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07:43 Feb 19, 2001
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
French term or phrase: rétroprojetable
In a training manual about overhead projetors and transparencies, I came across the terms 'transparents' and 'rétroprojetables'. My question is to how to distinguish between the two in English? Is 'rétroprojetable' the generic term?
Thanks for your help. Helen

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natransparencies, overhead projector
naretroprojectables or images for back-projection
naoverhead projection /transparencies and overhead projections
Elisa Capelão
Albert Golub



8 mins

les transparents sont projetes grace au retroprojecteur
on utilise aussi le terme "slides" en franglais
retroprojetable existe pt etre mais il est peu usite
hope it helps

Albert Golub
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overhead projection /transparencies and overhead projections

I guess you understand what overhead projections are. Transparencies are the transparent sheets (that you place on the projector) to enable the projection itself...
Transparencies can be used not only on overhead projectors...

See some references as well:

Other titles
... Guide. Associated Press. 1973. Transparencies for Overhead
Projections. Automation System SIMATIC S5 ... - 17k - Cached - Similar pages

Type Type of Record
... Codes: VIS. g Projected medium. Motion pictures, videorecordings,
filmstrips, slides, transparencies, and overhead projections. ...

... by a question period of about 10 minutes. Students prepare slides or transparencies
for overhead projections to illustrate or support the major points in their ...

and a lot more at: and overhead p...

Hope this helps!

    see above
Elisa Capelão
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retroprojectables or images for back-projection

There used to be opaque projectors for back-projections, but this could deal with transparencies as well.
From Robert: "Retroprojecteur - projecteur destiné à reproduire l'image sur un écran placé derrière l'opérateur." Date given, 1970.

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transparencies, overhead projector

This is the equivalent given in the french I textbook used at kent state university

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