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Definition of tabletop

1 : the top of a table
2 : a photograph of small objects or a miniature scene arranged on a table

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tabletop adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Quartz surfacing can be used in bathrooms, as a bar top, tabletop, backsplash and more. Stacia Affelt, Good Housekeeping, "Is a Quartz Countertop Surface Right for You?," 3 Feb. 2020 Paint is splattered across most surfaces of the dining area, from the floor to the tabletops, which are set against a long wall lined with wooden pews. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Juicy burgers? Check. Mouthwatering hot dogs? Check. This spot in Shelby Park has it all," 22 Jan. 2020 In the pop-up store, people weaved their way through narrow aisles lined with various stalls, where different sellers plied their wares on tabletops. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year pop-ups defy the government with protest-themed goods," 20 Jan. 2020 At dinner, guests were transported to a summer night in South Carolina: Twinkle lights were strung in the atrium and vine-ripe tomatoes were artfully strewn on the tabletops. Vogue, "Laverne Cox, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and More Spent the Night at the Opera for the Met’s Premiere of “Porgy and Bess”," 25 Sep. 2019 The tabletops and benches that were the set for their performance were actually metal cages filled with oysters (pictured). The Economist, "Climate change is a challenge for artists," 19 Sep. 2019 Incident by catastrophic incident, cyberwar has left the pages of overblown science fiction and the tabletops of Pentagon war games to become a reality. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Cyberwar," 23 Aug. 2019 The official said the party did participate in a dry run, known as a tabletop exercise. Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "The Iowa Caucuses App Had Another Problem: It Could Have Been Hacked," 5 Feb. 2020 The Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins periodically conducts tabletop exercises to educate policymakers and the public about the dangers of a pandemic. Jim Talent, National Review, "The Latest Pandemic Threat," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of tabletop

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tabletop was in 1751

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26 Feb 2020

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“Tabletop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tabletop

: the surface of a table

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