- a bill, as for a meal in a restaurant; check: That dinner went way over my budget, so I was relieved when she offered to pick up the tab.
- a list of accruing costs, as drinks ordered in a bar: Go ahead and order another round of beers—we’ve got a running tab.
- (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.
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How to use tab in a sentence
That victory for the tab became a bargaining chip in all future dealings with the superstar.
Runaway corporations benefited from those policies but want U.S. companies to pay their share of the tab.The Democrats Have Found a New Boogeyman, and It’s Burger King|Tim Mak|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They started the tab; as a country, we have simply, and certainly, continued it.Life, Liberty, and the Founding Fathers’ Pursuit of Hoppiness|Kevin Bleyer|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Place your order and you are given a little tab of paper with the price marked on it.Charlottesville Is Swimming in Finger Lickin’ Gas Station Fried Chicken|Jane & Michael Stern|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Critics run that tab as high as $4 billion, calculating the lost tax revenues over 40 years.
He had his key ready in his hand, terra cotta-hued tab swinging loose.
Short hard radiation emitted from the tab neutralized the claws, put them out of commission.
Radiation tabs protected the UN troops, but if a man lost his tab he was fair game for the claws, no matter what his uniform.
In two little hours we came to Antab (An-tab), having crossed the Sejour at a bridge about three quarters of an hour before.Early Travels in Palestine|Arculf et al.
It was a sedan with a neat little drive-yourself tab on the right-hand door.Cue for Quiet|Thomas L. Sherred
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see keep tabs on.