What does table mean?

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ˈteɪ bəlta·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. table, tabular arraynoun

    a set of data arranged in rows and columns

    "see table 1"

  2. tablenoun

    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. tablenoun

    a piece of furniture with tableware for a meal laid out on it

    "I reserved a table at my favorite restaurant"

  4. mesa, tablenoun

    flat tableland with steep edges

    "the tribe was relatively safe on the mesa but they had to descend into the valley for water"

  5. tablenoun

    a company of people assembled at a table for a meal or game

    "he entertained the whole table with his witty remarks"

  6. board, tableverb

    food or meals in general

    "she sets a fine table"; "room and board"

  7. postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, table, shelve, set back, defer, remit, put offverb

    hold back to a later time

    "let's postpone the exam"

  8. table, tabularize, tabularise, tabulateverb

    arrange or enter in tabular form


  1. tablenoun

    An item of furniture with a flat top surface raised above the ground, usually on one or more legs.

  2. tablenoun

    A flat tray which can be used as a table.

  3. tablenoun

    A matrix or grid of data arranged in rows and columns.

  4. tablenoun

    A collection of arithmetic calculations arranged in a table, such as multiplications in a multiplication table.

  5. tablenoun

    A lookup table, most often a set of vectors.

  6. tablenoun

    The top of a stringed instrument, particularly a member of the violin family: the side of the instrument against which the strings vibrate.

  7. tablenoun

    One half of a backgammon board, which is divided into the inner and outer table.

  8. tablenoun

    a classification of teams or individuals based on their success over a predetermined period.

  9. tableverb

    To put on a table.

  10. tableverb

    To propose for discussion (from to put on the table)

    The legislature tabled the amendment, so we will start discussing it now.

  11. tableverb

    To hold back to a later time; to postpone.

  12. tableverb

    To tabulate; to put into a table.

  13. Etymology: From table, from tabula.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TABLEnoun

    Etymology: table, Fr. tabula, Latin.

    Upon the castle hill there is a bagnio paved with fair tables of marble. George Sandys.

    We may again
    Give to our tables meat, sleep to our nights. William Shakespeare.

    Help to search my house; if I find not what I seek, let me for ever be your table sport. William Shakespeare.

    Children at a table never asked for any thing, but contentedly took what was given them. John Locke, on Education.

    This shuts them out from all table conversation, and the most agreeable intercourses. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Nor hath the fruit in it any core or kernel; and differing from other apples, yet is a good table fruit. John Mortimer.

    The nymph the table spread,
    Ambrosial cates, with nectar, rosy red. Alexander Pope.

    Give me some wine, fill full,
    I drink to th’ general joy of the whole table. William Shakespeare.

    He was the writer of them in the tables of their hearts. Richard Hooker, b. iii.

    ’Twas pretty, though a plague,
    To see him every hour; to sit and draw
    His arched brows, his hawking eye, his curls,
    In our hearts table. William Shakespeare.

    All these true notes of immortality
    In our heart’s table we shall written find. Davies.

    I prepar’d to pay in verses rude
    A most detested act of gratitude:
    Ev’n this had been your elegy which now
    Is offer’d for your health, the table of my vow. Dryden.

    There are books extant which the atheist must allow of as proper evidence; even the mighty volumes of visible nature, and the everlasting tables of right reason; wherein if they do not wilfully shut their eyes, they may read their own folly written by the finger of God in a much plainer and more terrible sentence, than Belshazzar’s was by the hand upon the wall. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Among the Romans, the judge or prætor granted administration, not only according to the tables of the testament, but even contrary to those tables. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    By the twelve tables, only those were called into succession of their parents that were in the parent’s power. John Ayliffe.

    I never lov’d myself,
    Till now, infixed, I beheld myself
    Drawn in the flatt’ring table of her eye. William Shakespeare.

    His Jalysus or Bacchus he so esteemed, that he had rather lose all his father’s images than that table. Henry Peacham.

    Saint Anthony has a table that hangs up to him from a poor peasant, who fancied the saint had saved his neck. Addis.

