plane table

noun Surveying.
a drawing board mounted on a tripod, used in the field, with an alidade, for surveying tracts of land.
Also, plain table.


Origin:
1600–10

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plane-table

[pleyn-tey-buhl]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), plane-tabled, plane-tabling.
to survey with a plane table.

Origin:
1870–75

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

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Example sentences
Two topographers working with an alidade and plane table.
Old time topographer at work with an alidade and plane table.
The general use of manuscripts signaled the end of topography by hand-drawn
  plane table methods.
At one time, the rodman had gone ahead to select a point for a plane table
  set-up.
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