Definitions for tabtæb

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tabtæb(n.; v.)tabbed, tab•bing.

  1. (n.)a small flap, strap, loop, or similar appendage, as on a garment, used for pulling, hanging, or decoration.

  2. a tag or label.

  3. a small projection from a card, paper, or folder, used as an aid in filing.

  4. Informal. a bill; check.

    Category: Informal

  5. a small piece attached or intended to be attached, as to an automobile license plate.

  6. a typewriter stop or computer command that moves the carriage, cursor, or printing element a predetermined number of spaces. the key that activates such a stop or command.

    Category: Computers

  7. a small airfoil hinged to the rear portion of a control surface, as to an elevator, aileron, or rudder.

    Category: Aeronautics

  8. (v.t.)to furnish or ornament with tabs.

  9. to name or designate.

  10. (v.i.)to operate the tab function on a typewriter or computer.

    Category: Computers

Idioms for tab:

  1. keep tab(s) on,to maintain a watch over; record the activities of.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

Origin of tab:

1600–10; of uncert. orig.


  1. Category: Informal

    Ref: tabloid (def. 1). 1

  2. a tablet, as of a drug.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Pharmacology, Status (usage)

* Informal..

Origin of tab:

1960–65; by shortening


  1. table.

  2. (in prescriptions) tablet.

    Category: Pharmacology

Origin of tab.:

< L tabella

Princeton's WordNet

  1. check, chit, tab(noun)

    the bill in a restaurant

    "he asked the waiter for the check"

  2. yellow journalism, tabloid, tab(noun)

    sensationalist journalism

  3. tab key, tab(noun)

    the key on a typewriter or a word processor that causes a tabulation

  4. tab(noun)

    a short strip of material attached to or projecting from something in order to facilitate opening or identifying or handling it

    "pull the tab to open the can"; "files with a red tab will be stored separately"; "the collar has a tab with a button hole"; "the filing cards were organized by cards having indexed tabs"

  5. pill, lozenge, tablet, tab(noun)

    a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tab(noun)æb

    a piece you pull to open sth

    Pull the tab back to open the can.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tab(noun)

    the flap or latchet of a shoe fastened with a string or a buckle

  2. Tab(noun)

    a tag. See Tag, 2

  3. Tab(noun)

    a loop for pulling or lifting something

  4. Tab(noun)

    a border of lace or other material, worn on the inner front edge of ladies' bonnets

  5. Tab(noun)

    a loose pendent part of a lady's garment; esp., one of a series of pendent squares forming an edge or border


  1. Tab

    Tab, stylized as TaB, is a diet cola soft drink produced by the Coca-Cola Company, first introduced in 1963, and was created by Coca-Cola after the successful sales and marketing of Diet Rite cola, owned by The Royal Crown Company; previously, Diet Rite had been the only sugarless soda on the market. Tab was "marketed to consumers who want to keep 'tabs' on their weight." The soda was fairly popular throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and the Coca-Cola Company made several variations of it, including Tab Clear and Tab X-Tra, as well as caffeine-free versions. The soda later garnered negative publicity when scientists speculated that its main sweetener, sodium saccharin, was a potential animal carcinogen. These studies, conducted on lab rats, resulted in mandatory warning labels on the soda throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. In recent years, the studies asserting saccharin's carcinogenic effects have been largely debunked. Recent studies found the initial findings to be "flawed" and U.S. Food and Drug Administration revoked the mandatory health labels in 2000, deeming no correlation between saccharin and cancer in humans. Additionally, in December 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency removed saccharin from its list of hazardous substances.

Anagrams of tab

  1. ATB

  2. TBA

Translations for tab

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a small flat piece of some material attached to, or part of, something larger, which stands up so that it can be seen, held, pulled etc

You open the packet by pulling the tab.

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