Main definitions of tab in US English:

: tab1tab2tab3tab4tab5TAB6

tab1

noun

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

    • ‘He had to move slowly to keep from losing control of the tab when the zipper resisted.’
    • ‘Young children love to join in, so look for books with flaps, tabs, pop-ups, peep-holes, textures to feel and questions to answer.’
    • ‘And - the final stroke of genius - a Velcro tab is sewn into the inside of the hood to attach a pacifier.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Velcro tabs that are on the flap are another example of great attention to detail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The case has a recessed, extra-wide handle, tabs for tie-down straps, and multiple padlock positions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘As soon as she got to the identification tab, she began to laugh.’
    • ‘Pull up the tabs on each end and slide the blinds out.’
    • ‘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.’
    tag, flap, loop, lappet, label
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    1. 1.1North American A strip or ring of metal attached to the top of a canned drink and pulled to open the can.
      British term ring pull
      • ‘After a struggle, she got the bag of chips open and popped the tab on her soda.’
      • ‘It had been a metal top from a can, the kind you pull off with a tab.’
      • ‘In the morning we found the empty soda cans properly opened with the tabs provided for this and they were empty and lined up in a row just like a person had set them down.’
      • ‘Dismissing the thought, he pulled open the tab on a can of beer from a six pack he had found, along with a lot of spoiled food, in a fridge in the basement.’
      • ‘While aluminium drink cans are easily recycled, the ring pull tabs that open those cans are usually dumped.’
      • ‘Brent pulled a soda out of his jacket, popped the tab, and began drinking.’
      • ‘When someone shakes a soft drink can before opening it, then pulls the tab, the contents spurt out.’
      • ‘Charities and the aluminium industry have been fighting the misconceptions about collecting pop can tabs for a number of years.’
  • 2Computing
    A second or further document or page that can be opened on a spreadsheet or web browser.

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

    • ‘Drake and Spade sat down, both avoiding looking at the girls as they paid their tab at the register and left.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately it's the poor waiter or waitress that is responsible for an unpaid tab; they get stuck for the money.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He pulled out his wallet and fished out a five-dollar bill for his tab.’
    • ‘But experts report that discount-happy diners are clipping coupons and scouting for values to lower their restaurant tabs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Corporations routinely pay the tabs of reporters who hang out at exclusive golf clubs and hostess bars.’
    • ‘Keep in mind the tab was over $300 and they had Benny, the career waiter, running back and forth for hours.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nathan discreetly ordered for the bill to be put on his tab as the two friends spoke with another.’
    bill, invoice, account, statement, list of charges, note of charges, charge, reckoning, tally
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  • 4Aeronautics
    A part of a control surface, typically hinged, that modifies the action or response of the surface.

    • ‘The rudder-tab-linkage fitting had also been sheared, disconnecting the rudder tab from the flight controls.’
    • ‘Spring tabs were added to the elevators and rudders to help control forces during high speed flight.’
    • ‘All tabs were activated by a tab-operating mechanism attached to the fixed surface and by a linkage to give servo action.’
    • ‘Both the vertical and horizontal stabilizers were fixed in position, trim being obtained by means of controllable tabs in the rudder and elevators.’
    • ‘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.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Mark 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’
      • ‘Riley doesn't profess to worry that he's tabbing the rookie Wade to lead his team.’
      • ‘The consensus tabbed him starter, and it's hard to dispute dial given his ‘stuff’ and poise.’
      • ‘He was the one tabbed to play in the All-Star Game on Feb. 8 in Minnesota.’
      • ‘If he's feeling any pressure as the man tabbed to replace the All-Star, it hasn't shown in camp.’
      • ‘If a number 1 guy had to be identified today, coaches would tab the bullish Davis, who has run with purpose all spring.’
      • ‘Since then, we've tabbed 17 players as the brightest new stars at the prep, college, and pro levels.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With that in mind, we dug through our archives for some names that we tabbed as coaches on the rise 10 years ago.’
      • ‘Both franchises tabbed enthusiastic, young head coaches - defense-first coaches - to lead the turnaround.’
      • ‘There were some concerns at safety, which had been tabbed as the strongest position in this year's draft.’
      • ‘In the Breeders' Cup Mile, we have tabbed Godolphin's English Group 1 winner Noverre as Europe's best chance.’
      • ‘Many league observers have tabbed 2004 second-round pick Tatum Bell as the likely heir to Portis.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was the guy owner Jerry Jones had tabbed as the person to take over the team, and Parcells wanted to coach the Cowboys.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The coach has tabbed Porter as one of his main projects for the off season.’

Phrases

  • keep tabs (or a tab) on

    • informal Monitor the activities or development of; keep under observation.

      • ‘He studies draft prospects and keeps tabs on their development.’
      • ‘A governing body kept tabs on what the public was watching, and there was constant dialogue with the producers of the shows.’
      • ‘Even though I've not been directly involved, I was still keeping a tab on how it worked out.’
      • ‘She keeps tabs on who's checking out and who's staying on, and reports to Ross each morning.’
      • ‘It receives contributions from local people and takes particular relish in keeping tabs on the activities of the local council.’
      • ‘In the car, monitoring equipment keeps tabs on the state of the engine.’
      • ‘Under these guidelines the banks are supposed to keep a tab on money laundering activities by its customers.’
      • ‘And, exactly for this reason, he had been keeping a tab on what is happening on the board of his immediate challenger.’
      • ‘This would enable the council's planning enforcement officers and police to keep tabs on which establishments were opening too late.’
      • ‘Judging and keeping tabs on who or what is cool and who is a sellout is a tremendous waste of time.’
  • pick up the tab

    • informal Pay for something.

