- (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.
Origin of tab1
Examples from the Web for tabbed
Arkansas, for instance, tabbed Stan Heath to replace Nolan Richardson in 2002.Black College Football Coaches Don’t Get Second Chances|Evin Demirel|January 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He tabbed over each, picked out a pair of Simpsons boxers, and hit return.Makers|Cory Doctorow
He was that, it is true, but he was something else besides; something which tabbed him a mortal set apart from his fellow mortals.Sundry Accounts|Irvin S. Cobb
Bonner had him tabbed as a weakling with the bat; even his own team mates did not expect him to hit.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High|Leslie W. Quirk
They've got them tabbed as 'conservatives' opposed to the extremes of the Red Tabio regime.The Five Arrows|Allan Chase
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.