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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Or, imagine a company with 500 in-field employees, 400 of whom are proficient in using technology on their smartphone or tablet. Prateek Chakravarty, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 The website and app are accessible via smart TV, web, smartphone or tablet. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 19 Aug. 2021 In the distance, Kobayashi was perched on a giant boulder, bent over a tablet computer, scrolling through entries on a mapping application., 24 July 2021 In the distance, Kobayashi was perched on a giant boulder, bent over a tablet computer, scrolling through entries on a mapping application. Emily Schwing, Anchorage Daily News, 24 July 2021 The ubiquity of cellphones, tablet computers and other buzzy distractions for years has undermined the ability of many people to catch some Zs. Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2021 Inside, the cabin benefits from a significant upgrade with a large tablet-style infotainment screen and a cleaner dashboard layout. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 9 June 2021 More than 1,000 broadband providers have agreed to take part in the program, which provides lower-income Americans or people affected by covid-19 with discounts on monthly Internet service and on purchasing laptops or tablet computers. Washington Post, 7 June 2021 Jones took viewers on a tour of his neighborhood, using his cell phone or a tablet computer to show unmowed yards on Zoom. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 31 May 2021

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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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11 Sep 2021

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“Tablet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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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 : pad


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
4 : a flat, rectangular computing device that is used especially for connecting to the Internet, watching videos, playing games, and reading e-books


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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