# gravity plane

## English translation: 重力平面

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 07:25 Nov 17, 2008
Japanese to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Engineering (general)
 Japanese term or phrase: gravity plane The term appears in a numbered list - here's the whole item: "Define the zero z-plane as the gravity plane at the average height of the 3 laser targets." This author has propensity for using more words than necessary to express simple concepts (not unlike someone else, who I know rather intimately *wink, wink*), so I'm leaning towards treating "gravity" here as superfluous and translating it as just 表面. I couldn't find any English description or definition of "gravity plane" - Internet searches yield only pages referring to some new type or aircraft. Should I follow my instinct and translate it as 表面, or does a better translation exist? All help will be greatly appreciated, as always.
 Krzysztof ŁesykJapan Local time: 15:28
 English translation:重力平面 Explanation:Hello Krzysztof! How are things? Anyways, I would refrain from leaving out 重力, as this is a fairly important piece of information in the term here. This makes sense...a gravity plane simply describes a two-dimensional field of gravitational force. Imagine slicing the Earth (or any large celestial body) right down the middle with an imaginary two-dimensional plane. The force of gravity would vary at points along the plane depending on their distance from the earth's center. Since this is talking about laser heights and Z-values (typically used to describe vertical coordinates), its pretty clear to me that the sentence is talking about gravitational force along a two-dimensional vertical plane. So, in Japanese, this would simply translate as 重力平面. ...hope this helps.
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Troy Fowler
United States
Local time: 23:28
 The deadline for this translation is today, so I will follow your suggestion and go with 重力平面, even though the number of hits on google for this phrase is rather small (yes, I did read the thread on overgoogleification of our profession, but... ;)). Thanks!4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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 Troy Fowler

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Explanation:
Hello Krzysztof! How are things?

Anyways, I would refrain from leaving out 重力, as this is a fairly important piece of information in the term here.

This makes sense...a gravity plane simply describes a two-dimensional field of gravitational force. Imagine slicing the Earth (or any large celestial body) right down the middle with an imaginary two-dimensional plane. The force of gravity would vary at points along the plane depending on their distance from the earth's center.

Since this is talking about laser heights and Z-values (typically used to describe vertical coordinates), its pretty clear to me that the sentence is talking about gravitational force along a two-dimensional vertical plane.

So, in Japanese, this would simply translate as 重力平面.

...hope this helps.

 Troy FowlerUnited StatesLocal time: 23:28Native speaker of: EnglishPRO pts in category: 30
 The deadline for this translation is today, so I will follow your suggestion and go with 重力平面, even though the number of hits on google for this phrase is rather small (yes, I did read the thread on overgoogleification of our profession, but... ;)). Thanks!

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