There are 6 definitions of tab in English:

tab1

Syllabification: tab

noun

1A small flap or strip of material attached to or projecting from something, used to hold or manipulate it, or for identification and information.
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  • The shopkeeper undid the clasp binding the date book closed and heaved it open, revealing a binder with unusually long pages and alphabetical identification tabs protruding from the edges.
  • Young children love to join in, so look for books with flaps, tabs, pop-ups, peep-holes, textures to feel and questions to answer.
  • As soon as she got to the identification tab, she began to laugh.
Synonyms
1.1North American A strip or ring of metal attached to the top of a canned drink and pulled to open the can.
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  • Dismissing the thought, he pulled open the tab on a can of beer from a six pack he had found, along with a lot of spoiled food, in a fridge in the basement.
  • When someone shakes a soft drink can before opening it, then pulls the tab, the contents spurt out.
  • It had been a metal top from a can, the kind you pull off with a tab.
2 Computing A second or further document or page that can be opened on a spreadsheet or web browser.
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  • You can now do one-touch bookmarking of favorites right from the favorites tab.
  • You use the ruler or the Tabs dialog box to set the tabs.
  • Reordering the bookmarks will change the tab or window order, too.
3 informal , chiefly North American A restaurant or bar bill.
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  • Forget about the hefty bar tabs and the dinner bills: talk or chat the night away, and when the time is right, you can personally meet each other and have the time of your lives.
  • He pulled out his wallet and fished out a five-dollar bill for his tab.
  • But experts report that discount-happy diners are clipping coupons and scouting for values to lower their restaurant tabs.
4 Aeronautics A part of a control surface, typically hinged, that modifies the action or response of the surface.
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  • Should the airplane enter what is known as a ‘deep stall,’ the wing can mask the flow of air over the tail surfaces, blanking out the control tabs.
  • The rudder-tab-linkage fitting had also been sheared, disconnecting the rudder tab from the flight controls.
  • Both the vertical and horizontal stabilizers were fixed in position, trim being obtained by means of controllable tabs in the rudder and elevators.

verb (tabs, tabbing, tabbed)

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1Mark or identify with a projecting piece of material: he opened the book at a page tabbed by a cloth bookmark
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  • His copy of The Diviners was meticulously tabbed and flagged and he had a thick file of all of the emails that the two men had exchanged with each other before this evening.
1.1chiefly North American Identify as being of a specified type or suitable for a specified position: he was tabbed by the president as the next Republican National Committee chairman
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  • There were some concerns at safety, which had been tabbed as the strongest position in this year's draft.
  • The coach has tabbed Porter as one of his main projects for the off season.
  • If a number 1 guy had to be identified today, coaches would tab the bullish Davis, who has run with purpose all spring.

Origin

late Middle English: perhaps related to tag1.

Phrases

keep tabs (or a tab) on

informal Monitor the activities or development of; keep under observation.
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  • He studies draft prospects and keeps tabs on their development.
  • She keeps tabs on who's checking out and who's staying on, and reports to Ross each morning.
  • Under these guidelines the banks are supposed to keep a tab on money laundering activities by its customers.

pick up the tab

informal Pay for something: my company will pick up the tab for all moving expenses
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  • Moving, even when your employer picks up the tab, is expensive.
  • Once injuries are assessed by management and judged genuine, the club picks up the tab for whatever treatment is required.
  • After all, while an elderly person is in hospital it is the health authority that picks up the tab for their care, not the council.

Derivatives

tabbed

adjective
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  • Even when creating complex applications that use things such as tabbed pages, it's helpful first to create each page as a separate form, copy those objects and then paste them into the appropriate blocks on your form.
  • Each tabbed section contains a folder where brides-to-be can store wedding information, from vendor contracts to gown clippings, menu ideas to honeymoon brochures.
  • While the number of recipes is not as extensive as many other community cookbooks, the tabbed index makes it easy to add your own recipes to the binder.

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There are 6 definitions of tab in English:

tab2

Syllabification: tab

noun

A facility in a word-processing program, or a device on a keyboard, for advancing to a sequence of set positions in tabular work: set tabs at 1.4 inches and 3.4 inches [as modifier]: the tab key
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  • In what I can describe only as a moment of temporary inspiration, I dropped into a command-line and typed xml followed by two tabs.
  • I spent about an hour deleting tabs, inserting returns, and reformatting the document so that everything was aligned correctly again.
  • But the thing that is disappointing is you cannot enlarge the text on the tabs.

verb (tabs, tabbing, tabbed)

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1 [no object] Use the tab key on a computer or typewriter keyboard: the user can tab to the phrase and press Enter
2 [with object] short for tabulate.

Origin

early 20th century: short for tabulator.

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There are 6 definitions of tab in English:

tab3

Syllabification: tab

noun

informal
A tablet containing a dose of a drug.
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  • And this means that you have to live in a society where an 80-year-old grandmother can score heroin quicker than a tab of aspirin.
  • Here, my eyes would glaze over as I flash backed to the summer I spent putting little purple microdot tabs of mescaline in my mouth, waiting for that hallucinatory high.
  • In the summer of 1970 he took his first tab of LSD and then his first joint of marijuana.

Origin

1960s: abbreviation.

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There are 6 definitions of tab in English:

tab4

Syllabification: tab

noun

North American informal
A tabloid newspaper: she tries to cover up his peccadillos before they make the tabs' front pages
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  • This scandal was well known to readers of American papers but there was not a word in any British newspaper, broadsheet or tab, and of course nothing on the BBC, the only radio station.
  • To lend the tabs credibility, the editor has been outspoken about changing their longs-tanding policy of paying for stories.
  • I'm not a tabloid reporter, though some of my stories have sent the tabs into a frenzy.

Origin

1920s: abbreviation.

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There are 6 definitions of tab in English:

tab5

Syllabification: tab

noun

Short for tablature. get tips on learning how to read guitar tab
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  • I have been waiting for days, but my fingers don't stretch the right way, or I can't find the tab for the chord and when I do the notes have stopped ringing and it doesn't seem the same.
  • This is the Tab for the Mandolin solo.
  • It's in standard Mandolin tuning - see the "Copperhead Road" Tab for details.

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There are 6 definitions of tab in English:

TAB6

Syllabification: TAB

abbreviation

Typhoid-paratyphoid A and B vaccine.

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