English translation: Hank/fit into two supports at both ends/sides of the tower
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Farsi (Persian) term or phrase:
در دو طرف برج کلاف شوند
Hank/fit into two supports at both ends/sides of the tower
Thanks for your good references. I, too, think this discussion won't get us anywhere. I think "fit into" might be the best possible equivalent so far because "dowel," with reference to your sources, is mainly used in carpentry and is too weak for a tower. "Dovetail," too, is called كام دم كبوتري in Persian! Thanks again for raising the discussion; we learned something out of it.
"fit into" sounds like a reasonable option...generally it is similar to dovetail in meaning but less specific. Dowel is specific but I don't see how it can be considered "informal". It is simply a device...neither "formal" nor "informal".The one word that really does not fit here is "hank". It has no application in civil engineering.
كلاف شدن يا كلاف كردن simply means to fit two or more things tightly together; so, even "fit into" would do good. I think "dowel" is a bit informal and too specific for this context. The writer here simply means "... fit into two supports at both sides of the tower." I hardly think even hank or dovetail would be suitable as they might be too specific as well. Therefore, my final suggestion would be "fit into."
From Dehkhoda's description of kalaf, I would suggest that "dowel" is another possibility. Dowel can be a noun or a verb.
[rtl]علاوه بر معني جاري بمعني ميله اي از چوب يا آهن و نظاير آن است که براي نگه داشتن و ثابت کردن دو چوب يا آهن يا در و مانند آن بدانها نصب و تعبيه شود و اين کار را کلاف کردن نامند. (فرهنگ عاميانه جمالزاده ). در اصطلاح بنايان ، تيرهايي که در اطراف سقف گذارند. (يادداشت به خط مرحوم دهخدا[/rtl]).
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Hank into two supports at both ends/sides of the tower
Explanation: Hank is used in civil engineering to specifically refer to كلاف.
Hossein Emami Iran Local time: 07:11 Native speaker of: Persian (Farsi), Farsi (Persian) PRO pts in category: 20