1tab noun, often attributive \ˈtab\
: a small, flat piece on a box, envelope, etc., that can be put into a hole in order to hold two parts together
: a small, flat piece that sticks out from the edge of something (such as a folder) and allows you to identify and find it easily
: a small piece of metal, plastic, etc., that is pulled in order to open or close something
a : a short projecting device: as (1) : a small flap or loop by which something may be grasped or pulled (2) : a projection from a card used as an aid in filing
b : a small insert, addition, or remnant
c : appendage, extension; especially : one of a series of small pendants forming a decorative border or edge of a garment
d : a small auxiliary airfoil hinged to a control surface (as a trailing edge) to help stabilize an airplane in flight — see airplane illustration
[partly short for 1table; partly from sense 1]
a : close surveillance : watch <keep tabs on trends>
b : a creditor's statement : bill, check
c : cost <the tab for the new program>
[short for tabulator] : a key on a keyboard especially for arranging data in columns
Examples of TAB
- Insert the tab into this slot to close the box.
- a notebook with index tabs
- The tab on the zipper is broken.
- He ran up a $200 bar tab.
- He put the drinks on his tab.
Origin of TAB
First Known Use: 1607
Rhymes with TAB
2tab transitive verb
: to put a small, identifying label (called a tab) on something
: to say that (someone or something) will do something or have a particular role or purpose
: to hit the tab key on a computer or typewriter
: to furnish or ornament with tabs
Examples of TAB
- After you type your name in the first box, you can move to the next box by tabbing.
First Known Use of TAB
tab noun \ˈtab\ (Medical Dictionary)
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