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What do we call these gates? A kind of vertical sectioned sliding gate/door

The document I'm translating, a warehouse specification, stipulates that the warehouse's acceptance-and-shipping room should have this kind of gate (door?) In Russian, it's called "подъемно-...
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How do I name a room in a logistics hub where some goods are being accepted for storage and some goods are subjected to the “sending” procedure?

How would one call a room in a warehouse where some goods are accepted for storage and some goods are "shipped away" to the customer? Would "room for the acceptance and shipment (shipping) of goods" ...
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A translation for the Bulgarian word “колбас”, less specific than “sausage”

In Bulgarian we have the word "колбас" (kolbas) which means roughly "cooked meat, almost always with additives, usually ground, usually wrapped in an intestine or in something else". English terms ...
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Is there an adjective that means “under development”? I need one for a document title

The title of a template document I'm translating is quite long and goes like this: Comparison of the formulations of the drug under development Trade name (INN), dosage form, strength, manufacturer,...
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Word for someone who studies to become a teacher

A friend of mine is currently writing her thesis in teaching methodology of mathematics. We are searching for an appropriate translation for the German word 'Lehramtsstudierender'. This is a person ...
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Is there an easier way to say “ an entire bar devoid of notes” in english

Is there an easier way to say " an entire bar devoid of notes" in english? I'm referring to music notation, when a bar has no notes and a whole rest must be used as a result. I want to know if there'...
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Draw a horizontal line in a form to indicate an absence of information - what phrase to use?

I'm translating a document template, to be filled out later for specific purposes. In one of the tables, the person who will fill out the document is instructed to either specify the pharmacopoeial ...
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Generic word for any kind of unit inside the company

I'm translating a document template, to be filled out later for specific purposes. It has a table in the beginning which indicates who exactly produced a particular document. In the first line of the ...
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Magazine's readership base diagram: “Distribution by job title” - would this be a good diagram title? [closed]

Below is a diagram (translated from Russian) that describes the distribution of a magazine in terms of who its subscribers are. I'm thinking of changing the title of the diagram to "distrubution by ...
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What do I call the window in the warehouse which is used to submit kitted goods to the customer?

I'm translating a text about a warehousing system inside a company. There is a window inside the warehouse through which the person (say, from a production department) may collect the goods and/or ...
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What do I call this “heel fixture” used for attaching a pallet rack column to the floor?

I'm translating a text about a pallet racking system. One sentence goes like this: Крепление стеллажей к полу осуществить через металлические подпятники с помощью химических анкеров. Attach ...
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What do I call the “non-start pages” of a website?

I have a table with website banner advertising rates. There are two sub-columns: one is titled "Start page" (the price of the banner is higher if it is placed on the start page) and "Section pages" (...
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English equivalent for the French “procès d'intention”

The "Procès d'intention" is a fallacy of trying to discredit someone by accusing them of bad and deceiving intentions. Is there an English equivalent for this? In Romanian it's used quite a lot in ...
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English equivalent of “carola”?

In Portuguese we call "carola" a (usually old) person who lives through the rules of church, and has no ears for any other reasonable argument. What is this called in English? Some examples: "Aquela ...
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Studying to become a teacher? [closed]

In the German language we have a word if you are studying to become a teacher (called 'Lehramt'). I was wondering whether there is a term for that discipline in the English language as well because I'...
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A shorter way to say this phrase

"The cat crawls from one end of the table to the other, entering at the one end and exiting at the other" I am researching a speech, and part of the talk is about saying things in a concise manner. ...
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Is it a City, Province, State or a District? And How to Properly Translate my Address?

I'm applying for a the US Diversity Visa Lottery and there is something in the instructions (PDF) that is making me so confused, and I'm so paranoid about it, so bear with me. I live in Egypt, in ...
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Is there a word in English which expresses the idea of 'logicate' (which is not an English word)?

I am trying to translate the Greek word λογιξομαι, logitsomai,which is usually translated 'account' or 'reckon' which I do not think quite catch the meaning. In English, we have words for numerical ...
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What do I call the horizontal part of a piece of equipment in a cleanroom on which tweezers are placed?

I'm translating a Russian document about a vial filling/stoppering/crimping line located in a cleanroom environment. Now and then the instruction says that the operator should "place tweezers" or "...
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What does it mean to make run through the tape? [closed]

What does it mean when someone says to " run through the tape"
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Is there an adjective for people who asks for more than offered?

In Chile, we say someone is "patudo" when they ask for more than what was offered, like someone who stays for lunch the next day from a party, when offered only to stay the night. Could I rephrase the ...
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What do the following words/phrases mean? (2) [closed]

I’ve been wanting to do a barrel roll since I was eight. Imagine I was a kid watching the AMC barrel roll in The Man with the Golden Gun. I now know that jump was real, but the car didn’t drive out. ...
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What do the following words/phrases mean?

I'm trying to understand this article on the latest Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet and there are some words/phrases I don't quite understand. Be still my beating wallet. Cartoonish proportions ...
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Guiding tables below the maps and color-coded tables in English [duplicate]

Usually, there is a guiding table below the maps and color-coded tables, to help reader what is the meaning of each color or element. What is that table called in English?
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Problem with “mine” while translating this phrase into early modern english

I'm translating a certain phrase from Japanese, and its roughly equivalent would be: "It seems like it is my victory in this game as well" Except for the fact the pronoun used to attribute "mine" ...
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Equivalent proverb in English for falsely blaming other things for your lack of ability [duplicate]

There's a proverb in Hindi which literally translates to: (He/she/You/they) doesn't know how to dance and falsely blames the floor for being crooked/broken/skewed What is an equivalent English ...
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What does M15 mean? [closed]

Does anyone know what M15 means in the following context? "And we are again at war albeit with an unseen enemy whose poisonous tentacles have the potential to reach into every corner of our world. At ...
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What do following words/phrases mean? (2)

This is the continuation of the previous question: "What do following words/phrases mean? (1)". I'd appreciate any suggestions on what the bolded texts mean. We can vouch for the sweeter ...
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What does “hardpoints” and “dots” mean in the following context?

