tableful

tableful

[tey-buhl-fool]
noun, plural tablefuls.
1.
the number of persons that can be seated at a table.
2.
the amount of food, dishes, etc., that a table can hold.

Origin:
1525–35; table + -ful


See -ful.
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table (ˈteɪbəl)
 
n
1.  a flat horizontal slab or board, usually supported by one or more legs, on which objects may be placedRelated: mensal
2.  a.  such a slab or board on which food is served: we were six at table
 b.  (as modifier): table linen
 c.  (in combination): a tablecloth
3.  food as served in a particular household or restaurant: a good table
4.  such a piece of furniture specially designed for any of various purposes: a backgammon table; bird table
5.  a.  a company of persons assembled for a meal, game, etc
 b.  (as modifier): table talk
6.  any flat or level area, such as a plateau
7.  a rectangular panel set below or above the face of a wall
8.  architect another name for cordon
9.  an upper horizontal facet of a cut gem
10.  music the sounding board of a violin, guitar, or similar stringed instrument
11.  a.  an arrangement of words, numbers, or signs, usually in parallel columns, to display data or relations: a table of contents
 b.  See multiplication table
12.  a tablet on which laws were inscribed by the ancient Romans, the Hebrews, etc
13.  palmistry an area of the palm's surface bounded by four lines
14.  printing a slab of smooth metal on which ink is rolled to its proper consistency
15.  a.  either of the two bony plates that form the inner and outer parts of the flat bones of the cranium
 b.  any thin flat plate, esp of bone
16.  on the table put forward for discussion and acceptance: we currently have our final offer on the table
17.  turn the tables on someone to cause a complete reversal of circumstances, esp to defeat or get the better of someone who was previously in a stronger position
 
vb
18.  to place on a table
19.  (Brit) to submit (a bill, etc) for consideration by a legislative body
20.  (US) to suspend discussion of (a bill, etc) indefinitely or for some time
21.  to enter in or form into a list; tabulate
 
Related: mensal
 
[C12: via Old French from Latin tabula a writing tablet]
 
'tableful
 
n
 
'tableless
 
adj

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