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Definitions

  • Table of the Ivth Dynasty
    Table of the Ivth Dynasty
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v table arrange or enter in tabular form
    • v table hold back to a later time "let's postpone the exam"
    • n table a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs "it was a sturdy table"
    • n table a piece of furniture with tableware for a meal laid out on it "I reserved a table at my favorite restaurant"
    • n table food or meals in general "she sets a fine table","room and board"
    • n table a set of data arranged in rows and columns "see table 1"
    • n table a company of people assembled at a table for a meal or game "he entertained the whole table with his witty remarks"
    • n table flat tableland with steep edges "the tribe was relatively safe on the mesa but they had to descend into the valley for water"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Table of Pharaohs Of the Vth Dynasty Table of Pharaohs Of the Vth Dynasty
Table of the Dates Of The Kings Vith Dynasty Table of the Dates Of The Kings Vith Dynasty
BED AND TABLE AT POMPEII BED AND TABLE AT POMPEII
6 Spliced and Tabled 6 Spliced and Tabled
43 Table haunching 43 Table haunching
Fancy Table Fancy Table
Kitchen Table Kitchen Table
Dressing Table Dressing Table

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1902, the game table tennis was brought to the U.S. from Europe by Parker Brothers
    • Table (Glass Manuf) A circular plate of crown glass. "A circular plate or table of about five feet diameter weighs on an average nine pounds."
    • Table A list of substances and their properties; especially, the a list of the elementary substances with their atomic weights, densities, symbols, etc.
    • Table (Persp) A plane surface, supposed to be transparent and perpendicular to the horizon; -- called also perspective plane.
    • Table A smooth, flat surface, like the side of a board; a thin, flat, smooth piece of anything; a slab. "A bagnio paved with fair tables of marble."
    • Table (Arch) A stringcourse which includes an offset; esp., a band of stone, or the like, set where an offset is required, so as to make it decorative. See Water table.
    • Table A thin, flat piece of wood, stone, metal, or other material, on which anything is cut, traced, written, or painted; a tablet "The names . . . written on his tables .""And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.""And stand there with your tables to glean
      The golden sentences."
    • Table A view of the contents of a work; a statement of the principal topics discussed; an index; a syllabus; a synopsis; as, a table of contents.
    • Table An article of furniture, consisting of a flat slab, board, or the like, having a smooth surface, fixed horizontally on legs, and used for a great variety of purposes, as in eating, writing, or working. "We may again
      Give to our tables meat."
      "The nymph the table spread."
    • Table Any collection and arrangement in a condensed form of many particulars or values, for ready reference, as of weights, measures, currency, specific gravities, etc.; also, a series of numbers following some law, and expressing particular values corresponding to certain other numbers on which they depend, and by means of which they are taken out for use in computations; as, tables of logarithms, sines, tangents, squares, cubes, etc.; annuity tables; interest tables; astronomical tables, etc.
    • Table Any smooth, flat surface upon which an inscription, a drawing, or the like, may be produced. "Painted in a table plain.""The opposite walls are painted by Rubens, which, with that other of the Infanta taking leave of Don Philip, is a most incomparable table .""St. Antony has a table that hangs up to him from a poor peasant."
    • Table Hence, food placed on a table to be partaken of; fare; entertainment; as, to set a good table .
    • Table Hence, in a great variety of applications: A condensed statement which may be comprehended by the eye in a single view; a methodical or systematic synopsis; the presentation of many items or particulars in one group; a scheme; a schedule.
    • Table In parliamentary usage, to lay on the table; to postpone, by a formal vote, the consideration of (a bill, motion, or the like) till called for, or indefinitely.
    • Table (Games) One of the divisions of a backgammon board; as, to play into the right-hand table .
    • Table (Anat) One of the two, external and internal, layers of compact bone, separated by diploë, in the walls of the cranium.
    • Table The arrangement or disposition of the lines which appear on the inside of the hand.
    • Table (Games) The board on the opposite sides of which backgammon and draughts are played.
    • Table The company assembled round a table. "I drink the general joy of the whole table ."
    • Table (Games) The games of backgammon and of draughts.
    • Table (Mach) The part of a machine tool on which the work rests and is fastened.
    • Table (Jewelry) The upper flat surface of a diamond or other precious stone, the sides of which are cut in angles.
    • Table To delineate, as on a table; to represent, as in a picture. "Tabled and pictured in the chambers of meditation."
    • Table To enter upon the docket; as, to table charges against some one.
    • Table To form into a table or catalogue; to tabulate; as, to table fines.
    • Table (Carp) To insert, as one piece of timber into another, by alternate scores or projections from the middle, to prevent slipping; to scarf.
    • Table To lay or place on a table, as money.
    • v. i Table To live at the table of another; to board; to eat. "He . . . was driven from the society of men to table with the beasts."
    • Table (Naut) To make board hems in the skirts and bottoms of (sails) in order to strengthen them in the part attached to the boltrope.
    • Table To supply with food; to feed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Table tennis balls have been known to travel off a paddle at speeds up to 160 km/hr (approx. 100mph).
    • n table A flat or flattish and relatively thin piece of wood, stone, metal, or other hard substance; a board; a plate; a slab.
    • n table Specifically— A slab, plate, or panel of some solid material with one surface (rarely both surfaces) smooth or polished for some purpose, used either separately or as part of a structural combination. This sense is now chiefly obsolete, except in some historical or special cases: as, the tables of the law; the table (mensa) of an altar. A board or panel on which a picture was painted was formerly called a table, and also a board on which a game, as draughts or checkers, was played; the two leaves of a backgammon-board are called tables—the outer and inner (or home) tables. See def. 7 .
    • n table A votive tablet.
    • n table In anatomy, one of the two laminæ (outer and inner) of any of the cranial bones, separated from each other, except in the thinnest parts, by the spongy or cellular diploe. They are composed of compact bony tissue; the inner table is close-grained, shiny, and brittle (whence it is called the vitrcous table). Also called tablet. See tablature, 5.
