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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A portable surveying instrument consisting essentially of a drawing board and a ruler mounted on a tripod and used to sight and map topographical details.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A particular kind of instrument used by surveyors in mapmaking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. an instrument used for plotting the lines of a survey on paper in the field.
  • See under plane, a.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An important instrument of topographical surveying, consisting of a drawing-board mounted upon a tripod, and capable of being leveled and turned in azimuth, sometimes also having two horizontal motions of translation.
  • n. In mining, an inclined table or surface of boards on which ore is dressed; a frame, or framing-table. Also plain-table.
  • To survey with a plane-table.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. surveying instrument consisting of a drawing board and a ruler that are mounted on a tripod; used to sight and map topographical details

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