I'm working on translating the following text, which is an excerpt from an interview with a car designer: What’s interesting to me is not just the way car design has changed in the last 24 years, ...
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Good synonyms for the words 'smarthead' and 'smartass', for use in a translation

I am translating a book from Portuguese into English, one which I personally regard as a modern masterpiece, for being so close to my heart. The work has had a very profound impact among Brazilians, ...
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Telugu proverb equivalent in English

There is a proverb in Telugu language which is as below. అన్నం లేకపోయినా, పట్టుబట్ట కడతా అన్నాడట It translates to someone who doesn't have a morsel to eat but insists on wearing expensive clothes. ...
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Digestibly Explain Academic Literature Concept: A “message” is “relationship between 2 sets” where 1 set must be “ordered,” and the other “unordered” [closed]

I am trying to convert some pretty dense academic literature into a way that anyone could understand. I'm stuck on this one way in which they describe how a message works. Or how a language is used. ...
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If “lad”, “fella” and “bloke” are synonyms, then “hombre”, “homme” and “man” are _______? [duplicate]

Is there a technical term for the relationship between a word and its equivalents in other languages? I thought of cognate, but don't think it quite works, as cognates could include words like chief ...
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Equivalent of the Spanish term “a trasmano”

I am looking for an expression equivalent to this term as used in Argentina (and potentially other places. The Free Dictionary translates it as out of the way or out of [one's] way. This matches RAE'...
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Word for something which is part of a problem, blamed/feared/thought to be its cause, but isn't?

Question. What English word do you recommend for something which is thought or even openly blamed to be the reason for a real problem, but is at most a part or result of said problem, not its cause ...
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What it means if someone says,“it's getting to that point in the evening”. [closed]

Hello ladies and gentlemen, it is my first time that i try to translate a film to my own language , and i have got now a problem because i do not know what it means. So, please everyone help me. Okey?
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onomatopoeia: fire going out?

Apparently in Sichuanese a similar term to the English “oops” or “drat” or what have you comes from the sound of a fire going out. It is written 哦呵 (pronounced: o-ho) or 哦呵儿 (pronounced: o-her). Is ...
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Homeo- or homoeo-?

"Homeo-" seems to be more widely used nowadays to the extent that "homoeo-" is listed as a variant of it, and "homoeostasis" is listed as a variant of "homeostasis". However, there are multiple posts ...
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Creativity as a process

I'm struggling with finding an exact match for Russian word "Творчество" which according to Wikipedia is synonymous to the word "Creativity" in English. "Творчество" is defined an activity that yields ...
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Is “numerate” a verb or only an adjective?

I am at the moment looking into technical English terms used in mathematics. The terminology in fractions (such as 1/8, 2/8 etc.) is that the bottom is called the denominator and the top the ...
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What's the English equivalent for the Indonesian old saying, “a grill that is far from the fire”?

Jauh panggang dari api in English is a grill that is far from the fire (it's a rough translation). This proverb refers to reality that doesn't fit what you've hoped or a result that doesn't fit what ...
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Possession of the matter is the end of the entertainment/fun?

In the Netherlands, where I live, we have a saying: Het bezit van de zaak, is het einde van het vermaak. This roughly translates to: Possession of the matter is the end of the entertainment/fun....
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What is the meaning of “here I come”? [closed]

I want to say England I will come to visit you can I use "here I come"?
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What does “run the mirror down” mean? [closed]

In Richard Philcox's translation of Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks, he includes the following sentence: I try to read admiration in the eyes of the other, and if, as luck would have it, ...
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“If the cedars caught fire, what will the hyssops of the wall say?”

The other day, my mother used a Hebrew expression I hadn't heard before: אִם בְּאֲרָזִים נָפְלָה שַׁלְהֶבֶת מָה יַגִּידוּ אֲזוֹבֵי הַקִּיר It apparently comes from the Talmud, and its literal ...
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What do you call the people who live in condominiums?

Here in Brazil the people whe live in condominiums are called "condômino", the people who represent all residents are called "síndico" (syndic). I want to translate "condômino". Thanks.
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Are there any English equivalent for the words Mahram and Namahram?

In Islamic religious law there are two words: 1- mahram 2- namahram A woman’s mahram is a person whom she is never permitted to marry because of their close blood relationship (such as her father, ...
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Meaning of “write a song” [closed]

Does the verb to write as used in "write a song" refer to only the lyrics (words) or does/can it include the composition of music?
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Is there an English expression for a day off for bridging the gap to the weekend?

Coming Thursday (Ascension day) will be a holiday, and I'd like to take the day off on Friday. Like this I'd like to bridge the gap towards the weekend. In Dutch, this is called "making the bridge", ...
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Is “natural step” a real expression?

In my mother tongue, we sometimes express that the next "Natural step" can be to do something. However, this feels directly translated and not very accurate when expressed in English. Also, a Quick ...