Meaning of TABLE in English

TABLE

/ ˈteɪbl; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

FURNITURE

1.

a piece of furniture that consists of a flat top supported by legs :

a kitchen table

A table for two, please (= in a restaurant) .

I'd like to book a table for tonight (= in a restaurant) .

to set the table (= to put the plates, knives, etc. on it for a meal)

( BrE also)

to lay the table

to clear the table (= take away the dirty plates, etc. at the end of a meal)

He questioned her next morning over the breakfast table (= during breakfast) .

( BrE , formal )

Children must learn to behave at table .

a billiard / snooker / pool table

HELP NOTE : There are many compounds ending in table . You will find them at their place in the alphabet.

PEOPLE

2.

the people sitting at a table for a meal or to play cards, etc. :

He kept the whole table entertained with his jokes.

—see also round-table

LIST OF FACTS / NUMBERS

3.

a list of facts or numbers arranged in a special order, usually in rows and columns :

a table of contents (= a list of the main points or information in a book, usually at the front of the book)

Table 2 shows how prices and earnings have increased over the past 20 years.

—see also the periodic table

IN SPORT

4.

a list of sports teams, countries, schools, etc. that shows their position in a competition, etc. :

If Arsenal win this game they'll go to the top of the table.

school performance league tables

MATHEMATICS

5.

= multiplication table :

Do you know your six times table?

—see also turntable , water table

IDIOMS

- on the table

- turn the tables (on sb)

—more at card noun , drink verb , wait verb

■ verb [ vn ]

1.

( BrE ) to present sth formally for discussion :

They have tabled a motion for debate at the next Party Conference.

2.

( NAmE ) to leave an idea, a proposal, etc. to be discussed at a later date :

They voted to table the proposal until the following meeting.

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English tabule flat slab, inscribed tablet , from Latin tabula plank, tablet, list, reinforced in Middle English by Old French table .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.