Definition of table in English:

table

noun

  • 1A piece of furniture with a flat top and one or more legs, providing a level surface on which objects may be placed, and that can be used for such purposes as eating, writing, working, or playing games.

    • ‘We got one loaf ourselves, and had one piece at a table right outside of the bakery.’
    • ‘His eyes glittered as we approached the table laden with creams, cakes, pies, and other delectable delicacies.’
    • ‘Mike leaned back in a folding chair behind a small round table in the corner.’
    • ‘Finally reaching an empty table by the window, she sat down hastily.’
    • ‘Buffy came back up in a fighting stance holding a splintered piece of the table out in front of her.’
    • ‘I'll ask them to reserve the table next to us, if you want.’
    • ‘We were crowded around a single, circular lunch table in the cafeteria.’
    • ‘Also in the room was a table with chairs and two small dressers.’
    • ‘He washed dishes and set the tables at a restaurant when he was a junior university student.’
    • ‘In the middle of each room was a low table with a vase of fresh flowers on it.’
    • ‘She looked up as Rachel arrived back at the table, holding a piece of paper in her hands.’
    • ‘There was a large marble table in the middle, surrounded by ten chairs.’
    • ‘Dropping her spoon with a clatter, Hope reached across the table to take the piece of paper from her sister.’
    • ‘The woodwork in the show includes large furniture items like tables, benches and screens as well as plates, letters openers and wine corkstoppers.’
    • ‘Usually four students are placed at a large table, or four individual tables or desks pushed together.’
    • ‘Eventually, she resolved to hold her wrist down to the table so that her writing would be legible.’
    • ‘I sat at an empty table in the corner, sunglasses still on.’
    • ‘Around the edges of the room were pieces of furniture like tables and a few chairs.’
    • ‘You can use standard outdoor furniture or built-in tables and chairs, or carry pieces from inside the house for special occasions.’
    • ‘He made occasional furniture pieces such as tables and chairs, as well as picture frames.’
    bench, board, work surface, worktop, counter, desk, bar, buffet, stand, workbench, worktable, top, horizontal surface, surface
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    1. 1.1in singular Food provided in a restaurant or household.
      ‘he was reputed to have the finest French table of the time’
      meal, food, fare, diet, board, menu, nourishment, nutriment
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    2. 1.2 A group seated at table for a meal.
      ‘the whole table was in gales of laughter’
      • ‘In the end, the table settled on getting a jug of red lemonade and a jug of water.’
      • ‘Everyone at the table seemed to instantly get up, and soon other tables followed suit.’
      • ‘Some tables kept looking at me, for some reason, maybe it was my head.’
      • ‘After he left we discovered that he had insisted on paying for the meal for the whole table.’
    3. 1.3the table A meeting place or forum for formal discussions held to settle an issue or dispute.
      ‘the negotiating table’
      • ‘None sitting around the table have left the union as a result of the dispute and they can think of only a handful who have.’
      • ‘I think we need to get people back to the table, back into discussions, begin to look at where we are.’
      • ‘The players' priority is to stay at the table and work out reasonable ways to address all the issues.’
      • ‘Let's just hope that he's not sitting round the table for the negotiations about the forthcoming strike.’
      • ‘He said the only way to deal with serious issues was to sit around the table and negotiate.’
      • ‘If you have got a voice at the table, then those sorts of issues will actually determine and steer the way that promotion processes develop.’
      • ‘There are a few factors that may be compelling India to talk about bringing the Kashmir issue to the table earlier rather than later.’
      • ‘We should either launch a military attack or else go to the table and negotiate.’
      • ‘Oh, they told him he could still come in and sit at the conference table in the meeting room if he liked.’
      • ‘Then after a few weeks, the two sides would return to the negotiating table to discuss the issues that divide them.’
      • ‘Pragmatically, one needs to secure a space at the table before one can negotiate.’
      • ‘He stormed out from the table and the meeting was concluded with dissatisfaction.’
      • ‘The unions will not sit at the table together and negotiate.’
      • ‘Bring your issues to the table so we can ail work on them together, presenting a united front.’
      • ‘The mayor had to leave early, but he asked me to bring a couple issues to the table.’
      • ‘The Crown cannot force them to come to the table, negotiate, and reach resolutions.’
      • ‘Both sides are to return to the table next week to resolve a number of outstanding peripheral issues.’
      • ‘The eighteen who were left held our own meeting around the Council table.’
      • ‘The ultimate goal for activists is to be invited to the table of the G8 meetings.’
      • ‘Alberta said from the beginning the province should be at the table as Kyoto was negotiated.’
    4. 1.4Bridge in singular The dummy hand (which is exposed on the table)
      ‘they made the hand easily with the aid of a club ruff on the table’
  • 2A set of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns.

