noun, often attributive \ˈtā-bəl\

: 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

:  tablet 1a
a plural :  backgammon
b :  one of the two leaves of a backgammon board or either half of a leaf
a :  a piece of furniture consisting of a smooth flat slab fixed on legs
b (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>
a :  a systematic arrangement of data usually in rows and columns for ready reference
b :  a condensed enumeration :  list <a table of contents>
:  something that resembles a table especially in having a plane surface: as
a :  the upper flat surface of a cut precious stone — see brilliant illustration
b (1) :  tableland
(2) :  a horizontal stratum
on the table
:  up for consideration or negotiation <the subject is not on the table>
under the table
:  into a stupor <can drink you under the table>
:  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

Other Furniture and Woodworking Terms

appoint, credenza, mission, settee

Rhymes with TABLE


transitive verb

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

: to formally present (something) for discussion

ta·bledta·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of TABLE

:  to enter in a table
a British :  to place on the agenda
b :  to remove (as a parliamentary motion) from consideration indefinitely
c :  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.

First Known Use of TABLE

15th century



Definition of TABLE

:  suitable for a table or for use at a table <a table lamp>
:  suitable for serving at a table <table grapes>
:  proper for conduct at a table <table manners>

First Known Use of TABLE



noun \ˈtā-bəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TABLE

: a piece of furniture consisting of a smooth flat slab fixed on legs; especially : one used for examining or operating
: either of the two layers of compact bone of the skull which are separated by cancellous diploe


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Article of furniture used in the Western world since at least the 7th century BC, consisting of a flat slab of stone, metal, wood, or glass supported by trestles, legs, or a pillar. Though tables were used in ancient Egypt, Assyria, and Greece, only during the Middle Ages, with the growing formality of life under feudalism, did tables increasingly take on social significance. Tables with attached legs appeared in the 15th century. The draw top was invented in the 16th century, making it possible to double the table length. Increasing contact with the East in the 18th century led to increasing specialization in the design of occasional tables.


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