tab

1
[ tab ]
/ tæb /

noun

verb (used with object), tabbed, tab·bing.

to furnish or ornament with a tab or tabs.
to name or designate.

verb (used without object), tabbed, tab·bing.

to operate the tab function on a typewriter or computer.

Nearby words

  1. ta-ta,
  2. ta`izz,
  3. taal,
  4. taanith esther,
  5. taata,
  6. tab-hang,
  7. tab.,
  8. tabacco,
  9. tabagie,
  10. tabanid

Idioms

    keep tabs/tab on, Informal. to keep an account of; check on; observe: The police kept tabs on the suspect's activities.

Origin of tab

1
1600–10; most senses of unknown origin;in def 7 short for tabulator; in def 10 short for tableau; in defs 4, 15 short for table

tab

2
[ tab ]
/ tæb /

noun Informal.

Slang. a tablet, as of a drug or medication.

Origin of tab

2
by shortening

tab.

tables.
(in prescriptions) tablet.

Origin of tab.

From the Latin word tabella

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British Dictionary definitions for tab

tab

1
/ (tæb) /

noun

verb tabs, tabbing or tabbed

(tr) to supply (files, clothing, etc) with a tab or tabs

Word Origin for tab

C17: of unknown origin

noun

short for tabulator, tablet
slang a portion of a drug, esp LSD or ecstasy

TAB

abbreviation for

typhoid-paratyphoid A and B (vaccine)
Australian and NZ Totalizator Agency Board

tab.

abbreviation for

table (list or chart)
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Word Origin and History for tab
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with tab

tab

see keep tabs on.

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