One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A flat slab of stone, clay, or wood, used especially for an inscription.‘at the corner of the apse is a memorial tablet’
slab, panel, plaque, plate, signView synonyms
- ‘The oldest extant writing surfaces include Babylonian clay tablets and Indian palm leaves.’
- ‘From beneath mounds of sand and debris, Babylon and Nineveh were exposed to view together with whole libraries of clay cuneiform tablets.’
- ‘Moses is clutching under his right arm what must be the twin tablets of stone upon which he inscribed the Ten Commandments.’
- ‘This story of Moses' summons to go to the mountain to receive the tablets of stone would have been a familiar text to temple leaders and other practicing Jews of Jesus' day.’
- ‘The tablet's inscription tells the story of Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty.’
- ‘Our signs carved in stone, inscribed on clay tablets, painted on walls, papyrus or on pieces of leather, could be transported to different places and people.’
- ‘They are found carved in rock, ceramics, clay tablets, mosaics, manuscripts, stone patterns, turf, hedges, and cathedral pavements.’
- ‘Any significant ancient ruler required a personal seal for signing clay tablets and other inscriptions.’
- ‘An old walled kitchen garden to the east has become the setting for stone tablets inscribed by letter cutters.’
- ‘We have an inscription on a stone tablet which contains a date which translates to 876.’
- ‘A votive tablet found in Plovdiv and now housed at the National Archaeological Museum in Sofia depicts one such occurrence.’
- ‘The names of foreign enemies and Egyptian traitors were inscribed on clay pots, tablets, or figurines of bound prisoners.’
- ‘Many of these Han burials were readily identifiable by inscribed stone stelae, tablets recording the name, titles, and dates of the deceased.’
- ‘Representations of votive tablets on pillars, however, also occur on a number of regular votive reliefs.’
- ‘The clay cuneiform tablets, only inches tall, record business from about 2000 B.C.’
- ‘This cult of sacrifice is eulogised in a number of inscriptions on tablets called the hero-stones found in this part of the country and these glorify the warrior clans and their valor.’
- ‘Thousands of cuneiform tablets and ancient Christian, Muslim and Jewish manuscripts are gone.’
- ‘As if memories were not enough, two stone tablets with inscriptions and a copper plate were unearthed from inside the church.’
- ‘Among them is a single display of Babylonian cuneiform tablets that accounts for nine missing items.’
- 1.1Architecture another term for table (sense 3 of the noun)
2British A small disc or cylinder of a compressed solid substance, typically a measured amount of a medicine or drug.‘headache tablets’‘ecstasy tablets’
pill, capsule, lozenge, caplet, pastille, pellet, drop, ballView synonyms
- ‘Fifteen people described how they deliberately and routinely adjusted the amount of tablets they took.’
- ‘It is important to ask about over the counter medicines such as cold tablets and sleep aids, which patients and families may forget to mention.’
- ‘Antihistamine drugs are available as tablets, creams, and injections.’
- ‘Another technique that can be used with a tablet of medicine that is too bitter to chew is to crush it and mix it with strawberry jam or applesauce, she adds.’
- ‘Combination chemotherapy can be used, usually as a combination of intravenous drugs and tablets.’
- ‘I would like you to think about a drug, a tablet, which can prevent heart attacks.’
- ‘You can also take antihistamine tablets containing drugs such as cyclizine or cinnarizine to prevent travel or motion sickness.’
- ‘Severe attacks of asthma are sometimes treated with a course of steroid tablets, such as prednisolone.’
- ‘You will usually be given pain relief such as paracetamol or codeine tablets to help ease your discomfort.’
- ‘I'm hoping the combination of sleeping pill and codeine tablets will kick in for her shortly to give her some relief and both of us some rest.’
- ‘Taking just one ecstasy tablet could cause long-lasting brain damage leading to depression, scientists have warned.’
- ‘If you are taking the extended-release tablet form of this medicine, swallow the tablets whole.’
- ‘An amount of ecstasy tablets were also seized in this raid.’
- ‘Each tablet of the drug was administered with 300 ml of water.’
- ‘Many chest physicians advise patients who are taking steroids to swallow their tablets in the morning because morning dosing is thought to minimise adrenal suppression.’
- ‘Even a quarter of an aspirin tablet, taken in regular doses, can be enough to prevent attacks.’
- ‘Inflammation can be reduced with ibuprofen tablets and paracetamol can help to relieve any pain.’
- ‘You may be given antibiotic tablets or capsules in addition to a topical treatment.’
- ‘Codeine tablets and morphine oral solution are available.’
- ‘Drugs such as aspirin, cold tablets and vitamins are best taken with water.’
- 2.1 A small block or bar of soap.
bar, cake, slab, brick, block, chunk, pieceView synonyms
- ‘Before the ‘boys’ came along everything at the factory was done by hand - including cutting the soap into bars or tablets.’
3A small portable computer that accepts input directly on to its screen rather than via a keyboard or mouse.
4North American A writing pad.
notebook, notepad, writing pad, memo pad, jotter, block, sketch pad, sketchbookView synonyms
- ‘She is sitting at her window with her writing tablet, the full moon providing substantial light.’
- ‘In her arms was a writing tablet and a pencil, looking like they were about to fly out of her hands at any moment.’
- ‘And speaking of notes, an anonymous hand-scrawled poem mysteriously appeared on a communal writing tablet in the bathroom that night.’
- ‘It consisted of a video of a little girl's hand clasping a pencil and writing on a tablet.’
- ‘Pulling his writing tablet from his harness pouch, Alan retrieved the pen he'd placed in the side of his war collar.’
- ‘Legal pad enthusiasts do seem to have a psychological connection to their writing tablets.’
5A kind of token giving authority for a train to proceed over a single-track line.
- ‘Note how the engine driver hands down the tablet to the station master.’
6Scottish mass noun A traditional sweet made from sugar, condensed milk, and butter, resembling fudge but having a hard, grainy texture.
Middle English: from Old French tablete, from a diminutive of Latin tabula (see table).
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