Traverse table

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(Naut. & Surv.) A table by means of which the difference of latitude and departure corresponding to any given course and distance may be found by inspection. It contains the lengths of the two sides of a right-angled triangle, usually for every quarter of a degree of angle, and for lengths of the hypothenuse, from 1 to 100.
(Railroad) A platform with one or more tracks, and arranged to move laterally on wheels, for shifting cars, etc., from one line of track to another.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The single, fixed dressing point for all three wheels is on the traverse table, so it doesn't need to be repositioned regardless of tailstock location, part diameter, or swivel table angle.