[ tab ]
/ tæb /
a small flap, strap, loop, or similar appendage, as on a garment, used for pulling, hanging, or decoration.
a tag or label.
a small projection from a card, paper, or folder, used as an aid in filing.
Informal. a bill, as for a meal in a restaurant; check.
a small piece attached or intended to be attached, as to an automobile license plate.
a small flap or tongue of material used to seal or close the opening of a container.
Also called tabulator, tab key. a key on a typewriter that moves the carriage, typing element, etc., a predetermined number of spaces, used for typing text in columns, for fixed indentations, etc.
Also called tab key. a key on a computer keyboard that moves the cursor a predetermined number of spaces, used for keying text in columns or form fields, for fixed indentations, etc.
- (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.
Aeronautics. a small airfoil hinged to the rear portion of a control surface, as to an elevator, aileron, or rudder.Compare trim tab.
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.
keep tabs/tab on, Informal. to keep an account of; check on; observe: The police kept tabs on the suspect's activities.
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British Dictionary definitions for tabbing (1 of 3)
/ (tæb) /
a small flap of material, esp one on a garment for decoration or for fastening to a button
any similar flap, such as a piece of paper attached to a file for identification
a small auxiliary aerofoil on the trailing edge of a rudder, aileron, or elevator, etc, to assist in the control of the aircraft in flightSee also trim tab
British military the insignia on the collar of a staff officer
mainly US and Canadian a bill, esp one for a meal or drinks
Scot and Northern English dialect a cigarette
keep tabs on informal to keep a watchful eye on
verb tabs, tabbing or tabbed
(tr) to supply (files, clothing, etc) with a tab or tabs
Word Origin for tab
C17: of unknown origin
British Dictionary definitions for tabbing (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for tabbing (3 of 3)
typhoid-paratyphoid A and B (vaccine)
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Idioms and Phrases with tabbing
see keep tabs on.
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