tab

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!"

Primary Meanings of tab

1.
n
a short strip of material attached to or projecting from something in order to facilitate opening or identifying or handling it
2.
n
the key on a typewriter or a word processor that causes a tabulation
3.
n
the bill in a restaurant
4.
n
a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet
5.
n
sensationalist journalism
Full Definitions of tab
1

n 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
Type of:
slip, strip
artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
2

n the key on a typewriter or a word processor that causes a tabulation

Synonyms:
tab key
Type of:
key
a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed
3

n the bill in a restaurant

Synonyms:
check, chit
Type of:
account, bill, invoice
an itemized statement of money owed for goods or services
4

n a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet

Synonyms:
lozenge, pill, tablet
Types:
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bolus
a large pill; used especially in veterinary medicine
capsule
a pill in the form of a small rounded gelatinous container with medicine inside
dragee
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

n sensationalist journalism

Synonyms:
tabloid, yellow journalism
Type of:
journalism, news media
newspapers and magazines collectively

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