    • n table In glass-making: One of the disks or circular plates into which crown-glass is formed from the molten metal by blowing, rolling, and flashing. The plates are usually about four and a half feet in diameter, though sometimes much larger.
    • n table The flat plate with a raised rim on which plate-glass is formed.
    • n table In mech., that part of a machine-tool on which work is placed to be operated upon. It is adjustable in height, is free to move laterally or otherwise, and is perforated with slots for the clamps which secure the article to be treated. Also called carriage and platen.
    • n table In weaving, the board or bar in a draw-loom to which the tails of the harness are attached.
    • n table An article of furniture consisting of a flat top (the table proper), of wood, stone, or other solid material, resting on legs or on a pillar, with or without connecting framework; in specific use, a piece of furniture with a flat top on which meals are served, articles of use or ornament are placed, or some occupation is carried on: as, a dining-table, writing-table, work-table, kitchen-table; a billiard-table a tailors' cutting-table; a surgeons' operating-table.
    • n table Used absolutely, the board at or round which persons sit at meals; a table for refection or entertainment: as, to set the table (to place the cloth and dishes on it for a meal); to sit long at table.
    • n table Figuratively— That which is placed upon a table for refreshment; provision of food at meals; refection; fare; also, entertainment at table.
    • n table A company at table, as at a dinner; a group of persons gathered round a table, as for whist or other games.
    • n table In a limited use, a body of persons sitting, or regarded as sitting, round a table in some official capacity; an official board. The Hungarian Diet is divided into the Table of Magnates and the Table of Deputies; in Scotland the permanent committee of Presbyterians appointed to resist the encroachments of Charles I. was called “The Tables,” and the designation has been used in a few other instances.
    • n table A thin plate or sheet of wood, ivory, or other material for writing on; a tablet; in the plural, a memorandum-book.
    • n table A flat or plane surface like that of a table; a level area; a plateau.
    • n table Specifically— A level plot of ground; a garden-bed, or the like.
    • n table In perspective, same as perspective plane. See perspective, n.
    • n table In architecture: A flat surface forming a distinct feature in a wall, generally rectangular and charged with some ornamental design or figure. When it projects beyond the general surface of the wall, it is termed a raised or projecting table; when it is not perpendicular to the horizon, it is called a raking table; and when the surface is rough, frosted, or vermiculated, it is called a rusticated table.
    • n table A horizontal molding on the exterior or interior face of a wall, placed at various levels, which crowns basements, separates the stories of a building, or its upper parts; a string-course.
    • n table In palmistry, the inner surface of the hand; especially, the space within certain lines of the palm, considered in relation to indications of character or fortune.
    • n table In diamond-cutting: A stone (usually a cleavage-piece) that is polished flat on both sides, is either square, oblong, triangular, round, or oval in form, and has a border of one or more rows of square or triangular facets.
    • n table The large flat facet on the top of a brilliant-cut stone. See brilliant (with cut).
    • n table Something inscribed, depicted, or performed on a table, or arranged on a tabular surface or in tabular form: as, the two tables of the law (the decalogue). Specifically— A painting, or a picture of any kind.
    • n table plural The game of backgammon. See def. 1 .
    • n table Hence An arrangement of written words, numbers, or signs, or of combinations of them, in a series of separate lines or columns; a formation of details in relation to any subject arranged in horizontal, perpendicular, or some other definite order, in such manner that the several particulars are distinctly exhibited to the eye, each by itself: as, chronological tables; astronomical tables; tables of weights or measures; the multiplication table; insurance tables.
    • n table A synoptical statement or series of statements; a concise presentation of the details of a subject; a list of items or particulars.
    • n table A doctrine or tenet, especially one regarded as of divine origin or authority.
    • n table Milit., in some shells, as the shrapnel, the contracted part of the eye next the interior, as distinct from the larger part next the exterior.
    • n table Eccles., same as frontal, 5 .
    • n table A body of knights fabled to have been brought together by King Arthur Pendragon to defend Christian England and Wales against the heathen Saxony. This legendary order of Knights of the Round Table was imitated in later times by associations of participants in justs or tournaments.
    • n table The first stone at the side of a gable, serving as an abutment for the coping. Also called summer-stone and skew-corbel.
    • n table By metonymy, the Lord's Supper, or communion, itself.
    • table Pertaining to or provided for a table: as, table requisites.
    • table Shaped like a table.
    • table To form into a list or catalogue; tabulate; catalogue.
    • table To make a table or picture of; delineate; depict.
    • table To entertain at table; board.
    • table To lay upon a table; pay down.
    • table To lay on the table, in the parliamentary sense; lay aside for future consideration or till called up again: as, to table a resolution.
    • table In carpentry, to fix or set, as one piece of timber into another, by alternate seams and projections on each, to prevent the pieces from drawing apart or slipping upon one another.
    • table Nautical, to strengthen, as a sail, by making broad hems on the head-leeches and the foot, for the attachment of the bolt-rope.
    • table To eat or live at the table of another; board.
    • table To play the game of tables.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ancient Egyptians trained baboons to wait on tables.
    • n Table tā′bl a smooth, flat slab or board, with legs, used as an article of furniture: supply of food, entertainment: the company at a table: the board or table on which a game is played, as billiards, backgammon, draughts: a surface on which something is written or engraved: that which is cut or written on a flat surface: a flat gravestone supported on pillars: an inscription: a condensed statement: syllabus or index; (B.) a writing tablet
    • adj Table of or pertaining to a table, or the food partaken from the table
    • v.t Table to make into a table or catalogue: to lay (money) on the table: to pay down: to lay on the table—i.e. to postpone consideration of
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Quotations

