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[ tab-lit ]


  1. a number of sheets of writing paper, business forms, etc., fastened together at the edge; pad:

    Advertisers keep sending us these tablets of memo paper with their logo.

  2. a thin, flat sheet of slate, wax-coated wood, or other rigid material formerly used for writing or marking on, especially one of a pair or set tablets hinged or otherwise fastened together.
  3. a flat slab or surface, especially one bearing or intended to bear an inscription, carving, or the like.

    Synonyms: plaque

  4. a small, flattish cake or piece of some solid or solidified substance, such as a drug, chemical, or freeze-dried food:

    She felt better after taking a decongestant tablet.

    A larger garment will require two dye tablets.

  5. Also called slate,. a small, very thin, portable computer, usually battery-powered, having a touchscreen as the primary interface and input device, and often lacking a cover: Compare laptop ( def ), smartphone ( def ).

    I’ve entered the appointment in the calendar on my tablet.

    I never go anywhere without my tablet.

verb (used with object)

, tab·let·ed or tab·let·ted, tab·let·ing or tab·let·ting.
  1. to form into pills, small cakes, pellets, etc.:

    The tableted vitamins should be swallowed without chewing.

  2. to mark or inscribe (memoranda, notes, etc.) on a tablet:

    Too often, our innovative ideas are politely tableted by company executives and never thought of again.

  3. to furnish with a plaque or flat piece of material bearing an inscription, carving, or the like.


/ ˈtæblɪt /


  1. a medicinal formulation made of a compressed powdered substance containing an active drug and excipients
  2. a flattish cake of some substance, such as soap
  3. a sweet made of butter, sugar, and condensed milk, usually shaped in a flat oblong block
  4. a slab of stone, wood, etc, esp one formerly used for inscriptions
    1. a thinner rigid sheet, as of bark, ivory, etc, used for similar purposes
    2. often plural a set or pair of these fastened together, as in a book
  5. a pad of writing paper
  6. a token giving right of way to the driver of a train on a single line section
  7. computing an input device that allows the user to draw or write freehand to screen by means of stylus or digital pen
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Word History and Origins

Origin of tablet1

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English tablette, from Middle French tablete; equivalent to table + -et
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Word History and Origins

Origin of tablet1

C14: from Old French tablete a little table, from Latin tabula a board
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Example Sentences

You can use it with Photoshop or any other photo-editing software, and if you don’t have one, you can download one for free upon registering your Wacom tablet.

That has been true of ads running on computers and phones and tablets, and it is increasingly true of ads running on connected TV screens.

From Digiday

The program gives an operator full access to a remote Spot, offering basically the same controls the human would have if they were using a tablet in the same room.

The trainer records your loads on a tablet at every session and uploads it to a cloud-based database.

The prospect of signing on, getting a tablet in the mail, plugging it in, and accepting orders is tough to resist.

From Eater

She was detained after rebels found photos on her tablet computer showing supplies she gave to Ukrainian fighters.

Enter the iSpoon, a conventional stirrer on one end and a tablet stylus on the other.

The irony in it all is that our bodies need, if not crave, Vitamin D—and more than a chewable tablet.

If you saw it in front of you, your pencil would drop, your tablet would fall from your lap.

And you can take advantage of all this fabulous content on your laptop, tablet or smart phone for only $9.95 a month.

So after some weeks of speculation, he bought himself a tablet, some pencils and took up the art of writing.

Figs. 10 and 11, hybrids, the tilting tablet form of stop-keys being used for the couplers only.

In addition to the great chief temple, there were many smaller places of worship, with bell and tablet houses.

According to his plan a "Suitable Bass" tablet is provided just above the rear end of the black keys on each manual.

Through the operation of a small tablet the organs can be played separately or together.


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