- (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.
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Examples from the Web for tab
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
Critics run that tab as high as $4 billion, calculating the lost tax revenues over 40 years.
And, as usual, the mega-billionaire is expected to pick up the tab.Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Courts Jeb in Sin City|John L. Smith|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One nation paints these arrows upwards, another downwards, a third sideways—and others again use other distinctions, as in tab.The History of Virginia, in Four Parts|Robert Beverley
The tab method is also used for a combination of daily and monthly index.
I drop my pencil signing a tab, and when I look down it is floating in a pool of champagne.The Trail of '98|Robert W. Service
Upon the tab of her coat she was wearing was the name of a costumier: 'Sartori, Via Roma.'The Sign of Silence|William Le Queux
He fell sick in the Persian city of Tab, and while in a state of delirium, expired .History of the Jews, Vol. I (of 6)|Heinrich Graetz
verb tabs, tabbing or tabbed
Word Origin for tab
"small flap," c.1600, possibly a dialectal word, of uncertain origin. Often interchangeable with tag (n.1). Cf. also Middle English tab "strap or string" (mid-15c.), Norwegian dialectal tave "piece of cloth, rag."
"account, bill, check," 1888, American English colloquial, probably a shortened form of tabulation or of tablet in the sense of "a sheet for writing on." Figurative phrase keep a tab on is recorded from 1890.
1961, shortened form of tablet (especially one of sugar containing LSD). As an abbreviation of tabloid (newspaper) it is 1990s slang. As a short form of tabulator key of a typewriter (later computer) it is recorded from 1916.
"to designate, label," 1924, perhaps an alteration of tag (v.2). Related: Tabbed; tabbing.
see keep tabs on.