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18:13 Mar 31, 2000
English to Spanish translations [PRO]
English term or phrase: swab
The swab referred to looks like a q-tip but is bigger and used for cleaning computer parts.
tom
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Summary of answers provided
natorunda de algodónLeonardo Lamarche
nabastoncillo de algodónToña Morales-Calkins
nacotoneteRaúl Valenzuela
naHisopo LimpiadorYvette Camou
naSwab can also mean hisopo, varilla and marinero.Douglas Gorman
naDicho algodón es como un bastoncillo pero es más grande y se emplea ..
Mary Georgina Hardinge
naswab > hisopo (MX)
Betina Frisone
nahisopoJaime Backal
nabastoncilloLorna Thomson
naestropajoOscar Spraggon


  

Answers


26 mins
estropajo


Explanation:
Existen otros términos como: torunda de algodón; cepillo o escobilla limpiadora, según los país latinoamericanos. En medicina en Argentina es "gasa".

Oscar Spraggon
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32 mins
swab > hisopo (MX)


Explanation:
Hi, Tom. I clearly remember the Q-Tips boxes in Mexico being labeled 'hisopos de algodón', though none of my reference books confirm it -- but you can't go by a dictionary, you know that. Anyway, the closest any get is the Prentice Hall Appleton's, which lists:
hisopillo, small aspergill, mouth swab.

Suggestion: Do you have a spare laser cartridge? They provide swabs for cleaning the laser printer and contain multilingual instructions. I don't have any available, but you might want to check that out.

HTH.

Betina Frisone
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37 mins
hisopo


Explanation:
¡Sin la menor duda!

Jaime Backal
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5 hrs
bastoncillo


Explanation:
swab in this context has to be absorbent gauze used for cleaning purposes. "Bastoncillo" is the term for Q-tip,whilst "hisopo" is the general term for swab.Hope this helps
Lorna

Lorna Thomson
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10 hrs
Dicho algodón es como un bastoncillo pero es más grande y se emplea ..


Explanation:
El sustantivo swab es un algodón que se emplea en contextos médicos o paramédicos - torunda es el término médico - pero el verbo to swab es más general, desde fregar la cubierta de un barco hasta curar una herida. Los q-tip son una marca de bastoncillos de algodón de aquellos que se emplean para limpiar las orejas.

Mary Georgina Hardinge
Spain
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11 hrs
Swab can also mean hisopo, varilla and marinero.


Explanation:
A swab is also mop used to clean decks. Hence, "swab the deck",
thus sailor (one who mops decks).
Source: AMERICAN HERITAGE
DICTIONARY.

Douglas Gorman
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20 hrs
torunda de algodón


Explanation:
Tom, the above is probably the most tecnichally appropiate term, but it might not be familiar to the reader. Thus, I would probably use a description such as: Bastoncillo de algodón para limpieza or hisopo de algodón para limpieza

Leonardo Lamarche
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1 day 1 hr
bastoncillo de algodón


Explanation:
I recently did some work in Puerto Rico and this is what the techs working on the computers there called the swabs they used to clean. Hope this helps.

Toña Morales-Calkins
United States
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1 day 21 hrs
cotonete


Explanation:
In Mexico this small q-tips are called "cotonete", and less commonly, "hisopos". Hope it helps.

Raúl Valenzuela
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2 days 16 hrs
Hisopo Limpiador


Explanation:
I agree with the previous answer about 'cotonetes' but f you use that term, it will be associated by your readers to the actual Q-tip, which won't be helpful at all. These products are relatively new in Latin American markets. They've started to change the labels recently. If you choose the word 'bastoncillo' or any other, make sure, to include the word 'limpiador'.

Yvette Camou
Mexico
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