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noun ta·ble \ˈtā-bəl\

Simple Definition of table

  • : a piece of furniture that has a flat top and one or more legs

  • : a piece of furniture with a flat surface that is designed to be used for a particular purpose

  • : a group of people who are sitting at a table

Full Definition of table

  1. 1 :  tablet 1a

  2. 2a plural :  backgammonb :  one of the two leaves of a backgammon board or either half of a leaf

  3. 3a :  a piece of furniture consisting of a smooth flat slab fixed on legsb (1) :  a supply or source of food (2) :  an act or instance of assembling to eat :  meal <sit down to table>c (1) :  a group of people assembled at or as if at a table (2) :  a legislative or negotiating session <the bargaining table>

  4. 4 :  stringcourse

  5. 5a :  a systematic arrangement of data usually in rows and columns for ready referenceb :  a condensed enumeration :  list <a table of contents>

  6. 6 :  something that resembles a table especially in having a plane surface: asa :  the upper flat surface of a cut precious stone — see brilliant illustrationb (1) :  tableland (2) :  a horizontal stratum

on the table
  1. :  up for consideration or negotiation <the subject is not on the table>

under the table
  1. 1 :  into a stupor <can drink you under the table>

  2. 2 :  in a covert manner <took money under the table>

Examples of table

  1. They were sitting at the dining table.

  2. She reserved a table for two at the restaurant.

  3. He had the attention of the entire table.

  4. The table shows the salary of each employee.

Origin of table

Middle English, from Old English tabule & Anglo-French table; both from Latin tabula board, tablet, list

First Known Use: before 12th century

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Rhymes with table



transitive verb ta·ble

Simple Definition of table

  • : to decide not to discuss (something) until a later time

  • : to formally present (something) for discussion

Full Definition of table

ta·bledta·bling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\

  1. 1 :  to enter in a table

  2. 2a British :  to place on the agendab :  to remove (as a parliamentary motion) from consideration indefinitelyc :  to put on a table

Examples of table

  1. The committee tabled the issue until the next meeting.

  2. She plans to table a motion for debate in Parliament.

15th Century

First Known Use of table

15th century



adjective ta·ble

Definition of table

  1. 1 :  suitable for a table or for use at a table <a table lamp>

  2. 2 :  suitable for serving at a table <table grapes>

  3. 3 :  proper for conduct at a table <table manners>


First Known Use of table


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noun ta·ble \ˈtā-bəl\

Definition of table

  1. 1 :  a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top on legs <the kitchen table> <a picnic table>

  2. 2 :  food to eat <Grandma sets a good table.>

  3. 3 :  the people around a table <The whole table ordered fish.>

  4. 4 :  short list <a table of contents>

  5. 5 :  an arrangement in rows or columns for reference <multiplication tables>



verb ta·ble

Definition of table


  1. 1 :  tabulate

  2. 2 :  to put on a table

Medical Dictionary


noun ta·ble \ˈtā-bəl\

Medical Definition of table

  1. 1:  a piece of furniture consisting of a smooth flat slab fixed on legs; especially :  one used for examining or operating

  2. 2:  either of the two layers of compact bone of the skull which are separated by cancellous diploe

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