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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Locate the kiosks and using one of the tablets located at the kiosks, fill out the digital entry form. National Geographic, "National Geographic's Inspirational Women Sweeps," 12 June 2019 Highlights include a $30 discount on the latest Kindle Paperwhite, $20 off the Fire HD 8 tablet, and $10 off the 4K- and HDR-ready Fire TV 4K streamer. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: A bunch of Amazon Kindle, Fire, and Echo devices are discounted today," 11 June 2019 The tablet was later identified by the Wisconsin State Crime Lab as fentanyl. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two charged with giving fentanyl to a Brookfield man, causing his death, complaint says," 11 June 2019 They were designed from the start to work specifically with the tablet. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "iPadOS Isn't Just a Name. It's a New Direction for Apple," 9 June 2019 The iPad will also get its own operating system instead of piggybacking on the iPhone software as Apple tries to cater to consumers who would like the tablet to be able to do more of the things a laptop computer can do. Michael Liedtke, Anchorage Daily News, "Say hello to ‘dark mode’ on iPhones and goodbye to iTunes," 4 June 2019 This is the tablet's first big step into becoming something more than just an oversized iPhone. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Need To Know From Apple's WWDC Keynote," 3 June 2019 Essentially, your smartphones and tablets will charge quickly, but a Macbook, for example, would move a lot slower. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Is The Most Stylish Way To Store Your Chargers," 24 Oct. 2018 Visitors are encouraged to bring their smartphone or tablets to access Quick Response (QR) codes and view 3D models of what the dinosaurs would have looked like and hear a paleontologist pronounce their names. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Prehistoric sea monsters come to life on your phone in new Museum at Prairiefire show," 16 June 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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The first known use of tablet was in the 14th century

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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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