los desechos
-the wastes
See the entry for desecho.


This word is usually used in plural in the sense show in 1).
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (refuse)
a. waste
Los desechos químicos se recogen en recipientes especiales.Chemical waste is put in special containers.
b. garbage
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Puedes meter los desechos en el bote que está detrás de la casa.You can put the garbage in the bin that's behind the house.
c. rubbish (United Kingdom)
Usa esta bolsa para recoger los desechos de la fiesta.Use this bag to collect all the rubbish from the party.
d. scrap
Fuimos a una exposición de joyería hecha de desechos.We went to an exhibit of jewelry made out of scrap.
e. castoff (clothing)
Organicé mi clóset y tengo una bolsa de desechos para donar.I organized my closet and got a full bag of castoffs to donate.
2. (shortcut)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. side path
Para llegar mas rápido, te puedes ir por el desecho en vez de la carretera.To get there quicker, you can take the side path instead of the main road.
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(worthless or contemptible person)
a. waste of space
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
Su adicción lo ha convertido en un desecho.His addiction has turned him into a waste of space.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¿Cómo puedes tratarlo como un desecho? Es tu hijo.How can you treat him like scum? He's your son.
Después de que los desechos de la sociedad se habían rehabilitado, empezaron a hacer contribuciones significativas a sus comunidades.Once the dregs of society had been rehabilitated, they started making meaningful contributions to their communities.
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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. (objeto usado)
a. unwanted object
2. (ropa)
a. cast-off
material de desechowaste products
3. (escoria)
a. dregs
1 (residuo)
productos de desecho waste products; ropa de desecho castoffs
; (p)
desecho de hierro scrap iron
2 desechos (desperdicios) (gen) rubbish
; (s)
; (s) (EEUU)
[de la industria] waste
; (s)
[de ropa] castoffs; [de animal] offal
; (s)
desechos radiactivos radioactive waste
3 (persona inútil) dead loss (familiar)
ese tío es un desecho
el desecho de la sociedad the scum o dregs
of society; (p)
4 (desprecio) contempt; scorn
5 (Latinoamérica) (atajo) short cut; (desvío) detour; (sendero) path; temporary road
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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