- (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.
- the display of this user interface element:I have too many tabs open in my browser right now.
- a small, often narrow, drop curtain, for masking part of the stage.
- tableau curtain.
verb (used with object), tabbed, tab·bing.
verb (used without object), tabbed, tab·bing.
British Dictionary definitions for keep tabs on (1 of 3)
verb tabs, tabbing or tabbed
Word Origin for tab
British Dictionary definitions for keep tabs on (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for keep tabs on (3 of 3)
Idioms and Phrases with keep tabs on (1 of 2)
keep tabs on
Observe carefully, keep a record of. For example, I hate having my boss keep tabs on my every move, or We've got to keep tabs on outgoing mail so we can keep track of postage. This expression uses to tab in the sense of “an account.” [Late 1800s] Also see keep track.
Idioms and Phrases with keep tabs on (2 of 2)
see keep tabs on.