- Music. any of various systems of music notation using letters, numbers, or other signs to indicate the strings, frets, keys, etc., to be played.
- a tabular space, surface, or structure.
Origin of tablature
Examples from the Web for tablature
The first time he asked admittance to show you the tablature, and you did not want to receive him, I persuaded you to do so.Barbara Blomberg, Complete
As Walther sings Sachs takes it down in tablature, calling out to him what sections are next required.Richard Wagner
John F. Runciman
This set of thoughts is like the tablature prescribed to the singing animal above mentioned.Theodicy
G. W. Leibniz
Robinson gives instructions for learning to play the cittern and for reading the tablature.
- music any of a number of forms of musical notation, esp for playing the lute, consisting of letters and signs indicating rhythm and fingering
- an engraved or painted tablet or other flat surface
Word Origin and History for tablature
type of musical notation for lute or stringed instrument, 1570s, from French tablature (1550s), from Latin tabula "table" (see table (n.)); influenced by Italian tavolatura, from tavolare "to board, plank, enclose with boards."
- An engraved tablet or surface.
- The cranial bones considered as two laminae separated by the diploe.