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English translation of 'bala'

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feminine noun
1.  (proyectil) bullet
una bala perdida lo alcanzó en el hombro he was hit in the shoulder by a stray bullet
sonaron dos disparos de bala two gunshots rang out
disparar una bala to fire a bullet
a prueba de balas bullet-proof
un chaleco a prueba de balas a bullet-proof vest
▪ idiom: como una bala like a shot
entró como una bala he came shooting inhe came in like a shot
el tren pasó como una bala the train shot or flew past
comió como una bala y se fue he bolted his food down and left
▪ idiom: no le entran balas (Chile) he’s as hard as nails (informal)
▪ idiom: ni a bala (Mexico, Colombia) (informal) no way (informal)
▪ idiom: estar or quedar con la bala pasada (Chile) to be seething
▪ idiom: ser una bala (Caribbean) (informal) to be a pain in the neck (informal)
▪ idiom: tirar con bala not to pull one’s punches
2.  (fardo) bale
una bala de heno a bale of hay
3.  (Typography)
4.  (Latin America) (Sport) shot
lanzamiento de bala shot put
masculine and feminine noun (informal)
▪ idiom: ser un bala perdida to be a good-for-nothing

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Example Sentences Including 'bala'

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APOYO #Dos gramos y medio de bala Nadie parece poner en duda que la bala que mató a Chiabuto procedía de un rebote en una cornisa.
El Mundo del Siglo Veintiuno (1995)
Apenas se dobló para tomar de las axilas el cuerpo apresado de Tobías, una bala de acero chifló y pegó contra la piedra.
Carlos Fuentes La muerte de Artemio Cruz
Fanjul, el heroico general, contuso de bala en Kudia Tahar (por lo que le ascendieron), ha hablado conmigo sobre su situación militar.
Manuel Azaña Memorias políticas y de guerra. Vol 1
Y salieron, algunos tan deprisa que parecían ir a lomos de la bala que acaba de salir del arma.
El Mundo del Siglo Veintiuno (1994)
Ya entonces había comenzado a morir, sin que le hubiera llegado ninguna bala.
Ana María Matute La Virgen de Antioquía y otros cuentos

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'bala' in Other Languages

British English: bullet /ˈbʊlɪt/ NOUN
A bullet is a small piece of metal which is fired from a gun.
Two of the police fired 16 bullets each.
  • American English: bullet
  • Arabic: رَصاصَة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: bala munição
  • Chinese: 子弹
  • Croatian: metak
  • Czech: kulka
  • Danish: kugle
  • Dutch: kogel
  • European Spanish: bala
  • Finnish: luoti
  • French: balle munitions
  • German: Kugel Gewehr
  • Greek: σφαίρα
  • Italian: pallottola
  • Japanese: 弾丸
  • Korean: 총알
  • Norwegian: kule
  • Polish: pocisk
  • European Portuguese: bala munição
  • Romanian: glonț
  • Russian: пуля
  • Latin American Spanish: bala
  • Swedish: kula
  • Thai: กระสุน
  • Turkish: kurşun silah
  • Ukrainian: куля
  • Vietnamese: viên đạn


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