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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (of light)
a. ray
Los rayos solares son más fuertes al mediodía.The sun's rays are strongest at noon.
b. beam
Cuando se rompe el rayo, manda una señal para abrir la puerta.When the beam is broken, a signal is sent to open the door.
2. (meteorology)
a. bolt of lightning
Dicen que Benjamín Franklin salió en una tormenta para esperar un rayo.They say Benjamin Franklin went out in a storm to wait for a bolt of lightning.
b. flash of lightning
¿Viste ese rayo? Cayó muy cerca.Did you see that flash of lightning? It was really close.
c. lightning (uncountable)
Cayó un rayo en la cima de la montaña.Lightning struck the mountain top.
3. (part of a wheel)
a. spoke
Pegué un bache y se me doblaron unos rayos de la rueda de mi bici.I hit a pothole and bent a few spokes of my bike wheel.
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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. (de luz)
a. ray
2. (fig)
un rayo de esperanzaa beacon of hope
rayo solarsunbeam
3. (physics)
a. beam, ray
rayos infrarrojosinfrared rays
rayo láserlaser beam
rayos ultravioleta/uvaultraviolet/UVA rays
rayos XX-rays
4. (meteorology)
a. bolt of lightning
5. (fig)
caer como un rayoto be a bombshell
6. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
oler a rayosto stink to high heaven
7. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
sabe a rayosit tastes foul
8. (colloquial)
¡que le parta un rayo!he can go to hell!, to hell with him!
9. (persona)
ser un rayoto be like greased lightning
pasar como un rayoto flash by
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
10. (general)
¡rayos (y centellas)!heavens above!
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1 [de luz] ray; beam
rayo de luna moonbeam
rayo de la muerte death ray
rayo de partículas particle beam
rayo de sol sunbeam; ray of sunlight
rayo láser laser beam
rayos catódicos cathode rays
rayos cósmicos cosmic rays
rayos gamma gamma rays
rayos infrarrojos infrared rays
rayos luminosos light rays
rayo solar sunbeam; ray of sunlight
rayos ultravioleta ultraviolet rays
rayos X X-rays
2 [de rueda] spoke
3 (Meteorología) lightning; flash of lightning
cayó un rayo en la torre the tower was struck by lightning
a rayos
huele a rayos it smells awful; sabe a rayos it tastes awful
como un rayo like lightning; like a shot
la noticia le sentó como un rayo the news hit him like a bombshell; entrar como un rayo to dash in; salir como un rayo to dash out; pasar como un rayo to rush past; flash past
echar rayos y centellas to rage; fume
¡que le parta un rayo! damn him! (familiar)
¡que me parta un rayo si lo sé! I'm damned if I know! (familiar)
¡a los demás que les parta un rayo! and the rest of them can go to hell! (familiar)
ser un rayo to be as sharp as they come
es un rayo
4 (como exclamativo)
¡rayos! dammit! (familiar); ¿qué rayos es eso? what in hell's name is that? (familiar)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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