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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (barrier)
a. obstacle
Jorge no ha podido viajar; le han puesto muchas trabas para sacar su visa.Jorge has not been able to travel; he has found many obstacles in obtaining his visa.
b. hindrance
Como ya cumplió 21 años, puede salir a tomar licor sin traba alguna.Since he is now 21, he can go out drinking without any hindrance.
2. (bond)
a. tie
Sujeta los dos piezas con una traba mientras se seca el pegamento.Hold the two pieces with a tie while the glue dries.
3. (horseback riding)
a. hobble
El ranchero le puso trabas a sus caballos para que no se escapen.The rancher put hobbles on his horses to prevent them from wandering away.
4. (hairpin) (Southern Cone)
a. barrette
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Compré un juego de lindas trabas de colores para mi cabello.I bought a set of pretty colorful barrettes for my hair.
b. hair slide (United Kingdom)
Puedes recogerte el pelo con una traba para que no te tape la cara.You can gather your hair with a hair slide to keep it off your face.
5. (drug)
Regionalism used in Colombia
Regionalism used in Venezuela
a. weed
A very informal word or phrase used by a particular group or community as a substitute for standard language (e.g. joint, john).
En el concierto de reggae, todos estaban fumando traba.Everybody at the reggae concert was smoking weed.
6. (effect of drug)
Regionalism used in Colombia
Regionalism used in Venezuela
a. high
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
Esa droga me dio una traba, pero no duró mucho.That drug gave me a high, but it didn't last long.
7. (activity)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. cockfight
A los gallos que participan en la traba se les corta la cresta y la barba.The roosters that participate in the cockfight had their wattles and combs removed.
8. (enclosure for cockfights)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. cockpit
La mayoría de los hombres alrededor de la traba apostaron al gallo negro.Most of the men around the cockpit put their bet on the black rooster.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
9. (fetters)
a. shackles
El prisionero estaba atado con trabas en sus tobillos.The prisoner was restrained by shackles around his ankles.
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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. (obstáculo)
a. obstacle
poner trabas (a alguien)to put obstacles in the way (of somebody)
2. (para coche)
a. chock
3. (de mesa)
a. crosspiece
1 (unión) bond; tie; (Mecánica) clasp; clamp; [de caballo] hobble; (S. Cone) hair slide
2 trabas [de prisionero] shackles
3 (estorbo) obstacle; hindrance
sin trabas unrestrained; free; poner trabas a to restrain; obstruct; ponerse trabas to make difficulties for o.s.
4 (Caribe) (México) [de gallos] (pelea) cockfight; (lugar) cockpit
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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