tablet

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Photo: Justin Maxon for The Wall Street Journal ElliQ consists of a tablet, a pair of cameras and a small robot head on a post, capable of basic gestures like leaning in to indicate interest and leaning back to signal disengagement. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "On-Demand Grandkids and Robot Pals to Keep Senior Loneliness at Bay," 23 Feb. 2019 Two Washington state men were indicted Friday, after a months-long investigation led authorities to seize $1 million in cash, 33 firearms, and thousands of fentanyl tablets, according to court records. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Pair indicted after feds seize $1M cash, 33 weapons, fentanyl pills," 15 Sep. 2018 Specifically, the recall affects 30-pill bottles of 10 milligram montelukast tablets (a generic version of Singulair) manufactured by Camber Pharmaceuticals, the statement says. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The FDA Just Recalled Montelukast Pills for a Dangerous Labeling Mistake," 4 Sep. 2018 The cases are available in a range of sizes and cut-out configurations designed for models of tablets made by Apple, Samsung and LG, as well as Amazon e-readers. Judi Dash, latimes.com, "This gear makes your world go round, flat, darker and spacier," 2 July 2018 Donors provided four ambulances, numerous motorcycles and megaphones, and thousands of bleach tablets. New York Times, "Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa Is ‘Largely Contained’," 28 June 2018 Fittingly, Avila uses Abuelita chocolate tablets, which also adds spice. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Sawyer’s Julio Avila re-imagines his grandmother’s beloved tres leches cake recipe — with an extra burst of ‘milk’," 29 Jan. 2019 The tipping screen comes up after a credit-card swipe on tablets used for in-flight sales. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Now Flight Attendants Have to Hustle for Tips," 23 Jan. 2019 Plus, a ham radio can be interfaced with a computer or tablet to send data, texts, images, or Morse code, which makes them even more valuable and versatile than other types of two-way radios that are only capable of transmitting audio. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Choose a Two-Way Radio," 10 Dec. 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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tablet

noun

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

tablet

noun
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

tablet

noun
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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