an article of furniture consisting of a flat, slablike top supported on one or more legs or other supports:
a kitchen table; an operating table; a pool table.
such a piece of furniture specifically used for serving food to those seated at it.
the food placed on a table to be eaten:
She sets a good table.
a group of persons at a table, as for a meal, game, or business transaction.
a gaming table.
a flat or plane surface; a level area.
a tableland or plateau.
a concise list or guide:
The table of contents in the front of the book includes chapter names and page numbers.
an arrangement of words, numbers, or signs, or combinations of them, as in parallel columns, to exhibit a set of facts or relations in a definite, compact, and comprehensive form; a synopsis or scheme.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Mensa.
a flat and relatively thin piece of wood, stone, metal, or other hard substance, especially one artificially shaped for a particular purpose.
a course or band, especially of masonry, having a distinctive form or position.
a distinctively treated surface on a wall.
a smooth, flat board or slab on which inscriptions may be put.
the tablets on which certain collections of laws were anciently inscribed:
the tables of the Decalogue.
the laws themselves.
Anatomy. the inner or outer hard layer or any of the flat bones of the skull.
Music. a sounding board.
the upper horizontal surface of a faceted gem.
a gem with such a surface.
verb (used with object), tabled, tabling.
to place (a card, money, etc.) on a table.
to enter in or form into a table or list.
Chiefly U.S. to lay aside (a proposal, resolution, etc.) for future discussion, usually with a view to postponing or shelving the matter indefinitely.
British. to present (a proposal, resolution, etc.) for discussion.
of, relating to, or for use on a table:
a table lamp.
suitable for serving at a table or for eating or drinking:
on the table, Parliamentary Procedure.
British. submitted for consideration.
turn the tables, to cause a reversal of an existing situation, especially with regard to gaining the upper hand over a competitor, rival, antagonist, etc.:
Fortune turned the tables and we won. We turned the tables on them and undersold them by 50 percent.
under the table,
as a bribe; secretly:
She gave money under the table to get the apartment.
wait (on) table, to work as a waiter or waitress:
He worked his way through college by waiting table.
Also, wait tables.
a flat horizontal slab or board, usually supported by one or more legs, on which objects may be placed related adjective mensal
such a slab or board on which food is served: we were six at table
(as modifier): table linen
(in combination): a tablecloth
food as served in a particular household or restaurant: a good table
such a piece of furniture specially designed for any of various purposes: a backgammon table, bird table
a company of persons assembled for a meal, game, etc
(as modifier): table talk
any flat or level area, such as a plateau
a rectangular panel set below or above the face of a wall
(architect) another name for cordon (sense 4)
an upper horizontal facet of a cut gem
(music) the sounding board of a violin, guitar, or similar stringed instrument
an arrangement of words, numbers, or signs, usually in parallel columns, to display data or relations: a table of contents
See multiplication table
a tablet on which laws were inscribed by the ancient Romans, the Hebrews, etc
(palmistry) an area of the palm’s surface bounded by four lines
(printing) a slab of smooth metal on which ink is rolled to its proper consistency
either of the two bony plates that form the inner and outer parts of the flat bones of the cranium
any thin flat plate, esp of bone
on the table, put forward for discussion and acceptance: we currently have our final offer on the table
turn the tables on someone, to cause a complete reversal of circumstances, esp to defeat or get the better of someone who was previously in a stronger position
to place on a table
(Brit) to submit (a bill, etc) for consideration by a legislative body
(US) to suspend discussion of (a bill, etc) indefinitely or for some time
to enter in or form into a list; tabulate
table ta·ble (tā’bəl)
An article of furniture supported by one or more vertical legs and having a flat horizontal surface.
An orderly arrangement of data, especially one in which the data are arranged in columns and rows in an essentially rectangular form.
An abbreviated list, as of contents; a synopsis.
The inner or outer flat layer of bones of the skull separated by the diploë.
- Table dance
noun the act or practice of doing an erotic dance or striptease upon the table of a paying customer Word Origin similar to lap dance
- Table football
noun 1. a game based on soccer, played on a table with sets of miniature human figures mounted on rods allowing them to be tilted or spun to strike the ball US name foosball
noun, plural tablefuls. 1. the number of persons that can be seated at a table. 2. the amount of food, dishes, etc., that a table can hold.
verb (used without object), table-hopped, table-hopping. Informal. 1. to move about in a restaurant, nightclub, or the like, chatting with people at various tables. table