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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Its teardown reveals lots of adhesive, even more magnets, and only a few surprises inside the newest Apple tablet. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Tinkerers, repair shops will have mixed feelings about this iPad Pro teardown," 12 Nov. 2018 The tablet has become the epitome of portable computing., The Seattle Times, "Best tablets of 2018 (so far)," 24 Sep. 2018 The tablet was discovered near the ruins of the Temple of Zeus during three years of excavations in the ruins of the ancient city of Olympia on the Greek peninsula the Peloponnese. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Oldest Greek Fragment of Homer Discovered on Clay Tablet," 11 July 2018 The company has talked up how the smaller tablet will appeal to two particular demographics: students and women. Hayley Tsukayama,, "Microsoft Shrinks The Surface To A Purse-Friendly Size," 11 July 2018 On the software side, the tablet is running on Windows 10. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Microsoft's Surface Go Tablet Sets Sights on Apple's iPad," 10 July 2018 These are the best tablets for every budget Looking for more? Erin Griffith, WIRED, "The Airbnb Challenger You've Never Heard of (by Name)," 2 July 2018 Felicia Bowers rolls her wheelchair up to the drawing table and stares intently at the screen of the computer tablet that's propped on its surface. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Artist uses her eyes to draw, combat cerebral palsy," 16 June 2018 Smooth and reflective, the tablets display a license plate number when the car is moving and become a customized billboard when it’s parked. Rachel Swan,, "California’s digital license plates: road to convenience or invasion of privacy?," 31 May 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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