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[tab-lit] /ˈtæb lɪt/
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.
Origin of tablet
1275-1325; Middle English tablette < Middle French tablete. See table, -et
2. plaque. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for tablet
  • Unfortunately, the tablet is damaged, and thus incomplete.
  • Now a detachable netbook allows users to remove the screen from the keyboard and use it as a touch-screen tablet computer.
  • HP is testing a display that could appear in future color e-readers and tablet computers.
  • Keyboards morph, and smart phones and tablet computers render the home keys method almost impossible.
  • He communicated what he wanted to say by moving his pupils and blinking to indicate which letter to choose from a computer tablet.
  • Apple has demonstrated which direction the netbook or tablet market needs to go.
  • One of them is the fast-growing market for smart phones and other handheld devices, such as tablet computers.
  • Some of today's tablet computers and smartphones are more powerful than personal computers were a decade ago.
  • There is little point doing that if a tablet user can simply read the news for free on a web browser.
  • Those agents may also complicate efforts to sell digital newspapers on e-readers and tablet computers.
British Dictionary definitions for tablet


a medicinal formulation made of a compressed powdered substance containing an active drug and excipients
a flattish cake of some substance, such as soap
(Scot) a sweet made of butter, sugar, and condensed milk, usually shaped in a flat oblong block
a slab of stone, wood, etc, esp one formerly used for inscriptions
  1. a thinner rigid sheet, as of bark, ivory, etc, used for similar purposes
  2. (often pl) a set or pair of these fastened together, as in a book
a pad of writing paper
(NZ) a token giving right of way to the driver of a train on a single line section
(computing) an input device that allows the user to draw or write freehand to screen by means of stylus or digital pen
Word Origin
C14: from Old French tablete a little table, from Latin tabula a board
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tablet

early 14c., "slab or flat surface for an inscription" (especially the two Mosaic tables of stone), from Old French tablete (13c.), diminutive of table "slab" (see table (n.)). The meaning "lozenge, pill" is first recorded 1580s; that of "pad of writing paper" in 1880.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tablet in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for tablet

table grade

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eatin' stuff

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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tablet in Technology

A query language.
["Human Factor Comparison of a Procedural and a Non-procedural Query Language", C. Welty et al, ACM Trans Database Sys 6(4):626-649 (Dec 1981)].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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tablet in the Bible

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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