    ‘the population has grown, as shown in table 1’
    ‘a table of contents’
    • ‘A number of excellent tables, figures and flow charts are included for clinicians to use in practice.’
    • ‘Once you have that number, you simply use the look-up tables to figure out what your income tax is.’
    • ‘The analogy that the argument posits thus falls nicely into a table with two columns and three rows.’
    • ‘Joel has a couple of tables of figures showing stock comparisons, one from last week, and one from two years ago.’
    • ‘She lays it out in a table indicating in one column the story a reader might find in a first reading.’
    • ‘Figures, tables, and glossaries of terms promote an understanding of the materials presented.’
    • ‘You should be able to put all your marketing pieces on a table and see that they go together.’
    • ‘This chart shows the relationships in the rightmost column of the previous table.’
    • ‘The first column of the table indicates the signs of the zodiac.’
    • ‘For a detailed summary of the evidence on each herb, see the accompanying table on page 1840.’
    • ‘We, too, still love glossy printed pages with beautifully laid out figures, tables, and illustrations.’
    • ‘Numerous figures and tables and a detailed index serve to enhance this slender volume even more.’
    • ‘Numerous charts, tables and figures are used to advantage throughout the book.’
    • ‘This section includes many thoughtful hypotheses that are backed up by clearly illustrated tables and figures.’
    • ‘This is shown by an increasing gradient of intervention down the columns of the table for all patient and hospital groups.’
    • ‘The second column in the table shows the rental index from the consumer price index.’
    • ‘The abundance of figures, tables, charts, and examples help make the research results more understandable.’
    • ‘Throughout the text useful diagrams and tables illustrate the content of the text.’
    • ‘He has a sophisticated program on the screen with the company logo and you see a list of all the shops' sales figures done in a table.’
    • ‘While the text seems choppy at times due to an effort to cover so much material, the many figures, tables and graphs supplement the material well.’
    list, chart, diagram, figure, graph, plan
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    1. 2.1Computing A collection of data stored in memory as a series of records, each defined by a unique key stored with it.
      • ‘An example would be retro viruses that attack antivirus software by deleting virus definition tables or memory resident scanners.’
      • ‘Database systems will seamlessly read the tables created by database systems from other vendors.’
      • ‘Of course, this means that we must first have an appropriate table defined in our database.’
      • ‘Information on how addresses are translated is kept in a set of page tables stored in main memory.’
      • ‘To this end, I created a new database to store the tables.’
  • 3Architecture
    A flat, typically rectangular, vertical surface.

    1. 3.1 A horizontal molding, especially a cornice.
    2. 3.2 A slab of wood or stone bearing an inscription.
    3. 3.3 A flat surface of a gem.
    4. 3.4 A cut gem with two flat faces.
    5. 3.5 Each half or quarter of a folding board for backgammon.

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1US Postpone consideration of.