    It might seem impertinent to have added a table to a book of so small a volume, and which seems to be itself but a table: but it may prove advantagious at once to learn the whole culture of any plant. John Evelyn, Kalender.

    Their learning reaches no farther than the tables of contents. Isaac Watts.

    I have no images of ancestors,
    Wanting an ear, or nose; no forged tables
    Of long descents, to boast false honours from. Ben Jonson.

    Mistress of a fairer table
    Hath not history nor fable. Ben Jonson.

    Monsieur the nice,
    When he plays at tables, chides the dice. William Shakespeare.

    We are in the world like men playing at tables; the chance is not in our power, but to play it, is; and when it is fallen we must manage it as we can. Taylor.

    They that are honest would be arrant knaves if the tables were turned. Roger L'Estrange.

    If it be thus, the tables would be turned upon me; but I should only fail in my vain attempt. Dryden.

  2. To Tableverb

    To make into a catalogue; to set down.

    I could have looked on him without admiration, though the catalogue of his endowments had been tabled by his side, and I to peruse him by items. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

  3. To Tableverb

    To board; to live at the table of another.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    He lost his kingdom, was driven from the society of men to table with the beasts, and to graze with oxen. South.

    You will have no notion of delicacies if you table with them; they are all for rank and foul feeding. Henry Felton.


  1. table

    A table is a piece of furniture consisting of a flat horizontal surface held up by one or more legs. It is generally used to place, store or display items or for activities such as eating, writing, or working. In a wider context, a table could also refer to a data arrangement in rows and columns, used for systematic representation of information.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tablenoun

    a smooth, flat surface, like the side of a board; a thin, flat, smooth piece of anything; a slab

  2. Tablenoun

    a thin, flat piece of wood, stone, metal, or other material, on which anything is cut, traced, written, or painted; a tablet

  3. Tablenoun

    a memorandum book

  4. Tablenoun

    any smooth, flat surface upon which an inscription, a drawing, or the like, may be produced

  5. Tablenoun

    hence, in a great variety of applications: A condensed statement which may be comprehended by the eye in a single view; a methodical or systematic synopsis; the presentation of many items or particulars in one group; a scheme; a schedule

  6. Tablenoun

    a view of the contents of a work; a statement of the principal topics discussed; an index; a syllabus; a synopsis; as, a table of contents

  7. Tablenoun

    a list of substances and their properties; especially, a list of the elementary substances with their atomic weights, densities, symbols, etc

  8. Tablenoun

    any collection and arrangement in a condensed form of many particulars or values, for ready reference, as of weights, measures, currency, specific gravities, etc.; also, a series of numbers following some law, and expressing particular values corresponding to certain other numbers on which they depend, and by means of which they are taken out for use in computations; as, tables of logarithms, sines, tangents, squares, cubes, etc.; annuity tables; interest tables; astronomical tables, etc

  9. Tablenoun

    the arrangement or disposition of the lines which appear on the inside of the hand

  10. Tablenoun

    an article of furniture, consisting of a flat slab, board, or the like, having a smooth surface, fixed horizontally on legs, and used for a great variety of purposes, as in eating, writing, or working

  11. Tablenoun

    hence, food placed on a table to be partaken of; fare; entertainment; as, to set a good table

  12. Tablenoun

    the company assembled round a table

  13. Tablenoun

    one of the two, external and internal, layers of compact bone, separated by diploe, in the walls of the cranium

  14. Tablenoun

    a stringcourse which includes an offset; esp., a band of stone, or the like, set where an offset is required, so as to make it decorative. See Water table

  15. Tablenoun

    the board on the opposite sides of which backgammon and draughts are played

  16. Tablenoun

    one of the divisions of a backgammon board; as, to play into the right-hand table

  17. Tablenoun

    the games of backgammon and of draughts

  18. Tablenoun

    a circular plate of crown glass

  19. Tablenoun

    the upper flat surface of a diamond or other precious stone, the sides of which are cut in angles

