Recently I am checking prepositions in dictionaries, when talking about spatial meaning for the preposition, there are 2 entries: "1- räumlich" AND "2- räumlich übertr. OR übertragen" , what does the second one mean? what is the difference with first one?
The usage of prepositions in German can be mostly divided in four classes: 1. spatial 2. temporal 3. modal 4. causal. Many prepositions are used in more than one class. Following is a clear spatial usage of the preposition in:
In der Schublade liegt das Dokument.
The definition "übertragen" is used when it is used symbolic, example:
In der Ruhe liegt die Kraft.
You could say it is a spatial preposition. However "Ruhe" (quiet, silence) is no real world place where something can be there. So you would say it is "räumlich übertragen".