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sand table

a table with raised edges holding sand for children to play with.
Military. a table holding a scale model of a tract of land, including trees, streams, buildings, etc., made of hardened sand, used for training in gunnery or tactics.
Origin of sand table
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The sand-table representation included a tiny bridge across a small stream of "real" water.

    Primary Handwork Ella Victoria Dobbs
  • By right of which I retaliate, “What instantly comes to your mind when I say the word ‘sand-table’?”

    Life's Minor Collisions Frances Warner
  • The pupils had made use of this picture when working at the sand-table.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature Ontario Ministry of Education
  • Place small shells along little paths in sand-table, sometimes with concave side up and vice versa.

  • Map drawing: Plans of plots and of whole garden and grounds, represented on sand-table, paper, or black-board.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study Ontario Ministry of Education
British Dictionary definitions for sand-table

sand table

(military) a surface on which sand can be modelled into a relief map on which to demonstrate tactics
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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