table


table
table [tā′bəl]
n.
[OFr < L tabula, a board, painting, tablet < ? IE * taldhla < base * tel-, flat, a board > OE thille, thin board, flooring]
1. Obs. a thin, flat tablet or slab of metal, stone, or wood, used for inscriptions
2.
a) a piece of furniture consisting of a flat, horizontal top usually set on legs
b) such a table set with food for a meal
c) food served at table; feasting as entertainment
d) the people seated at a table to eat, talk, etc.
e) a meeting at which issues are discussed, negotiations are conducted, etc. [they brought fresh offers to the table]
3. any of various large, flat-topped pieces of furniture or equipment used for games, as a working surface, etc. [pool table, examining table]
4.
a) a compact, systematic list of details, contents, etc.
b) a compact arrangement of related facts, figures, values, etc. in orderly sequence, and usually in rows and columns, for convenience of reference [the multiplication table]
5. TABLELAND
6. the flat upper surface of certain styles of faceted gems: see GEM
7. Anat. the hard inner or outer layer of the bony tissue of the skull
8. Archit.
a) any horizontal, projecting piece, as a molding or cornice; stringcourse
b) a plain or decorated rectangular piece set into or raised on a wall; panel
9. Backgammon either of the two folding leaves of a backgammon board
adj.
1. of, for, or on a table
2. fit for serving at table [table salt]
vt.
tabled, tabling
1. Obs. to make a list or compact arrangement of; tabulate
2. to put on a table
3. to postpone indefinitely the discussion or consideration of (a legislative bill, motion, etc.)
4. Brit. to submit for discussion or consideration
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at table
at a meal
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on the table
☆ postponed or shelved: said of a bill, etc.
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the tables
laws, as the Ten Commandments or ancient Roman codes, inscribed on flat stone slabs
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turn the tables
to reverse completely a situation as it affects two opposing persons or groups
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under the table Informal
1. covertly, as a bribe
2. drunk to the point of unconsciousness

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