Definition of tabletop in US English:



  • 1The horizontal top part of a table.

    • ‘They are so named because they were displayed on tabletops or as freestanding sculptures in the studios of the Chinese intellectual elite.’
    • ‘Fingers drummed on tabletops, teaspoons tapped impatiently on saucers.’
    • ‘There were not enough seats, so people were using the garbage receptables as their dining tabletops.’
    • ‘Today, these tiles are fixed on tabletops, and are rare to come by.’
    • ‘Some of the tiled tabletops have built-in checkerboards, and on a recent evening I watched a visiting family bent intently over a game.’
    • ‘Piled on the sofa cushions, overflowing tabletops and stuffed into closets are more than 700, mostly vintage, photographs.’
    • ‘Pieces of spaghetti, lumps of bread, smears of butter, fruit and other random food particles clung to the walls and stuck to the tabletops.’
    • ‘Mirrors and glass tabletops create a look of a larger room.’
    • ‘True to its name, it was decorated luxuriously in shades of blue, from the mostly blue stained glass in one of the windows to gauzy blue cloth on the tabletops.’
    • ‘A wide variety of green materials are suitable for tabletops.’
    • ‘When displaying your wreath, keep in mind that wood fences, doors, or tabletops need to be protected from the moisture in the moss.’
    • ‘It had black lights on every surface, including tabletops.’
    • ‘The rest of the room was decorated rodeo style with red booths, horseshoes dangling from the walls, and cowboy hats littered on several of the tabletops.’
    • ‘Next to these exotic plants were usually either trash bins, small tabletops cluttered with magazines, tissue, and candy, or long, comfortable lounging couches for waiting or resting in.’
    • ‘You'll see the tabletops going all around the ballpark where you can stand and eat and watch the game.’
    • ‘Postcards and flyers for current and upcoming shows are tucked under the glass tabletops.’
    • ‘A wide variety of seating, carrels or workstations, and generous tabletops must be well distributed throughout the library, close to research materials, as well as gathered in larger reading rooms.’
    • ‘Kids are sitting paired off with each other at lab tables with Bunsen burners on tabletops along with test tube holders and other chemistry objects.’
    • ‘Germs can be picked up from tabletops and fingers.’
    • ‘These surfaces include lacquered tabletops, glazed ceramic tile, untextured plastic, metal surfaces, photo paper, laminate countertops, opaque glass, and more.’
    1. 1.1as modifier Small or portable enough to be placed or used on a table.
      ‘a tabletop hockey game’
      • ‘Diceland is a tabletop combat game that contains elements of miniatures games, dice games, and dexterity games.’
      • ‘Those same tabletop lights can be easily moved from one side of your worktable to another to keep the light where you need it most.’
      • ‘Many of these are best sampled in a group, where everyone can dig their chopsticks into a tabletop pot.’
      • ‘It took three waiters in concert to produce this masterpiece in a shining copper pan on a tabletop stove.’
      • ‘The doctor motioned Jim to follow him down the hallway and into a small office, placing an x-ray on a tabletop viewer.’
      • ‘The all-in-one lampshades come with a tabletop touch lamp with a telephone and a clock with alarm facility.’
      • ‘The amazing thing about polymer clay sculpture is that they can be so small you need a magnifying glass to view the detail to a large tabletop piece.’
      • ‘So they have room for a larger tabletop stove, of which there are many on the market.’
      • ‘It is also the first tabletop system that combines both melting and casting processes.’
      • ‘Now I know that a small tabletop tripod would do all this, but who has a small tabletop tripod in their back pocket?’
      • ‘She'd sit in front of this tabletop device and breathe slowly for 20 minutes.’
      • ‘The tabletop sculptures evoke a sense of monumentality, while the scale of the larger pieces reads literally.’
      • ‘Military vehicles, tabletop demonstration games, exhibits and stalls will pack the museum in Elvington, just outside York.’
      • ‘My challenge was to create a classically styled tabletop display that allowed the contents to be updated and viewed from all sides.’
      • ‘We asked him for advice on decorating with tabletop accessories, using ceramic vases from his own line.’
      • ‘Concept designs and builds a variety of labeling products, from tabletop machines to fully integrated systems.’
      • ‘The dawn simulator consists of either a lamp or a small computerized device attached to a light source such as a tabletop lamp.’
      • ‘I'd do really well on a home-baking course, for example, or learning how to make a tabletop fountain.’
      • ‘The result is a tabletop setup with all the components of a classic lens bench.’
      • ‘If you're a parent, you may be most familiar with tabletop humidifiers.’