  20. Tablenoun

    a plane surface, supposed to be transparent and perpendicular to the horizon; -- called also perspective plane

  21. Tablenoun

    the part of a machine tool on which the work rests and is fastened

  22. Tableverb

    to form into a table or catalogue; to tabulate; as, to table fines

  23. Tableverb

    to delineate, as on a table; to represent, as in a picture

  24. Tableverb

    to supply with food; to feed

  25. Tableverb

    to insert, as one piece of timber into another, by alternate scores or projections from the middle, to prevent slipping; to scarf

  26. Tableverb

    to lay or place on a table, as money

  27. Tableverb

    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

  28. Tableverb

    to enter upon the docket; as, to table charges against some one

  29. Tableverb

    to make board hems in the skirts and bottoms of (sails) in order to strengthen them in the part attached to the boltrope

  30. Tableverb

    to live at the table of another; to board; to eat


  1. Table

    A table is a form of furniture with a flat horizontal upper surface used to support objects of interest, for storage, show, and/or manipulation. The surface must be held stable; for reasons of simplicity, this is usually done by support from below by either a column, a "base", or at least three columnar "stands". In special situations, table surfaces may be supported from a nearby wall, or suspended from above. Common design elements include: ⁕top surfaces of various shapes, including rectangular, rounded, or semi-circular ⁕legs arranged in two or more similar pairs ⁕several geometries of folding table that can be collapsed into a smaller volume ⁕heights ranging up and down from the most common 18–30 inches range, often reflecting the height of chairs or bar stools used as seating for people making use of a table, as for eating or performing various manipulations of objects resting on a table ⁕presence or absence of drawers ⁕expansion of the surface by insertion of leaves or locking hinged drop leaf sections into horizontal position. Desks are tables specifically intended for information-manipulation tasks, including writing and use of interactive electronics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Table

    tā′bl, n. a smooth, flat slab or board, with legs, used as an article of furniture: supply of food, entertainment: the company at a table: the board or table on which a game is played, as billiards, backgammon, draughts: a surface on which something is written or engraved: that which is cut or written on a flat surface: a flat gravestone supported on pillars: an inscription: a condensed statement: syllabus or index; (B.) a writing tablet.—adj. of or pertaining to a table, or the food partaken from the table.—v.t. to make into a table or catalogue: to lay (money) on the table: to pay down: to lay on the table—i.e. to postpone consideration of.—ns. Tā′ble-beer, light beer for common use; Tā′ble-book, a book of tablets, on which anything is written without ink: a note-book: a book of tables, as of weights, measures, &c.; Tā′ble-cloth, a cloth usually of linen, for covering a table, esp. at meals; Tā′ble-cov′er, a cloth for covering a table, esp. at other than meal-times; Table-d'hôte (ta′bl-dōt), a meal for several persons at the same hour and at fixed prices; Tā′bleful, as many as a table will hold; Tā′bleland, an extensive region of elevated land with a plain-like or undulating surface: a plateau; Tā′ble-leaf, a board at the side of a table which can be put up or down to vary the size of the table; Tā′ble-lin′en, linen table-cloths, napkins, &c.; Tā′ble-mon′ey, an allowance granted to general officers in the army, and flag-officers in the navy, to enable them to fulfil the duties of hospitality within their respective commands; Tā′ble-rap′ping, production of raps on tables by alleged spiritual agency.—n.pl. Tā′bles, the game of backgammon.—ns. Tā′ble-spoon, one of the largest spoons used at table; Tā′ble-spoon′ful, as much as will fill a table-spoon; Tā′ble-talk, familiar conversation, as that round a table, during and after meals; Tā′ble-turn′ing, movements of tables or other objects, attributed by spiritualists to the agency of spirits—by rational persons to involuntary muscular action—similarly Tā′ble-lift′ing, Tā′ble-rap′ping; Tā′ble-ware, dishes, spoons, knives, forks, &c. for table use.—adv. Tā′blewise, like a table—of the communion-table, with the ends east and west—opp. to Altar-wise.—ns. Tā′ble-work, the setting of type for tables, columns of figures, &c.; Tā′bling, the act of tabling or forming into tables: (carp.) a rude dove-tailing: (naut.) a broad hem on the skirts of sails.—The Lord's Table, the table at which the Lord's Supper is partaken, or on which the elements are laid: the Lord's Supper.—Fence the tables (see Fence); Lay on the table, to lay aside any proposed measure indefinitely, or for future discussion; Lie on the table, to be laid upon the table; Turn the tables, to bring about a complete rever

Editors Contribution

  1. table

    A piece of furniture.

