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tab

noun, often attributive \ ˈtab \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of tab

1 a :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 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 (such as a trailing edge) to help stabilize an airplane in flight — see airplane illustration
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[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
3
[short for tabulator]
:a key on a keyboard that indents text by a preset amount
4
[by shortening]
a :tablet
b :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.

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Origin and Etymology of tab

origin unknown


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tab

verb

Definition of tab

tabbed; tabbing
transitive verb
1 :to furnish or ornament with tabs
2 :to single out :designate

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.

Recent Examples of tab from the Web

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First Known Use of tab

1872



TAB Defined for English Language Learners

tab

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

noun \ ˈtab \

Definition of tab for Students

1 :a short flap or tag attached to something for filing, pulling, or hanging
2 :a careful watch
  • Let's keep tabs on the weather.

Medical Dictionary

tab

noun \ ˈtab \

medical Definition of tab



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