[tey-buh l]


verb (used with object), ta·bled, ta·bling.


of, relating to, or for use on a table: a table lamp.
suitable for serving at a table or for eating or drinking: table grapes.

Nearby words

  1. tabinet,
  2. tabitha,
  3. tabla,
  4. tablas,
  5. tablature,
  6. table bay,
  7. table board,
  8. table corn,
  9. table cut,
  10. table d'hôte


Origin of table

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English tabule, variant of tabula < Latin: plank, tablet; (v.) late Middle English: to record on a table, entertain at table, derivative of the noun

Related formsta·ble·less, adjectiveun·ta·bled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for table

British Dictionary definitions for table



a flat horizontal slab or board, usually supported by one or more legs, on which objects may be placedRelated adjective: mensal
  1. such a slab or board on which food is servedwe were six at table
  2. (as modifier)table linen
  3. (in combination)a tablecloth
food as served in a particular household or restauranta good table
such a piece of furniture specially designed for any of various purposesa backgammon table; bird table
  1. a company of persons assembled for a meal, game, etc
  2. (as modifier)table talk
any flat or level area, such as a plateau
a rectangular panel set below or above the face of a wall
architect another name for cordon (def. 4)
an upper horizontal facet of a cut gem
music the sounding board of a violin, guitar, or similar stringed instrument
  1. an arrangement of words, numbers, or signs, usually in parallel columns, to display data or relationsa table of contents
  2. See multiplication table
a tablet on which laws were inscribed by the ancient Romans, the Hebrews, etc
palmistry an area of the palm's surface bounded by four lines
printing a slab of smooth metal on which ink is rolled to its proper consistency
  1. either of the two bony plates that form the inner and outer parts of the flat bones of the cranium
  2. any thin flat plate, esp of bone
on the table put forward for discussion and acceptancewe currently have our final offer on the table
turn the tables on someone to cause a complete reversal of circumstances, esp to defeat or get the better of someone who was previously in a stronger position

verb (tr)

to place on a table
British to submit (a bill, etc) for consideration by a legislative body
US to suspend discussion of (a bill, etc) indefinitely or for some time
to enter in or form into a list; tabulate
Derived Formstableful, nountableless, adjective

Word Origin for table

C12: via Old French from Latin tabula a writing tablet

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Word Origin and History for table
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for table




An article of furniture supported by one or more vertical legs and having a flat horizontal surface.
An orderly arrangement of data, especially one in which the data are arranged in columns and rows in an essentially rectangular form.
An abbreviated list, as of contents; a synopsis.
The inner or outer flat layer of bones of the skull separated by the diploe.

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Idioms and Phrases with table


see clear out (the table); lay one's cards on the table; on the table; set the table; turn the tables; under the table; wait at table.

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