tab·let | \ˈta-blət \

Definition of tablet 

1a : a flat slab or plaque suited for or bearing an inscription

b : a thin slab or one of a set of portable sheets used for writing

c : pad entry 1 sense 2

2a : a small mass of medicated material an aspirin tablet

b : a compressed or molded block of a solid material

3a or tablet computer : a mobile computing device that has a flat, rectangular form like that of a magazine or pad of paper, that is usually controlled by means of a touch screen, and that is typically used for accessing the Internet, watching videos, playing games, reading electronic books, etc.

b : graphics tablet

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Synonyms for tablet


cap, capsule, lozenge, pill

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Examples of tablet in a Sentence

you'll need to use your writing tablet to record all the information that the real estate agent is likely to reel off take two tablets of the medication every eight hours

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The section on the tablet comes from the Odyssey’s 14th rhapsody, which depicts the hero Odysseus’ adventures after the fall of Troy. Laignee Barron, Time, "Archaeologists Find What Could be the Oldest Written Record of Homer's 'Odyssey'," 11 July 2018 In an age when anything a child could possibly want to watch is available with a click on the tablet or smartphone that is probably sitting on his bedside table, KidZone TV can seem quaint. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Live, From the Children’s Ward," 29 June 2018 Tieman, posting as Dee Irene on Facebook, said Damian has been communicating by writing on a tablet. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Boy severely bitten in face by dog has first of several reconstructive surgeries," 26 June 2018 Cuneiform is an ancient system of writing on clay tablets used in ancient Mesopotamia. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Antiquities forfeited by Hobby Lobby returned to Iraq," 3 May 2018 On the tablet, a video of the host’s last moments starts to play. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 1: No More Heroes," 23 Apr. 2018 Last year’s test was the first to be administered on tablets. Lauryn Schroeder,, "San Diego students stand out nationwide with test score improvements," 10 Apr. 2018 This is the first time students took the tests on tablets, rather than using pencils and paper. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "NC has spent more than $150 million to boost reading. Are these scores worth it? | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 2018 One costly medication that Joshua’s brother needed — Ativan at $24 per tablet — wasn’t covered. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "With ACA under attack, a family racked by illness wonders what will happen to their health coverage," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of tablet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tablet

Middle English tablett, from Anglo-French tablet, diminutive of table table

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English Language Learners Definition of tablet

: a flat piece of stone, clay, or wood that has writing on it

: a small usually round piece of medicine

: a set of paper sheets for writing or drawing that are glued or fastened at one edge


tab·let | \ˈta-blət \

Kids Definition of tablet

1 : a thin flat slab used for writing, painting, or drawing

2 : a number of sheets of writing paper glued together at one edge

3 : a small usually round mass of material containing medicine aspirin tablets


tab·let | \ˈtab-lət \

Medical Definition of tablet 

: a small mass of medicated material (as in the shape of a disk) an aspirin tablet

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