A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (physics)
a. mass
Hoy vamos a medir la masa de varios objetos.Today we're going to measure the mass of several objects.
2. (group)
a. mass
Una masa de gente los arrastró hacia el interior del recinto.A mass of people swept them toward the inside of the facility.
b. crowd
El rey contempló la masa de gente abajo y sentía miedo.The king contemplated the crowd of people below and was afraid.
3. (culinary)
a. dough
La masa de la pasta la hago yo misma.I make the pasta dough myself.
b. pastry
Creo que no tengo masa para cocinar empanadas.I don't think I have any pastry to make turnovers with.
c. mixture
La masa del pastel necesita más harina.The cake mixture needs more flour.
4. (culinary) (Southern Cone)
a. cake
Seguiré tomando chocolate y comiendo masas a pesar de lo que dice el médico.I will go on drinking hot chocolate and eating cakes regardless of what the doctor says.
5. (electricity)
a. ground
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Conecta el aparato a masa.Connect the appliance to the ground.
b. earth (United Kingdom)
El lavavajillas se quemó porque no estaba conectado a masa.The dishwasher blew a fuse because it wasn't connected to earth.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
6. (people as a whole)
a. masses
Las masas enfurecidas salieron a la calle.The enraged masses came out on the streets.
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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. (en general)
a. mass
masa atómicaatomic mass
masa salarialtotal wages bill
2. (multitud)
a. throng
en masaen masse
fabricación o producción en masamass production
fuimos en masa a escuchar la conferenciaa large group of us went to listen to the lecture
las masasthe masses
3. (mezcla, pasta)
a. mixture
4. (culinary)
a. dough
5. (electronics)
a. earth (United Kingdom)
b. ground
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
6. (pastelito) (River Plate)
a. cake
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1 [de pan] dough
2 (S. Cone) (pastelillo) small bun; teacake; (And) (S. Cone) (hojaldre) puff pastry
masa quebrada short pastry; shortcrust pastry
3 (argamasa) mortar
1 (conjunto) mass
una masa de gente a mass of people; una masa de aire a mass of air; una masa de nubes a bank of clouds
masa coral choir
2 (volumen) mass
llevar algo en la masa de la sangre to have sth in one's blood; have a natural inclination towards sth
masa atómica atomic mass
masa crítica (Física) critical mass; (mínimo) requisite number
una masa crítica de países de igual nivel económico
masa encefálica brain matter
pérdida de masa encefálica
masa molecular molecular mass
masa polar polar icecap
3 (Sociología)
las masas the masses; los medios de comunicación de masas the mass media
en masa (en multitud) en masse; fueron en masa a recibir al equipo they went en masse to greet the team; protestaron en masa they held a mass protest; producir algo en masa to mass-produce sth; despidos en masa mass redundancies
5 (Economía)
masa de acreedores body of creditors
masa monetaria money supply
masa salarial total wage bill
6 (Electricidad y Eléctronica) earth; ground; (EEUU)
conectar un aparato con masa to earth o ground an appliance; (EEUU)
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