- a course or band, especially of masonry, having a distinctive form or position.
- a distinctively treated surface on a wall.
- the tablets on which certain collections of laws were anciently inscribed: the tables of the Decalogue.
- the laws themselves.
- the upper horizontal surface of a faceted gem.
- a gem with such a surface.
verb (used with object), ta·bled, ta·bling.
- Chiefly U.S. to lay aside (a proposal, resolution, etc.) for future discussion, usually with a view to postponing or shelving the matter indefinitely.
- British. to present (a proposal, resolution, etc.) for discussion.
- U.S. postponed.
- British. submitted for consideration.
- as a bribe; secretly: She gave money under the table to get the apartment.
Origin of table
Related formsta·ble·less, adjectiveun·ta·bled, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for on the table
- such a slab or board on which food is servedwe were six at table
- (as modifier)table linen
- (in combination)a tablecloth
- a company of persons assembled for a meal, game, etc
- (as modifier)table talk
- an arrangement of words, numbers, or signs, usually in parallel columns, to display data or relationsa table of contents
- See multiplication table
- either of the two bony plates that form the inner and outer parts of the flat bones of the cranium
- any thin flat plate, esp of bone
Derived Formstableful, nountableless, adjective
Word Origin for table
Medicine definitions for on the table
Idioms and Phrases with on the table (1 of 2)
on the table
Up for discussion, as in There are two new proposals on the table. [Mid-1600s]
Postponed or put aside for later consideration, as in When they adjourned, three items were put on the table until the next meeting. [First half of 1700s] The table in both idioms is a figurative conference table. Also see lay one's cards on the table.
Idioms and Phrases with on the table (2 of 2)
see clear out (the table); lay one's cards on the table; on the table; set the table; turn the tables; under the table; wait at table.