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tablespoonful

[tey-buh l-spoon-foo l]
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noun, plural ta·ble·spoon·fuls.
  1. the amount a tablespoon can hold.
  2. a volumetric measure equal to ½ fluid ounce (14.8 ml), or three teaspoonfuls. Abbreviation: T., tbs., tbsp.

Origin of tablespoonful

First recorded in 1765–75; tablespoon + -ful

Usage note

See -ful.
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Examples from the Web for tablespoonful

Historical Examples

  • Add a tablespoonful of carbolic acid to the gallon while hot.

    Taxidermy

    Leon Luther Pray

  • A tablespoonful of seed will sow a patch twenty-five feet square.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • A tablespoonful of vinegar added to the dye bath helps the colour.

    Vegetable Dyes

    Ethel M. Mairet

  • One tablespoonful of vinegar adds a pleasant taste to this dish.

  • Grate the corn; allow an egg and a tablespoonful of cream for every cupful.