Main definitions of tab in English

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noun

  • 1A small flap or strip of material attached to or projecting from something, used to hold, fasten, or manipulate it, or for identification and information.

    • ‘‘New Easy To Open Box’ I read, while angrily pulling at various corners before working out that you lift the tab marked with the arrow to open a secret panel in the centre.’
    • ‘The shopkeeper undid the clasp binding the date book closed and heaved it open, revealing a binder with unusually long pages and alphabetical identification tabs protruding from the edges.’
    • ‘I would also ask the Court to note that the tabs which were attached to our original submissions are still relevant and should be kept, as they will be referred to.’
    • ‘Each of these three flat, ovoid shapes has a slit that runs from one edge to the center, where it divides into a pair of shapes like commas, leaving a rounded tab from which the piece is hung.’
    • ‘The Velcro tabs that are on the flap are another example of great attention to detail.’
    • ‘As soon as she got to the identification tab, she began to laugh.’
    • ‘The case has a recessed, extra-wide handle, tabs for tie-down straps, and multiple padlock positions.’
    • ‘Pull up the tabs on each end and slide the blinds out.’
    • ‘And - the final stroke of genius - a Velcro tab is sewn into the inside of the hood to attach a pacifier.’
    • ‘He had to move slowly to keep from losing control of the tab when the zipper resisted.’
    • ‘The fun in this book is in pulling the tabs and lifting the flaps to see all the crazy things Grandma knits: woolly wigs, penguin pullovers, even the dinner meal!’
    • ‘If you've selected the correct model, it will closely mate with the contour of your revolver's front strap, retained in place by a pair of thin copper tabs.’
    • ‘Young children love to join in, so look for books with flaps, tabs, pop-ups, peep-holes, textures to feel and questions to answer.’
    • ‘It's easiest to mount the retail heat sink by attaching the tabs in the diagonally opposed corners.’
    • ‘Attach the two-piece mounting assembly to the box tabs.’
    • ‘The thin foil eliminated the need for a metal shell around the battery, and the electrical leads are simple foil tabs attached to the pouch.’
    • ‘Now, folks, here's a brand-new sleeve of balls, and if you'll just take the time to examine it carefully, you'll find a little tab at both ends.’
    tag, flap, loop, lappet, label
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    1. 1.1British Military A marking on the collar distinguishing an officer of high rank or (formerly) a staff officer.
      • ‘Only then will they be awarded the coveted Green Beret and Special Forces tab, signifying that they are fully prepared to join the brotherhood of Special Forces warriors.’
      • ‘The green tabs should be placed on MP unit leaders' shoulders in recognition that they are equals with their combat branch counterparts when it comes to commanding their units in battle.’
      • ‘According green tabs to military police leaders commanding such units as divisional MP platoons or squads in combat support companies in itself does not make military police a combat arm.’
      • ‘I looked at his rank tabs through the binoculars, and, having convinced myself that he wasn't an officer, gave him the bird as he passed.’
    2. 1.2
      North American term for ring pull
  • 2Computing
    A second or further document or page that can be opened on a spreadsheet or web browser.

    • ‘You can now do one-touch bookmarking of favorites right from the favorites tab.’
    • ‘If you mistakenly close out of a tab, the new tab button allows you to restore recently closed pages.’
    • ‘A new + button on the right side of the tab bar makes it easier to create new tabs.’
    • ‘You use the ruler or the Tabs dialog box to set the tabs.’
    • ‘Reordering the bookmarks will change the tab or window order, too.’
  • 3North American informal A restaurant bill:

