- a course or band, especially of masonry, having a distinctive form or position.
- a distinctively treated surface on a wall.
- the tablets on which certain collections of laws were anciently inscribed: the tables of the Decalogue.
- the laws themselves.
- the upper horizontal surface of a faceted gem.
- a gem with such a surface.
verb (used with object), ta·bled, ta·bling.
- Chiefly U.S. to lay aside (a proposal, resolution, etc.) for future discussion, usually with a view to postponing or shelving the matter indefinitely.
- British. to present (a proposal, resolution, etc.) for discussion.
- table bay,
- table board,
- table corn,
- table cut,
- table d'hôte
- U.S. postponed.
- British. submitted for consideration.
- as a bribe; secretly: She gave money under the table to get the apartment.
Origin of table
Examples from the Web for table
He gets up and goes over to their table and introduces himself, and he says, ‘Hello, I’m Oliver Reed.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That means any response that could result in physical damage inside North Korea is off the table.
A table creaking under the weight of a Christmas banquet, a classic celebration of binge eating and drinking.
Targeting her upper back, Couple sat cross-legged on a table while she whipped her slave.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Det. 2: (slamming his hand on the table and yelling) You hung her!How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities|Elizabeth Picciuto|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The servant followed with the two cases and the bag, and laid them upon the table, then placed himself at the door.Frederick The Great and His Family|L. Muhlbach
A piece of old carpet was my saddle, and served me likewise for a seat, a table, and various other purposes.Travels in Arabia|Bayard Taylor
The voice from the head of the table was one of controlled impatience.Flamsted quarries|Mary E. Waller
For the making of the table top see edge-to-edge joint, p. 172.Handwork in Wood|William Noyes
The table was placed under a stairway, just room for the four of us.The Greater Love|George T. McCarthy
- such a slab or board on which food is servedwe were six at table
- (as modifier)table linen
- (in combination)a tablecloth
- a company of persons assembled for a meal, game, etc
- (as modifier)table talk
- an arrangement of words, numbers, or signs, usually in parallel columns, to display data or relationsa table of contents
- See multiplication table
- either of the two bony plates that form the inner and outer parts of the flat bones of the cranium
- any thin flat plate, esp of bone
Word Origin for table
late 12c., "board, slab, plate," from Old French table "board, plank, writing table, picture" (11c.), and late Old English tabele, from West Germanic *tabal (cf. Old High German zabel, German Tafel), both the French and Germanic words from Latin tabula "a board, plank, table," originally "small flat slab or piece" usually for inscriptions or for games, of uncertain origin, related to Umbrian tafle "on the board."
The sense of "piece of furniture with the flat top and legs" first recorded c.1300 (the usual Latin word for this was mensa (see mensa); Old English writers used bord (see board (n.1)). The meaning "arrangement of numbers or other figures for convenience" is recorded from late 14c. (e.g. table of contents, mid-15c.).
Figurative phrase turn the tables (1630s) is from backgammon (in Old and Middle English the game was called tables). Table talk is attested from 1560s, translating Latin colloquia mensalis. To table-hop is first recorded 1956. The adjectival phrase under-the-table "hidden from view" is recorded from 1949; under the table "passed out from excess drinking" is recorded from 1921. Table tennis is recorded from 1887.
in parliamentary sense, 1718, originally "to lay on the (speaker's) table for discussion," from table (n.). But in U.S. political jargon it has chiefly the sense of "to postpone indefinitely" (1866). Related: Tabled; tabling.
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.