tab

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See also: t.a.b., TAB, and тав

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Etymology 1[edit]

First attested 1607, of uncertain origin.

Noun[edit]

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. (by extension, graphical user interface) A navigational widget for switching between sets of controls or documents.
  3. (informal) A tablet, especially one containing illicit drugs.
  4. (British Army, military slang) A fast march or run with full kit.
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tab (third-person singular simple present tabs, present participle tabbing, simple past and past participle tabbed)

  1. Mark with a tab.
  2. (computing) To use the Tab key on a computer or typewriter to navigate the screen or page.
    • 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.
  3. Short for tabulate.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Apocopation (shortening) of tabulation.

Noun[edit]

tab (plural tabs)

  1. (informal) A restaurant bill.
  2. (slang) Credit account, e.g., in a shop or bar.
    Put this round on my tab, will you, barman.
  3. Short for tabulator.
  4. (computing) A space character (     ) that extends to the next aligned column, traditionally used for tabulation.
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Etymology 3[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

tab (plural tabs)

  1. (Geordie and Mackem) cigarette.
    Giv'is a tab man!
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Etymology 4[edit]

Shortening of tablature.

Noun[edit]

tab (plural tabs)

  1. A form of musical notation indicating fingering rather than the pitch of notes, commonly used for stringed instruments.
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Etymology 5[edit]

Derived from the Latin Cantabrigia (often shortened to Cantab.).

Noun[edit]

  1. (Can we verify(+) this sense?)(slang) A student of Cambridge University.

Etymology 6[edit]

Short for tabloid.

Noun[edit]

tab (plural tabs)

  1. (colloquial) A tabloid newspaper.

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Kurdish[edit]

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tab ?

  1. patience

Lojban[edit]

Rafsi[edit]

tab

  1. rafsi of tabno.

Volapük[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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tab (plural tabs)

  1. table (item of furniture)

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