    ‘the waiter brought three drinks and a new tab’
    • ‘The waiter comes over, they are obviously on good terms, he is a regular, and Gilbert pays his tab, rolls up his newspaper, and leaves the cafe.’
    • ‘But experts report that discount-happy diners are clipping coupons and scouting for values to lower their restaurant tabs.’
    • ‘Drake and Spade sat down, both avoiding looking at the girls as they paid their tab at the register and left.’
    • ‘As for me, one of the many advantages to the noon - 2 party time was that it wasn't long enough to work up too expensive a tab, anyway.’
    • ‘Press 1 while you're at it if you want 10 percent off your tab at a nearby restaurant; press 2 if you want to reserve a table right now.’
    • ‘Swipe these sleek timepieces at a reader, and the tab is automatically charged to your credit card.’
    • ‘Forget about the hefty bar tabs and the dinner bills: talk or chat the night away, and when the time is right, you can personally meet each other and have the time of your lives.’
    • ‘Nathan discreetly ordered for the bill to be put on his tab as the two friends spoke with another.’
    • ‘Unfortunately it's the poor waiter or waitress that is responsible for an unpaid tab; they get stuck for the money.’
    • ‘Restaurants often add a service charge on to the tab, thereby avoiding the possibility that even the most indifferent service does not go unrewarded.’
    • ‘Not connecting this weirdness to himself - he wasn't breaking any laws - he paid his tab and walked outside to his car.’
    • ‘Keep in mind the tab was over $300 and they had Benny, the career waiter, running back and forth for hours.’
    • ‘He pulled out his wallet and fished out a five-dollar bill for his tab.’
    • ‘I have personally witnessed such a case where the size of the gift was reduced by more than half because of several high restaurant tabs.’
    • ‘Corporations routinely pay the tabs of reporters who hang out at exclusive golf clubs and hostess bars.’
    bill, invoice, account, statement, list of charges, note of charges, charge, reckoning, tally
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    1. 3.1 A tally of items ordered in a bar or restaurant:
      ‘Bobby had told the barman to put everything on the tab’
      • ‘I ordered a Canadian to start my tab and took my place at the bar with a few friends.’
      • ‘If so, e-mail them to me (preferably with a link to a reasonably reputable source) and I'll start keeping a running tab here at the bar.’
      • ‘I remember when I was hanging out at this strip club in the UK; I decided to put all my friends' drinks on my tab.’
      • ‘Ordinarily this would have given her pause before purchasing the bar; however, she dismissed it quickly as she had no intention of accosting customers about their bar tabs.’
      • ‘I'll stick it on my tab anyway, so it's no trouble.’
      • ‘Do not start a tab on a credit card unless you will be ordering more than two rounds.’
      • ‘With a soft shake of his head at her obvious sadness, he turned to the register to tally up the tabs for the night and turn them in to the office.’
      • ‘Apparently he was either really rich or really respected or both, because everybody knew him and he didn't pay for a thing as far as Alex could see, which meant he had a tab running or they sent him the bill at another time.’
      • ‘These charges are posted automatically to your shipboard account, and like bar tabs, can add up quickly.’
      • ‘Unmoved by a chorus of anguished cries, the Biltmore crew calmly rounded up the glasses, tallied the tabs and shrugged off entreaties for special dispensation.’
      • ‘Though he was unsuccessful in getting the project to fund his bar tab, the student did gain access to and information from the target group.’
      • ‘He took him on trips, gave him endless free meals on his tab, gave him contributions galore.’
      • ‘It's a lot easier on bartenders if people start buying rounds rather than 6 individual guys trying to order one drink at a time, and open/shut a tab.’
      • ‘I'll leave the tab open for when you want another drink.’
      • ‘As a struggling performer, Gleason ran a long-standing tab at a Philadelphia restaurant, Hackett said.’
      • ‘Since it was a seated show, I opened a tab… because I was feeling fancy.’
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  • 5Aviation
    A part of a control surface, typically hinged, that modifies the action or response of the surface.

    • ‘Should the airplane enter what is known as a ‘deep stall,’ the wing can mask the flow of air over the tail surfaces, blanking out the control tabs.’
    • ‘All tabs were activated by a tab-operating mechanism attached to the fixed surface and by a linkage to give servo action.’
    • ‘Spring tabs were added to the elevators and rudders to help control forces during high speed flight.’
    • ‘The rudder-tab-linkage fitting had also been sheared, disconnecting the rudder tab from the flight controls.’
    • ‘Both the vertical and horizontal stabilizers were fixed in position, trim being obtained by means of controllable tabs in the rudder and elevators.’
  • 6Northern English informal A cigarette.