    The office table was very organized and structured.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 5, 2020  

  2. tablenoun

    The appreciated material matter of law constructing justice in a projection for the innocent beings on earth.

    There are 24 thrones around the Almighty table with El Shaddai as the head of heaven's congregation.

    Etymology: Leader board

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 9, 2024  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TABLE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Table is ranked #127494 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Table surname appeared 134 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Table.

    55.9% or 75 total occurrences were White.
    36.5% or 49 total occurrences were Black.
    3.7% or 5 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'table' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #460

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'table' in Written Corpus Frequency: #580

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'table' in Nouns Frequency: #140

Anagrams for table »

  1. ablet

  2. blate

  3. bleat

  4. batel

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of table in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of table in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of table in a Sentence

  1. The US:

    We have made our demands very clear to the ayatollah and his cronies : end Read MoreNoting pursuit of nuclear weapons, stop testing and proliferating ballistic missiles, stop sponsoring and committing terrorism, halt the arbitrary detention of The US citizens. Our pressure is aimed at ending these and others and it will continue to accelerate until Iran is willing to address them at the negotiating table.

  2. Marc Fernich:

    All these actors appear to bear some responsibility for this calamity. All seem to have a share of Mr. Epsteins blood on their hands. All should be ashamed of their behavior, i call for a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Epsteins death. The public needs to know exactly what happened and why and how his custodians could have let it occur. Epsteinsdeath comes two weeks after the 66-year-old was placed on suicide watch after he was found nearly unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck.At the time, it was not clear whether the injuries were self-inflicted or from an assault. He had been taken off suicide watch before he killed himself, a person familiar with the matter told the AP.It wasnt immediately clear when he was taken off suicide watch. Jeffrey Epstein DEAD : TIMELINE OF SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AND RELATED LEGAL CASES Epstein was arrested on July 6 over the alleged sexual abuse of dozens of young girls in his Upper East Side townhouse and his waterfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, between 2002 and 2005 Epstein allegedly created and maintained a vast network and operation from 2002 up to and including at least 2005 that enabled him to sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls in addition to paying victims to recruit other girls. Prosecutors said that victims would be escorted to a room with a massage table where they would perform massages on Epstein. At the time of Epsteins arrest, prosecutors said they found a trove of pictures of nude and seminude young women and girls at his $ 77 million Manhattan Hospital mansion. They also say additional victims have come forward since the arrest. He had pleaded not guilty and faced up to 45 years in prison if convicted. Jeffrey Epstein EPSTEINS ALLEGED SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIM NAMED Bill Richardson, GEORGE MITCHELL IN NEWLY RELEASED DOCUMENTS Bill Richardson deathalso comes a day after thousands of documents were unsealed Friday in connection with a defamation case against Bill Richardson alleged recruiter that revealed dozens of high-profile names including former Maine Sen. George Mitchell, ex-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Prince Andrew, Duke of York. Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has long claimed Epstein forced her to have sex with powerful men, claimed in the lawsuit that Epstein and Virginia Roberts Giuffre associate, Ghislaine Maxwell, kept Ghislaine Maxwell as a.

  3. Martin Luther:

    I had a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons ofthe former slaves and the sons of the former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood

  4. Malcolm X:

    Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner, unless you eat some of what's on that plate. Being here in America doesn't make you an American. Being born here in America doesn't make you an American.

  5. State John Kerry:

    Russia's activities in Aleppo and in the region right now are making The Russians much more difficult to be able to come to the table and to be able to have a serious conversation.

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