A tab is an attached flap or piece of material. You use a metal tab to open a can of soda, and you might use plastic tabs to separate sections in your binder.

Some tabs help you open packaging ("Grasp the plastic tab and pull to open"), and others give you information about or help you identify something. The noun tab also means "an additional document or page" on a computer screen, as well as "a space" on a keyboard or typewriter. In North America, it's another name for a bill as well: "Put it on my tab, please!"

Definitions of tab
  1. noun
    a short strip of material attached to or projecting from something in order to facilitate opening or identifying or handling it
    “pull the tab to open the can”
    “files with a red tab will be stored separately”
    “the collar has a tab with a button hole”
    “the filing cards were organized by cards having indexed tabs
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    type of:
    slip, strip
    artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
  2. noun
    the key on a typewriter or a word processor that causes a tabulation
    synonyms: tab key
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    type of:
    a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed
  3. noun
    the bill in a restaurant
    synonyms: check, chit
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    type of:
    account, bill, invoice
    an itemized statement of money owed for goods or services
  4. noun
    a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet
    synonyms: lozenge, pill, tablet
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    a large pill; used especially in veterinary medicine
    a pill in the form of a small rounded gelatinous container with medicine inside
    pill that is a sugar-coated medicated candy
    sleeping capsule, sleeping draught, sleeping pill, sleeping tablet
    a soporific drug in the form of a pill (or tablet or capsule)
    type of:
    dosage, dose
    a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time
  5. noun
    sensationalist journalism
    synonyms: tabloid, yellow journalism
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    type of:
    journalism, news media
    newspapers and magazines collectively
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