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abbreviation

  • 1Australian/NZ Totalizator Agency Board.
  • 1.1Typhoid-paratyphoid A and B vaccine.

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There are 6 definitions of TAB in English:

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noun

  • 1A small flap or strip of material attached to or projecting from something, used to hold, fasten, 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
    tag, flap, loop, lappet, label; strap, handle
  • 1.1 Military, British A marking on the collar distinguishing an officer of high rank or (formerly) a staff officer.
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    • According green tabs to military police leaders commanding such units as divisional MP platoons or squads in combat support companies in itself does not make military police a combat arm.
    • I looked at his rank tabs through the binoculars, and, having convinced myself that he wasn't an officer, gave him the bird as he passed.
    • Only then will they be awarded the coveted Green Beret and Special Forces tab, signifying that they are fully prepared to join the brotherhood of Special Forces warriors.
  • 1.2 North American term for ring pull.
  • 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 bill: the waiter brought three drinks and a new tab
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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.
  • 3.1A tally of items ordered in a bar or restaurant: Bobby had told the barman to put everything on the tab
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    • Unmoved by a chorus of anguished cries, the Biltmore crew calmly rounded up the glasses, tallied the tabs and shrugged off entreaties for special dispensation.
    • With a soft shake of his head at her obvious sadness, he turned to the register to tally up the tabs for the night and turn them in to the office.
    • I ordered a Canadian to start my tab and took my place at the bar with a few friends.
  • 5 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.
  • 6Northern English informal A cigarette.

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.

Phrases

keep tabs (or a tab) on

informal Monitor the activities or development of; keep under observation: they liked to keep tabs on their former employees
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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.
Synonyms
pay, pay up, pay out, pay the bill, settle up; bail someone out
informal foot the bill, cough up, fork out, shell out, come across, chip in
British informal stump up
North American informal ante up, pony up, pick up the check

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.

Origin

late Middle English: perhaps related to tag1.

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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: [as modifier]: the tab key

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
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    • Once installed, traditional Linux / UNIX escaping, quoting or tabbing is necessary to get to directories with spaces in their names.
    • It's very addictive, a one-key alternative to tabbing your way through a page of results.

Origin

early 20th century: short for tabulator.

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informal
  • A tablet, especially one containing an illicit drug: he faced charges of attempting to export Ecstasy tabs
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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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noun

North American informal
  • A tabloid newspaper.
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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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  • 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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