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Etymology 1[edit]

Mayor Erika Jansen and Town Councillor Emil Schmidt of Rosenthal in Hersberg, Basel-Landschaft, Switzerland, examining a table showing the harvesting rates of winter crops. This December 1956 photograph is from the collection of the German Federal Archives in Koblenz, Germany.

table +‎ -ate;[1] compare Late Latin tabulātus (having a floor; floored), perfect passive participle of tabulō (to fit with planks) + -ātus (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *-eh₂tos (suffix forming adjectives from nouns indicating the possession of a thing or a quality). Tabulō is derived from tabula (board, plank), of uncertain origin, possibly from Proto-Indo-European *teh₂- (a variant of *steh₂- (to stand)) + *-dʰlom (a variant of *-trom (suffix forming nouns denoting tools or instruments)).


tabulate (third-person singular simple present tabulates, present participle tabulating, simple past and past participle tabulated)

  1. (transitive) To arrange in tabular form; to arrange into a table.
  2. (transitive) To set out as a list; to enumerate, to list.
    • 1955, Vladimir Nabokov, chapter 5, in Lolita, Paris: Olympia Press, OCLC 487306850; republished New York, N.Y.: Crest Giant, Fawcett World Library, December 1959, OCLC 970501025, page 19:
      You have to be an artist and a madman, [] in order to discern at once, by ineffable signs—the slightly feline outline of a cheekbone, the slenderness of a downy limb, and other indices which despair and shame and tears of tenderness forbid me to tabulate—the little deadly demon among the wholesome children; she stands unrecognized by them and unconscious herself of her fantastic power.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Syringopora verticellata, a tabulate (member of Tabulata, an extinct order of corals, etymology 2, noun sense) from the collection of the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano (Milan Natural History Museum) in Milan, Italy

Tabulata (extinct order of corals) +‎ -ate. Tabulata is derived from Latin tabulāta, from tabulātum (flooring, storey), from tabula (board, plank) + -tum (from -tus, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *-tus (suffix forming action nouns from verb roots)). See further at etymology 1. The order is so named because the corals are characterized by well-developed horizontal internal partitions or tabulae within each cell.


tabulate (not comparable)

  1. (paleontology) Describing a member of an extinct order of corals, the Tabulata.
    • 1879, Henry Alleyne Nicholson, On the Structure and Affinities of the "Tabulate Corals" of the Palaeozoic Period: With Critical Descriptions of Illustrative Species:
      The large corallites are tabulate, with indistinctly differentiated walls, provided with obtusely triangular and irregular septa, and having their visceral cavities more or less freely connected with one another by lateral horizontal channels, which penetrate the interstitial tubular tissue.


tabulate (plural tabulates)

  1. (paleontology) A member of the order Tabulata.
    • 2013, Walter M. Goldberg, The Biology of Reefs and Reef Organisms, page 272:
      Both tabulates and rugosans evolved independently as part of the Ordovician Radiation; the tabulates appeared first in the Early Ordovician (~488 Mya), followed by rugosans about 20 My later.


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  1. second-person plural present indicative of tabulare
  2. second-person plural imperative of tabulare
  3. feminine plural of tabulato




  1. vocative masculine singular of tabulātus