The flat surface people sit around when they eat together is a table. A table can also be a chart full of information. When doing your taxes, you might use a tax table to determine how much you owe.

Table is a very common noun, but it can also be used as a verb. In American English, the verb table means to set a matter aside indefinitely. For example, if state senators can't come to a compromise about new zoning laws, they might simply decide to table the issue. Confusingly, British English uses the verb table in precisely the opposite way: if members of the English Parliament table a piece of legislation, they formally submit it for discussion or debate.

Definitions of table
  1. noun
    a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs
    “it was a sturdy table
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    King Arthur's Round Table
    (legend) the circular table for King Arthur and his knights
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    Lord's table, altar, communion table
    the table in Christian churches where communion is given
    a table (in a restaurant or bar) surrounded by two high-backed benches
    breakfast table
    a table where breakfast is eaten
    card table
    a small light table with folding legs; can be folded for storage
    card table
    a table for playing cards (as in a casino)
    cocktail table, coffee table
    low table where magazines can be placed and coffee or cocktails are served
    conference table, council board, council table
    the table that conferees sit around as they hold a meeting
    console, console table
    a small table fixed to a wall or designed to stand against a wall
    table consisting of a horizontal surface over which business is transacted
    a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments
    dresser, dressing table, toilet table, vanity
    low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup
    drop-leaf table
    a table that has a drop-leaf to enlarge its surface
    gaming table
    a table used for gambling; may be equipped with a gameboard and slots for chips
    a small round table
    kitchen table
    a table in the kitchen
    operating table
    table on which the patient lies during a surgical operation
    Parsons table
    a sturdy rectangular table with block legs at the four corners; the top and the legs are the same width
    pedestal table
    a table supported by a single central column
    pier table
    a low table set below a pier glass
    work table of a machine tool
    billiard table, pool table, snooker table
    game equipment consisting of a heavy table on which pool is played
    a small table for holding articles of various kinds
    ping-pong table, pingpong table, table-tennis table
    a table used for playing table tennis
    tea table
    a small table for serving afternoon tea
    trestle table
    a table supported on trestles
    work table, worktable
    a table designed for a particular task
    a counter where you can obtain food or drink
    checkout, checkout counter
    a counter in a supermarket where you pay for your purchases
    a small decorative writing desk
    drafting table, drawing table
    a worktable with adjustable top
    gateleg table
    a drop-leaf table with the drop-leaves supported by hinged legs
    lectern, reading desk
    desk or stand with a slanted top used to hold a text at the proper height for a lecturer
    meat counter
    counter where meats are displayed for sale
    notions counter
    counter where notions are sold
    reception desk
    a counter (as in a hotel) where guests are received
    escritoire, secretaire, secretary, writing table
    a desk used for writing
    tilt-top table, tip table, tip-top table
    a pedestal table whose top is hinged so that it can be tilted to a vertical position
    bench, work bench, workbench
    a strong worktable for a carpenter or mechanic
    writing desk
    a desk for writing (usually with a sloping top)
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    article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture
    furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy
  2. noun
    a piece of furniture with tableware for a meal laid out on it
    “I reserved a table at my favorite restaurant”
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    board, dining table
    a table at which meals are served
    dining-room table
    dining-room furniture consisting of a table on which meals can be served
    dinner table
    the dining table where dinner is served and eaten
    high table
    a dining table in a dining-hall raised on a platform; seats are reserved for distinguished persons
    refectory table
    a long narrow dining table supported by a stretcher between two trestles
    a dining table with couches along three sides in ancient Rome
    type of:
    article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture
    furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy
  3. noun
    a company of people assembled at a table for a meal or game
    “he entertained the whole table with his witty remarks”
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    assemblage, gathering
    a group of persons together in one place
  4. noun
    food or meals in general
    “she sets a fine table
    synonyms: board
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    training table
    planned meals for athletes in training (usually served in a mess hall)
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    the food and drink that are regularly served or consumed
  5. noun
    a set of data arranged in rows and columns
    “see table 1”
    synonyms: tabular array
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    correlation table
    a two-way tabulation of the relations between correlates; row headings are the scores on one variable and column headings are the scores on the second variables and a cell shows how many times the score on that row was associated with the score in that column
    contents, table of contents
    a list of divisions (chapters or articles) and the pages on which they start
    actuarial table, statistical table
    a table of statistical data
    a tabular array of the days (usually for one year)
    file allocation table
    the part of a floppy disk or hard disk where information is stored about the location of each piece of information on the disk (and about the location of unusable areas of the disk)
    periodic table
    (chemistry) a tabular arrangement of the chemical elements according to atomic number as based on the periodic law
    mortality table
    an actuarial table indicating life expectancy and probability of death as a function or age and sex and occupation etc
    perpetual calendar
    a chart or mechanical device that indicates the days of the week corresponding to any given date over a long period of years
    type of:
    an orderly arrangement
  6. verb
    arrange or enter in tabular form
    synonyms: tabularise, tabularize, tabulate
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    arrange, set
    adapt for performance in a different way
  7. verb
    hold back to a later time
    synonyms: defer, hold over, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, remit, set back, shelve
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    stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather
    stop dealing with
    render temporarily ineffective
    put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence
    reprieve, respite
    postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
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    act later than planned, scheduled, or required
  8. noun
    flat tableland with steep edges
    synonyms: mesa
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    plateau, tableland
    a relatively flat highland
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