- to survey with a plane table.
Origin of plane-table
First recorded in 1870–75
or plain table
- a drawing board mounted on a tripod, used in the field, with an alidade, for surveying tracts of land.
Origin of plane table
First recorded in 1600–10
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Examples from the Web for plane-table
The delay enabled me to try my hand at repairing the plane-table.Across Iceland
Work on the wireless masts went on apace, and the geologist was abroad with his plane-table every day.The Home of the Blizzard
This map was a plane-table sketch, prepared by an engineer officer shortly before the action.History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)
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Sometimes I went on with Imam Sharif, one soldier and a servant carrying the plane-table.Southern Arabia
Plane-table maps vary greatly in scale and the area they represent.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2
- 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
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