tab·​let | \ ˈta-blət How to pronounce tablet (audio) \

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
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.

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Synonyms for tablet


notepad, pad

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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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Your laptop, smartphone, and tablet can all be considered technological marvels. Popular Mechanics, "This Portable Charger Is Built for Frequent Flyers," 27 Apr. 2019 TVs, tablets, and phones specifically mess with your sense of sleepiness. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Right Way to Clean Your Bedroom So You Can Sleep Better Than Ever," 14 Mar. 2019 When the promotion begins, participants will twist off the cookie and scan it with their cellphone or tablet, which will use image recognition technology to reveal an animated OREO cookie on your device. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "OREO Teamed Up With Jonathan Adler, Gray Malin, And Roomba To Bring You Insane Prizes," 25 Jan. 2019 New devices that blend laptop and tablet features, such as HP Inc.’s Spectre devices and Microsoft Corp. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple Raises Prices on New MacBook Air by 20%, iPad Pro by About 25%," 30 Oct. 2018 Since last year, the TSA has introduced new procedures to help screeners examine laptops and tablets that might contain bombs. Fox News, "TSA considering ending screening at 150 small airports: It's 'beyond comprehension,' says critic," 3 Aug. 2018 The company historically has used WWDC as an opportunity to announce new software and updates to its laptops, tablets and phones. David Lazarus,, "California Inc.: A totally #MeToo moment for movie capers," 4 June 2018 The Windows devices team combines with Office software, with the goal of building laptops and tablets that appeal to users of Microsoft's applications, including its Word and Excel programs and newer tools like email and Skype. Bloomberg News,, "Top Microsoft exec exits amid major shakeup," 29 Mar. 2018 The fifth-generation Surface Pro is a mobile device that bridges the gap between laptop and tablet pretty well. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Which Microsoft Surface Should You Buy?," 14 Mar. 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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The first known use of tablet was in the 14th century

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


tab·​let | \ ˈta-blət How to pronounce tablet (audio) \

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 How to pronounce tablet (audio) \

Medical Definition of tablet

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

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