tablet computer


a number of sheets of writing paper, business forms, etc., fastened together at the edge; pad.
a flat slab or surface, especially one bearing or intended to bear an inscription, carving, or the like.
a thin, flat leaf or sheet of slate, wax-coated wood, or other rigid material, used for writing or marking on, especially one of a pair or set hinged or otherwise fastened together.
tablets, the set as a whole.
a small, flat, or flattish cake or piece of some solid or solidified substance, as a drug, chemical, or soap.
Also called tablet computer. a very thin, portable computer, usually battery-powered, having a touchscreen as the primary interface and input device and lacking a physical keyboard and lid. Compare laptop.
verb (used with object), tableted or tabletted, tableting or tabletting.
to furnish or mark with a tablet or plaque.
to mark or inscribe (memoranda, notes, etc.) on a tablet.
to form into tablets, cakes, pellets, etc.

1275–1325; Middle English tablette < Middle French tablete. See table, -et

2. plaque. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
tablet (ˈtæblɪt)
1.  a medicinal formulation made of a compressed powdered substance containing an active drug and excipients
2.  a flattish cake of some substance, such as soap
3.  (Scot) a sweet made of butter, sugar, and condensed milk, usually shaped in a flat oblong block
4.  a slab of stone, wood, etc, esp one formerly used for inscriptions
5.  a.  a thinner rigid sheet, as of bark, ivory, etc, used for similar purposes
 b.  (often plural) a set or pair of these fastened together, as in a book
6.  a pad of writing paper
7.  (NZ) a token giving right of way to the driver of a train on a single line section
8.  computing an input device that allows the user to draw or write freehand to screen by means of stylus or digital pen
[C14: from Old French tablete a little table, from Latin tabula a board]

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Main Entry:  tablet computer
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a type of flat graphics computer using a stylus, digital pen, or fingertip instead of a keyboard or mouse
Example:  He got a tablet computer for drawing and transferring the drawings to Photoshop.
Etymology:  1984's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "slab or flat surface for an inscription" (especially the two Mosaic tables of stone), from O.Fr. tablete (13c.), dim. of table "slab" (see table). The meaning "lozenge, pill" is first recorded 1580s; that of "pad of writing paper" in 1880.
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American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

tablet tab·let (tāb'lĭt)
A small flat pellet of medication to be taken orally.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Bible Dictionary

Tablet definition

probably a string of beads worn round the neck (Ex. 35:22; Num. 31:50). In Isa. 3:20 the Hebrew word means a perfume-box, as it is rendered in the Revised Version.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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