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plain table

noun, Surveying

plane table

noun, Surveying
1.
a drawing board mounted on a tripod, used in the field, with an alidade, for surveying tracts of land.
Also, plain table.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10
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British Dictionary definitions for plain-table

plane table

noun
1.
a surveying instrument consisting of a drawing board mounted on adjustable legs, and used in the field for plotting measurements directly
verb
2.
to survey (a plot of land) using a plane table
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