sand table

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noun

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
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sand table

noun

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

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