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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
pull tab
tab key
▪ The Prince is rather easier to keep tabs on, but there is always the unforeseen to disrupt even the best-laid plans.
▪ Some even keep tabs on what World Wide Web sites people visit most.
▪ She took Stephenson home with her so that she and her husband could keep closer tabs on him.
▪ We try to keep close tabs on our boys in blue.
▪ They patrol land and keep tabs on the gangs after tip offs from gamekeepers and farmers.
▪ It was one way of keeping tabs on his profession, not pretension to culture.
▪ They lack the stamina and the courage to keep close tabs on the mountain, he said.
▪ De Schalit sees the coalition as a watchdog that keeps tabs on the healthcare industry.
pick up the bill/tab (for sth)
▪ The company's picking up the bill for my trip to Hawaii.
▪ After its shareholder equity turned negative last year, parent Dasa started picking up the bills.
▪ But remember - raid your savings now and Santa won't pick up the bill.
▪ Everything depended on contributors picking up the bill in ten, twenty or thirty years.
▪ I wonder to myself as I pick up the tab for breakfast.
▪ In addition, my company will pick up the tab for all legal and moving expenses.
▪ Often, the book publisher, not the author, picks up the tab.
▪ There is a growing, often unstated, anticipation that the private sector will pick up the bill for public services.
▪ When the check comes, the lobbyists almost always pick up the tab.
▪ He ordered dinner and asked for it to be put on his tab.
▪ In just two days, she'd run up a bar tab of $175.
▪ Our tab for the meal came to just $48.
▪ The bride's father paid the tab for the party.
▪ Since insurers pick up about 55 percent of the tab, the premiums they charge drivers are steep, and getting steeper.
▪ Twenty-year-old Tavarez was tabbed to play the leading role.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tab \Tab\, n. [Etymol. uncertain.]

  1. The flap or latchet of a shoe fastened with a string or a buckle.

  2. A tag. See Tag, 2.

  3. A loop for pulling or lifting something.

  4. A border of lace or other material, worn on the inner front edge of ladies' bonnets.

  5. A loose pendent part of a lady's garment; esp., one of a series of pendent squares forming an edge or border.

  6. a small projecting piece of a file folder, file card, or similar sheet used in a filing system, on which a notation is written to permit convenient search for the folder, card, etc.

  7. a bill or check for some purchase, as in a restaurant; as, the salesman will pick up the tab.

  8. a key on a typewriter or computer keyboard which advances the carriage or curser to the next (preset) tab position; -- used especially to type or print text or numbers in columns.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"small flap or strip of material," c.1600, possibly from a dialectal word, of uncertain origin. Often interchangeable with tag (n.1). Compare also Middle English tab "strap or string" (mid-15c.), Norwegian dialectal tave "piece of cloth, rag."


"account, bill, check," 1888, American English colloquial, probably a shortened form of tabulation or of tablet in the sense "a sheet for writing on." Figurative phrase keep a tab on is recorded from 1890.


1961, shortened form of tablet (especially one of sugar containing LSD). As an abbreviation of tabloid (newspaper) it is 1990s slang. As a short form of tabulator key of a typewriter (later computer) it is recorded from 1916.


"designate, label, name," 1924, earlier "affix a tab to" 1872 (implied in tabbed), perhaps an alteration of tag (v.2). Related: Tabbing. Also see tab (n.1).


Etymology 1 n. 1 A small flap or strip of material attached to something, for holding, manipulation, identification, etc. 2 (context by extension graphical user interface English) A navigational widget for switching between sets of controls or documents. 3 (label en informal) A tablet, especially one containing illicit drugs. 4 (label en British Army military slang) A fast march or run with full kit. vb. 1 Mark with a tab. 2 (context computing English) To use the Tab key on a computer or typewriter to navigate the screen or page. 3 Short for tabulate. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context informal English) A restaurant bill. 2 (context slang English) credit account, e.g., in a shop or bar. 3 Short for tabulator. 4 (context computing English) A space character ((unsupported: tab)) that extends to the next aligned column, traditionally used for tabulation. Etymology 3

n. (context Geordie and Mackem English) cigarette. Etymology 4

n. A form of musical notation indicating fingering rather than the pitch of notes, commonly used for stringed instruments. Etymology 5

n. (rfv-sense)(context slang English) A student of Cambridge University. Etymology 6

n. (label en colloquial) A tabloid newspaper.

  1. n. the bill in a restaurant; "he asked the waiter for the check" [syn: check, chit]

  2. sensationalist journalism [syn: yellow journalism, tabloid]

  3. the key on an electric typewriter that causes a tabulation [syn: tab key]

  4. 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"

  5. a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet [syn: pill, lozenge, tablet]

  6. [also: tabbing, tabbed]

TAB (armoured personnel carrier)

TAB ( Romanian: Transportor Amfibiu Blindat, translated Amphibious Armoured Personnel Carrier) is the Romanian military designation of armoured personnel carriers. The TAB APCs were based on the Russian BTR series until the early 1990s, with several improvements, including better diesel engines. After 1990, new TAB designs have been developed, such as the RN-94 and the Saur series, but none of these designs entered mass production.


