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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

plane-table

[pleyn-tey-buh l] /ˈpleɪnˌteɪ bəl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), plane-tabled, plane-tabling.
1.
to survey with a plane table.
Origin
1870-75
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Examples from the web for plane table
  • 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.
  • In order to facilitate site inspections, a plane table survey was conducted and a base line was established.
  • Detailed measurements, sketches, and plane table surveys.
British Dictionary definitions for plane 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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