Translation of valve in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /vælv/


  • 1 1.1 [Mech] válvula (feminine) inlet/outlet valve válvula (feminine) de entrada/salida 1.2 (on tire) válvula (feminine)
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    • The system is regulated by a height control valve which allows fluid to move between spheres to keep the car level.
    • Its speed can be influenced by the waste-gate valve, which is controlled by the pressure-driven converter.
    • Multifunctional tools, such as graders, require an electrical outlet and switches on the loader to control hydraulic diverter valves.
    1.3 (on musical instrument) pistón (masculine)
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    • The later introduction of valves extended the versatility of brass instruments to cover the full chromatic scale.
    • For trumpeters the left hand acts merely as a clamp holding the instrument whilst the three valves are operated by fingers of the right hand.
    • The soloists played on natural horns, instruments that have no valves and are not as powerful as their modern descendants.
    1.4 [Anatomy/Anatomía] válvula (feminine)
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    • When crocodiles are completely submerged, the ears and nostrils are closed by valves, and the eyes covered by membranes.
    • During pregnancy, hormones relax the muscles in your digestive tract, including the valve in the esophagus.
    • If the heart valves can't open and close correctly, blood can't flow smoothly.
  • 2 (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) [Electronics/Electrónica] válvula (feminine), lámpara (feminine)
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    • You could even build a functional, if somewhat cumbersome, guitar amplifier with a hydraulic system replacing transistors or valves.
    • Equipped with transistors instead of valves, it could be operated for 80 hours on four hearing aid batteries, costing 2s 6d each.
    • Silicon chips transformed the then slowly evolving world of electrical circuits and valves to the vibrant and fast developing world of electronics.
  • 3 (of shellfish) valva (feminine)
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    • The brachiopods from the limestone unit are mostly preserved as shells, most with valves conjoined.
    • The two shell valves would have been rigidly fixed in place, and the dorsal margin could not have been more than a poorly elastic structure, if that.
    • Note that each shell valve is symmetrical about the midline, but the two shell valves are often unequal in size.

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