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to drop ballast

  • 1 lastre

    m.
    1 ballast.
    soltar lastre to discharge ballast
    2 burden.
    3 gravel, ballast, road metal.
    4 scum, scoria.
    pres.subj.
    1st person singular (yo) Present Subjunctive of Spanish verb: lastrar.
    * * *
    1 MARÍTIMO ballast
    2 figurado dead weight, burden
    * * *
    SM
    1) (Náut, Téc) ballast

    en lastre — (Náut) in ballast

    2) (=inconveniente) burden
    3) (=sentido común) good sense, good judgment
    4) Cono Sur ** (=comida) grub *, chow (EEUU) **
    * * *
    a) (de buque, globo) ballast

    soltar or largar lastre — to drop ballast

    b) (carga, estorbo) burden
    * * *
    = drag, liability, albatross.
    Ex. Some of the obstacles are unrealistic, unrealizable local ambitions, organizational drag, competition among libraries, and lack of innovation space = Algunos de los obstáculos son las ambiciones locales poco realistas e irrealizables, el lastre institucional, la competencia entre las bibliotecas y la falta de espacio para la innovación.
    Ex. Low-tech is not a liability in all cases; sometimes simple is better.
    Ex. The sheer margin of the challenger's victory over the incumbent is a sign that the Democratic base is really fired up, and that Bush could be an albatross.
    ----
    * el lastre de = the shackles of.
    * ser un lastre para = be a drag on.
    * * *
    a) (de buque, globo) ballast

    soltar or largar lastre — to drop ballast

    b) (carga, estorbo) burden
    * * *
    = drag, liability, albatross.

    Ex: Some of the obstacles are unrealistic, unrealizable local ambitions, organizational drag, competition among libraries, and lack of innovation space = Algunos de los obstáculos son las ambiciones locales poco realistas e irrealizables, el lastre institucional, la competencia entre las bibliotecas y la falta de espacio para la innovación.

    Ex: Low-tech is not a liability in all cases; sometimes simple is better.
    Ex: The sheer margin of the challenger's victory over the incumbent is a sign that the Democratic base is really fired up, and that Bush could be an albatross.
    * el lastre de = the shackles of.
    * ser un lastre para = be a drag on.

    * * *
    A
    1 (de un buque, globo) ballast
    soltar or largar lastre to drop ballast
    2 (carga, estorbo) burden
    es un lastre para la familia she's a burden on her family
    lastre financiero financial burden
    B ( RPl arg) (comida) grub ( colloq)
    ¿qué hay para el lastre? what is there to eat?, what's for dinner ( o lunch etc)?
    * * *

    Del verbo lastrar: ( conjugate lastrar)

    lastré es:

    1ª persona singular (yo) pretérito indicativo

    lastre es:

    1ª persona singular (yo) presente subjuntivo

    3ª persona singular (él/ella/usted) presente subjuntivo

    3ª persona singular (él/ella/usted) imperativo

    Multiple Entries:
    lastrar    
    lastre
    lastre sustantivo masculino
    a) (de buque, globo) ballast

    b) (carga, estorbo) burden

    lastre sustantivo masculino
    1 (de barco, globo) ballast
    2 (rémora) dead weight: su falta de dominio del idioma es un lastre para él, not being able to speak the language perfectly is a burden for him
    ' lastre' also found in these entries:
    English:
    ballast
    - liability
    - weight
    * * *
    lastre nm
    1. [peso] ballast;
    soltar lastre to discharge ballast
    2. [estorbo] burden
    * * *
    m ballast; fig
    burden;
    soltar lastre drop ballast
    * * *
    lastre nm
    1) : burden
    2) : ballast

    Spanish-English dictionary > lastre

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