table

[ tey-buh l ]
/ ˈteɪ bəl /

noun

verb (used with object), ta·bled, ta·bling.

adjective

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.

Idioms

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 forms

ta·ble·less, adjectiveun·ta·bled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for turn the tables

table

/ (ˈteɪbəl) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Forms

tableful, nountableless, adjective

Word Origin for table

C12: via Old French from Latin tabula a writing tablet
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Medicine definitions for turn the tables

table

[ tābəl ]

n.

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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Culture definitions for turn the tables

turn the tables


To reverse a situation and gain the upper hand: “After trailing the entire first quarter, the team rallied and finally turned the tables.”

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Idioms and Phrases with turn the tables (1 of 2)

turn the tables


Reverse a situation and gain the upper hand, as in Steffi won their previous three matches but today Mary turned the tables and prevailed. This expression alludes to the former practice of reversing the table or board in games such as chess, thereby switching the opponents' positions. [c. 1600]

Idioms and Phrases with turn the tables (2 of 2)

table


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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