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


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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The Galaxy Fold is slightly longer and narrower than a standard smartphone when folded, but opens up to the size of a small tablet, with the internal screen display bisected by a crease. Washington Post, "Samsung folding phone to launch after screen problem delay," 5 Sep. 2019 Low-income students or parents who complete 15 hours of training are eligible to purchase a new (not refurbished) Apple iPad tablet or a Lenovo or Hewlett-Packard Chromebook laptop for $50. Hiawatha Bray,, "Back to school: Internet access is essential these days, and yes, there are affordable options," 3 Sep. 2019 The discovery of the video The judge allowed Morgan to record the trial with a tablet even though Rojas' lawyers objected. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Man gets new trial after local blogger posts video of jury online," 29 Aug. 2019 An excellent pick for those who want a simple, inexpensive tablet to read a book, stream music or watch TV. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "These are the 20 most popular products Underscored readers are shopping in August," 28 Aug. 2019 Some artworks depict female students: a fifth-century B.C. kylix depicts one carrying a tablet and stylus. Raquel López, National Geographic, "Did sons and daughters get the same education in ancient Greece?," 28 Aug. 2019 Before returning home, animals get a tapeworm tablet from a veterinarian. Natasha Livingstone, USA TODAY, "Traveling with pets in Europe: No-deal Brexit would make crossing borders much tougher," 28 Aug. 2019 The opioid drugs in question were a tablet called Nucynta (divested since 2015) and Duragesic, a transdermal fentanyl patch. Ellen Florian, Fortune, "What the Sackler Offer and the J&J Opioid Verdict Tell Us About the Next Big Test for Drugmakers—an Ohio Trial in October," 27 Aug. 2019 Beds, wardrobe and drawers are stored up on the ceiling, to be lowered quietly on white suspension cords at the touch of a tablet, like a scene change on a theatre stage. The Economist, "How robotic furniture will improve our lives," 23 Aug. 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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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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