TAB may refer to:

  • Abbreviated word for tab character in computing
  • IATA code for Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport, the airport of Tobago
  • TAB (armoured personnel carrier), a Romanian amphibious armored personnel carrier
  • Tactical Advance to Battle, a British Army term for a loaded march
  • Tape-automated bonding, in electronics
  • Technical advisory board
  • Testing, adjusting, balancing, method for achieving proper operation of HVAC equipment
  • Totalisator Agency Board in Australia and New Zealand; also the name given to gambling organizations
  • Travis Association for the Blind, a non-profit organization
  • Transportes Aéreos Bolivianos, a Bolivian cargo airline
  • Treehouse attachment bolt, an engineered bolt for attaching tree houses to trees
  • Typhoid-paratyphoid A and B
  • Tame Bridge Parkway railway station (station code)
Tab (soft drink)

Tab (stylized as TaB) is a diet cola soft drink produced by The Coca-Cola Company, introduced in 1963, and was created by Coca-Cola after the successful sales and marketing of Diet Rite cola, owned by The Royal Crown Company; previously, Diet Rite had been the only sugarless soda on the market. Tab was marketed to consumers who wanted to "keep tabs" on their weight.

The soda was fairly popular throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and the Coca-Cola Company made several variations of it, including Tab Clear and Tab X-Tra, as well as caffeine-free versions.

The soda later garnered negative publicity when scientists speculated that its main sweetener, sodium saccharin, was a potential animal carcinogen. These studies, conducted on lab rats, resulted in mandatory warning labels on the soda throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. In recent years, the studies asserting saccharin's carcinogenic effects have been largely debunked. Recent studies found the initial findings to be flawed and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revoked the mandatory health labels in 2000, deeming no association between saccharin and cancer in humans. Additionally, in December 2010, the US Environmental Protection Agency removed saccharin from its list of hazardous substances.

After its introduction in 1982, Diet Coke quickly replaced Tab as the Coca-Cola Company's most popular diet cola. However, Tab is still available in some areas. Typically, it is found in supermarkets and convenience stores in 12-ounce cans, by 12-pack or 6-pack. It is also available in some places in two-litre bottles.

, Tab is sold in the countries of the Southern African Customs Union ( Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa (as a caffeine free, sugar free and lower carbonated cola), Swaziland, the United States (including the U.S. Virgin Islands), Spain and Norway (As Tab X-Tra).

Tab (GUI)

In interface design, a tabbed document interface (TDI) or Tab is a graphical control element that allows multiple documents or panels to be contained within a single window, using tabs as a navigational widget for switching between sets of documents. It is an interface style most commonly associated with web browsers, web applications, text editors, and preference panes.

GUI tabs are modeled after traditional card tabs inserted in paper files or card indexes (in keeping with the desktop metaphor).

The name TDI implies similarity to the Microsoft Windows standards for multiple document interfaces (MDI) and single document interfaces (SDI), but TDI does not form part of the Microsoft Windows User Interface Guidelines.


Tâb is the Egyptian name of a running-fight board game played in several Arab countries, and a family of similar board games played in Northern Africa and South-western Asia, from Persia to West Africa and from Turkey to Somalia, where a variant called deleb is played. A reference to "at-tâb wa-d-dukk" (likely a similar game) occurs in a poem of 1310 CE.

Tab (given name)

Tab is a given name.

As a name for females, it may be a shortening of Tabitha.

Males known as "Tab" include:

  • Tab Hunter (born 1931), American actor and musician
  • Tab Ramos (born 1966), American soccer player
  • Tab Benoit (born 1967), American guitarist and singer
Tab (album)

Tab (a.k.a. Tab 25 or 25 Tab) is the title of Monster Magnet's second EP, released in Europe in 1991 and in the United States two years later. Originally released on Glitterhouse Records, it was recorded before the band's 1991 debut album Spine of God but issued afterwards to capitalize on its success. Though long enough to qualify as a full-length album, it is referred to as an EP. It is generally viewed by critics as the band's most psychedelic release, with the first two tracks alone totaling 45 minutes. The cover bears the text "MONSTERMAGNET"; however, the band's website refers to it as "TAB".

Usage examples of "tab".

If the Earthservice picked up the tab for his fare to Epiphany, only to find that his bequest was of little or no value, would the bureaucracy be willing to unpocket for a ticket home?

He simply yanked away a wire connecting between the tab and the blinker box.

That cut off the blinker, but the switch retained its contact through the metal tab.

As she fastened the tabs to the shoulders of her uniform, Cavery grunted.

Kurman and Cleer were very much on the jump, because one was trying to keep tabs on Gancy while the other watched Wylett.

Then I stuffed the file in my briefcase, paid the lunch tab, and went to hand over an amount that I was sure would be only slightly less than the value of my car to the Embarcadero Center parking garage.

Next comes Doctor Bemie Feinerman to sprite up her nose so it matches her name, and after that comes the Bible and the Book of Febre and in the Ark there will be nothing that looks like a gnu, only clean-cut-looking animals named Melody or Tab, all WASPs from Dubuque.

I pick up the kettle and carefully pour boiling water into the funnel, where it will damp down the coffee grounds, extract the xanthine alkaloids and dissolve the half tab of Ex-Lax hidden in the powder, draining the sennoside glycosides and the highly diuretic caffeine into the mug of steaming coffee that, with any luck, will give Fiore a strong urge to take ten minutes on the can about half an hour after he drinks it.

Perhaps preparations were under way in moderate fashion, for The Shadow had no tabs on Gummer Gilben and the group of spies called Eyes.

To kill the morning taste in his mouth, he grabbed a can of diet cola from the refrigerator and popped the tab, then guzzled half of the disgusting stuff.

He brought her four ibuprofen tabs and grabbed another Corona from the plastic tub filled with ice that now sat beside them.

For Harry Vincent, agent of The Shadow, was now close by to keep tabs on Tully Kelk, while Moe Shrevnitz, taxi driver extraordinary, was available to take up any trail that Kelk might give.

In the mess cabin at lunchtime, I made the coffee while the middy popped the tabs on two Q-rations and set them out to heat.

I made one abortive attempt to pick up the tab, but Moise waved that aside, telling me it was handled on a direct-billing basis.

I gave him a one-grain tab of phenobarb to kind of quiet him down, like.