- table [tā′bəl]n.[OFr < L tabula, a board, painting, tablet < ? IE * taldhla < base * tel-, flat, a board > OE thille, thin board, flooring]1. Obs. a thin, flat tablet or slab of metal, stone, or wood, used for inscriptions2.a) a piece of furniture consisting of a flat, horizontal top usually set on legsb) such a table set with food for a mealc) food served at table; feasting as entertainmentd) the people seated at a table to eat, talk, etc.e) a meeting at which issues are discussed, negotiations are conducted, etc. [they brought fresh offers to the table]3. any of various large, flat-topped pieces of furniture or equipment used for games, as a working surface, etc. [pool table, examining table]4.a) a compact, systematic list of details, contents, etc.b) a compact arrangement of related facts, figures, values, etc. in orderly sequence, and usually in rows and columns, for convenience of reference [the multiplication table]5. TABLELAND6. the flat upper surface of certain styles of faceted gems: see GEM7. Anat. the hard inner or outer layer of the bony tissue of the skull8. Archit.a) any horizontal, projecting piece, as a molding or cornice; stringcourseb) a plain or decorated rectangular piece set into or raised on a wall; panel9. Backgammon either of the two folding leaves of a backgammon boardadj.1. of, for, or on a table2. fit for serving at table [table salt]vt.tabled, tabling1. Obs. to make a list or compact arrangement of; tabulate2. to put on a table☆ 3. to postpone indefinitely the discussion or consideration of (a legislative bill, motion, etc.)4. Brit. to submit for discussion or consideration——————at tableat a meal——————on the table☆ postponed or shelved: said of a bill, etc.——————the tableslaws, as the Ten Commandments or ancient Roman codes, inscribed on flat stone slabs——————turn the tablesto reverse completely a situation as it affects two opposing persons or groups——————under the table Informal1. covertly, as a bribe2. drunk to the point of unconsciousness
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.