    ‘I'd like the issue to be tabled for the next few months’
    • ‘Supervisors were set to vote to adopt the ordinance Monday but tabled the item after at least 20 massage therapists turned out for last night's meeting.’
    • ‘That matter has itself gotten a hearing from the board, which has dragged its feet on the question and tabled it for now.’
    • ‘I'm tabling the decisions for the moment.’
    • ‘I move that that issue be tabled, that we may select a new First Councilor.’
    • ‘The Monroeville Planning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning, but Monroeville Council tabled the application.’
    • ‘The motion passed, and discussion on the remaining proposed amendments was tabled until the November meeting.’
    • ‘I would guess that any ‘reformation’ of the State department is tabled until after 2004.’
    • ‘The proposal was tabled until the next meeting to allow the task force time to clearly define how the percentages would be determined.’
    • ‘The decision has been tabled until completion, later this year, of the current reconstruction of the course.’
    • ‘The abduction issue would be tabled if bilateral talks are resumed possibly later this month.’
    • ‘Following Council's usual practice, this motion was tabled, to be considered with other financial commitments at the end of the meeting.’
    • ‘We tabled the project, but remained on very good speaking terms.’
    • ‘The plan was tabled only after a community outcry; the district has announced that it will hold a series of public forums on the subject.’
    postpone, put off, delay, defer, put back, hold off, hold over, carry over, reschedule, do later, shelve, stand over, pigeonhole, hold in abeyance, put in abeyance, mothball
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  • 2British Present formally for discussion or consideration at a meeting.

    ‘an MP tabled an amendment to the bill’
    • ‘When do you expect to see the final report actually tabled in Parliament?’
    • ‘The cola report isn't formally tabled, but no heads will roll for this menace to public health.’
    • ‘All the information that I have, and know of, I tabled yesterday afternoon.’
    • ‘Proposals for structural reshuffles were also tabled at the meeting.’
    • ‘The amended by-laws will be tabled before the council's Portfolio Committees during May.’
    • ‘Proposals will be tabled today to get Colchester's community stadium off the ground.’
    • ‘The discussions tabled during the meeting focused on creating a more unique festival atmosphere specific to Pattaya and reducing the time frame of the event.’
    • ‘They also tabled a motion that real estate tax be revoked.’
    • ‘Well, the Auditor-General's report was tabled yesterday.’
    • ‘Provincial budgets must be tabled in legislatures within 15 days of the national Budget being tabled.’
    • ‘A council report containing scorecards on the municipality's efforts was tabled at a council meeting on Tuesday.’
    • ‘The team of management consultants at that meeting tabled a report.’
    • ‘The Youth Club proposal did not work and he was now tabling another solution.’
    • ‘The panel's report, to be tabled at Wednesday's meeting of the legislature, is based on evidence from 73 witnesses at 30 hearings held since December.’
    • ‘The next provincial budget will be tabled on February 15, 2005.’
    • ‘He was given the news when he telephoned the council, ahead of the July meeting at which the matter was tabled for discussion.’
    • ‘Plans for the reception centres are expected to be tabled at a meeting of the British, Italian, Spanish, French and German justice ministers in Florence in October.’
    • ‘MPs will be able to table amendments to the bill before its detailed consideration in the new year, before it goes to the House of Lords.’
    • ‘The same sources emphasise that the American has not yet formally tabled any bid for any further shares, never mind the Irish pair's vast holding.’
    • ‘When a document is tabled in parliament, there is no obligation on journalists to give a balanced account.’
    submit, put forward, bring forward, propose, suggest, move, enter, lodge, file, introduce, air, moot, lay
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Phrases

  • lay something on the table

    • 1Make something known so that it can be freely and sensibly discussed.

      • ‘He said every trader is prepared to lay their accounts on the table for inspection by the judge which was significant because similar cases were lost before elsewhere simply because only one trader was bringing action.’
      • ‘You just lay it on the table… what you like and what you want more of.’
      • ‘Thus, they called this hearing to lay the issue on the table for discussion.’
      • ‘If so-called public interest groups or non-profit corporations are accepting corporate money, lay it on the table.’
      • ‘In other words, the opposition has laid our bona fides on the table and we have done that right here in the chamber during the committee debate.’
      • ‘‘It is time to start laying the facts on the table,’ he said.’
      • ‘Death of a Superhero lays its credentials on the table as a novel of self-affirmation and self-belief.’
      • ‘In an odd sense, sir, is this some progress in your mind, that they are finally laying the charges on the table?’
      • ‘The process has to reveal the total capability provided by every program and lay the facts on the table for all to see.’
      • ‘Well, I suppose there's nothing like laying your trivia on the table at the outset so that anyone who's not up for some girlie chat can go put some shelves up in the kitchen.’
    • 2Postpone something indefinitely.

