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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


[pleyn-tey-buh l] /ˈpleɪnˌteɪ bəl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), plane-tabled, plane-tabling.
to survey with a plane table.
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Work on the wireless masts went on apace, and the geologist was abroad with his plane-table every day.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • The delay enabled me to try my hand at repairing the plane-table.

    Across Iceland William Bisiker
  • In the northern part of this valley I was prevented from doing any plane-table work in the afternoons of four successive days.

  • Having set up the plane-table in position, I erected a flag-post and returned to camp to breakfast.

    Across Iceland William Bisiker
  • This map was a plane-table sketch, prepared by an engineer officer shortly before the action.

  • I set up the plane-table, however, in the hope that the clouds would clear later on, and then took a boiling-point observation.

    Across Iceland William Bisiker
  • Sometimes I went on with Imam Sharif, one soldier and a servant carrying the plane-table.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • The new survey of Belgium was completed in 1872 and there have been published 527 plane-table sections or planchettes on Belgium.

  • Gujjar Singh, with the plane-table, was detained by bad weather higher up the valley.

    Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
  • plane-table maps vary greatly in scale and the area they represent.

British Dictionary definitions for plane-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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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