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[tey-buh l-foo l] /ˈteɪ bəlˌfʊl/
noun, plural tablefuls.
the number of persons that can be seated at a table.
the amount of food, dishes, etc., that a table can hold.
Origin of tableful
First recorded in 1525-35; table + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We found a tableful of handkerchiefs spread out for view at Duckford's.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • He is like a man glancing across the open pages of a tableful of books.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • In contrast to these good choquettes is this tableful of bad choquettes.

    The Story of Silk Sara Ware Bassett
  • Meanwhile, to entertain a tableful of strangers at lunch is an admirable gift.

    The Furnace

    Rose Macaulay
  • During the days of the week when they ate there was no other sort of meat on the table to satisfy the needs of all the tableful.

  • And presently Polly found herself in a little stuffy box of a room, with a tableful of greasy dishes before her.

  • Beyond her Grace, little Polaire of "Claudine" fame is keeping a tableful of men in a gale of laughter.

    In Vanity Fair

    Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
  • Young Thomas Kehoe nearly bit the doctor's thumb in two after kicking over a tableful of instruments.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • But I suppose this pessimistic view is natural if you eat three meals a day with a tableful of melancholics.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • Do you mind the youth in highland garb and the tableful of coppers?

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