plane table definition by Webster's New World
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a surveying device for plotting maps in the field: it consists of a drawing board mounted on a tripod with an alidade that can be moved about over the table to establish a reference point
plane table definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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.