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English term or phrase:mole-plough
Arabic translation:المحراث الدفين
Entered by: Alaa Zeineldine
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17:51 Mar 11, 2002
English to Arabic translations [Non-PRO]
Tech/Engineering / civil works contracting
English term or phrase: mole-plough
this term is mentioned in a list of civil works done by my contractor as follows:
"installation of all cables by mole-plough"
mohammed ali
المحراث الدفين
Explanation:
This is method of laying burried cables is explained in the following paragraph from http://www.cgwright.demon.co.uk/sv-line.htm. While the article may seem to go back to a still primitive application of the technique, yet the explanation is the clearest amongst the google hits that I found:

"Where only one or two small cables are needed, and the terrain is suitable, our mole plough is used. This comprises a frame with a vertical hollow blade sticking downwards. In use, a hole is dug to allow the blade to drop into the ground, and the whole affair is dragged by main force through the ground. A suitable railway locomotive supplies the brute force! As a consequence, this method cannot be used at the same time trains are running, the SVR being single track. As the mole plough progresses, cable is fed down through the blade, and is introduced into the ground. The slot cut by the plough is so narrow that it virtually closes over the cable, and no spade work is required afterwards. "

The following article shows a more advanced application of the technique and also shows a picture of such a machine: http://www.sitaf.com/ksa/cl/activities/ploughing.htm.

Obviously the name is derived from the mole, a near blind animal that burrows underground and moves by digging tunnels. The Arabic name for the animal is خال or خُلد (khaal or khuld). A literal translation such as محراث الخال or محراث الخلد would do not do much good because the animal is little known in Arab speaking circles; instead the meaning that will come to mind will be maternal uncle or eternity, obviously an inappropriate rendition.

I therefore chose a name for the cable laying machine that describes the way the technique works:

المحراث الدفين
meaning: the burried plough

You could also choose:

الحفار الدفين
i.e. the burried digger

It is also possible that there is an Arabic civil engineering term that already exists for this machine, if there is, let us hope that another pro will post it.

Hope this helps,

Alaa Zeineldine
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Alaa Zeineldine
Egypt
Local time: 22:29
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i really want to thank you so much for your help and cooperation.

best regards

M. ali
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المحراث الدفين


Explanation:
This is method of laying burried cables is explained in the following paragraph from http://www.cgwright.demon.co.uk/sv-line.htm. While the article may seem to go back to a still primitive application of the technique, yet the explanation is the clearest amongst the google hits that I found:

"Where only one or two small cables are needed, and the terrain is suitable, our mole plough is used. This comprises a frame with a vertical hollow blade sticking downwards. In use, a hole is dug to allow the blade to drop into the ground, and the whole affair is dragged by main force through the ground. A suitable railway locomotive supplies the brute force! As a consequence, this method cannot be used at the same time trains are running, the SVR being single track. As the mole plough progresses, cable is fed down through the blade, and is introduced into the ground. The slot cut by the plough is so narrow that it virtually closes over the cable, and no spade work is required afterwards. "

The following article shows a more advanced application of the technique and also shows a picture of such a machine: http://www.sitaf.com/ksa/cl/activities/ploughing.htm.

Obviously the name is derived from the mole, a near blind animal that burrows underground and moves by digging tunnels. The Arabic name for the animal is خال or خُلد (khaal or khuld). A literal translation such as محراث الخال or محراث الخلد would do not do much good because the animal is little known in Arab speaking circles; instead the meaning that will come to mind will be maternal uncle or eternity, obviously an inappropriate rendition.

I therefore chose a name for the cable laying machine that describes the way the technique works:

المحراث الدفين
meaning: the burried plough

You could also choose:

الحفار الدفين
i.e. the burried digger

It is also possible that there is an Arabic civil engineering term that already exists for this machine, if there is, let us hope that another pro will post it.

Hope this helps,

Alaa Zeineldine

Alaa Zeineldine
Egypt
Local time: 22:29
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 602
Grading comment
i really want to thank you so much for your help and cooperation.

best regards

M. ali
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