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[tab-yuh-ler] /ˈtæb yə lər/
of, relating to, or arranged in a table or systematic arrangement by columns, rows, etc., as statistics.
ascertained from or computed by the use of tables.
having the form of a table, tablet, or tablature.
flat and expansive, as tableland or a plateau.
Origin of tabular
1650-60; < Latin tabulāris pertaining to a board or tablet. See table, -ar1
Related forms
tabularly, adverb
nontabular, adjective
nontabularly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tabular
  • The paper includes explanatory diagrams and tabular material in addition to some interesting photomicrographs.
  • The trouble of course is that things are never a blank slate, a tabular rasa.
  • His ambitions, never modest, centred on a scheme to reduce description of the entire natural world to tabular form.
  • Here are the answers, presented in convenient tabular form.
  • Its a fabulous way of presenting tabular data online with minimal custom development.
  • Ordinarily introductory chapters spare readers the task of poring over tabular data.
  • Not far off, a tabular iceberg was damped into the ice, its steep and crinkled walls reflecting the creamy saffron sun.
British Dictionary definitions for tabular


arranged in systematic or table form
calculated from or by means of a table
like a table in form; flat
Derived Forms
tabularly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tabulāris concerning boards, from tabula a board
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Word Origin and History for tabular

"table-shaped," 1650s, from Latin tabularis "of a slab or tablet," from tabula "slab" (see table).

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tabular in Medicine

tabular tab·u·lar (tāb'yə-lər)

  1. Having a plane surface; flat.

  2. Organized as a table or list.

  3. Calculated by means of a table.

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