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tabes dorsalis a disease of the nervous system, usu. caused by syphilis and characterized by pain and an increasing loss of voluntary motor control and organ distress.
tab key the tabulator on a typewriter.
table an article of furniture, usu. with a flat, horizontal top and supported by one or more vertical legs. [11 definitions]
tableau an artistically arranged group of actors who remain motionless for a moment on stage, as at the end of a scene. [2 definitions]
tableau vivant living picture (French); a scene, statue, or picture depicted by costumed and posed actors who remain silent and motionless.
tablecloth a cloth used to cover a dining table in order to protect its surface during a meal.
table d'hôte a complete meal offered at a restaurant or hotel with a fixed list of courses and a set price. (Cf. à la carte, prix fixe.)
table-hop (informal) to move from table to table to visit and talk at a party, nightclub, restaurant, or the like.
tableland a level, elevated expanse of land; plateau.
table linen tablecloths, napkins, place mats, and the like.
table saw a circular saw positioned beneath a table so that its blade projects above the surface, allowing it to cut objects placed on top of the table.
tablespoon in the US, a unit of capacity equal to one half fluid ounce, three teaspoons, or about fifteen milliliters, used in cooking. (abbr.: tbs.) [4 definitions]
tablespoonful the amount a tablespoon holds; tablespoon.
tablet a small, molded, regular mass or lump, usu. of medicine. [3 definitions]
table talk casual or informal mealtime conversation.
table tennis a game similar to outdoor tennis but played atop a large rectangular table and using wooden paddles and a small hollow plastic or celluloid ball.
tableware the silverware, glasses, plates, and the like, used for the dining table.
table wine a wine, usu. served with meals, containing not more than fourteen percent alcohol.
tabloid a newspaper with pages approximately half the standard size, often containing sensational material or gossip. [2 definitions]
taboo untouchable, unmentionable, or otherwise forbidden by social mandate. [3 definitions]
tabor a small drum, formerly hung from the neck of a pipe or fife player and used to provide rhythmic accompaniment.