      ‘my company will pick up the tab for all moving expenses’
      • ‘The local authority is picking up the tab for practically all costs associated with the development of the estate.’
      • ‘You will, however, as a taxpayer be indirectly picking up the tab for the accident.’
      • ‘Now that the state picks up the tab, the ownership structure is an uncomfortable anachronism.’
      • ‘Once injuries are assessed by management and judged genuine, the club picks up the tab for whatever treatment is required.’
      • ‘When four or more people share a cab, the grateful city picks up the tab.’
      • ‘For example, the company picks up the tab for employees who want to study at third level and provides them with study and exam leave.’
      • ‘After all, while an elderly person is in hospital it is the health authority that picks up the tab for their care, not the council.’
      • ‘The province picked up the tab to rebuild the roadway, while the city paid for the sidewalks and boulevard enhancements through frontage levies and general taxation.’
      • ‘Moving, even when your employer picks up the tab, is expensive.’
      • ‘But who ultimately picks up the tab for damages awarded against the County Council?’
      pay, pay up, pay out, pay the bill, settle up
      bill, invoice, account, statement, list of charges, note of charges, charge, reckoning, tally
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Origin

Late Middle English: perhaps related to tag.

Pronunciation

tab

/tab//tæb/

Main definitions of tab in US English:

: tab1tab2tab3tab4tab5TAB6

tab2

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’
    ‘set tabs at 1.4 inches and 3.4 inches’
    • ‘I spent about an hour deleting tabs, inserting returns, and reformatting the document so that everything was aligned correctly again.’
    • ‘But the thing that is disappointing is you cannot enlarge the text on the tabs.’
    • ‘In what I can describe only as a moment of temporary inspiration, I dropped into a command-line and typed xml followed by two tabs.’

verb

  • 1no object Use the tab key on a computer or typewriter keyboard.

    ‘the user can tab to the phrase and press Enter’
  • 2

    short for tabulate

Origin

Early 20th century: short for tabulator.

Pronunciation

tab

/tab//tæb/

Main definitions of tab in US English:

: tab1tab2tab3tab4tab5TAB6

tab3

noun

informal
  • A tablet containing a dose of a drug.

    • ‘I also forgot my tabs and ended up puking most of the morning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘And believe it or not, I actually liked the song without the LSD tabs for hors d' oeuvres.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And then the young star offers a gift of tabs of Ecstasy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has tried everything in the book from patches and sub lingual tabs, to plastic cigarettes and hypnotherapy, and he is still trying.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the truth was I hadn't a clue what an ecstasy tab looked like and didn't want to show my ignorance.’
    • ‘Between 1970 and 1977, he helped market and distribute more than 20 million tabs of LSD manufactured in labs outside London.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the summer of 1970 he took his first tab of LSD and then his first joint of marijuana.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My sleep is much improved though the doctor refused my latest request for sleeping tabs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'd dropped a acid tab earlier in the evening and was on a totally Baccahnailan trip.’

Origin

1960s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

tab

/tab//tæb/

Main definitions of tab in US English:

: tab1tab2tab3tab4tab5TAB6

tab4

noun

North American
informal
  • A tabloid newspaper.

    ‘she tries to cover up his peccadillos before they make the tabs' front pages’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That's not a shock to anybody who reads the tabs.’
    • ‘There's no question that we competed with the Daily News, but not because it was a tab.’
    • ‘The chap ignored them completely, reading a tab with a headline something like Terror Wife Found Hanging.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A final point: if the tabs didn't write about her doing drugs… well, there's not much of a story there, is there?’
    • ‘No wonder the tabs report every month or two that she has gone on yet another crash diet.’
    • ‘To lend the tabs credibility, the editor has been outspoken about changing their longs-tanding policy of paying for stories.’
    • ‘I'm not a tabloid reporter, though some of my stories have sent the tabs into a frenzy.’

Origin

1920s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

tab

/tab//tæb/

Main definitions of tab in US English:

: tab1tab2tab3tab4tab5TAB6

tab5

noun

  • ‘get tips on learning how to read guitar tab’
    short for tablature
    • ‘I had the guitar tab to this album once, and learned to play a bunch of it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is the Tab for the Mandolin solo.’
    • ‘I was even becoming better at writing tabs for my guitar.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I remade the guitar tabs.’
    • ‘This is where you will find song lyrics and guitar tabs.’
    • ‘It's one thing to have the ukulele tabs, quite another to play it properly.’
    • ‘It's in standard Mandolin tuning - see the "Copperhead Road" Tab for details.’
    • ‘Hopefully, they might allow the sites to print the lyrics if they remove their archives of guitar tabs for the songs.’
    • ‘Can you send me the tabs for the fast solos.’
    • ‘It made me realise what an imperfect system guitar tab is.’
    • ‘Here's the lyrics (and the guitar tab) for it.’
    • ‘I looked up a tab for one of the songs that I thought I might take a stab at playing.’
    • ‘Liz already had the tabs for the 12 Stones song they were doing and sat down at her guitar and played them for Brent.’

Pronunciation

tab

/tab//tæb/

Main definitions of tab in US English:

: tab1tab2tab3tab4tab5TAB6

TAB6

abbreviation

  • Typhoid–paratyphoid A and B vaccine.

Pronunciation

TAB

/tab//tæb/