light table


: a device that projects even light through a flat translucent surface over which films or tracings may be spread out and viewed

Examples of light table in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When lunar seismic data were first collected and analyzed in the 1970s, researchers like Nakamura interpreted them by eye, holding the jagged lines of seismograms over a light table. Julia Rosen, Discover Magazine, 19 Feb. 2016 The Sensory Studio includes a rubbing table where children use crayons to reveal textures, natural plant materials and plates, a large light table where children look at colorful and translucent plant materials, and more. David Petkiewicz, cleveland, 22 Mar. 2022 On game day, Martin sat on a couch in a campus medical office that had been transformed into a calming living room, with a statue of the Buddha, airy paintings, and yellow-light table lamps. Sarah Scoles, Popular Science, 9 Nov. 2020 Pro Tip: Place the sheets face-down on a light table or face-out on a window to edge-match the sheets, then carefully tape the seams. National Geographic, 7 Apr. 2020 The exhibit also includes a stylized reproduction of Emberley's drawing and a light table from his home studio that museum visitors can try out. Megan Becka,, 15 Dec. 2017 Interactive activities, including a stylized reproduction of the drawing and light table in Emberley's home studio, will be included in the show. Brittany Nader,, 12 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of light table was in 1931

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“Light table.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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