- 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.
- British.submitted for consideration.
- as a bribe; secretly: She gave money under the table to get the apartment.
Origin of table
Related Words for tablecounter, buffet, bench, stand, desk, bar, board, menu, list, chart, agenda, schedule, defer, shelve, propose, submit, suggest, wagon, sideboard, console
Examples from the Web for table
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 3, 2015
That means any response that could result in physical damage inside North Korea is off the table.Cyberwar on North Korea Could Be Illegal
December 23, 2014
A table creaking under the weight of a Christmas banquet, a classic celebration of binge eating and drinking.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
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
December 20, 2014
Det. 2: (slamming his hand on the table and yelling) You hung her!How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
December 16, 2014
Historical Examples of table
All is prepared—the table and the feast— With due appurtenance of clothes and cushions.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Half a dozen of Percival's friends sat at the table with them from time to time.
Blowing out the candle, he advanced to the table and set it down.Brave and Bold
She stood by the table, the light from a shaded lamp making her colour glow.
Almost every Barbarian at the table had made his own fortune.
- 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.