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table (plural tables)

  1. Furniture with a top surface to accommodate a variety of uses.
    1. An item of furniture with a flat top surface raised above the ground, usually on one or more legs.
    2. The board or table-like furniture on which a game is played, such as snooker, billiards or draughts.
    3. A flat tray which can be used as a table.
    4. (poker, metonym) The lineup of players at a given table.
      That's the strongest table I've ever seen at a European Poker Tour event
    5. A group of people at a table, for example for a meal or game.
    6. A supply of food or entertainment.
      The baron kept a fine table and often held large banquets.
    7. A service of Holy Communion.
  2. A two-dimensional presentation of data.
    1. A matrix or grid of data arranged in rows and columns.
      • 1997, Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault, page 69 (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865
        I’m using mathesis — a universal science of measurement and order …
        And there is also taxinomia a principle of classification and ordered tabulation.
        Knowledge replaced universal resemblance with finite differences. History was arrested and turned into tables
        Western reason had entered the age of judgement.
    2. A collection of arithmetic calculations arranged in a table, such as multiplications in a multiplication table.
      The children were practising multiplication tables.
      Don’t you know your tables?
      Here is a table of natural logarithms.
    3. (computing, chiefly, databases) A lookup table, most often a set of vectors.
    4. (sports) A visual representation of a classification of teams or individuals based on their success over a predetermined period.
  3. (musical instruments) The top of a stringed instrument, particularly a member of the violin family: the side of the instrument against which the strings vibrate.
  4. (backgammon) One half of a backgammon board, which is divided into the inner and outer table.
  5. The flat topmost facet of a cut diamond.
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  • Russian: табли́ца

table (tables, present participle tabling; past and past participle tabled)

  1. To tabulate; to put into a table or grid. [from 15th c.]
    to table fines
  2. (now, rare) To supply (a guest, client etc.) with food at a table; to feed. [from 15th c.]
  3. (obsolete) To delineate; to represent, as in a picture; to depict. [17th–19th c.]
    • c. 1607, Francis Bacon, letter to Tobie Matthew
      tabled and pictured in the chambers of meditation
  4. (non-US) To put on the table of a commission or legislative assembly; to propose for formal discussion or consideration, to put on the agenda. [from 17th c.]
    • 2019, Heather Stewart and Daniel Boffey, The Guardian, 16 January:
      In a raucous Commons, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, confirmed he had tabled a formal motion of confidence in the government, backed by other opposition leaders, which MPs would vote on on Wednesday.
  5. (chiefly, US) To remove from the agenda, to postpone dealing with; to shelve to indefinitely postpone consideration or discussion of something. [from 19th c.]
    The legislature tabled the amendment, so they will not be discussing it until later.
    The motion was tabled, ensuring that it would not be taken up until a later date.
  6. (carpentry, obsolete) To join (pieces of timber) together using coaks. [18th–19th c.]
  7. To put on a table. [from 19th c.]
    • 1833 Thomas Carlyle, letter to his Mother, The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson
      [A]fter some clatter offered us a rent of five pounds for the right to shoot here, and even tabled the cash that moment, and would not pocket it again.
  8. (nautical) To make board hems in the skirts and bottoms of (sails) in order to strengthen them in the part attached to the bolt-rope.
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  • Spanish: traer a discusión
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