Meaning of 'table' (Webster Dictionary)
- A smooth, flat surface, like the side of a board; a thin,
flat, smooth piece of anything; a slab.
- A thin, flat piece of wood, stone, metal, or other material,
on which anything is cut, traced, written, or painted; a tablet
- a memorandum book.
- Any smooth, flat surface upon which an inscription, a
drawing, or the like, may be produced.
- Hence, in a great variety of applications: A condensed
statement which may be comprehended by the eye in a single view; a
methodical or systematic synopsis; the presentation of many items or
particulars in one group; a scheme; a schedule.
- A view of the contents of a work; a statement of the
principal topics discussed; an index; a syllabus; a synopsis; as, a
table of contents.
- A list of substances and their properties; especially, a
list of the elementary substances with their atomic weights, densities,
- Any collection and arrangement in a condensed form of many
particulars or values, for ready reference, as of weights, measures,
currency, specific gravities, etc.; also, a series of numbers following
some law, and expressing particular values corresponding to certain
other numbers on which they depend, and by means of which they are
taken out for use in computations; as, tables of logarithms, sines,
tangents, squares, cubes, etc.; annuity tables; interest tables;
astronomical tables, etc.
- The arrangement or disposition of the lines which appear on
the inside of the hand.
- An article of furniture, consisting of a flat slab, board,
or the like, having a smooth surface, fixed horizontally on legs, and
used for a great variety of purposes, as in eating, writing, or
- Hence, food placed on a table to be partaken of; fare;
entertainment; as, to set a good table.
- The company assembled round a table.
- One of the two, external and internal, layers of compact
bone, separated by diploe, in the walls of the cranium.
- A stringcourse which includes an offset; esp., a band of
stone, or the like, set where an offset is required, so as to make it
decorative. See Water table.
- The board on the opposite sides of which backgammon and
draughts are played.
- One of the divisions of a backgammon board; as, to play into
the right-hand table.
- The games of backgammon and of draughts.
- A circular plate of crown glass.
- The upper flat surface of a diamond or other precious stone,
the sides of which are cut in angles.
- A plane surface, supposed to be transparent and
perpendicular to the horizon; -- called also perspective plane.
- The part of a machine tool on which the work rests and is
fastened. - To live at the table of another; to board; to eat. - To form into a table or catalogue; to tabulate; as, to
- To delineate, as on a table; to represent, as in a
- To supply with food; to feed.
- To insert, as one piece of timber into another, by
alternate scores or projections from the middle, to prevent slipping;
- To lay or place on a table, as money.
- In parliamentary usage, to lay on the table; to postpone,
by a formal vote, the consideration of (a bill, motion, or the like)
till called for, or indefinitely.
- To enter upon the docket; as, to table charges against
- To make board hems in the skirts and bottoms of (sails)
in order to strengthen them in the part attached to the boltrope.