In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(full extent)(of hand) palmo masculine(of wing) envergadura feminine(of bridge, arch) luz feminine
- Lang's handspan covers 12 notes on the piano keyboard.
- Their wings stretched to a massive span of six feet.
- He held out an arm to show how the end of the sleeve hung two handspans below his knuckles.
- Powerful wings spread a span of twenty feet and Jack had to step back to avoid being hit.
- Immense wings spread to more than the span of 2 metres in total length.
- The wings of the Tupolev-designed plane had a span of more than sixty metres, the same as a Boeing 747's.
- A good rule of thumb when buying or constructing a flight cage for large parrots is that the width should be twice the wingspan, plus a handspan.
2(part of bridge)arco masculine
- More people die annually in Victoria on the road system, of which the West Gate Bridge is just one small span, than did in the accident that occurred during its construction in 1970.
- The raft had wedged itself up against the steel span of a collapsed bridge.
- The pipe-arch structure, a large space frame, is perhaps the most economical design for the wide span.
- Internally, the central span peaked on rounded trusses.
- However, as the spans increase it is possible to lay the decking in the vertical position and widen the beam or joist spacing.
- Cast glass channels in extruded aluminum flames can be installed for long or tall spans without added supports.
- But at the end of that year, on 28 December 1879, several spans collapsed in a severe storm while a train was crossing, sending 74 people to their deaths.
- Officials first tried to limit the number of pedestrians on the bridge, but when that did not seem to help they decided to close the span to allow engineers to study the problem.
- The new span's design reflects the graceful arch of Folsom's 1916 Rainbow Bridge just upstream.
- Wrought iron greatly multiplied the possibilities of tension: much wider roof spans than those offered by timber alone were now possible.
- The bridge design is unpretentious. It consists simply of two steel towers supporting a lift span.
- Next year will see the start of the five-year $3billion replacement of the eastern span of the Bay Bridge.
- Bal reached the middle of the bridge where the huge span was missing.
- He opted for a double-curved, reinforced, thin concrete shell structure which permitted major spans, without deformation.
- Without vaulting or trusses, Yemeni traditional architecture had to rely on the usable length of palm, acacia or tamarisk trunks for spans.
- In the pre-industrial age, the structural form that was used for the widest spans was the masonry vault or dome.
- Pretension stiffens cables against deflection, and fabric or foil, also pre-tensioned, can be used between the cables to create very large spans.
- The Croatian bridge has a much smaller span, and does not have to rise for shipping, but its deck forms a real part of the spatial sequence of the city.
3(of time)lapso masculineespacio masculineperíodo masculine
- I didn't have an answer because I didn't know myself and thankfully her concentration span was lacking at that point.
- The authors recorded more than 235 interviews over a span of ten years.
- I have managed to find true friends within my short span, and I wish you the same sort of felicity.
- I silently thanked my short concentration span for tuning in for the first few minutes at least.
- You are pregnant only for a short span of time my dear.
- These are men who, within the short span of three weeks, brought life, hope and joy to a leper colony, simply by offering handshakes.
- His star-studded career spans more than 50 years.
- His reign spans more than 40 years and it was during this time that a new civilization - a European civilization - came into existence.
- I had learned a life lesson in the short span in which he'd been missing, and I wasn't planning on forgetting it anytime soon.
- As you can see we managed to pull it off although I must say I've never before done a review in such a short span of time.
- If you go back and look at the career of John Carpenter, you will find a remarkable string of artistic successes that stretched over a span of 12 years.
- Suddenly, in the span of a few short years, forests had become ‘indispensable’ not only to support industrial growth but for the sake of national security.
- In the span of 28 short minutes, the band races through 10 songs that are all maddeningly pleasant-sounding.
- The sky had opened up during the short span of time between my entering the lobby, picking up Rob, and going to leave again.
- These are people who've packed seemingly 10 lifetimes into one normal span.
- In a short span, they were on the ground level, facing the door to the street.
- His recording career at the piano spans more than 40 years.
- He had lost three important things in a short span of a day.
- She talked constantly, wouldn't accept authority and had such a short span of attention that she'd probably wander off to make herself a coffee during the initial job interview.
4(range)at this age children have a short attention span — a esta edad los niños no pueden mantener la atención por períodos prolongados
- the whole span of American history — la historia americana en toda su extensión
transitive verbspanned, spanning
1(extend over)abarcara career that spanned 60 years — una carrera que abarcó 60 años / que se extendió a lo largo de 60 años
- a story spanning four generations — una historia que transcurre a lo largo de cuatro generaciones / que abarca cuatro generaciones
- The first branch was spanned with a bridge and the second with a ford.
- A bridge spans the moat from the gently sloping walk to the house entrance.
- In addition to the bridge that spans a coastal landscape lined with seawalls, the city is circumscribed by walls and water.
- According to a newspaper report, the first arch spanned the River Severn on 2nd July 1779.
- There was a causeway bridge which spanned the waterway a half a mile ahead.
- The path turned to cross a small stone bridge spanning a stream.
- We passed the occasional kamikaze truck driver hurtling down the narrow mountain roads; and forded green rivers that were spanned by metal bridges.
- Charles Bridge spans the river and the lower neighbourhoods on either side, which gives pedestrians a unique opportunity to peer into third-storey apartments.
- So the university commissioned a pedestrian bridge to span a hazardous street, uniting the residential tower with the rest of campus.
- A bridge spanned the moat in front of the entrance.
- Bridges spanning the Chicago River provided a compelling motif for several painters in the exhibition.
- Suspended some 300 feet above a ravine, the footbridge would span a quarter mile between two mountains.
- Most people approach the museum across a bridge which spans railway and motorway.
- The entrance to the mysterious footbridge spanning Eighth Avenue is blocked by yet another security checkpoint.
- One of the favorite sites in Schenectady, before it was torn down in 1874, was the covered bridge that spanned the Mohawk River.
- The bridge spans the Lot river and offers a suggestion of French mediaeval military design.
- It is the first Thames crossing to be built in more than a century and the first pedestrian bridge to span the river.
- An old wooden bridge spanned the gap that would allow us to head even further up the mountain.
- If I get up from my office desk and walk across the room I can see in the distance the twin towers of the Severn Bridge spanning the Bristol Channel and behind them the first grey-green tracings of the landscape of Wales.
- I love the palace gardens, taking walks to the pagodas, over bridges spanning lakes full of koi carp and under cherry blossom trees.
2(cross)the bridge that spans the Tagus — el puente que se extiende sobre el Tajo / que cruza el Tajo
- to span a river with a bridge — tender un puente sobre un río
1(of horses) tronco masculine(of oxen) yunta feminine
past tensespanned, spanning
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