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tab

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noun, often attributive \ˈtab\

Definition of tab

  1. 1a :  a short projecting device: such 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 filingb :  a small insert, addition, or remnantc :  appendage, extension; especially :  one of a series of small pendants forming a decorative border or edge of a garmentd :  a small auxiliary airfoil hinged to a control surface (such as a trailing edge) to help stabilize an airplane in flight — see airplane illustration

  2. 2 [partly short for 1table; partly from sense 1] a :  close surveillance :  watch keep tabs on trendsb :  a creditor's statement :  bill, checkc :  cost the tab for the new program

  3. 3 [short for tabulator] :  a key on a keyboard especially for arranging data in columns

  4. 4 [by shortening] a :  tabletb :  tabloid

Examples of tab in a Sentence

  1. Insert the tab into this slot to close the box.

  2. a notebook with index tabs

  3. The tab on the zipper is broken.

  4. He ran up a $200 bar tab.

  5. He put the drinks on his tab.

Origin and Etymology of tab

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1607


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tab

verb

Definition of tab

tabbed

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tabbing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish or ornament with tabs

  3. 2 :  to single out :  designate

  4. 3 :  tabulate

Examples of tab in a Sentence

  1. After you type your name in the first box, you can move to the next box by tabbing.

1872

First Known Use of tab

1872



TAB Defined for English Language Learners

tab

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noun

Definition of tab for English Language Learners

  • : 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

tab

verb

Definition of tab for English Language Learners

  • : 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


TAB Defined for Kids

tab

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noun \ˈtab\

Definition of tab for Students

  1. 1 :  a short flap or tag attached to something for filing, pulling, or hanging

  2. 2 :  a careful watch Let's keep tabs on the weather.


Medical Dictionary

tab

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noun \ˈtab\

Medical Definition of tab

  1. :  tablet



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