à jauge variable

12:24 Mar 28, 2014
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French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Music / Music venue
French term or phrase: à jauge variable
"L'espace [name of venue], actuellement en construction, offre un auditorium de 280 places à gauge variable d'une acoustique exceptionnelle, des écrans de projection, une Chapelle du Silence [...]"

I feel there might be a comma missing after "variable", and in that case I would be tempted to put "modular".

(The punctuation in the rest of the text is sometimes doubtful and harms the intended meaning.)

I would be grateful for any input and ideas.
Conor McAuley
France
Local time: 02:52


Summary of answers provided
4 +3variable-capacity
philgoddard
3 -1variable span
Mario Freitas
3 -1Of varying size
Martin Asplund


Discussion entries: 14





  

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56 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): -1
Of varying size


Explanation:
Could it not simply be that the seats in the auditorium are of different sizes, ergo, smaller ones for cheaper tickets etc?

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Note added at 58 mins (2014-03-28 13:23:17 GMT)
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It could, of course, be referring to seats that can be adjusted size-wise after being installed, but this seems fairly high-tech for an auditorium of 280 seats.

Martin Asplund
Italy
Local time: 02:52
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in SwedishSwedish

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  philgoddard: It's not the size of the seats that's variable, it's their number.
4 hrs

disagree  David Vaughn: Not here.
4 days
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5 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +3
variable-capacity


Explanation:
It refers to the number of seats. Presumably they can block off or remove seats for smaller events.

Example sentence(s):
  • La grande salle du théâtre est à jauge variable, elle pourra accueillir entre 600 et 1200 places

    Reference: http://pyreneescatalanes.free.fr/Thematiques/Batiments/Histo...
    Reference: http://dictionary.reverso.net/french-english/jauge
philgoddard
United States
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 4

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Martin Asplund: It does only state 280 seats in the text though, seems a bit odd all in all this sentence.
6 hrs
  -> It means up to 280 seats.

agree  Victoria Britten: Definitely the right idea but, though your hyphen is grammatically most welcome, I find the result a bit clumsy and would prefer "of variable capacity, up to 280 seats".
13 hrs

agree  Emma Paulay
2 days 15 hrs

agree  patrickfor
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13 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): -1
variable span


Explanation:
Since the text mentions the acoustics immediatley after the "span"

Mario Freitas
Brazil
Local time: 23:52
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  David Vaughn: Span has no meaning in this context. I'm not sure what meaning you want to suggest?
4 days
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