Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs
  2. (noun, artifact) a piece of furniture with tableware for a meal laid out on it
  3. (noun, food) food or meals in general
    room and board
  4. (noun, group) a set of data arranged in rows and columns
  5. (noun, group) a company of people assembled at a table for a meal or game
  6. (noun, object) flat tableland with steep edges
  7. (verb, creation) arrange or enter in tabular form
  8. (verb, stative) hold back to a later time

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Origin of the word Table

  1. late 12c., "board, slab, plate," from O.Fr. table "board, plank, writing table, picture" (11c.), and late O.E. tabele, from W.Gmc. *tabal (cf. O.H.G. zabel, Ger. Tafel), both from L. tabula "a board, plank, table," originally "small flat slab or piece" usually for inscriptions or for games, of uncertain origin, related to Umbrian taf… more
  2. in parliamentary sense, 1718, originally "to lay on the (speaker's) table for discussion," from table (n.). But in U.S. political jargon it has the sense of "to postpone indefinitely" (1866). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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