1a piece of furniture with a flat top and one or more legs, providing a level surface for eating, writing, or working at: she put the plate on the table he rang the restaurant to book a table for lunch [in singular] food provided in a restaurant or household:he was reputed to have the finest French table of the time a group seated at table for a meal:the whole table was in gales of laughter
) a meeting place or forum for formal discussions held to settle an issue or dispute:the negotiating table
[in singular] Bridge the dummy hand (which is exposed on the table). 2a set of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns: the population has grown, as shown in table 1 a list of rivals or competitors showing their positions relative to one another; a league table: the team’s slide down the First Division table
) multiplication tables:children at the school have spelling tests and learn their tables
Computing a collection of data stored in memory as a series of records, each defined by a unique key stored with it.
3 Architecture a flat, typically rectangular, vertical surface; a panel. a slab of wood or stone bearing an inscription. a cut gem with two flat faces. each half or quarter of a folding board for backgammon.
4 Architecture a horizontal moulding, especially a cornice. 1British present formally for discussion or consideration at a meeting:more than 200 amendments to the bill have already been tabled 2
chiefly US postpone consideration of:I’d like the issue to be tabled for the next few months
3 Sailing strengthen (a sail) by making a hem at the edge.
1make something known so that it can be freely discussed. 2
chiefly US postpone something indefinitely.
1 informal very drunk:by 3.30 everybody was under the table