from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a table the top of which could be lengthened by pulling out slides or leaves. It was the prototype of the modern extension table.
  • noun A table or stand especially designed for use in drawing.


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  • He pulled his own drawing-table to the window, set out his board and colour-box, filled a great glass from the seltzer-water bottle, drank some of the vapid liquor, and plunged his brushes in the rest, with which he began to paint.

    The Newcomes 2006

  • Laura was standing by the well-remembered drawing-table which I had so often used, with the little album that I had filled for her in past times open under her hand.

    The Woman in White 2003

  • Of course, it is illustrated with photographs, the first one depicting a sleek and stiff Yeomanic-looking, khaki-clad being standing by the side of a swagger little drawing-table covered with a fringed tablecloth, and obviously groaning under what we learn are the gentleman's daily rations.

    A Yeoman's Letters Third Edition P. T. Ross

  • He tried walking round the room on one leg, working heel and toe, and that succeeded very well, and did no harm till he unluckily came to the drawing-table, when he immediately brought himself to a stand on both feet.

    The Doll and Her Friends or Memoirs of the Lady Seraphina Unknown

  • Give him his drawing-table, his plans, his models, the noise of machinery, the clatter of the foundry, and he is always contented.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 57, July, 1862 Various

  • [She sits down at the drawing-table and pours out tea for herself].

    Heartbreak House George Bernard Shaw 1903

  • Mazzini, terribly upset, with a duelling pistol in his hand, comes from the hall, and makes his way to the drawing-table.

    Heartbreak House George Bernard Shaw 1903

  • Between the sofa and the drawing-table is a big wicker chair, with broad arms and a low sloping back, with its back to the light.

    Heartbreak House George Bernard Shaw 1903

  • [She passes on to the drawing-table, and leans against the end of it, facing the windows].

    Heartbreak House George Bernard Shaw 1903

  • The dusty and neglected drawing on his crude drawing-table told the story all too well.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit Being a Record of the Adventures of a Live American Young Man George Randolph Chester 1896


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