What does table mean?

Definitions for table
ˈteɪ bəlta·ble

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word table.

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.

    Etymology: From table, from tabula.

  2. tablenoun

    A flat tray which can be used as a table.

    Etymology: From table, from tabula.

  3. tablenoun

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

    Etymology: From table, from tabula.

  4. tablenoun

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

    Etymology: From table, from tabula.

  5. tablenoun

    A lookup table, most often a set of vectors.

    Etymology: From table, from tabula.

  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.

    Etymology: From table, from tabula.

  7. tablenoun

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

    Etymology: From table, from tabula.

  8. tablenoun

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

    Etymology: From table, from tabula.

  9. tableverb

    To put on a table.

    Etymology: From table, from tabula.

  10. tableverb

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

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

    Etymology: From table, from tabula.

  11. tableverb

    To hold back to a later time; to postpone.

    Etymology: From table, from tabula.

  12. tableverb

    To tabulate; to put into a table.

    Etymology: From table, from tabula.

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  

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. bleat

  2. blate

  3. ablet

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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. Marco Santamaria:

    At the margin that is a good thing, particularly for short-term securities. But I think this also tells you that the equity sale is not on the table, either they can't sell Citgo or they don't like the valuation they are getting - so they have chosen to go this road instead.

  2. President Biden:

    The only way we’re going to meet the global threats is by working together with our partners and our allies, america is back at the table.

  3. Stuart Scheller:

    I'm not saying we need to be in Afghanistan forever, but I am saying, did any of you throw your rank on the table and say, ‘Hey, it’s a bad idea to evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic airbase, before we evacuate everyone’? did anyone do that? And when you didn’t think to do that, did anyone raise their hand and say, ‘We completely messed this up’?

  4. James Joyce:

    No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.

  5. Philippe Lazzarini:

    For the first time, a real peace and state-building agenda is on the table and the Somalis are committed, behind it, i think a tipping point has been reached to make it happen.

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