tab·​u·​lar | \ ˈta-byə-lər How to pronounce tabular (audio) \

Definition of tabular

1a : of, relating to, or arranged in a table specifically : set up in rows and columns
b : computed by means of a table
2 : having a flat surface : laminar a tabular crystal

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Just over Spoth’s shoulder a mile-wide tabular iceberg slides past, revealing the piercing cobalt at the berg’s cold center. Elizabeth Rush, National Geographic, "These women are changing the landscape of Antarctic research," 7 Mar. 2019 The tabular iceberg is built like a pancake: large, flat, relatively stable. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "A Time-Lapsed Glacier Collapse Is the Saddest Science Lesson," 9 July 2018 This time, astronomers are even more geared up with algorithms that can crunch the tabular data. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "European satellite reveals motions of more than 1 billion stars and shape of the Milky Way," 25 Apr. 2018 On the Great Barrier Reef, the surveys suggest that many areas have seen a decline in fast-growing species, such as staghorn and tabular corals, with slower-growing, simpler species left behind. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Recent Ocean Heat Waves Have ‘Forever’ Altered Great Barrier Reef," 19 Apr. 2018 The ones that suffered the most were fast-growing species, like staghorns and tabular corals. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Massive bleaching event may be permanently changing the Great Barrier Reef," 18 Apr. 2018 The tabular iceberg that just broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula is said to be as big as the state of Delaware. Peter Coy,, "The New Antarctic Iceberg Is Big Enough for Runways, Water Mines, and Crazy Dance Parties," 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of tabular

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for tabular

Latin tabularis of boards, from tabula board, tablet

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English Language Learners Definition of tabular

: arranged in rows or columns in a table


tab·​u·​lar | \ ˈtab-yə-lər How to pronounce tabular (audio) \

Medical Definition of tabular

: having the form of a thin plate or scale a tabular crystal

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