Definition of table noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈteɪbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈteɪbl//
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  1. 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 see also changing table There are many compounds ending in table. You will find them at their place in the alphabet. See related entries: Furniture
  2. people
  3. 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
  4. list of facts/numbers
  5. 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
  6. in sport
  7. 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
  8. mathematics
  9. 5= multiplication table Do you know your six times table?
  10. see also turntable, water table
    Word OriginOld English tabule ‘flat slab, inscribed tablet’, from Latin tabula ‘plank, tablet, list’, reinforced in Middle English by Old French table.Extra examples He left the table in a hurry. He showed the price fluctuations in a statistical table. James crawled out from under the table. My father always sits at the head of the table. Please lay the table for six. See Table XII for population figures. She leaned across the table and kissed him. She often does her homework at the kitchen table. She put the vase on the table. The league table shows the Danish team in first place with eight points. The potato rolled under the table. The team will be lucky to finish the season mid-table. They flirted over the dinner table. They spent hours around the negotiating table. They were all five of them sitting around the kitchen table. United are second in the table. We arranged the party food on a trestle table in the garden. We booked a table at the restaurant for 8 p.m. We found an empty table at the back of the restaurant. We gathered around the table to hear his news. We never discuss politics at the breakfast table. We turned the box upside down and used it as a makeshift table. We’ll take the corner table near the bar, please. You clear the table and I’ll wash the dishes. school league tables to sit down at the table Table 2 shows how prices and earnings have increased over the last 20 years. a table of contentsIdioms
    bring something to the party/table
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    to contribute something useful to a discussion, project, etc. What Hislop brought to the table was real commitment and energy. See related entries: Business deals
    drink somebody under the table
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    (informal) to drink more alcohol than somebody else without becoming as drunk as they are
    lay/put your cards on the table
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    to tell somebody honestly what your plans, ideas, etc. are
    1. 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. 2(especially North American English) (of a plan, suggestion, etc.) not going to be discussed or considered until a future date
    turn the tables (on somebody)
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    to change a situation so that you are now in a stronger position than the person who used to be in a stronger position than you
    (formal) to serve food to people, for example at a formal meal See related entries: Dining out (North American English) to work serving food to people in a restaurant See related entries: Dining out
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: table