Main definitions of tab in English

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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.

    • ‘‘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 case has a recessed, extra-wide handle, tabs for tie-down straps, and multiple padlock positions.’
    • ‘Attach the two-piece mounting assembly to the box tabs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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!’
    • ‘He had to move slowly to keep from losing control of the tab when the zipper resisted.’
    • ‘It's easiest to mount the retail heat sink by attaching the tabs in the diagonally opposed corners.’
    • ‘Pull up the tabs on each end and slide the blinds out.’
    • ‘Young children love to join in, so look for books with flaps, tabs, pop-ups, peep-holes, textures to feel and questions to answer.’
    • ‘As soon as she got to the identification tab, she began to laugh.’
    • ‘And - the final stroke of genius - a Velcro tab is sewn into the inside of the hood to attach a pacifier.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Velcro tabs that are on the flap are another example of great attention to detail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘Charities and the aluminium industry have been fighting the misconceptions about collecting pop can tabs for a number of years.’
      • ‘It had been a metal top from a can, the kind you pull off with a tab.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After a struggle, she got the bag of chips open and popped the tab on her soda.’
  • 2Computing
    A second or further document or page that can be opened on a spreadsheet or web browser.

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

    • ‘Keep in mind the tab was over $300 and they had Benny, the career waiter, running back and forth for hours.’
    • ‘Restaurants often add a service charge on to the tab, thereby avoiding the possibility that even the most indifferent service does not go unrewarded.’
    • ‘Nathan discreetly ordered for the bill to be put on his tab as the two friends spoke with another.’
    • ‘He pulled out his wallet and fished out a five-dollar bill for his tab.’
    • ‘Swipe these sleek timepieces at a reader, and the tab is automatically charged to your credit card.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Corporations routinely pay the tabs of reporters who hang out at exclusive golf clubs and hostess bars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately it's the poor waiter or waitress that is responsible for an unpaid tab; they get stuck for the money.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not connecting this weirdness to himself - he wasn't breaking any laws - he paid his tab and walked outside to his car.’
    bill, invoice, account, statement, list of charges, note of charges, charge, reckoning, tally
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  • 4Aviation
    A part of a control surface, typically hinged, that modifies the action or response of the surface.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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]
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Both franchises tabbed enthusiastic, young head coaches - defense-first coaches - to lead the turnaround.’
      • ‘With that in mind, we dug through our archives for some names that we tabbed as coaches on the rise 10 years ago.’
      • ‘If he's feeling any pressure as the man tabbed to replace the All-Star, it hasn't shown in camp.’
      • ‘In the Breeders' Cup Mile, we have tabbed Godolphin's English Group 1 winner Noverre as Europe's best chance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There were some concerns at safety, which had been tabbed as the strongest position in this year's draft.’
      • ‘Many league observers have tabbed 2004 second-round pick Tatum Bell as the likely heir to Portis.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was the one tabbed to play in the All-Star Game on Feb. 8 in Minnesota.’
      • ‘Riley doesn't profess to worry that he's tabbing the rookie Wade to lead his team.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

Late Middle English: perhaps related to tag.

Pronunciation:

tab

/tab/

Main definitions of tab in English

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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.

    ‘set tabs at 1.4 inches and 3.4 inches’
    [as modifier] ‘the tab key’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

verb

  • 1[no 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/

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tab3

noun

informal
  • A tablet containing a dose of a drug.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Between 1970 and 1977, he helped market and distribute more than 20 million tabs of LSD manufactured in labs outside London.’
    • ‘And then the young star offers a gift of tabs of Ecstasy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He took one half a tab of ecstasy with a lot of water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has tried everything in the book from patches and sub lingual tabs, to plastic cigarettes and hypnotherapy, and he is still trying.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My sleep is much improved though the doctor refused my latest request for sleeping tabs.’
    • ‘I also forgot my tabs and ended up puking most of the morning.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘In the summer of 1970 he took his first tab of LSD and then his first joint of marijuana.’
    • ‘But the truth was I hadn't a clue what an ecstasy tab looked like and didn't want to show my ignorance.’

Origin

1960s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

tab

/tab/

Main definitions of tab in English

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tab4

noun

North american
informal
  • A tabloid newspaper.

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

Origin

1920s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

tab

/tab/

Main definitions of tab in English

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tab5

noun

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

Pronunciation:

tab

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TAB

  • Typhoid–paratyphoid A and B vaccine.

Pronunciation:

TAB

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