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[tey-buh l-spoon-foo l] /ˈteɪ bəl spunˌfʊl/
noun, plural tablespoonfuls.
the amount a tablespoon can hold.
a volumetric measure equal to ½ fluid ounce (14.8 ml), or three teaspoonfuls.
Abbreviation: T., tbs., tbsp.
Origin of tablespoonful
1765-75; tablespoon + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Drop the dough by the tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheets.
  • It is so rich in nutrients that a single tablespoonful can contain hundreds of species of bacteria of great value.
  • She poured one tablespoonful of coffee into it and filled the cup to the brim with milk.
  • Break up the junket tablet into small pieces, and put them into a tablespoonful of water to dissolve.
  • Heat oil in large skillet and drop batter by tablespoonful into it, flattening them into cakes.

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