- Obs. a thin, flat tablet or slab of metal, stone, or wood, used for inscriptions
- a piece of furniture consisting of a flat, horizontal top usually set on legs
- such a table set with food for a meal
- food served at table; feasting as entertainment
- the people seated at a table to eat, talk, etc.
- a location, as a site for a meeting, an opportunity, setting, etc. thought of as being like a table on which issues may be placed for discussion or consideration: they brought fresh offers to the table
- any of various large, flat-topped pieces of furniture or equipment used for games, as a working surface, etc.: pool table, examining table
- a compact, systematic list of details, contents, etc.
- a compact arrangement of related facts, figures, values, etc. in orderly sequence, and usually in parallel rows and columns, for convenience of reference: the multiplication table
- the flat upper surface of certain styles of faceted gems
- Anat. the hard inner or outer layer of the bony tissue of the skull
- any horizontal, projecting piece, as a molding or cornice; stringcourse
- a plain or decorated rectangular piece set into or raised on a wall; panel
- either of the two hinged leaves of a backgammon board
- either half of either of these leaves
Origin of tableOld French from Classical Latin tabula, a board, painting, tablet from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European an unverified form taldhla from base an unverified form tel-, flat, a board from source Old English thille, thin board, flooring
- of, for, or on a table
- fit for serving at table: table salt
transitive verb-·bled, -·bling
- Obs. to make a list or compact arrangement of; tabulate
- to put on a table
- to postpone indefinitely the discussion or consideration of (a legislative bill, motion, etc.)
- Brit. to submit for discussion or consideration
drink someone under the table
on the table
- postponed or shelved: said of a bill, etc.
- presented or open for discussion, consideration, etc.
turn the tables
under the table