- 1 a piece of furniture that consists of a flat top supported by legs a kitchen table A table for two, please (= in a restaurant). I'd like to book a table for tonight (= in a restaurant). to set the table (= to put the plates, knives, etc. on it for a meal) (British English also) to lay the table to clear the table (= take away the dirty plates, etc. at the end of a meal) He questioned her next morning over the breakfast table (= during breakfast). (British English, formal) Children must learn to behave at table. a billiard/snooker/pool table There are many compounds ending in table. You will find them at their place in the alphabet. See related entries: Furniture people
- 2the people sitting at a table for a meal or to play cards, etc. He kept the whole table entertained with his jokes. see also round-table list of facts/numbers
- 3 a list of facts or numbers arranged in a special order, usually in rows and columns a table of contents (= a list of the main points or information in a book, usually at the front of the book) Table 2 shows how prices and earnings have increased over the past 20 years. see also periodic table in sport
- 4a list of sports teams, countries, schools, etc. that shows their position in a competition, etc. If Arsenal win this game they'll go to the top of the table. school performance league tables mathematics
- 5= multiplication table Do you know your six times table? see also turntable, water table Word Origin Old English tabule ‘flat slab, inscribed tablet’, from Latin tabula
- 1(of a plan, suggestion, etc.) offered to people so that they can consider or discuss it Management have put several new proposals on the table.
- 2(especially North American English) (of a plan, suggestion, etc.) not going to be discussed or considered until a future date