- a bill, as for a meal in a restaurant; check: That dinner went way over my budget, so I was relieved when she offered to pick up the tab.
- a list of accruing costs, as drinks ordered in a bar: Go ahead and order another round of beers—we’ve got a running tab.
- (in a web browser window or in a spreadsheet or other application) a page displayed by clicking on or selecting a user interface element that resembles a paper tab:The third tab in the spreadsheet list expenses.
- the display of this user interface element:I have too many tabs open in my browser right now.
- a small, often narrow, drop curtain, for masking part of the stage.
- tableau curtain.
verb (used with object), tabbed, tab·bing.
verb (used without object), tabbed, tab·bing.
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Example sentences from the Web for tab
I got to work on all of it—and Epstein kept close tabs on me.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Who could approve of the FBI keeping tabs on nearly every notable writer in the country?The Domestic Spying of Hoover’s FBI Is an Eerie Prequel to the NSA’s Snooping Today|Betty Medsger|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Turn all those unwieldy tabs into one manageable list with OneTab.Surf Better With These 9 Killer Google Chrome Extensions|Brian Ries|December 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Researchers also are keeping tabs on Democratic rising stars, including Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, and the Castro brothers.
Do Israeli intelligence services not keep tabs on them and their families, their movements, speech and associations?Playing the ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card Means More Settlements, Not Freedom or Peace|Matt Surrusco|November 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Radiation tabs protected the UN troops, but if a man lost his tab he was fair game for the claws, no matter what his uniform.Second Variety|Philip Kindred Dick
They unhooked four of the six tabs from the wall and donned them.The Judas Valley|Gerald Vance
The professor removed, along with other impedimenta, his ear tabs, which were connected by a rubber cord.Seven Keys to Baldpate|Earl Derr Biggers
I was very proud of the red tabs on Patricks collar, meaning so much.An Autobiography|Elizabeth Butler
Anyway, I've kept tabs on ye—I know as you've been meeting him—in a wood!The Definite Object|Jeffery Farnol
British Dictionary definitions for tab (1 of 4)
verb tabs, tabbing or tabbed
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Idioms and Phrases with tab
see keep tabs on.