from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun 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 The Century Dictionary.
- To survey with a plane-table.
- noun 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.
- noun In mining, an inclined table or surface of boards on which ore is dressed; a frame, or framing-table. Also
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
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- noun cartography A particular kind of instrument used by surveyors in mapmaking.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun 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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