verb (used with object), tab·let·ed or tab·let·ted, tab·let·ing or tab·let·ting.

Nearby words

  1. tableful,
  2. tableland,
  3. tableside,
  4. tablespoon,
  5. tablespoonful,
  6. tablet chair,
  7. tabletop,
  8. tableware,
  9. tablinum,
  10. tabloid

Origin of tablet

1275–1325; Middle English tablette < Middle French tablete. See table, -et

2. plaque. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for tabletting



a medicinal formulation made of a compressed powdered substance containing an active drug and excipients
a flattish cake of some substance, such as soap
Scot a sweet made of butter, sugar, and condensed milk, usually shaped in a flat oblong block
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
a pad of writing paper
NZ a token giving right of way to the driver of a train on a single line section
computing an input device that allows the user to draw or write freehand to screen by means of stylus or digital pen

Word Origin for tablet

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

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Word Origin and History for tabletting



early 14c., "slab or flat surface for an inscription" (especially the two Mosaic tables of stone), from Old French tablete (13c.), diminutive of table "slab" (see table (n.)). The meaning "lozenge, pill" is first recorded 1580s; that of "pad of writing paper" in 1880.

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Medicine definitions for tabletting




A small flat pellet of medication to be taken orally.

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