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1 a set of data arranged in rows and columns; "see table 1" [syn: tabular array]
2 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 a piece of furniture with tableware for a meal laid out on it; "I reserved a table at my favorite restaurant"
4 flat tableland with steep edges; "the tribe was relatively safe on the mesa but they had to descend into the valley for water" [syn: mesa]
5 a company of people assembled at a table for a meal or game; "he entertained the whole table with his witty remarks"
6 food or meals in general; "she sets a fine table"; "room and board" [syn: board] v : hold back to a later time; "let's postpone the exam" [syn: postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, shelve, set back, defer, remit, put off]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈteɪbəl/
  • tā'bəl, /ˈteɪbəl/, /"teIb@l/
  • Rhymes: -eɪbəl


From table, from tabula (tablet).


  1. An item of furniture with a flat top surface raised above the ground, usually on one or more legs.
  2. A flat tray which can be used as a table.
  3. A matrix or grid of data arranged in rows and columns.
  4. A collection of arithmetic calculations arranged in a table, such as multiplications in a multiplication table.
    The children were practising multiplication tables.
    Don’t you know your tables?
    Here is a table of natural logarithms.
  1. A lookup table, most often a vector.
  2. The top of a stringed instrument, particularly a member of the violin family: the side of the instrument against which the strings vibrate.
  3. One half of a backgammon board, which is divided into the inner and outer table.



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item of furniture
  • Albanian: tryezë
  • Arabic: ,
  • Bosnian: stol, sto
  • Bulgarian: маса
  • Catalan: taula
  • Chinese: 桌子 (zhuōzi)
  • Croatian: stol
  • Czech: stůl
  • Danish: bord
  • Dutch: tafel
  • Esperanto: tablo
  • Finnish: pöytä
  • French: table
  • German: Tisch
  • Greek: τραπέζι
  • Hebrew: שולחן
  • Hindi: मेज़ (mez)
  • Hungarian: asztal
  • Icelandic: borð
  • Indonesian: meja
  • Irish: bord , tábla
  • Italian: tavola, tavolo
  • Japanese: 机, テーブル
  • Korean: 테이블 (teibeul)
  • Kurdish: mase , mêze ,
  • Lao: (to')
  • Latin: mensa
  • Latvian: galds
  • Lithuanian: stalas
  • Malay: meja
  • Malayalam: (mesha)
  • Maltese: mejda
  • Mongolian: ширээ (širêê)
  • Norwegian: bord
  • Persian: (miz)
  • Polish: stół
  • Portuguese: mesa
  • Romanian: masă
  • Russian: стол
  • Sardinian: mesa
  • Scottish Gaelic: bòrd , clàr
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: стол , сто , астал
    Roman: stol , sto , astal
  • Slovak: stôl
  • Slovene: miza
  • Spanish: mesa
  • Swedish: bord
  • Telugu: బల్ల (balla)
  • Turkish: masa
  • Urdu: (mez)
flat tray that can be used as a table
grid of data in rows and columns
  • Bulgarian: таблица
  • Czech: tabulka
  • Danish: tabel
  • Dutch: tabel
  • Finnish: taulukko
  • French: tableau
  • German: Tabelle
  • Greek: πίνακας
  • Hungarian: táblázat
  • Japanese: 表
  • Latvian: tabula
  • Lithuanian: lentelė
  • Norwegian: tabell
  • Polish: tabela
  • Portuguese: tabela
  • Romanian: tabel
  • Russian: таблица (tablítsa)
  • Scottish Gaelic: bòrd , clàr
  • Slovak: tabuľka
  • Slovene: tabela
  • Spanish: tabla
  • Swedish: tabell
  • Telugu: పట్టిక (pattika)
  • Turkish: cetvel, tablo
collection of arithmetic calculations
computing: a lookup table
  • Japanese: 配列
music: the top of a stringed instrument


  1. To put on a table.
  2. In the context of "UK|Canadian English": To propose for discussion (from to put on the table)
    The legislature tabled the amendment, so we will start discussing it now.
  3. To delay, or permanently postpone a motion before a meeting.
    The motion was tabled ensuring that it would not be taken until a later date.
  4. To hold back to a later time; to postpone.
    The legislature tabled the amendment, so we will not be discussing it until later.
  5. To tabulate; to put into a table.

Related terms

to put on a table
to propose for discussion
to postpone a motion
to postpone
to tabulate



fr-noun f
  1. Table italbrac item of furniture.
  2. The flat surface atop various objects.
  3. The flat part of a cut or carved object.
  4. Table of a stringed instrument.
  5. A matrix or grid of data arranged in rows and columns.
  6. A systematic list of content.



Extensive Definition

Table may refer to:

Mathematics and Information Technology



Geology and Geography

  • Water table, in geology, the upper limit of abundant groundwater
  • A table mountain is a geographical feature involving any flat topped mountain and a number of places which take this as a name, most famously Table Mountain near Cape Town, South Africa.
  • A table land is an area of highland, usually consisting of relatively flat open country and commonly called a plateau.
  • The Table, a volcanic tuya in British Columbia, Canada
table in German: Tafel
table in French: Table (homonymie)
table in Korean: 테이블
table in Indonesian: Tabel
table in Dutch: Tafel
table in Japanese: テーブル
table in Polish: Stół (ujednoznacznienie)
table in Portuguese: Tabela (desambiguação)
table in Romanian: Tabel (dezambiguizare)

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