From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishldoce_327_itableta‧ble1 /ˈteɪbəl/ ●●● S1 W1 noun [countable] 1 dining_room_table.jpg furnitureDHF a piece of furniture with a flat top supported by legs The food was served on long tables. coffee table, dressing table2 restaurant a table for people to eat at in a restaurant I've booked a table for two.3 snooker/billiard/ping-pong etc table4 listTCN a list of numbers, facts, or information arranged in rows across and down a pagetable of a table of results the table of contents5 on the table6 turn the tables (on somebody)7 under the table8 times table9 groupGROUP OF PEOPLE the group of people sitting around a table His stories kept the whole table amused.COLLOCATIONSverbsset/lay the table (=put knives, forks etc on a table before a meal)The table was set for fourteen.clear the table (=take plates etc off)Do you want me to clear the table?sit at a tableHe was sitting at a corner table.sit around a tableWe sat around the table and talked.get up from/leave the tableShe stood up from her chair and left the a table (=in a restaurant)I've booked a table for four at a local restaurant.NOUN + tabledinner/breakfast tableWill you clear the breakfast table?bedside/kitchen/dining-room tableThey were chatting around the kitchen table.
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tableTable 18 shows the relationship between education and voting practices.He led them, a procession of six, to a table right next to a platform.She looked down at the kitchen table.Helium, the next element in the periodic table, contains two electrons encircling a nucleus containing two protons.A single bed sheet makes a good-sized tablecloth for an average rectangular table and you can choose exactly the colour you want.the dining room tableAll of it was sold from commercial operations so compact that they frequently fitted on a two-foot-square folding television table.He puts it flat on the table and opens the cover and shows me the copyright.I hurried back to the table and sat down.table of contentsIndexing is based on surrogates such as tables of contents rather than the full contents of a node.That means that it knows about things like sections and chapters, tables of contents, indexes and anchored text and graphics.Press 6 to define the table of contents.Is his name even mentioned in the table of contents?Remember to include page numbers after each heading or the table of contents will be of little value to the reader.Finally, all manuals should end with an index which supplements the table of contents at the beginning.The table of contents is used as an index for finding particular material.
tabletable2 verb [transitive] 1 table a proposal/question/motion etc2 table a bill/measure/proposal etc→ See Verb table
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tableEndlessly clear skies and lowering water tables.Nottingham Forest are planning a £500,000 bid for the big Ballyclare man; expect it to be tabled some time next week.
From King Business Dictionarytableta‧ble1 /ˈteɪbəl/ noun [countable]1used to refer to a place where people come together to discuss important mattersThe union has threatened to walk away from the bargaining table if a settlement isn’t made soon.The government agreed to return to the negotiating table on May 6.2a list of numbers, facts, or information arranged in rows across and down a pageDistribution tables should show taxes actually paid.a book’s table of contents life table3on the table an offer, idea etc that is on the table has been officially suggested and you are considering itThe offer on the table at the moment is a 10% wage increase.4on the table American English an offer, idea etc that is on the table is no longer being considered at the moment but will be dealt with in the future5under the table money that is paid under the table is paid secretly and illegally to someone in order to get what you wantPayments were made under the table to local officials.tabletable2 verb1table a proposal/question/demand etc British English to suggest something for other people to considerTwo separate proposals were tabled.2table a bill/measure/proposal etc American English to leave something to be dealt with in the futureHe tabled the bills to break up the state monopolies in insurance and telecommunications.→ See Verb tableOrigin table1 (1100-1200) Old French Latin tabula board, list