[ tey-buh l ]
/ ˈteɪ bəl /
an article of furniture consisting of a flat, slablike top supported on one or more legs or other supports: a kitchen table; an operating table; a pool table.
such a piece of furniture specifically used for serving food to those seated at it.
the food placed on a table to be eaten: She sets a good table.
a group of persons at a table, as for a meal, game, or business transaction.
a gaming table.
a flat or plane surface; a level area.
a tableland or plateau.
a concise list or guide: The table of contents in the front of the book includes chapter names and page numbers.
an arrangement of words, numbers, or signs, or combinations of them, as in parallel columns, to exhibit a set of facts or relations in a definite, compact, and comprehensive form; a synopsis or scheme.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Mensa.
a flat and relatively thin piece of wood, stone, metal, or other hard substance, especially one artificially shaped for a particular purpose.
- a course or band, especially of masonry, having a distinctive form or position.
- a distinctively treated surface on a wall.
a smooth, flat board or slab on which inscriptions may be put.
- the tablets on which certain collections of laws were anciently inscribed: the tables of the Decalogue.
- the laws themselves.
Anatomy. the inner or outer hard layer or any of the flat bones of the skull.
Music. a sounding board.
- the upper horizontal surface of a faceted gem.
- a gem with such a surface.
verb (used with object), ta·bled, ta·bling.
to place (a card, money, etc.) on a table.
to enter in or form into a table or list.
- 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.
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.
- U.S. postponed.
- British. submitted for consideration.
on the table, Parliamentary Procedure.
turn the tables, to cause a reversal of an existing situation, especially with regard to gaining the upper hand over a competitor, rival, antagonist, etc.: Fortune turned the tables and we won. We turned the tables on them and undersold them by 50 percent.
- as a bribe; secretly: She gave money under the table to get the apartment.
under the table,
wait (on) table, to work as a waiter or waitress: He worked his way through college by waiting table.Also wait tables.
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
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Material for table cloths; table linen, Diaper for tabling .Every Day Life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony|George Francis Dow
British Dictionary definitions for tabling
/ (ˈteɪbəl) /
a flat horizontal slab or board, usually supported by one or more legs, on which objects may be placedRelated adjective: mensal
- such a slab or board on which food is servedwe were six at table
- (as modifier)table linen
- (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
- a company of persons assembled for a meal, game, etc
- (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
- an arrangement of words, numbers, or signs, usually in parallel columns, to display data or relationsa table of contents
- 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
- 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
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
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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Medicine definitions for tabling
[ tā′bəl ]
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 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.
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