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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
First recorded in 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sand table
Historical Examples
  • I have a box cupboard, a sand table, two long low tables marked with squares, and strong benches.

    The Child in the Midst Mary Schauffler Labaree
  • The sand table, especially with work for younger children, is indispensable.


    Walter L. (Walter Lowrie) Hervey
  • A sand table should be considered one of the indispensable furnishings of every schoolroom.

    Primary Handwork

    Ella Victoria Dobbs
  • Two groups of children, one for the poster and one for the sand table, were assigned the work of placing the figures.

    Primary Handwork

    Ella Victoria Dobbs
  • During this time there were frequent discussions about how it was to be worked out on the sand table.

    Primary Handwork

    Ella Victoria Dobbs
  • The modeling of animals or people for the sand table is full of interest for the younger children.

    The Potter's Craft Charles F. Binns
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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