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sand table

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noun
  1. a table with raised edges holding sand for children to play with.
  2. 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
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Examples from the Web for sand table

Historical Examples

  • The pupils had made use of this picture when working at the sand-table.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature

    Ontario Ministry of Education

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

  • The sand-table representation included a tiny bridge across a small stream of "real" water.

    Primary Handwork

    Ella Victoria Dobbs

  • 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

  • Place small shells along little paths in sand-table, sometimes with concave side up and vice versa.


British Dictionary definitions for sand table

sand table

noun
  1. military a surface on which sand can be modelled into a relief map on which to demonstrate tactics
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