  • on the table

    • Offered for discussion.

      ‘our offer remains on the table’
      • ‘I can deny that there are any proposals on the table and there is not likely to be, not at this stage.’
      • ‘In fact I am the only British leader that has ever said I would put the rebate on the table.’
      • ‘He has given the council until the end of the month to put a plan of action on the table.’
      • ‘They should simply take a big deep breath and adopt a number of the proposals now on the table.’
      • ‘The proposal on the table would cut production workers' pay from about $27 an hour to $22 an hour on July 3.’
      • ‘Several clubs have been in touch and there are already a number of offers on the table.’
      • ‘If they have an alternative they should be coming forward and putting it on the table.’
      • ‘I did have my chance to go, the chairman told me there were two or three offers on the table.’
      • ‘The letter said you have seven days in which to sign, or the offer will not be on the table.’
      • ‘Workers have been offered a hefty redundancy package as part of a deal already on the table.’
  • turn the tables

    • Reverse one's position relative to someone else, especially by turning a position of disadvantage into one of advantage.

      ‘police invited householders to a seminar on how to turn the tables on burglars’
      • ‘He times it carefully, and quickly turns the tables on the hermit, pressing his attack and his advantage.’
      • ‘Just when the book seems about to cross the border into out-and-out sadism, however, Elizabeth turns the tables on her stalker and strikes a blow for women everywhere.’
      • ‘Having absorbed your comments on the state of journalism, I'm turning the tables.’
      • ‘In effect, less powerful countries have an increased ability to obstruct the major powers, but they are in no position to turn the tables.’
      • ‘She was tired of men taking open advantage of women and decided to turn the tables.’
      • ‘Instead the operator turns the tables on the subscriber.’
      • ‘I think we're turning the tables on you, Howard.’
      • ‘So researchers turned the tables on the cancer, taking advantage of a tumor's ability to attract the stem cells.’
      • ‘But her kindness turns the tables on her cruel master.’
      • ‘Very often these games involve him turning the tables on us.’
  • under the table

    • 1Very drunk.

      ‘by 3:30 everybody was under the table’
      intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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    • 2(especially of making a payment) secretly or covertly.

      ‘he accepted a slew of payoffs under the table’
  • at table

    • Seated at a table eating a meal.

      • ‘What stories might you tell of young people at table?’
      • ‘But the origin of the singerie as a distinct genre is usually attributed to Claude Audran, who in 1709 painted an arbour with monkeys seated at table for the Château de Marly.’
      • ‘Sometime before I leave I will sit at table, in the middle of dinner with 80 people, I will be tired and grumpy and bored with conversation and I will tip my head back, open my mouth, and scream.’
      • ‘The woman who bathed Jesus' feet with her tears got the point; the men sitting at table with him didn't.’
      • ‘In a similar vein, it is not entirely whimsical that at table we acknowledge with thanks the animal and vegetable life that makes possible our meal.’
      • ‘Although Jesus sits at table with Pharisees at various times throughout the journey, teaching and preaching, it is the powerful whom he is rebuking.’
      • ‘First this: my thoughts are with all those people who will not have a loved one with them at table, in bed, in the classroom or at their side tomorrow.’
      • ‘‘Give us a lick of yon jam,’ is a request regularly heard at table.’
      • ‘I can't help hoping that the guest-leaders, seated at table in Okinawa, might read these words and ponder whom they are being hosted by.’
      • ‘How one acts at table is how one prepares for God's sovereignty.’

Origin

Old English tabule ‘flat slab, inscribed tablet’, from Latin tabula ‘plank, tablet, list’, reinforced in Middle English by Old French table.

Pronunciation

table

/ˈteɪbəl//ˈtābəl/