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[tab] /tæb/
noun
1.
a small flap, strap, loop, or similar appendage, as on a garment, used for pulling, hanging, or decoration.
2.
a tag or label.
3.
a small projection from a card, paper, or folder, used as an aid in filing.
4.
Informal. a bill, as for a meal in a restaurant; check.
5.
a small piece attached or intended to be attached, as to an automobile license plate.
6.
a small flap or tongue of material used to seal or close the opening of a container.
7.
Also called tabulator, tab key. a key on a typewriter that moves the carriage, typing element, etc., a predetermined number of spaces, used for typing text in columns, for fixed indentations, etc.
8.
Also called tab key. a key on a computer keyboard that moves the cursor a predetermined number of spaces, used for keying text in columns or form fields, for fixed indentations, etc.
9.
Digital Technology.
  1. (in a web browser window or in a spreadsheet or other application) a page displayed by clicking on or selecting a user interface element that resembles a paper tab:
    The third tab in the spreadsheet list expenses.
  2. the display of this user interface element:
    I have too many tabs open in my browser right now.
10.
Theater.
  1. a small, often narrow, drop curtain, for masking part of the stage.
  2. tableau curtain.
11.
Aeronautics. a small airfoil hinged to the rear portion of a control surface, as to an elevator, aileron, or rudder.
Compare trim tab.
verb (used with object), tabbed, tabbing.
12.
to furnish or ornament with a tab or tabs.
13.
to name or designate.
verb (used without object), tabbed, tabbing.
14.
to operate the tab function on a typewriter or computer.
Idioms
15.
keep tabs / tab on, Informal. to keep an account of; check on; observe:
The police kept tabs on the suspect's activities.
Origin of tab1
1600-1610
1600-10; most senses of unknown origin;in def 7 short for tabulator; in def 10 short for tableau; in defs 4, 15 short for table
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Examples from the Web for tabbed
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  • Bonner had him tabbed as a weakling with the bat; even his own team mates did not expect him to hit.

  • They've got them tabbed as 'conservatives' opposed to the extremes of the Red Tabio regime.

    The Five Arrows Allan Chase
  • He was that, it is true, but he was something else besides; something which tabbed him a mortal set apart from his fellow mortals.

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
  • He tabbed over each, picked out a pair of Simpsons boxers, and hit return.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for tabbed

tab1

/tæb/
noun
1.
a small flap of material, esp one on a garment for decoration or for fastening to a button
2.
any similar flap, such as a piece of paper attached to a file for identification
3.
a small auxiliary aerofoil on the trailing edge of a rudder, aileron, or elevator, etc, to assist in the control of the aircraft in flight See also trim tab
4.
(Brit, military) the insignia on the collar of a staff officer
5.
(mainly US & Canadian) a bill, esp one for a meal or drinks
6.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) a cigarette
7.
(informal) keep tabs on, to keep a watchful eye on
verb tabs, tabbing, tabbed
8.
(transitive) to supply (files, clothing, etc) with a tab or tabs
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin

tab2

/tæb/
noun
1.
short for tabulator, tablet
2.
(slang) a portion of a drug, esp LSD or ecstasy

TAB

abbreviation
1.
typhoid-paratyphoid A and B (vaccine)
2.
(Austral & NZ) Totalizator Agency Board
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Word Origin and History for tabbed

tab

n.

"small flap," c.1600, possibly a dialectal word, of uncertain origin. Often interchangeable with tag (n.1). Cf. also Middle English tab "strap or string" (mid-15c.), Norwegian dialectal tave "piece of cloth, rag."

"account, bill, check," 1888, American English colloquial, probably a shortened form of tabulation or of tablet in the sense of "a sheet for writing on." Figurative phrase keep a tab on is recorded from 1890.

1961, shortened form of tablet (especially one of sugar containing LSD). As an abbreviation of tabloid (newspaper) it is 1990s slang. As a short form of tabulator key of a typewriter (later computer) it is recorded from 1916.

v.

"to designate, label," 1924, perhaps an alteration of tag (v.2). Related: Tabbed; tabbing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tabbed

tab 1

noun phrase

The bill or check for something, esp for food or drink: three-or four-hundred-dollar tabs for unpaid liquor (1942+)

noun

A written acknowledgment of debt; iou: They're liable to go out and stick up a bank if they owe you a tab (1950s+)

Related Terms

pick up the tab

[origin unknown; perhaps a shortening of tabulation]

tab 2

verb

To identify or designate; label: I tabbed him immediately as a crook

[1924+; fr tab, ''a tied-on baggage label,'' of unknown origin; perhaps an alteration of tag]

tab 3

noun

  1. A tablet
  2. A dose of LSD; hit (1960s+ Narcotics)

tab 4

noun

A tabloid newspaper: just be sure the other tabs and the London papers don't have track pictures either (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for tabbed

tab

tablet

TAB

timing and acquisition bit
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Idioms and Phrases with tabbed

tab

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