  • William Penn
    William%20Penn
    “Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one.”
  • Richard Whately
    Richard%20Whately
    “Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.”
  • Robin Williams
    Robin Williams
    “Death is nature's way of saying, Your table's ready.”
  • W. H. Auden
    W.%20H.%20Auden
    “Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.”
  • W. S. Gilbert
    W.%20S.%20Gilbert
    “It isn't so much what's on the table that matters, as what's on the chairs.”
  • William M. Peck
    William M. Peck
    “There will be no peace so long as God remains unseated at the conference table.”

Idioms

Bring to the table - If you bring something to the table, you make a contribution or an offer in a discussion or negotiation..
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Lay on the table - This phrase occurs in the official records of meetings or deliberations of various government bodies. If a proposal or motion is laid on the table, it is essentially a euphemism, meaning that "nothing further will be done in this matter" or "we are not going to do anything about this" or "we refuse the petition".
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On the table - If a plan or proposal is on the table, it is being discussed.
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Put your cards on the table - If you put your cards on the table, you make your thoughts or ideas perfectly clear.
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Tables are turned - When the tables are turned, the situation has changed giving the advantage to the party who had previously been at a disadvantage.
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Turn the tables - If circumstances change completely, giving an advantage to those who seemed to be losing, the tables are turned.
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Under the table - Bribes or illegal payments are often described as money under the table.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. tabula, a board, tablet, a painting. Cf. Tabular Taffrail Tavern

Usage

In literature:

All summer she had two tables only to wait on, two persons at a table.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Now please lift down the water-cooler, sir, and place it by the table.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
The Colonel studied him with searching eyes; and then took some paper from a case on the table and began to write.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
For full ten minutes his brown eyes gazed ardently towards the table.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
Several discarded railroad ties served as a table.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
He laid it on the table and then carefully closed the door.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
He might have been a rich man as he surveyed the tables and ordered the waiters about.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
This will acquaint us with two new Tables, i.e., Tables 42 and 44.
"Lectures in Navigation" by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
The skull on the table seemed to be laughing at him.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Put into a small stewpan three table-spoonfuls of the fat taken off the soup, and mix it with four table-spoonfuls of flour.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
It is the fashion to lay two table-cloths, and never to leave the table uncovered.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
Paliser had the floor, or rather the table.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Joe gave his hair a "lick and a promise" with the comb, and took his place at the table.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Have three tables, with six guests at a table with La France roses for decorations, and silver for all the courses laid at each cover.
"Breakfasts and Teas" by Paul Pierce
This was his story: When he entered the room with Bousquier, lawyer Fualdes was seated at the table, and was made to sign papers.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
Here she did not wait to be told to lay the table.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
The green table had emptied fast, and only the uncle and his two guests still sat on at the upper end.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
Dr. Grant was standing beside the vacated breakfast table absorbed in filling a glass of water.
"Ross Grant Tenderfoot" by John Garland
On Saturday her anxiety took her from the work-table at home early in the afternoon.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
In the table headings the normal allelomorphs are indicated by position alone without the use of a symbol.
"Sex-linked Inheritance in Drosophila" by Thomas Hunt Morgan
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In poetry:

