shelf
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The plural of "shelf" is "shelves."
shelf(
shehlf
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (storage space)
a. el estante
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You have a shelf full of dolls.Tienes un estante lleno de muñecas.
You will find the book on the shelf.Encontrarás el libro en el estante.
b. la repisa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My grandpa had shelves and shelves of tools in his garage.Mi abuelo tenía muchas repisas de herramientas en su garaje.
c. la balda
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The cat knocked the vase off the shelf.El gato tiró la jarra de la balda.
2. (geology)
a. la plataforma
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There is an underwater shelf that extends some 85 miles from the coast.Hay una plataforma submarina que se extiende unas 85 millas de la costa.
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shelf
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (in cupboard, bookcase)
a. la estante m, balda
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(set of) shelvesestantería f
2. (fig)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to be left on the shelfquedarse para vestir santos
3. (commerce)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
shelf lifevida f útil, vida f en estantería or expositor
4. (cliff, rock face)
a. el plataforma f, saliente
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
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shelf [ʃelf]
noun
shelves (plural)
1 (fixed to wall, in shop) estante (m); balda (f); (in cupboard) tabla (f); anaquel (m); (in oven) parrilla (f)
to buy a product off the shelf comprar un producto ya hecho
to be (left) on the shelf [+proposal etc] quedar arrinconado; [+woman] quedarse para vestir santos
2 (edge) (in rock face) saliente (m); (underwater) plataforma (f)
modifier
shelf life (n) (Comm) tiempo (m) de durabilidad antes de la venta
most pop stars have a very short shelf life la mayoría de las estrellas del pop son flor de un día or tienen una carrera efímera
shelf mark (n) (in library) código (m)
shelf space (n) cantidad (f) de estanterías para exponer la mercancía; (para exponer la mercancía)
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