tab

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See also: TAB, Tab, t.a.b., t-ab, 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, resembling a physical tab, for switching between documents or sets of controls.
  3. (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.
  4. (British Army, military slang) A fast march or run with full kit.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Apocopation (shortening) of tabulation.

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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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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 3[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

tab ‎(plural tabs)

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

Clipping of tablature

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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]

Clipping of Cantab, from Latin Cantabrigia ‎(Cambridge).

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tab ‎(plural tabs)

  1. (British slang) A student of Cambridge University.
    • 1995 January 20, Paul Thomas, “Re: >Re: Those 'orrible Tabs”, in rec.sport.rowing, Usenet[1]:
      You should have been there---it was a good race. Just to clarify matters for the hard of understanding, the tabs led for about 1500m before turning to shrapnel, and Oxford eventually won by 3/4 length.
    • 1995 February 7, "Laser Cartridge" [username], “Re: Cambridge News, again.”, in rec.sport.rowing, Usenet[2]:
      Before Rachel gets in with a stab at the Tabs' coxing efforts, may I say that my experience of coxes on the Isis is somewhat similar.
    • 1998 January 17, whitey [username], “Re: Tab bashing (was University Challenge - Its pish)”, in rec.arts.tv.uk.misc, Usenet[3]:
      Plus, there's always been a healthy rivalry between the tabs and us, but I'm sure this has nothing to do with it ;-)
    • 2002 March 27, The Guv'nor [username], “Re: My target this week was...”, in uk.rec.bodybuilding, Usenet[4]:
      I hope the Tabs get beaten! :-) I support Oxford for no real reason but they have a bad habit of losing to Cambridge recently.
    • 2002 March 29, Caroline Smith, “Re: Lifejackets thread returns... [was Re: Boat Race]”, in rec.sport.rowing, Usenet[5]:
      I have nothing against the girl (other than the fact she's a tab!), but it does strike me as a little daft!!
    • 2006 March 30, JY [username], “Veterans Boat Race (that's Oxford, England vs Cambridge, England)”, in rec.sport.rowing, Usenet[6]:
      Anybody know who won? ¶ Or should that be, how much did the Tabs win by? ;-)

Etymology 6[edit]

Clipping of tabloid

Noun[edit]

tab ‎(plural tabs)

  1. (colloquial) A tabloid newspaper.

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Kurdish[edit]

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tab ?

  1. patience

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tab

  1. rafsi of tabno.

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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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