Tab Definition

tăb
tabbed, tabbing, tabs
noun
tabs
A small, flat loop, strap, or metal ring fastened to something for pulling it, hanging it up, etc.
Webster's New World
A projection, flap, or short strip attached to an object to facilitate opening, handling, or identification.
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A small, often ornamental, flap or piece fastened to the edge or surface as of a dress, coat, etc.
Webster's New World
An attached or projecting piece as of a file folder, often with a label, used in filing.
Webster's New World
An auxiliary airfoil set into the trailing edge of a larger control surface, such as an aileron.
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verb
tabbed
To provide with tabs.
Webster's New World

To move a cursor with a tab key.

Webster's New World
To choose or select.
Webster's New World
To tab is to put small protruding stickers onto paper.
An example of to tab is to mark papers with colored stickers for filing.
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abbreviation
Table(s)
Webster's New World
Tablet(s)
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idiom
keep tabs on
  • To observe carefully over time:

    Let's keep tabs on expenditures.

American Heritage
keep tabs on
  • to keep a check on; follow or watch every move of
Webster's New World
pick up the tab
  • to pay the bill or total cost
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Tab

Noun

Singular:
tab
Plural:
tabs

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Tab

Origin of Tab

  • Short for tablet or tabulation Sense 2, short for tabulator

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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