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 Each tablet has a slightly different design, different specifications and, of course, pricing. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "Which iPad is right for you? We break it down," 18 Sep. 2020 Others are left to watch through their tablet screens. Grace Goins, Star Tribune, "Too many patients are still suffering and dying alone," 16 Sep. 2020 Apple updated the high end of its tablet range back in March, but the mid-range iPad Air has gone 18 months without improvement. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Apple’s ‘Time Flies’ event: 5 things to look for," 15 Sep. 2020 More than 80% of students in Detroit Public Schools Community District have chosen to attend school online, connecting to teachers and classmates through tablet-style laptops that the district distributed to students over the summer. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Kids dodge online teachers with fake glitch, while some schools see real challenges," 10 Sep. 2020 With the tablet-like interior on a bigger foldable, there are some useability improvement arguments to make there. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Motorola’s Razr 2 hopes to right the wrongs of the original Razr reboot," 10 Sep. 2020 Microsoft’s new $1,400 book-like phone-tablet thingy is not ready for me and not ready for... Joanna Stern, WSJ, "Microsoft Surface Duo Review: Two Screens, Too Many Problems," 10 Sep. 2020 The gadget, which features a tablet computer that can play music and entertainment, does not just ask and answer questions but can actually engage in and sustain conversation. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, "Talking robots could be used to combat loneliness and boost mental health in care homes," 8 Sep. 2020 Mills quickly figured out how to cast Peloton classes from the bike’s tablet to the playroom’s giant projector screen, using a native Android streaming option. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Peloton Is Betting You’ll Never Go Back to the Gym," 8 Sep. 2020

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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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22 Sep 2020

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“Tablet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 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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