Meaning of TABLE in English

I. ˈtābəl noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tabule & Old French table; both from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin tabula table, from Latin, board, tablet, writing tablet, record, document, list; perhaps akin to Old High German dili, dilla plank, plank floor — more at thill


a. obsolete : a flat slab (as of wood or stone)

the inner part of the temple is … covered with great tables of porphyry — Thomas Washington


(1) : tablet 1a(1)

leave a table in the middle of the panel — Fiske Kimball

write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it — Hab 2:2 (Authorized Version)

(2) : a set of laws inscribed on tablets

the Twelve Tables of Roman law

tables of the decalogue

c. obsolete

(1) : tablet 1b

asked for a writing table , and wrote … his name — Lk 1:63 (Authorized Version)

(2) : an indelible record

the everlasting tables of right reason — Richard Bentley †1742



(1) tables plural : backgammon

(2) : one of the two leaves of a backgammon board or either half of a leaf

white's inner table is opposite black's inner table

play into the home table

b. : a game board



(1) : a piece of furniture consisting of a smooth flat slab fixed on legs or other support and variously used (as for eating, writing, working, or playing games)

(2) : an operating or examining table

put the patient on the table

(3) : an official bench or rostrum

the original of the letter … must be delivered at the table by the member who makes the complaint — T.E.May


(1) : a supply or regular source of food or the manner of its preparation : board , fare

their farms were better and their tables more bountiful than most — R.H.Shryock

spent his teens … as a poor relation at the table of his mother's family — American Guide Series: New York

the table the landlady set was really something special and we ate all we could hold — Emmett Kelly

(2) : an act or instance of assembling to eat : meal , sitting

sit down to table with an ambassador — Agnes M. Miall

if visitors can see into the kitchen while at table , no doubt they will offer to help with the washing up — G.F.Lawson

still hoping … he'll get to eat at the first table — F.B.Gipson


(1) : a group of people (as diners, committeemen, or players in a game) assembled at or as if at a table

the table then spoke of … how bracing the air was — James Joyce

a table of aldermen

a table of bridge

a famous poker table , which challenged all comers — Harvey Fergusson

(2) : a legislative or negotiating session

an ill-armed victor lacks power at the peace table — F.E.Hill


a. : the altar or altar rail at which communicants receive Holy Communion

b. : eucharist 1a


a. : a flat usually raised band or projecting ledge on a wall : stringcourse , water table

b. archaic : panel 3b(2)


a. : a tabular arrangement of data

results of this survey are given in tables in the appendix

specifically : a systematic arrangement (as of numerical values) usually in parallel rows or columns for ready reference

table of weights and measures

table of logarithms

multiplication table

b. : a condensed enumeration : list , synopsis

table of contents

table of organization

offer his little table of oppositions and … let it stand — Carlos Baker

7. : something that resembles a table especially in having a plane surface: as


(1) : the principal facet at the top of a brilliant — see brilliant illustration

(2) : table diamond


(1) : tableland

(2) : level — see water table

c. obsolete

(1) : picture

(2) : the surface on which a picture is painted

(3) : a plane of perspective


(1) : the external or internal layer of compact bone of the skull separated by cancellous diploe

(2) : the flat worn upper surface of a tooth (as of a horse)

e. archaic : a large round sheet of crown glass

f. : a flat or short prismatic crystal


(1) : a flat plate in a machine tool that is often movable and is usually provided with T slots on its upper surfaces to which work can be fastened while it is being processed

(2) : a concentrating table (as for washing or screening coal ore) : settling trough : run

h. : a long flat-bottomed slightly inclined trough down which a slurry of starch and gluten flows slowly so that the heavier starch particles settle out while the gluten runs off

i. : belly 5f

- on the table

- under the table

II. adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from table (I)

1. obsolete : of or relating to backgammon

your table players, and other gamesters — James Mabbe


a. : of, relating to, or used on a table

table mat

table lamp

table model

gambling-license holders must pay a table tax to the state — J.F.McDonald

b. : raised or processed for table use : suitable for human consumption

table bird

3. : resembling a table : having a plane surface

table rock

table reef

table -jawed tweezers

4. : tabular

table matter

table work

5. : of, relating to, or mounted on the table of a machine

table vise

tool has more teeth in cutters allowing for increased table feed per minute — Steel

III. verb

( tabled ; tabled ; tabling -b(ə)liŋ ; tables )

Etymology: Middle English tablen, from table (I)

transitive verb

1. : to enter on a table : tabulate

quarterly distribution … is as tabled below — T.J.Grayson

2. : to provide with food : feed

tabled in midmorning they ate sour pickles — Thomas Wolfe


a. Britain : to place on the agenda : submit for discussion

research groups prepare the draft bills tabled by … parliamentary representatives — Barbara & Robert North

b. : to lay on the table

the hydroelectric project has been tabled, revived, tabled again — E.W.Smith

c. : to put on a table

ale, for which he too used to table his twopence — Thomas Carlyle

florists tabled a large … assortment of cut flowers — Gardeners' Chronicle


a. archaic : scarf IV 1

b. : to strengthen (a sail) by making a broad hem on the edges attached to the boltrope

5. : to wash or screen on a table

table ground ore

6. : to sediment (starch) by use of a table

intransitive verb

archaic : to take food : board , eat

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