- a course or band, especially of masonry, having a distinctive form or position.
- a distinctively treated surface on a wall.
- the tablets on which certain collections of laws were anciently inscribed: the tables of the Decalogue.
- the laws themselves.
- the upper horizontal surface of a faceted gem.
- a gem with such a surface.
verb (used with object), ta·bled, ta·bling.
- 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.
- U.S. postponed.
- British. submitted for consideration.
- as a bribe; secretly: She gave money under the table to get the apartment.
Origin of table
Related formsta·ble·less, adjectiveun·ta·bled, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for turn the tables
- such a slab or board on which food is servedwe were six at table
- (as modifier)table linen
- (in combination)a tablecloth
- a company of persons assembled for a meal, game, etc
- (as modifier)table talk
- an arrangement of words, numbers, or signs, usually in parallel columns, to display data or relationsa table of contents
- See multiplication table
- 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
Derived Formstableful, nountableless, adjective
Word Origin for table
Medicine definitions for turn the tables
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.”
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)
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.