# "la normal" in this sentence

## English translation: "the perpendicular to/line perpendicular to"

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 08:07 Mar 13, 2008
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Energy / Power Generation / Electricity tower/pylon construction
 Spanish term or phrase: "la normal" in this sentence From safety guidelines for the construction/installation of overhead power transmission lines. Se clavarán las estaquillas marcando al menos la intersección del eje vertical del apoyo con el terreno, y las direcciones de la traza y *la normal* a la línea o la bisectriz del ángulo. Puede ser aconsejable, no obstante, realizar el replanteo con un número mayor de estaquillas con el fin de facilitar la fase de excavación. For the life of me, I just can't figure out what "la normal" refers to. Any ideas? TIA
 Local time: 04:31
 English translation:"the perpendicular to/line perpendicular to" Explanation:Below is a link explaining what "la normal" is and a discussion of the english term from wikipedia :)
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Colin Howe
Local time: 04:31
 Thank you, eltrillizos! Your references helped me to understand the concept.4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

4 +1the normal
 cristina estanislau
4the normal/perpendicular
 Wil Hardman
4"the perpendicular to/line perpendicular to"
 Colin Howe

58 mins   confidence: peer agreement (net): +1
the normal

Explanation:
Normal (mathematics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia- [ Traduzir esta página ]Jump to: navigation, search. In mathematics, normal can have several meanings:. Surface normal, a line that is perpendicular to a surface. ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normal_(mathematics) - 18k - Em cache - Páginas semelhantes

 cristina estanislauLocal time: 03:31Native speaker of: PortuguesePRO pts in category: 4

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1 hr   confidence:
"the perpendicular to/line perpendicular to"

Explanation:
Below is a link explaining what "la normal" is and a discussion of the english term from wikipedia :)

Reference: http://rabfis15.uco.es/lvct/tutorial/21/Reflexion%20y%20Refr...
Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perpendicular
 Colin HoweLocal time: 04:31Works in fieldNative speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in category: 4
 Thank you, eltrillizos! Your references helped me to understand the concept.

1 hr   confidence:
the normal/perpendicular

Explanation:
I think it is refering to the normal angle, which basically is perpendicular (90 degrees). In maths it can be used as a noun to describe a vector emerging at a right angle.

www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/Class/refln/u13l1c.html

 Wil HardmanUnited KingdomLocal time: 03:31Works in fieldNative speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in category: 4

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