintos sonidos.It is by moving the trombone's slide that the different sounds are generated.
8. (sports)
a. pole
Los saltadores llevaron varias varas a la competencia.The jumpers took many poles to the competition.
9. (influence)
Regionalism used in Peru
(Peru)
a. connections
Hay que tener vara para entrar en una universidad tan prestigiosa.You need connections to get into such a prestigious university.
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vara
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (rama, palo)
a. stick
2. (pértiga)
a. pole
3. (fabricada)
a. rod
4. (tallo)
a. stem, stalk
5. (de trombón)
a. slide
6. (insignia)
a. staff
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vara
1 (palo) stick; pole; (Mecánica) rod; bar; [de carro, carroza] shaft; (Botánica) branch stripped of its leaves; (stripped of its leaves) [de flor] central stem; main stalk
vara de las virtudes magic wand
vara de medir yardstick; measuring rod
vara de oro goldenrod
vara de pescar fishing rod
vara de San José goldenrod
vara mágica magic wand
2 (Política) (insignia) staff of office
doblar la vara de la justicia to pervert (the course of) justice; empuñar la vara to take over; take (up) office as mayor etc; (as mayor etc)
medir las cosas con la misma vara to judge things by the same standards
[Midiendo con la misma vara,] tampoco pienso que ellos tuviesen que estar atados a mí. No soy amigo de victimismos.
vara alta (autoridad) authority; power; (peso) influence; (dominio) dominance
tener mucha vara alta to have great influence; be influential
vara consistorial staff of office
Tras ofrecerle a Don Juan Carlos la [vara consistorial,] el séquito real y las autoridades se dirigieron por la escalera de honor al Saló de Cent.
3 especialmente (Latinoamérica) (Matemáticas) yard = .836 metres, = 2.8 feet; (= .836 metres, = 2.8 feet)
4 (Taur) (lanza) lance; pike; (herida) wound with the lance
poner varas al toro to wound the bull with the lance
5
dar la vara a to annoy; bother
6 (revés) blow; (disgusto) upset; setback
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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