- A tab is defined as a small piece of a folder or item of clothing that sticks out.
- An example of a tab is the name label on a file folder.
- An example of a tab is a flap of fabric on a pair of jeans.
- The definition of a tab is the bill or total list of expenses.
- An example of a tab is the check at the end of the meal.
- An example of a tab is the total cost of a wedding.
- A tab is a part of a computer window that protrudes from the normal screen shape, allowing you to go to different parts of a program or to different open websites.
An example of a tab is the part of a browser windows that shows other websites which you are currently using.
- To tab is to put small protruding stickers onto paper.
An example of to tab is to mark papers with colored stickers for filing.
- To tab means to use the "Tab" button on a computer keyboard to move from one field to another on a form or on a website.
An example of to tab is to fill out a line on a website form and then hit the "Tab" button to go to the next line.
The tab on a file folder.
- a small, flat loop, strap, or metal ring fastened to something for pulling it, hanging it up, etc.
- a small, often ornamental, flap or piece fastened to the edge or surface as of a dress, coat, etc.
- an attached or projecting piece as of a file folder, often with a label, used in filing
- Aeron. an auxiliary airfoil set into the trailing edge of a larger control surface, such as an aileron
Origin of tab; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- a bill or check, as for expenses
- total cost or expenses
Origin of tabprobably short for tabulation
keep tabs onor keep a tab on☆
pick up the tab☆
Origin of tabClassical Latin tabellaPharmacy tablet(s)
- A projection, flap, or short strip attached to an object to facilitate opening, handling, or identification.
- A small, usually decorative flap or tongue on a garment.
- A small auxiliary airfoil that is attached to a larger one and that helps stabilize an aircraft.
- A pull-tab.
transitive verbtabbed tabbed, tab·bing, tabs
Origin of tabOrigin unknown.
- Informal a. A bill or check, such as one for a meal in a restaurant.b. Cost; price: The tab for upgrading the computers would be high.
- A tabulator on a typewriter.
- Computers a. A key on a computer keyboard that, when pressed, inserts a special ASCII character used for formatting text, as in indenting a line or block of text.b. This special ASCII character.
intransitive verbtabbed tabbed, tab·bing, tabs
Origin of tabShort for tablet or tabulation. Sense 2, short for tabulator.
- A small flap or strip of material attached to something, for holding, manipulation, identification, etc.
- (by extension, graphical user interface) A navigational widget for switching between sets of controls or documents.
- (informal) A tablet, especially one containing illicit drugs.
- (British Army, slang) A fast march or run with full kit.
- (slang) A student of Cambridge University, derived from the Latin Cantabrigia (often shortened to Cantab.).
(third-person singular simple present tabs, present participle tabbing, simple past and past participle tabbed)
First attested 1607, of uncertain origin.
Apocopation (shortening) of tabulation.
- (Geordie) cigarette.
- Giv'is a tab man!
Shortening of tablature.
tab - Computer Definition
(1) (TABlet) See tablet computer.
(2) To move the cursor on a display screen or the print head on a printer to a specified column (the tab stop). Pressing the Tab key on a keyboard moves the screen cursor horizontally to the right. Pressing Shift-Tab moves it to the left. However, in the ASCII character set, there are codes for both horizontal and vertical tabs. See tab stop.
(3) (TAB) See tape automated bonding.
(4) A visual identifier that appears in a row on screen and serves as a menu. Clicking the tab opens that dialog or page. See tabbed browsing.