- (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.
Origin of tab1
Origin of tab2
Examples from the Web for tabs
He was taking twenty 80mg tabs of Oxy a day!Did he have any sober periods?'Celebrity Rehab' Counselor: Mindy McCready Won't Be the Last|Maer Roshan|February 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She too has taken quite a blistering in the media—this after spending months on the run from the tabs.What You Can Learn From John Edwards and Rielle Hunter|Michelle Cottle|June 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Obama took particular pleasure in sending his tabs to [government minister] Tom Mboya himself or to [politician] Mwai Kibaki.
The committee has not forced the issue, a decision one member has ascribed to fear of the Murdoch tabs.
And From the Department of British Tabloids The World Cup is pretty much over, as far as the tabs are concerned.
There was a friend of yores in a while ago who seemed to be sort of keepin' tabs on him.Rimrock Trail|J. Allan Dunn
He pushed the cigarette-box fretfully across to Tabs, having first selected one for himself.
"I happened to be lunching here," Tabs commenced conventionally.
Tabs dismissed the subject as unworthy of further discussing.
I'd invited him to dine at our house on the very night that Tabs was Daddy's guest.
verb tabs, tabbing or tabbed
Word Origin for tab
"small flap," c.1600, possibly a dialectal word, of uncertain origin. Often interchangeable with tag (n.1). Cf. also Middle English tab "strap or string" (mid-15c.), Norwegian dialectal tave "piece of cloth, rag."
"account, bill, check," 1888, American English colloquial, probably a shortened form of tabulation or of tablet in the sense of "a sheet for writing on." Figurative phrase keep a tab on is recorded from 1890.
1961, shortened form of tablet (especially one of sugar containing LSD). As an abbreviation of tabloid (newspaper) it is 1990s slang. As a short form of tabulator key of a typewriter (later computer) it is recorded from 1916.
"to designate, label," 1924, perhaps an alteration of tag (v.2). Related: Tabbed; tabbing.
see keep tabs on.