|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|
|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|
|[C12: via Old French from Latin tabula a writing tablet]|
table ta·ble (tā'bəl)
An article of furniture supported by one or more vertical legs and having a flat horizontal surface.
An orderly arrangement of data, especially one in which the data are arranged in columns and rows in an essentially rectangular form.
An abbreviated list, as of contents; a synopsis.
The inner or outer flat layer of bones of the skull separated by the diploë.
(Mark 7:4) means banqueting-couches or benches, on which the Jews reclined when at meals. This custom, along with the use of raised tables like ours, was introduced among the Jews after the Captivity. Before this they had, properly speaking, no table. That which served the purpose was a skin or piece of leather spread out on the carpeted floor. Sometimes a stool was placed in the middle of this skin. (See ABRAHAM'S BOSOM ØT0000055; BANQUET ØT0000434; MEALS.)