mechas
mechas
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
1.
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
(hair)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. hair
¡Péinate esas mechas, por favor!Comb your hair, please!
b. messy hair
An offensive word or phrase used to degrade a person or group of people based on race, gender, sexual preference, etc. (e.g. ghetto).
(pejorative)
Rodrigo is the boy with the messy hair.Rodrigo es el niño de las mechas.
mecha
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
2. (taper)
a. wick (candle or lamp)
La mecha se extinguió y la habitación se oscureció.The wick went out and the room went dark.
3. (combustible cord)
a. fuse (weapons or explosives)
La bomba explotó a poco de encender la mecha.The bomb exploded soon after the fuse was lit.
4. (culinary)
a. rasher of bacon
El pollo estaba relleno de mechas.The chicken was stuffed with rashers of bacon.
b. strip of bacon
¿Horneaste las mechas antes de rellenar la carne?Did you cook the strips of bacon before stuffing the meat?
5. (hair)
a. streak
Arcelia tiene una mecha azul en el cabello.Arcelia has a blue streak in her hair.
b. highlight
Andrea se hizo mechas en el pelo.Andrea had some highlights put in her hair.
6. (part of tool)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
(Caribbean)
(Southern Cone)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. bit
Esta mecha no sirve para taladrar la pared.This bit's no use for drilling into the wall.
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(clothing)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
a. rag
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Me compré ropa nueva para dejar de usar estas mechas.I bought new clothes so I could stop wearing these rags.
8. (cleaning item)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
a. mop
Trae la mecha para limpiar el piso.Can you bring me the mop so I can clean the floor?
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mecha
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (de vela)
a. wick
2. (de explosivos)
a. fuse
3. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
a toda mechaflat out
4. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
aguantar mechato grin and bear it
5. (de pelo)
a. streak
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mecha
1 [de vela, lámpara] wick; [de explosivo] fuse
encender la mecha to light the fuse
Conlon trajo la carga explosiva y Jim Sheridan encendió la mecha Sus palabras encendieron la mecha de un nuevo sentimiento anti japonés
aguantar mecha to grin and bear it
tener mucha mecha para algo to be very good at sth; have a knack for sth
a toda mecha at full speed
mecha lenta slow fuse
mecha tardía time fuse
2 [de pelo]
3 mechas (en el pelo) highlights
4 [de tocino] rasher
5 (And) (S. Cone) (Técnica) bit of brace; (of brace)
6 (And) (Caribe) (broma) joke
7 (Latinoamérica) (miedo) fear
8 (ratería) shoplifting
9 (And) (baratija) trinket
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