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.

Primary Meanings of table

a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs
a set of data arranged in rows and columns
arrange or enter in tabular form
hold back to a later time
flat tableland with steep edges
Full Definitions of table

n a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs

“it was a sturdy table
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)
Type of:
article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture
furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy

n 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

n 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

n food or meals in general

“she sets a fine table
training table
planned meals for athletes in training (usually served in a mess hall)
Type of:
the food and drink that are regularly served or consumed

n a set of data arranged in rows and columns

“see table 1”
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

v arrange or enter in tabular form

tabularise, tabularize, tabulate
Type of:
arrange, set
adapt for performance in a different way

v hold back to a later time

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
Type of:
act later than planned, scheduled, or required

n flat tableland with steep edges

Type of:
plateau, tableland
a relatively flat highland

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