# Oberflächennormale

## English translation: perpendicular to the surface

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 German term or phrase: Oberflächennormale English translation: perpendicular to the surface Entered by:

 17:27 Oct 17, 2004
German to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Construction / Civil Engineering / geometry
 German term or phrase: Oberflächennormale This term is used in a patent application for structural ceiling panels. My architectural dico translates "Normale" as normal, perpendicular, perpendicular line, master. The idea is the dowels run horizontally through a sandwich of boards, perpendicular to the face sides of the boards. Does "surface perpendiculars" exist? Is it a good translation of Oberflächennormale? Plattenelement dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass in Längsrichtung der Bretter gesehen abwechselnd in die beiden Neigungsrichtungen gegenüber der Oberflächennormalen geneigte Holzdübel vorgesehen sind. Panel element characterized by the fact that from the perspective of the longitudinal direction of the boards, wooden dowels are provided that run alternately in both angled directions with respect to the surface perpendiculars.
 Kim MetzgerMexico Local time: 17:21
 perpendicular to the surface Explanation:or normal to the surface is normal I think :-)
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Alan Johnson
Germany
Local time: 00:21
 Many thanks to all of you. In this case I went with "perpendicular to"4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

4 +1perpendicular to the surface
 Alan Johnson
3 +1surface normals
 Oliver Walter
2surface area or surface line
 EdithK

Discussion entries: 1

4 mins   confidence: peer agreement (net): +1
perpendicular to the surface

Explanation:
or normal to the surface

is normal

I think :-)

 Alan JohnsonGermanyLocal time: 00:21Specializes in fieldNative speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in category: 819
 Many thanks to all of you. In this case I went with "perpendicular to"

agree
 3 mins

6 mins   confidence:
Oberfl�chennormale
surface area or surface line

Explanation:
could it be as simple as that?

Reference: http://www.ir-spektroskopie.de/techniken/irras/grundlagen.ht...
 EdithKSwitzerlandLocal time: 00:21Specializes in fieldNative speaker of: German, EnglishPRO pts in category: 319

3 hrs   confidence: peer agreement (net): +1
Oberflächennormale
surface normals

Explanation:
What's wrong with "surface normals"? The Web ref is an example that might be considered a similar context to yours.

 Oliver WalterUnited KingdomLocal time: 23:21Native speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in category: 32

agree  Andrew D: especially as it can also mean the quality and direction of the surface: see http://www.smt-messzeuge.de/Online-Katalog/SMT-G15.pdf
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