Definition of light table in US English:

light table


  • A horizontal or tilted surface of translucent glass or plastic with a light behind it, used as a light box for drawing or viewing transparencies or negatives.

    • ‘On a light table, place your negative on top of the print and align it until it is registered.’
    • ‘Using a light table, students traced their enlarged drawings onto good student quality watercolor paper.’
    • ‘The painstaking work of photo analysis takes experts with years and years of experience, poring for hours and hours over light tables.’
    • ‘Freestanding plywood columns, like trees in a forest, support poster size photographs, supplemented by rows of models and transparencies set in light tables.’
    • ‘Compare the enlarged negative to the original negative on a light table.’