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Data fields

Data fields in DIN-TERM

In the results for a term, the information is broken up into "blocks" in different languages:  In the short view the information is shown in the source and target languages you have selected. In the full view the information is shown in all available languages (German, English, French, Polish). In some cases this information is only available in German (e.g. terms specified in a German Standard at national level only), English (terms specified in a German Standard published in English only) or even Polish (terms specified in a Polish Standard at national level only). In most cases, the information is available in two, three or four languages though (e.g. terms laid down in European or International Standards).

Here is an explanation of the data fields used in DIN-TERM:


One or more terms are indicated as the term(s) which are to be given preference. Sometimes these are followed by a small flag, e.g. indicating that an English term is used predominantly in the US or UK.


One or more terms listed in addition to the preferred term and which may also be used (but do not have as high a priority as the preferred term). Sometimes these are followed by a small flag, e.g. indicating that an English term is used predominantly in the US or UK.


One or more terms which exist but which should not be used. Sometimes an English term should only be used in the US or in the UK, for instance.


One or more symbol(s) associated with the term (e.g. as used in equations), for example f for "frequency"


Subject area in which the term is used. Especially important where a term has several meanings, depending on the subject area.


Unit of measurement associated with the term, for example hertz (Hz) for "frequency"


Definition of the term

Additional information

Examples, explanatory notes etc. regarding the term


In DIN-TERM, footnotes in the original document are indicated by the symbol "@": For example, "alignment@1" means footnote 1 refers to the term "alignment". Texts of footnotes are shown in the "Footnotes" data field.


Sometimes a source document (e.g. standard) will take over a term and definition – either unchanged or with a slight modification – from another document. In DIN-TERM the "original" document is cited in the "Origin" field.

Source document

The standard, draft standard, or specification from which the term and its definition are taken. (In the case of draft standards which are still at the public enquiry stage a link is given to the "Norm-Entwurfs-Portal", DIN's draft standards portal (in German only), where comments on the term can be made.)

German title / English title / French title / Polish title

Title of the source document in the relevant language