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table Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a set of data arranged in rows and columns
    tabular array.
    • see table 1
  2. noun a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs
    • it was a sturdy table
  3. noun a piece of furniture with tableware for a meal laid out on it
    • I reserved a table at my favorite restaurant
  4. noun flat tableland with steep edges
    • the tribe was relatively safe on the mesa but they had to descend into the valley for water
  5. noun a company of people assembled at a table for a meal or game
    • he entertained the whole table with his witty remarks
  6. noun food or meals in general
    • she sets a fine table
    • room and board
  7. verb hold back to a later time
    prorogue; set back; defer; remit; put off; put over; shelve; postpone; hold over.
    • let's postpone the exam
  8. verb arrange or enter in tabular form
    tabularise; tabularize; tabulate.

Ta"ble transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Tableed ; present participle & verbal noun Tableing
  1. To form into a table or catalogue; to tabulate; as, to table fines.
  2. To delineate, as on a table; to represent, as in a picture. Obs.
    Tabled and pictured in the chambers of meditation. Bacon.
  3. To supply with food; to feed. Obs. Milton.
  4. (Carp.) To insert, as one piece of timber into another, by alternate scores or projections from the middle, to prevent slipping; to scarf.
  5. To lay or place on a table, as money. Carlyle.
  6. In parliamentary usage, to lay on the table; to postpone, by a formal vote, the consideration of (a bill, motion, or the like) till called for, or indefinitely.
  7. To enter upon the docket; as, to table charges against some one.
  8. (Naut.) To make board hems in the skirts and bottoms of (sails) in order to strengthen them in the part attached to the boltrope.
Ta"ble intransitive verb
  1. To live at the table of another; to board; to eat. Obs. "He . . . was driven from the society of men to table with the beasts." South.

Webster 1913

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