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.

1600–10 Unabridged


verb (used with object), verb (used without object), plane-tabled, plane-tabling.
to survey with a plane table.

1870–75 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
plane table
1.  a surveying instrument consisting of a drawing board mounted on adjustable legs, and used in the field for plotting measurements directly
2.  to survey (a plot of land) using a plane table

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Example sentences
With a careful hand it approaches the high degree of perfection attained by the plane-table method.
Later, profile maps were prepared from plane-table surveys and typically include proposed reservoir sites.
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