In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(system)medida femeninoliquid/dry measure — medida para líquidos/áridos
- beyond measure — inconmensurable
- Often the two sets of data have very different scales of measure, so a bar graph would not work.
1.2(unit)medida femeninounidad femenino
- The unit of toxin measure is the hemagglutinating unit (hau).
- You already know about selecting your units of measure.
- For that it needed a flexible, easily deployed system that would enable operations people to forecast by various units of measure.
- The basic mechanisms of RAM memory are detailed, and memory units of measure are outlined and explained.
- Similarly, units of measure had to be reconciled.
- It was an old one, with weight and measures on the top.
- In layman's terms, standard deviation is a unit of statistical measure that also expresses the probability of a given outcome arising.
- Most confusing are the measures of kilos, hectares, kilometers, centimeters, and grams.
- As all units of measure are determined arbitrarily in the first place, though not fixed by law, obviously they can be altered by law.
- Invariable uniformity of value in the currency, has a relation to the interests of the people, similar to that of uniformity of weights and measures.
1.3(amount)cantidad femeninomix equal measures of flour and sugar — mezclar harina y azúcar en cantidades iguales
- I wasn't given full measure — no me dieron lo que (me) merecía
- with a (certain) measure of success — con cierto éxito
- they were granted a considerable measure of autonomy — se les concedió un grado considerable de autonomía
- in some measure — en cierta medida
- in large / great / no small measure — en gran medida
- for good measure
- take two for good measure — lleva dos por si acaso / para que no vaya a faltar
- she threw in an extra one for good measure — me dio una de regalo
- Don't let the late-night munchies make you pay £1.50 for a Mars bar or £6 for a single measure of spirits.
1.4British (size)medida femeninohe had it made to measure — se lo mandó hacer a (la) medida
- the true measure of the problem — la verdadera magnitud / envergadura del problema
- to have the measure of sth/sb
- fortunately I had his measure/ the measure of him — por suerte yo ya lo tenía calado
- I think I have the measure of it now — creo que le he agarrado la onda
2.1(device)medida femeninoa pint/yard measure — una medida de una pinta/yarda
2.2(indicator, yardstick)indicador masculinothis will give you a measure of the problem — esto te dará una idea de la magnitud / la envergadura del problema
- This is one of the most visible and encouraging measures of the success of these institutions.
- Customer loyalty and satisfaction are key measures of success.
- I'm happy to accept this wager as a measure of the quality of my predictions about the long term sustainability of commons-based peer production.
- It is a measure of the quality you can expect to hear, however, that whatever you pay to see them will probably be worth it.
- It would at least have given a clear measure of the extent of anti-agreement sentiment in the unionist community.
- That alone is a measure of the extent to which the listeners were drawn into the music, but subsequent conversation proved the point.
3(step)medida femeninoto take measures to + inf — tomar medidas para + inf
- we'll have to take drastic measures to prevent it — tendremos que tomar medidas drásticas para impedirlo
- It must publish and implement clear, enforceable measures to achieve enhanced productivity from those that will still be employed by the state.
- A company spokesman said no further cost-cutting measures were planned for its Irish operations.
- The bad news is that more cost-cutting measures are likely.
- Another measure planned will allow for cross-investments between sub-funds run by the same fund manager.
- Banks will also be asked to draw up measures to achieve gender equality, and agree a plan for achieving targets.
- It said cost-cutting measures and cost control remain the focus for more than one-third of organisations in 2004.
- This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.
- It added that these international players have started initiating cost-cutting measures to improve their cost-structure.
- The Board was planning measures which would lead to the reduction of the illegal practice.
- Some of these measures have been achieved, to an extent, but often outside the UN framework.
- Layoffs, streamlining operations, and other cost cutting measures are the norm these days as businesses contemplate their futures.
- Don't assume someone else will clean up after an accident, and take precautionary measures to prevent the next one.
- Control measures should be initiated as soon as possible, both to improve effectiveness and reduce total control costs.
- The Green Party's new election manifesto contains a programme of realistic, mutually consistent and self-reinforcing measures to achieve localisation.
- Boston also contends that the plan does not offer measures to stimulate the economy.
- ‘Of course, we understand Dublin's desire to take precautionary measures,’ a British spokesman said.
- There are, however, control measures in operation which reduce this risk.
- But the Court said that, while such an objective was legitimate, the measures used to achieve it went beyond what was necessary.
- But the remedial measures planned expose the government's failure to understand the realities that the country will face in the coming decades.
- The company has already said it will take a restructuring charge this year due to cost-cutting measures in its operations.
- The show coasted on sheer mastery of compas, the rhythmic measure that defines all flamenco, and on the charisma of the artists probing the art's dark and light moods.
- The golden measure of poetry does not yet exist, only the rhythm of the maracas, the exact sound of the kettledrum.
4.3US Músicacompás masculino
- Medtner's concerto storms right from the opening measures and sings heroically throughout.
- There are rarely more than four measures of music without a voice-over.
- Students coordinate some measures naturally, while stumbling through other more difficult measures.
- The first four measures sound practiced and include accurate articulation, steady rhythm and even a dynamic shade or two.
- We sense the tragedy of the poetic ballad and the noble lineage of its characters in the very opening measures of the musical rendering.
- At a signal, they stop for six measures but continue to count silently with no physical movement.
- I can't think of too many recitals where you'd hire two extra singers for a few measures of music.
- The first sixteen measures end with an arpeggiated cadence in piano two.
- The first few measures of music drifted easily through the air, reaching Jynx's ears and beckoning her to find its source.
- On the second, they were shown the first two measures of each piece and then asked to play as much as they could remember (cued recall).
- The final presto measures will leave you breathless.
- At his first rehearsal with us he conducted about two measures and then put his baton down.
- In measures 68 and 69, an A-major chord, the dominant of the key, is sounded, signaling the end of the piece.
- At measure 31, a cadenza is marked in the flute parts; however, it is not noted in the piano part or the original score.
- Fingering is given where hand position shifts are required, on chromatic lines and on first beats of measures where a new phrase begins.
- This practice technique establishes the student's security in starting a work on downbeats of measures.
- The second movement is morbidly dreamy, and its final measures have never sounded so beautiful!
- I heard the first few measures of Mozart's third violin concerto in my head set to the rhythm of the crude chant.
- Play the last four notes of each measure staccato, or make a crescendo into the next measure.
- Could the French horn line be omitted for a few measures without disturbing the score's overall harmony and rhythmic flow?
- His playing is so awful in these few measures, which form the very heart of the piece, as to create a metaphor for his performance of the entire work.
4.4(dance)to tread a measure — danzar
- The birds twitter, the horn calls back, the mountain folk dance a droll measure, and all's right with the Alpine world.
- Ian laughed lightly and then swept her into the first measure of the dance.
- Ben watched with amazement that turned to pride as Hoss delicately guided Alberta Evans into the first few measures of the dance.
1(speed/waist/length) medirhe went to be measured for a suit — fue a que le tomaran las medidas para un traje
- to measure one's length (on the ground) — medir el suelo (con el cuerpo)
- he measured his length on the ground — midió el suelo (con el cuerpo)
2(mark off, count)medirhe measured 6oz of flour — pesó 6 onzas de harina
3(assess)calcularevaluarto measure sth against sth — comparar algo con algo
- she was eager to measure herself against the opposition — estaba ansiosa por enfrentarse a su contrincante / por medir armas con su contrincante
1medirit measures 10ft across — mide / tiene 10 pies de ancho
- what does it measure? — ¿cuánto mide?
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