onda
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onda(
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dah
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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. (movement of water)
a. ripple (small)
Tiró una piedra en el estanque y observó las ondas que se formaban.He threw a rock into the pond and observed the ripples that formed.
b. wave (large)
El terremoto ocasionó una onda marina que destrozó la costa.The earthquake caused a tidal wave that destroyed the coastline.
2. (means of energy transfer)
a. wave
Las ondas de radio y las ondas de los rayos X tienen frecuencias distintas.Radio waves and X-ray waves have different frequencies.
3. (shape or design)
a. wave
Le encantaba ver cómo el aire jugaba con las ondas de su cabello.He loved to see how the air played with the waves in her hair.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(sensation)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. vibe
En esta oficina hay mala onda, ¿verdad? - Sí, la gente le tiene mucho miedo al jefe.There's a bad vibe in this office, isn't there? - Yes, people are very afraid of the boss.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(meaning or hint)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¿Me explicas otra vez este teorema, por favor? - No consigo agarrarle la onda.Can you explain this theorem again, please? - I can't get the hang of it.
Se lo he insinuado varias veces, pero no capta la onda.I've hinted at it several times, but he's not getting the message.
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onda
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (fís & rad)
a. wave
onda cortashort wave
onda eléctricaHertzian wave
onda expansivashock wave
onda hertzianaHertzian wave
onda largalong wave
onda luminosalight wave
onda mediamedium wave
onda sísmicaseismic wave
onda sonorasound wave
2. (en pelo, agua)
a. wave
3. (expresiones)
a.
estar en la ondato be hip
4. (colloquial)
a.
estamos en la misma ondawe're on the same wavelength
5. (colloquial)
a.
me da mala ondaI've got bad vibes about him/her/it
6. (colloquial)
a.
tus primos tienen muy buena ondayour cousins are really cool
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onda
1 (gen) wave
tratamiento de onda ultravioleta ultra-violet treatment
onda corta short wave
de onda corta shortwave
onda de choque shock wave
onda de radio radio wave
onda expansiva shock wave
onda explosiva blast; shock wave
onda extracorta ultra-short wave
onda larga long wave
onda luminosa light wave
onda media medium wave
ondas cerebrales brain waves
La llamada "terapia de restricción de estímulos ambientales" provoca trenes de [ondas cerebrales] Theta.
onda sísmica shock wave
onda sonora sound wave
2 (ambiente) wavelength
estamos en la misma onda we're on the same wavelength; ¡qué buena onda! that's great! (familiar)
agarrar o coger la onda (entender) to get it (familiar); get the point (familiar); (coger el tino) to get the hang of it
estar en la onda (de moda) to be in (familiar); (al tanto) to be on the ball (familiar); be up to date; [+persona] (a la moda) to be hip (familiar)
estar en onda (drogado) to be high (muy_familiar) on drugs; (on drugs)
estar en onda gay to be into the gay thing (familiar); se merece un regalo en su onda he deserves a present he'll really like
estar fuera de onda to be out of touch
perder la onda to lose one's touch
¿qué onda? (Latinoamérica) what's up? (familiar)
3 (Cos) scallop
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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