cette duree est rotative et peut etre reglee aux valeurs suivantes:
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11:20 May 28, 2003
French to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering
French term or phrase:cette duree est rotative et peut etre reglee aux valeurs suivantes:
this concerns a system that sets an alarm. Would you interprete the term rotative as cyclical or rotary? Also the times are presented as such: 5 ms, 10 ms, 20 ms etc. up to 2000 ms
Given the nature of the product I would expect the alarm to sound for just a few minutes. Do you think ms refers to milliseconds or minutes? Thanks for your suggestions. Rachel
I spoke to the client this evening and it appears that they are talking about the level of sound, this implies that ms is infact a measure of audiability. I asked why they hadn't used decibels and indeed what does ms stand for but they didn't know the answer......they'll get back to me. In the mean time if anyone has any more bright ideas.....
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26 mins confidence:
Explanation: I can't give you positive confirmation based on my knowledge of the French term, but from technical logic, I would think it probably means a 'rolling' delay — i.e. it starts again at the next trigger, regardless of how much of the previos delay was left to run. E.g.:
Triggered delay to run for 5 mins, after 2 mins triggered again, so new 5 min delay starts...
A bit like the same idea as a 'rolling average' (though not EXACTLY!)
I ahve come across the French term 'rotative' used in a meaning not dissimilar to this, albeit in a different context.
I'm also inclined to agree with you — only minutes really makes sense to me here and I think they are being dangerously imprecise to use 'ms' as the abbrveiation for it — but do note the French love of using 'kms' for kilomètres...
Tony M France Local time: 12:51 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 14250
The asker has declined this answer Comment: Please see added note. Thanks anyway Dusty.
27 mins confidence:
Explanation: 'the alarm sounds at regular intervals and can be programmed to go off every 5, 10, 15 miliseconds (up to 2000ms)'
Assume it is milliseconds and not minutes as an alarm going off every 2000 minutes wouldn't be very effective! hope this helps! paul
Paul Lambert United States Local time: 03:51 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 56