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plane table

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.

plane table

n
(Surveying) a surveying instrument consisting of a drawing board mounted on adjustable legs, and used in the field for plotting measurements directly
vb
(Surveying) to survey (a plot of land) using a plane table

plane′ ta`ble


n.
a drawing board mounted on a tripod, used in the field, with an alidade, for surveying tracts of land.
[1600–10]
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Noun1.plane table - surveying instrument consisting of a drawing board and a ruler that are mounted on a tripodplane table - surveying instrument consisting of a drawing board and a ruler that are mounted on a tripod; used to sight and map topographical details
surveying instrument, surveyor's instrument - an instrument used by surveyors
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Bigger plane tables were used for graphic triangulation (Novotny 1909), featured with peep-sight alidades and telescopic level diopters.
For detailed survey plane tables of Morinoni and Kraft trademarks has been used, fitted with peep-sight alidade, first with diopter, later with a telescope.
Chorography was related to both of the previous categories and was itself affected by the development of new instruments such as plane tables and theodolites which transformed surveying.