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Mark or identify with a projecting piece of material:

    ‘he opened the book at a page tabbed by a cloth bookmark’
    • ‘His copy of The Diviners was meticulously tabbed and flagged and he had a thick file of all of the emails that the two men had exchanged with each other before this evening.’
    1. 1.1North American Identify as being of a specified type or suitable for a specified position:
      ‘he was tabbed by the President as the next Republican National Committee chairman’
      • ‘Many league observers have tabbed 2004 second-round pick Tatum Bell as the likely heir to Portis.’
      • ‘The coach has tabbed Porter as one of his main projects for the off season.’
      • ‘Eager for another opportunity to appear in a film with Loren, Grant was agreeable to a starring role in Paramount's Houseboat, a film that the studio had tabbed as a vehicle for Loren, whom they had just signed to a four picture deal.’
      • ‘The consensus tabbed him starter, and it's hard to dispute dial given his ‘stuff’ and poise.’
      • ‘A 10-game winning streak vaulted Boston into contention with the White Sox and the Detroit Tigers, whom the writers had tabbed as early-season favorites.’
      • ‘Since then, we've tabbed 17 players as the brightest new stars at the prep, college, and pro levels.’
      • ‘With that in mind, we dug through our archives for some names that we tabbed as coaches on the rise 10 years ago.’
      • ‘He was the one tabbed to play in the All-Star Game on Feb. 8 in Minnesota.’
      • ‘But the Willis who came out of the pen was the one I'd tabbed as a potential sleeper in my quick pre-Series analysis, and he took care of business.’
      • ‘Riley doesn't profess to worry that he's tabbing the rookie Wade to lead his team.’
      • ‘Now the Patriots are favoured and it's the Eagles, tabbed as seven-point underdogs by Las Vegas odds-makers, who have been given no chance to win their first Super Bowl championship.’
      • ‘In fact, the Bucs are willing to occasionally defy conventional thinking by tabbing players considered too small to succeed in the NFL if they had good college careers.’
      • ‘If a number 1 guy had to be identified today, coaches would tab the bullish Davis, who has run with purpose all spring.’
      • ‘He was the guy owner Jerry Jones had tabbed as the person to take over the team, and Parcells wanted to coach the Cowboys.’
      • ‘There were some concerns at safety, which had been tabbed as the strongest position in this year's draft.’
      • ‘If he's feeling any pressure as the man tabbed to replace the All-Star, it hasn't shown in camp.’
      • ‘Both franchises tabbed enthusiastic, young head coaches - defense-first coaches - to lead the turnaround.’
      • ‘In the Breeders' Cup Mile, we have tabbed Godolphin's English Group 1 winner Noverre as Europe's best chance.’

Origin

Late Middle English: perhaps related to tag.

Pronunciation:

tab

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Main definitions of tab in English

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noun

  • A facility in a word-processing program, or a device on a keyboard, for advancing to a sequence of set positions in tabular work:

    [as modifier] ‘the tab key’

verb

  • 1[no object] Use the tab key on a computer or typewriter keyboard:

    ‘the user can tab to the phrase and press Enter’
    • ‘It's very addictive, a one-key alternative to tabbing your way through a page of results.’
    • ‘Once installed, traditional Linux / UNIX escaping, quoting or tabbing is necessary to get to directories with spaces in their names.’
  • 2

    short for tabulate

Origin

Early 20th century: short for tabulator.

Pronunciation:

tab

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noun

informal
  • A tablet, especially one containing an illicit drug:

    ‘he faced charges of attempting to export Ecstasy tabs’
    • ‘And believe it or not, I actually liked the song without the LSD tabs for hors d' oeuvres.’
    • ‘In the summer of 1970 he took his first tab of LSD and then his first joint of marijuana.’
    • ‘I doubt that my own ecstasy use was a factor in my depression, since I can remember being seriously depressed long before I ever saw a tab of ecstasy.’
    • ‘Upset with his employer's decision, he ingested four tabs of methamphetamine.’
    • ‘He took one half a tab of ecstasy with a lot of water.’
    • ‘Between 1970 and 1977, he helped market and distribute more than 20 million tabs of LSD manufactured in labs outside London.’
    • ‘We wore wild clothes, we grew our hair down to our shoulders, we smoked marijuana and popped tabs of acid, and we compulsively questioned authority.’
    • ‘The letter warns parents that if their child gets hold of the tabs, they are ‘not to handle them under any circumstances, as they are known to react quickly’.’
    • ‘He has tried everything in the book from patches and sub lingual tabs, to plastic cigarettes and hypnotherapy, and he is still trying.’
    • ‘My sleep is much improved though the doctor refused my latest request for sleeping tabs.’
    • ‘A man took an LSD tab from someone at a party although he did not want it, so as not to let himself down before his peers.’
    • ‘But the truth was I hadn't a clue what an ecstasy tab looked like and didn't want to show my ignorance.’
    • ‘It was either the fact he had decided to emerge himself in a fictional world instead of having a real life, or it was the acid tabs he ate like Skittles.’
    • ‘I also forgot my tabs and ended up puking most of the morning.’
    • ‘Here, my eyes would glaze over as I flash backed to the summer I spent putting little purple microdot tabs of mescaline in my mouth, waiting for that hallucinatory high.’
    • ‘I'd dropped a acid tab earlier in the evening and was on a totally Baccahnailan trip.’
    • ‘Anyway, we dropped a tab and the room turned even more bonkers than before, ending up with my then-boyfriend deciding to play his Magic Roundabout record at 5am.’
    • ‘It had been downhill all the way after he was caught turning out 20,000 ecstasy tabs in Ma's kitchen - and with Ma's best pans, too.’
    • ‘And this means that you have to live in a society where an 80-year-old grandmother can score heroin quicker than a tab of aspirin.’
    • ‘And then the young star offers a gift of tabs of Ecstasy.’

Origin

1960s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

tab

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Main definitions of tab in English

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noun

North American
informal
  • A tabloid newspaper.

    • ‘No wonder the tabs report every month or two that she has gone on yet another crash diet.’
    • ‘Once you get in the daily tabs you don't ever want to leave; and you spend the rest of your time trying to get back in.’
    • ‘I'm not a tabloid reporter, though some of my stories have sent the tabs into a frenzy.’
    • ‘There's no question that we competed with the Daily News, but not because it was a tab.’
    • ‘To lend the tabs credibility, the editor has been outspoken about changing their longs-tanding policy of paying for stories.’
    • ‘The chap ignored them completely, reading a tab with a headline something like Terror Wife Found Hanging.’
    • ‘That's not a shock to anybody who reads the tabs.’
    • ‘A final point: if the tabs didn't write about her doing drugs… well, there's not much of a story there, is there?’
    • ‘This scandal was well known to readers of American papers but there was not a word in any British newspaper, broadsheet or tab, and of course nothing on the BBC, the only radio station.’

Origin

1920s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

tab

/tab/

Main definitions of tab in English

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noun

  • ‘get tips on learning how to read guitar tab’
    short for tablature
    • ‘Here's the lyrics (and the guitar tab) for it.’
    • ‘I was even becoming better at writing tabs for my guitar.’
    • ‘Hopefully, they might allow the sites to print the lyrics if they remove their archives of guitar tabs for the songs.’
    • ‘I have been waiting for days, but my fingers don't stretch the right way, or I can't find the tab for the chord and when I do the notes have stopped ringing and it doesn't seem the same.’
    • ‘The rest of the song is pretty similar; you shouldn't have too much trouble figuring it out by using the Tab for the verses as a basis.’
    • ‘It's one thing to have the ukulele tabs, quite another to play it properly.’
    • ‘Can you send me the tabs for the fast solos.’
    • ‘I remade the guitar tabs.’
    • ‘This is where you will find song lyrics and guitar tabs.’
    • ‘It's in standard Mandolin tuning - see the "Copperhead Road" Tab for details.’
    • ‘I looked up a tab for one of the songs that I thought I might take a stab at playing.’
    • ‘Calling all guitar heroes: I know I'm going to regret this, but I just printed out the tabs for the intro to Smoke on the Water.’
    • ‘This is the Tab for the Mandolin solo.’
    • ‘Liz already had the tabs for the 12 Stones song they were doing and sat down at her guitar and played them for Brent.’
    • ‘I had the guitar tab to this album once, and learned to play a bunch of it.’
    • ‘It made me realise what an imperfect system guitar tab is.’

Pronunciation:

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  • 1Australian NZ Totalizator Agency Board.

  • 2Typhoid–paratyphoid A and B vaccine.

Pronunciation:

TAB

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