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



    BrE BrE//ˈtæblət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæblət//
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  1. 1  (especially British English) a small round solid piece of medicine that you swallow synonym pill vitamin tablets Take two tablets with water before meals. See related entries: Medication
  2. 2an amount of another substance in a small round solid piece water purification tablets
  3. 3a flat piece of stone that has words written on it, especially one that has been fixed to a wall in memory of an important person or event synonym plaque The school has a memorial tablet engraved with the name of the founder. (figurative) We can be very flexible—our entry requirements are not set in tablets of stone (= they can be changed).
  4. 4(also Tablet PC™) a small computer that is easy to carry, with a large touch screen and sometimes without a physical keyboard
  5. 5tablet of soap (old-fashioned, formal) a piece of soap
  6. 6(North American English) a number of pieces of paper for writing or drawing on, that are fastened together at one edge see also graphics tablet
  7. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French tablete, from a diminutive of Latin tabula ‘plank, tablet, list’.Extra examples The drug is now available in tablet and capsule form. We had a memorial tablet put up on the church wall. We can be very flexible—our entry requirements are not set in tablets of stone.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tablet