Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Freno


Today's WOTD is: "freno" = brake

In Spanish, the noun "freno" is a masculine noun of Latin origin, the meaning of which, in motoring, is brake. The noun, "freno" is often used in its plural form, “frenos”:

The word "freno" relates to the action word/ verb "frenar" to brake.

Some commonly used expressions containing the words "freno" are:
  • Disco de freno (brake disk).
  • Echar el freno de mano (to put the handbrake on).
  • Freno de mano (handbrake).
  • Frenos asistidos (power brakes).
  • Frenos de aire (air brakes).
  • Frenos de disco (disk brakes).
  • Frenos de tambor (drum brakes).
  • Frenos dentales (dental braces).
  • Frenos neumáticos (air brakes).
  • Poner el freno (slow down/ to stop/ to bring to a halt).
  • Poner el freno de mano (to put the handbrake on).
  • Quitar el freno de mano (to take the handbrake off).
  • Revisar los frenos (to check the brakes).
  • Quedarse sin frenos (to have a failure of the brakes).
  • Tambor de freno (brake drum).


Some examples of the use of the words "freno" or “frenar”are:
  • Tenemos que cambiar los discos de freno (we have to change the brake disks -in the car).
  • Tenemos que cambiar los tambores de freno (we have to change the brake drums -in the car).
  • Ahora, echa el freno de mano (now, put the handbreake on).
  • Ahora, pon el freno de mano (now, put the handbreake on).
  • Ahora, quita el freno de mano (now, take the handbreake off).
  • Este coche es muy antiguo y no tiene frenos asistidos (this is a very old car and doesn't have power brakes).
  • Estos camiones tienen frenos de aire (these lorries have air brakes).
  • Estos camiones tienen frenos neumaticos (these lorries have air brakes).
  • Los coches de hoy en día tienen frenos de disco (nowadays cars have disk brakes).
  • Algunos coches modernos todavía tienen frenos de tambor (some modern cars still have drum brakes).
  • La semana pasada me pusieron frenos dentales (las week I had dental braces fitted).
  • Hay que poner el freno a los abusos de poder (The abuse of power must be stopped).
  • Hay que frenar a los abusos de poder (The abuse of power must be stopped).
  • Hay que revisar los frenos con frecuencia (the brakes need to be checked often).
  • De repente, me quedé sin frenos (suddenly, I lost the brakes/  discovered the brakes weren't working).


Love-Spanish.com loves the word "freno" in the YouTube clip: Lisa necesita frenos – Plan dental de los Simpson

For more on the word "freno", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Freno

*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “freno” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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