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plain table

noun, Surveying

plane table

or plain table

noun, Surveying
a drawing board mounted on a tripod, used in the field, with an alidade, for surveying tracts of land.
Origin of plane table
1600-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The judge sat usually upon a platform with a plain table, or pine board, for a desk.

    Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson
  • A small, plain table will, of course, answer very well if no desk is available and it is desired not to buy one.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • In the forefront of the platform was a plain table with a chair at either end of it, and a larger one in the middle.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
  • A plain table became luxurious by virtue of something thrown across it.

    The Debatable Land Arthur Colton
  • Two cane chairs and a plain table comprised the whole of the furniture.

    Armadale Wilkie Collins
  • They sat down at a plain table, and then came in the straightforward manner characteristic of both to the great business in hand.

    The Tree of Appomattox Joseph A. Altsheler
  • It had bare walls, a plain table and chairs, and a crucifix in the corner.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • In one part of it stood several upholstered chairs with covers on, cluttered about a plain table.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • The other room was more simply furnished with a Spanish table, a plain table, and a few chairs.

    London Walter Besant
  • She sat facing him, on the other side of the plain table, her open report-book before her.

    The White Sister F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for plain table

plane table

a surveying instrument consisting of a drawing board mounted on adjustable legs, and used in the field for plotting measurements directly
to survey (a plot of land) using a plane table
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