Saturday, 16 March 2013

Llave


Today's WOTD is: "llave" = key
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In Spanish, “llave” is a feminine noun of Latin origin, which means key.

The Spanish noun “llave” may also be used to refer to the following:
  • When referring to tools, a spanner;
  • In plumbing, a tap/ a faucet;
  • In electrical circuits, a switch;
  • In certain sports, such as wrestling/ martial arts, a lock/ a hold;
  • In music, a key/ a stop;


Some commonly used expressions with the word “llave” are:
  • Ama de llaves (housekeeper);
  • Aplicar una llave (to apply a hold);
  • Bajo llave (securely locked/ under lock and key);
  • Bajo siete llaves (securely locked/ under lock and key);
  • Cerrar con llave (to lock- a door);
  • Echar la llave (to lock- a door);
  • Hacer una llave (to apply a hold);
  • Llave Allen (Allen key/ wrench);
  • Llave de contacto (ignition key/ switch);
  • Llave del agua (stopcock/ water tap/faucet);
  • Llave de paso (stopcock);
  • Llave del gas (gas tap);
  • Llave falsa (false key);
  • Llave fija (spanner);
  • Llave grifa (Stilsons wrench/ pipe wrench);
  • Llave inglesa (adjustable spanner/ adjustable wrench/ monkey wrench);
  • Llave maestra (master key);
  • Recoger las llaves alguien (to be the last person to leave a place- colloquial);

Some examples of the use of the word "llave" are:
  • Se busca ama de llaves para trabajar en hotel (housekeeper required to work in a hotel);
  • Aprendí a aplicar una llave de lucha muy sencilla (I learned to apply a very simple wrestling hold);
  • Esa lista está guardada bajo llave (that list is kept under lock and key);
  • Esa lista está guardada bajo siete llaves (that list is kept under lock and key);
  • Has cerrado con llave la puerta de entrada, ¿verdad? (you have locked the main door, haven't you?);
  • Has echado la llave a la puerta de entrada, ¿verdad? (you have locked the main door, haven't you?);
  • Aprendí a hacer una llave de lucha muy sencilla (I learned to apply a very simple wrestling hold);
  • Necesito una llave Allen (I need an Allen key/ wrench);
  • Tengo problemas con la llave de contacto (I am having problems with the ignition key);
  • La llave del agua está en la cocina (the water stopcock is in the kitchen);
  • La llave de paso del agua está en la cocina (the water stopcock is in the kitchen);
  • La llave del gas está en el garage (the gas tap is in the garage);
  • El ladrón consiguió entrar usando llaves falsas (the thief got in by means of false keys);
  • Necesito una llave fija (I need a spanner);
  • Necesito una llave grifa (I need a Stilsons wrench/ pipe wrench);
  • Necesito una llave inglesa (I need an adjustable spanner/ monkey wrench);
  • Una llave maestra permite abrir ciertas cerraduras especiales (a master key can open a number of special locks);
  • En el trabajo hoy me ha tocado a mi recoger las llaves (today it has been my turn to be the last out of the office);

Love-Spanish.com loves the word "llave" in the YouTube clip: Pocoyó - La Llave Maestra (S01E13)

For more on the word "llave", visit: ordreference.com/es/en/ Llave

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

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