I've been translating a truck scale description in a business offer letter, and the specification table there, listing the five parts comprising the prospective order, says on line five:

Cable for connecting the load cell to the weighing terminal, bare end. Length: 30m.

In the Russian original, the phrase "открытый конец" (literally "open end") most likely means that the cable has no connector attached to it. It probably comes out of the load cell, and then is cut at this length, 30m. The Buyer can attach the necessary connector.

What would be a naturally-looking phrase for describing the same "bare end" in a similar English document?

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    What's wrong with bare end? Jun 8, 2016 at 18:16
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    @AlanCarmack - "bare end" seems okay, but one is never sure with technical terminology. Jun 8, 2016 at 18:17
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    'Raw Wire' also works (you can google it). As for as some industry standard/technical term, unless someone happens to know, then all we can do here--which seems reasonable, given that this is not a technical site--is give possible terms. Both 'bare end' and 'raw wire' are used. Jun 8, 2016 at 18:21
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    "No connector" would be informative. :) ricelake.com/products/hardware/load-cell-hardware/cable/… Jun 8, 2016 at 20:38
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    As offered in the answer from @peter below, unterminated is the word that I would expect to see. Caveat - my background is in ICT, telecoms and agriculture. It's possible that a different word is used in other disciplines but I think all would understand unterminated.
    – PerryW
    Jun 8, 2016 at 20:55

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If the "cable" is used for load bearing, then you could use


(source: chinahisea.com)
However, if it is an electronic "cable", then the term


can be used. here
(source: gigalink-mce.net)

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    And both can be sold as bulk cable. Jun 8, 2016 at 18:30
  • Note: A "terminated" electrical cable could mean one with an impedance-matching resistor at the end, rather than one with a connector.
    – user253751
    Jun 9, 2016 at 8:42

Pigtail is also used frequently to mean an end of a cable that is un-connector-ized.
See here and here.

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    Pigtail is a cable with one non-terminated end, but a connector on the other end. If that is the intent, then pigtail is better than "unterminated", "bulk" or "raw". Jun 8, 2016 at 22:54
  • Exactly. I got the impression from the description "Cable for connecting the load cell to the weighing terminal, bare end" that the other end is either hard-wired to, or has a connector that electrically attaches to, either the load cell or the terminal (description is ambiguous.) If, alternatively, it is a cable used mechanically in the weighing process somehow, then 'bulk' would certainly be better. Jun 8, 2016 at 23:00

'Bare end' in this context is not unusual in the engineering community.

A quick search on the United Kingdom RS Components website http://uk.rs-online.com/web/c/?searchTerm=bare+end&sra=oss&r=t yielded several hits for this usage.

'Unterminated', 'bare cable', 'no connector fitted' and the like will also be widely understood.

A very puerile person might see innuendo in the term, but I would not worry about it.

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