tablet

noun

tab·​let ˈta-blət How to pronounce tablet (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
a
: a small mass of medicated material
an aspirin tablet
b
: a compressed or molded block of a solid material
3
a
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.

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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of tablet was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tablet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tablet. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

tablet

noun
tab·​let ˈtab-lət How to pronounce tablet (audio)
1
a
: a flat slab suited for an inscription
2
a
: a compressed or molded block of a solid material
b
: a small usually round mass of material containing medicine
aspirin tablet
3
b
or tablet computer : a mobile computing device that has a flat rectangular form, is usually controlled by means of a touch screen, and is typically used for accessing the Internet, watching videos, and reading e-books

Medical Definition

tablet

noun
tab·​let ˈtab-lət How to pronounce tablet (audio)
: a small mass of medicated material (as in the shape of a disk)
an aspirin tablet

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