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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Recent Examples on the Web Under the proposal, tabular disclosure would no longer be required. Mark Maurer, WSJ, "SEC Proposes Amending Corporate Disclosure Rules," 31 Jan. 2020 The first pair was two horizontal images—one of the tabular icebergs in Antarctica and one of cypress trees in Louisiana. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Paired Images of Melting Glaciers and Flooding Wetlands Tell the Story of Global Climate Change," 21 Nov. 2019 Named for the famed Russian nesting doll toys, the Matryoshka diamond is a tiny, tabular-shaped diamond encased within a larger diamond. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the World's First Diamond Within a Diamond," 8 Oct. 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 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

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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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The first known use of tabular was circa 1656

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“Tabular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tabular

: arranged in rows or columns in a table


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Medical Definition of tabular

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

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