A tablet can be a slab of stone, like an engraved tablet discovered by an archaeologist, or a small disc of medicine, like a tablet of aspirin.

You can also use the noun tablet to mean "writing pad" or "small computer with a touch screen." The earliest meaning of the word is "surface for inscription," the writing pads of the ancient world, which were made of stone, clay, or wax. The Latin root of tablet is tabula, "board, writing table, or list."

Definitions of tablet
  1. noun
    a small flat compressed cake of some substance
    “a tablet of soap”
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    bar, cake
    a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax)
  2. noun
    a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet
    synonyms: lozenge, pill, tab
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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
  3. noun
    a slab of stone or wood suitable for bearing an inscription
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    a tablet placed horizontally on top of the capital of a column as an aid in supporting the architrave
    (formerly) a writing tablet made of slate
    type of:
    block consisting of a thick piece of something
  4. noun
    a number of sheets of paper fastened together along one edge
    synonyms: pad, pad of paper
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    message pad, writing pad
    a pad of paper on which messages can be written
    a pad of paper for keeping notes
    scratch pad, scratch paper, scribbling block
    pad for preliminary or hasty writing or notes or sketches etc
    type of:
    a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses
  5. noun
    a portable computer that is operated by a touchscreen
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    portable computer
    a personal computer that can easily be carried by hand
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