table

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noun

ta·​ble ˈtā-bəl How to pronounce table (audio)
plural tables
often attributive
1
a
: a piece of furniture consisting of a smooth flat slab fixed on legs
b(1)
: a group of people assembled at or as if at a table
(2)
: a legislative or negotiating session
the bargaining table
c(1)
: a supply or source of food
(2)
: an act or instance of assembling to eat : meal
sit down to table
2
a
: a systematic arrangement of data usually in rows and columns for ready reference
b
: a condensed enumeration : list
a table of contents
3
4
a
tables plural : backgammon
b
: one of the two leaves of a backgammon board or either half of a leaf
5
6
: something that resembles a table especially in having a plane surface: such as
a
: the upper flat surface of a cut precious stone see brilliant illustration
b(1)
(2)
: a horizontal stratum

table

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verb

tabled; tabling ˈtā-b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce table (audio)

transitive verb

1
a
: to remove (something, such as a parliamentary motion) from consideration indefinitely
b
British : to place on the agenda
c
: to put on a table
2
: to enter in a table

table

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adjective

1
: suitable for a table or for use at a table
a table lamp
2
: suitable for serving at a table
table grapes
3
: proper for conduct at a table
table manners
Phrases
off the table
: not up for consideration or negotiation
That option is now off the table.
on the table
: up for consideration or negotiation
the subject is not on the table
under the table
1
: into a stupor
can drink you under the table
2
: in a covert manner
took money under the table

Examples of table in a Sentence

Noun They were sitting at the dining table. She reserved a table for two at the restaurant. He had the attention of the entire table. The table shows the salary of each employee. Verb The committee tabled the issue until the next meeting. She plans to table a motion for debate in Parliament. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Despite a packed house, speaker after speaker at Muslim House underscored the ongoing challenges that Muslims face in securing a seat at the table. Sam Gill, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2024 The Biden administration told reporters what targets were on the table and which were not. Nr Editors, National Review, 9 Feb. 2024 Then there’s the fact that in most industries, remote jobs aren’t on the table at all. Jane Thier, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 At a conference table flanked by large screens, a stone sculpture of an alien wore a Biden-Harris 2020 cap. TIME, 8 Feb. 2024 One of them came inside and placed it on the table. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 8 Feb. 2024 According to Zwick, Pitt's feelings about the film changed after a table read. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024 There’s also a teahouse, with deliciously layered yuzu green tea and green tea ice cream that initiate light projections when placed on the table. David McElhinney, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 Picture a bronze, melting-look table, sturdy with a glass top for your drinks. Hyphensocial Contributors, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024
Verb
But those regulations were tabled in Miami-Dade County Commission until March and the coalition said the state legislation would at least be a step in the right direction towards state-wide protection. Ashley Miznazi, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024 If that fails -- or if McCarthy and his allies forgo a vote to table the motion -- the House takes up Gaetz's measure directly. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 3 Oct. 2023 The council voted 8-0 to table the item after several members requested a tour of the area. Stacy Ryburn, arkansasonline.com, 19 Jan. 2024 The foundation still has a limited number of blank benches and tables available for the final production run this spring; benches are linked to a $2,500 donation, and tables $5,000. Jared Kaufman, Twin Cities, 17 Jan. 2024 When the astonishing investigation report was completed, DiBella’s allies voted to table it with no action. Kevin Rennie, Hartford Courant, 13 Jan. 2024 After time-out meetings with the company’s CEO, CIO, and others, the decision was to table that part of the project indefinitely. Bhopi Dhall and Saurajit Kanungo, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 The two tabled it until 2023, when the climate in the Latinosphere became much more favorable for women loving women openly in reggaetón. Suzy Exposito, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2024 Colombia has also tabled a motion to ban bullfighting outright. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 24 Dec. 2023
Adjective
How to Do It: Start on your hands and knees in a table top position. Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 1 Aug. 2023 But catching mid-table Girona, buoyed by arguably this year’s shrewdest signing, is a better way to go. Henry Flynn, Forbes, 1 Apr. 2023 This represents another fade of a negative road regression candidate against a decent mid-table home team. Nick Hennion, Chicago Tribune, 10 Feb. 2023 Potted plants such as rosemary and holly bush double as take-home gifts for guests and are the perfect height for cross-table conversations. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 14 Dec. 2022 In letting those leads slip, Dallas dropped six points in the standings and fell into a mid-table melee. Jonathan Check, Dallas News, 15 July 2022 While Leeds climbed out of the relegation zone following its first win since August, Liverpool remained marooned in mid-table and eight points from the top four. Mattias KarÉn, ajc, 29 Oct. 2022 The sweet photo showed father and son deeply engaged in a game of Frogger, being played on a table-style arcade cabinet. Georgia Slater, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2022 The sweet photo shows father and son deeply engaged in a game of Frogger, being played on a table-style arcade cabinet. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 17 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of table was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near table

Cite this Entry

“Table.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/table. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

table

1 of 2 noun
ta·​ble ˈtā-bəl How to pronounce table (audio)
1
2
a
: a piece of furniture with a smooth flat top fixed on legs
b
: food served at a meal
c
: a group of people assembled at a table
3
a
: an orderly arrangement of facts or figures in rows or columns for quick reference
a table of weights
the multiplication table
b
: a short list
the table of contents
4

table

2 of 2 verb
tabled; tabling -b(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce table (audio)
1
2
: to remove a parliamentary motion from consideration for an unspecified period of time
3
: to put on a table

Medical Definition

table

noun
ta·​ble ˈtā-bəl How to pronounce table (audio)
1
: a piece of furniture consisting of a smooth flat slab fixed on legs
especially : one used for examining or operating
2
: either of the two layers of compact bone of the skull which are separated by cancellous diploe

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