tab

tab

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English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /tæb/, [tʰæb̥]
  • Rhymes: -æb

Etymology 1

First attested 1607, of uncertain origin.

Noun

tab (plural tabs)

  1. A small flap or strip of material attached to something, for holding, manipulation, identification, etc.
    • 1993, Irvine Welsh: Trainspotting, p 333:
      He pulls off his belt, cursing as the studs catch in the tabs of his jeans.
  2. (slang) An ear.
  3. (by extension, graphical user interface) A navigational widget, resembling a physical tab, for switching between documents or sets of controls.
  4. (graphical user interface) The page or form associated with such a navigational widget.
    How many tabs are open in your Web browser?
  5. (informal) A tablet, especially one containing illicit drugs.
    • 2008, Stephen King, Graduation Weekend
      Tonight the kids will go out and party down in a more righteous mode. Alcohol and not a few tabs of X will be ingested. Club music will throb through big speakers.
  6. (British Army, military slang) A fast march or run with full kit.

Verb

tab (third-person singular simple present tabs, present participle tabbing, simple past and past participle tabbed)

  1. To affix with tabs; to label.
Derived terms
  • keep tabs on
  • tabbed
Translations

Etymology 2

Apocopation (shortening) of (variously) tabulate, tabulator, or tabulation.

Noun

tab (plural tabs)

  1. (informal, chiefly Canada, US) A restaurant bill.
  2. (informal, chiefly Canada, US) Credit account, e.g., in a shop or bar; slate
  3. (computing) A space character that extends to the next aligned column, traditionally used for tabulation.

Verb

tab (third-person singular simple present tabs, present participle tabbing, simple past and past participle tabbed)

  1. (computing) To use the Tab key on a computer to advance the cursor or move the input focus, or on a typewriter to advance the carriage.
    • 2010, Chris Anderson, Pro Business Applications with Silverlight 4 (page 210)
      You can prevent a control from getting the focus when the user is tabbing between controls by settings its IsTabStop property to False.
Derived terms
  • pick up the tab
  • tabbed
Translations

Etymology 3

Likely to have been formed by clipping the Geordie pronunciation of the word tobacco or alternatively from the brand name Ogden's Tabs.

Noun

tab (plural tabs)

  1. (Britain, regional, Geordie and Mackem) cigarette.
    Giv'is a tab man!
Translations

References

  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, →ISBN

Etymology 4

Clipping of tablature

Noun

tab (plural tabs)

  1. A form of musical notation indicating fingering rather than the pitch of notes, commonly used for stringed instruments.
Translations

Etymology 5

Clipping of Cantab, from Cantabrigian, from Latin Cantabrigia (Cambridge).

Alternative forms

  • Tab

Noun

tab (plural tabs)

  1. (British slang) A student of Cambridge University.

Etymology 6

Clipping of tabloid.

Noun

tab (plural tabs)

  1. (colloquial) A tabloid newspaper.
    • 1999, George H. Douglas, The Golden Age of the Newspaper, p. 229:
    • 2010, Robert Lusetich, Unplayable: An Inside Account of Tiger's Most Tumultuous Season:

Anagrams

  • ABT, ATB, B.T.A., BAT, Bat-, TBA, abt, abt., bat

Kurdish

Noun

tab ?

  1. patience

Volapük

Etymology

Borrowed from English table (table → tab; compare French: table, Latin: tabula, Interlingua: tabula, Esperanto: tablo, Ido: tablo).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [tab]

Noun

tab (plural tabs)

  1. table (item of furniture)

Declension

Derived terms

Related terms

  • taib

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