At his table I doo eate,
In his bed with him I lie:
But I take no rest, nor meate,
Without cruell jealousie.
"The Nimph Dianaes Song" by Bartholomew Young
At her poor table will he eat?
He shall be served there
With honour and devotion meet
For any king that were!
"Martha" by George MacDonald
KITTY at the table sits
(Whither the old Clerk leads her),
"I deliver this," she says,
"As my act and deed, Sir."
"A Doe In The City" by William Makepeace Thackeray
His beard, not flax, but burning
With fierce and fiery glow,
Right through the marble table
Beneath his chair does grow.
"Barbarossa" by Friedrich Ruckert
The meek and humble souls shall see
His table richly spread;
And all that seek the Lord shall be
With joys immortal fed.
"Psalm 22 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Father, we wait to feel thy grace,
To see thy glories shine;
The Lord will his own table bless,
And make the feast divine.
"Hymn 24" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Tables Aragon attorney fee issue.
The Los Lunas Village Council appointed Henry Perea as the interim municipal judge Thursday, and tabled the expenditure request by Jeff Aragon, the former judge, for his attorney fees.
Atlanta '96 Sets Golden Arches Table.
New York-based designer Karim Rashid created the friendly-sounding PAL armchair, part of a family that also includes tables and stools.
Money expert Suze Orman waited tables at a diner.
Download our Summary of Features table.
Moroccan Drum tables IRONDALE, Ala.
Josie Valdez discusses politics and the large number of Latino candidates at her kitchen table in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.
Ayatollah Khamene i: 'All options are on the table, huh'.
No Middle Eastern meze table is complete without a bowl of this creamy dip.
Ali Baba 's chairs, tables and kitchen equipment are sitting in storage, waiting.
Mergers on back burner, not off table.
Fresh from farm to table.
Buses and taxis roared past a few feet from our table next to the open door.
2012 Austin Critics Table Awards.
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In science:

As a result of this, the variations within these time frames are smaller than those seen in Table 1 and thus is it the values from this Table which should be used in estimating σgain at 850µm.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
The parameters of the chosen points are collected in table 1 and some results are shown in table 2.
On the price of light quarks
Considering all possible systems for orders similar to (23) we can arrange the table of cases for rational µyy (Table 1.).
The rational generalized integrating factors for first-order ODEs
Assuming a Salpeter Initial Mass Function slope of 1.35, considering the O–type and WR star lifetimes given in tables 1 and 2, we obtain the predicted ratios given at the bottom of this last table.
Stellar evolution with rotation X: Wolf-Rayet star populations at solar metallicity
The number of SNe of various types in Table 1 is listed in Table 3.
Classifications of the Host Galaxies of Supernovae, Set II
Using tables to represent classes means that the description of a class must always take the form of a set of variables corresponding to the fields in the table.
Towards an Intelligent Database System Founded on the SP Theory of Computing and Cognition
The coefficients of the five-loop series of the β -functions βu, βv, βw, and βy are reported in Tables II-V for M = 3 and Tables VI-IX for M = 2.
Spin models with random anisotropy and reflection symmetry
Locating the minimum in a disordered table obviously requires to search the whole table.
Number partitioning as random energy model
We also present the differences in the integrated colours and the derived ages between Model A and B in Table 1, and the Lick/IDS indices in Table 2.
Evolutionary Population Synthesis for Binary Stellar Populations
Complete independence of a table, B, with entries in a ring can be expressed by the ideal, I (B ), generated by generalized 2×2 minors of the table.
Random Variables with Completely Independent Subcollections
Set-theoretically, suppose that one table A is ∆-independent, and another table B has the property that for each J ∈ ∆, BJ = 0.
Random Variables with Completely Independent Subcollections
All of them are presented in Table 9, where column designations are the same as in the previous tables.
The Local Group and other neighboring galaxy groups
If n − k is not too large, then this can be done by two table lookups in a table with 2(n−k)/2 entries.
Simple Rate-1/3 Convolutional and Tail-Biting Quantum Error-Correcting Codes
Decoding may be done by two table lookups in an 8-entry table.
Simple Rate-1/3 Convolutional and Tail-Biting Quantum Error-Correcting Codes
Table 3.11 This table gives values and bounds for the expected number of epimorphisms from a random deficiency 0 group to a finite simple group Q.
Finite covers of random 3-manifolds
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