- 1 [Fís] ray un rayo de luz a ray o beam o shaft of light los rayos solares the sun's rays los rayos del sol entraban por la ventana rays of sunlight filtered through the window un rayo de esperanza a ray of hope un rayo de luna a moonbeam al rayo del sol in the heat of the sun, in the hot sun
- 2 [Meteo] el rayo cayó muy cerca de la casa the (bolt of) lightning struck very close to the house ¡rayos y truenos! [arc o hum] great Scott! [dated or hum] como un rayo [familiar/colloquial] like greased lightning [colloquial/familiar] salió de casa como un rayo she shot out of the house like greased lightning o like a streak of lightning pasó como un rayo he zoomed o whizzed o flashed past echar rayos y centellas to fume [colloquial/familiar] ¡mal rayo te/le parta! [familiar/colloquial] damn you/him! [colloquial/familiar] que te/lo parta un rayo [familiar/colloquial], ellos se van y a mí que me parta un rayo they go off and to hell with me! [colloquial/familiar], they go off and don't give a damn about me! [colloquial/familiar] ¡que te parta un rayo! you can go to hell for all I care! [colloquial/familiar] saber/oler a rayos [familiar/colloquial] to taste/smell foul
- 3 [familiar/colloquial] (persona viva, despierta) es un rayo he's razor-sharp, he's as sharp as a needle o (AmE) tack
Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries...
A gitano is a member of Spain's gypsy community. Gypsies often live in camps and retain their nomadic habits. They have preserved many of their customs and do not usually integrate into the mainstream of Spanish society. Their language is caló. Gypsies have been a great influence on flamenco, and many of the best performers are gypsies.