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Dover, Strait of,

separating Great Britain from France and connecting the English Channel with the North Sea. It is 21 mi (34 km) wide between Dover and Cape Gris-Nez, near CalaisCalais
, city (1990 pop. 78,836), Pas-de-Calais dept., N France, in Picardy, on the Straits of Dover. An industrial center with a great variety of manufactures, it has been a major commercial seaport and a communications center with England since the Middle Ages.
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, and is called Pas-de-Calais by the French. It is traversed regularly by ferry, hovercraft, and, with the completion of the Channel TunnelChannel Tunnel,
popularly called the "Chunnel," a three-tunnel railroad connection running under the English Channel, connecting Folkestone, England, and Calais, France. The tunnels are 31 mi (50 km) long. There are two rail tunnels, each 25 ft (7.
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, by rail. The Romans called it Fretum Gallicum. The Strait of Dover has been the scene of naval battles: in the 13th cent. Hubert de Burgh defeated the invading French, and in 1588 the Spanish Armada was checked there by the English.
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Dover, Strait of


(in French Pas de Calais), a strait separating continental Europe (France) and Great Britain. The strait was formed in the Anthropogenic period by the settling and submergence of the land between the European mainland and the British Isles. It is 29 km wide at its narrowest point and has depths to 64 m. The Strait of Dover is the entrance to the English Channel from the North Sea. Its chief British port is Dover; the chief French ports are Calais, Boulogne-sur-Mer, and Dunkerque.

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Asi, estudiara aquellos casos en los que el sentido no es un problema para el traductor, quien se servira entonces del prestamo (Hyde Park, permanece invariable en frances), la transcripcion (Popoff) y la transliteracion (Popov), la asimilacion fonetica y grafica (Edinburgh, Edimbourg), la traduccion literal en sus diferentes grados (The Dead Sea, La Mer Morte) -siendo estos tres ultimos, procedimientos de equivalencia que se quedan fuera del campo de accion del traductor-, la designation distincte o doble denominacion formas distintas de llamar al mismo referente en las dos culturas (The Straits of Dover, le Pas-deCalais)- y la diferencia de concentracion (Mike, Michael).
They've leapt across the Straits of Dover And robbed us of our simple pleasures, Our good old English weights and measures.
Because of the bad weather, there were no dawn recce flights over the area by the RAF, so the Admiralty did not learn that the German ships had left until they reached the Straits of Dover, about 11A.M.
"The whole convoy went through the Straits of Dover at night and I still can't believe that not a single shot was fired against us or that a single enemy plane didn't fly over us, but it didn't.
His 10-day rule prevented any mention of all meteorological conditions or happenings - except curiously in the Straits of Dover - for that length of time, lest it helped the enemy to forecast the weather!
In contrast with that brand of human brotherhood which stopped at the Straits of Dover, it aspired to be European and international.
Don recalled: "The Germans opened up with big guns as we reached the Straits of Dover. The ship behind me exploded.
The Straits of Dover is an even more hazardous prospect.