14:42 Feb 26, 2012
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English to French translations [PRO]
Art, Arts & Crafts, Painting / couleur
English term or phrase: diad

Comment traduire "diad" dans la phrase suivante :

"Point out its complimentary color and diad colors"


"You can also create an interesting design with diad colors, which are colors that are two spaces apart on the color wheel"

Est-ce que "couleur dyadique" est un terme employé ?

Merci, flore
Flore Bargain
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André Vanasse (X)
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Bernard M
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Very helpful discussion of colours
Tony M
vocabulaire des couleurs
Bernard M

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une suggestion :
...sa couleur complémentaire et ses couleurs dérivées.

Note added at 7 heures (2012-02-26 21:58:41 GMT)

Il s'agit des couleurs secondaires (next-but-one on the colour circle since the order is primary, tertiary and secondary colour)

The three secondary colors (green, orange and purple) are created by mixing two primary colors.



Note added at 14 heures (2012-02-27 05:28:06 GMT)

La nuit porte conseil.
Une autre suggestion : les accords chromatiques


Bernard M
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disagree  Tony M: Sadly, that doesn't reflect the actual meaning here, which is "the next-but-one colour" round the colour circle.
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They are not next to each other but almost.

André Vanasse (X)
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Reference: Very helpful discussion of colours

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Note added at 1 heure (2012-02-26 16:04:38 GMT)

No time to investigate more fully, but this Wiki portal looks like a jolly good place to start in FR:


Note added at 2 heures (2012-02-26 17:06:15 GMT)

Interestingly, having studied colour theory both from the Fine Art perspective and in applied physics, I thought I knew a little about the subject, but freely confess I had never before encountered this particular term.

Tony M
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agree  SJLD: I've had a darn good look but I can't find the equivalent of diad in any French doc - intriguing!/no, indeed, this is confirmed by my French husband's clothing colour schemes LOL
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  -> Thanks, S! Yes, I only had a cursory look, but didn't turn up much either, though 'dyadique' is of course used. I just don't think colour theory is viewed in quite the same way in the FR culture. / LOL!
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L'adjectif dyadique existe :

"Le mot du jour est dyade. C’est pas bien compliqué : vous connaissiez la triade et bien la dyade c’est pareil sauf que c’est pour 2 éléments (ça vient du grec du gr. , .). Bon, plus précisément, la dyade est la réunion, le groupe de deux éléments solidaires et plus spécifiquement en philo, de deux principes qui se complètent. En bio, c’est l’ensemble de deux chromosomes accouplés au moment de la première mitose de maturation, l'une d'origine paternelle, l'autre d'origine maternelle (un papa, une maman). En poésie, c’est le groupe harmonique de deux voyelles. En informatique, un groupe de deux nombres. Avec tant de sens spécifiques, dyade a fini par désigner aussi un groupe de deux auteurs qui travaillent ensemble : autrement dit un binôme, un couple, une paire.

Dans la même famille, vous avez aussi l’adjectif dyadique (tout ce qui concerne une dyade) et la dyarchie qui est le gouvernement simultané de deux chefs, comme la dyarchie de Sparte dans la Grèce antique."

Je n'ai trouvé aucune utilisation de cet adjectif dans le domaine des couleurs.

    Reference: http://couleursdesophie.free.fr/vocabulaire.htm
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