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 Winterlight Labs develops digital markers to assess memory, thinking, and reasoning using one-minute snippets of speech collected on tablet computers. Casey Ross, STAT, "Pear Therapeutics licenses voice biomarkers for dementia and psychiatric disorders," 7 Jan. 2020 The thieves stole electronics including cell phones and tablets and drive off in a silver Dodge Durango SUV, officials said. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Police investigating string of metro Detroit Target robberies," 6 Jan. 2020 Just download the Yahoo Sports app or Yahoo Fantasy Football mobile app and watch all local and primetime games on phones and tablets. Chris Morris, Fortune, "How to Watch Week 16 NFL Football Games Live Online for Free—Without Cable," 22 Dec. 2019 Personal electronics and small appliances, including tablet computers, hair dryers, coffee makers and TV sets were also reported missing from hotel rooms across the properties. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "People are stealing mattresses from luxury hotels," 12 Dec. 2019 Say so long to the struggle to get kids off of phones and tablets — and hello to more family time! — with this unit, which allows you to limit and monitor internet usage. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Tested: Circle Home Plus," 25 Nov. 2019 After his ouster, HP discontinued making smartphones and its tablet computer. Patrick Osterbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd dies at 62," 18 Oct. 2019 Most of its iPhones and tablet computers are assembled in Chinese factories that employ hundreds of thousands of people. Joe Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "China criticizes Apple for app that tracks Hong Kong police," 9 Oct. 2019 These days, there's no shortage of tablets on the market. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Amazon's Fire HD 10 gives you great entertainment options on a budget," 26 Dec. 2019

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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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tablet.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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