tabbing


tabbing

noun

  1. a small flap, strap, loop, or similar appendage, as on a garment, used for pulling, hanging, or decoration.
  2. a tag or label.
  3. a small projection from a card, paper, or folder, used as an aid in filing.
  4. Informal. a bill, as for a meal in a restaurant; check.
  5. a small piece attached or intended to be attached, as to an automobile license plate.
  6. a small flap or tongue of material used to seal or close the opening of a container.
  7. Also called tabulator, tab key. a key on a typewriter that moves the carriage, typing element, etc., a predetermined number of spaces, used for typing text in columns, for fixed indentations, etc.
  8. Also called tab key. a key on a computer keyboard that moves the cursor a predetermined number of spaces, used for keying text in columns or form fields, for fixed indentations, etc.
  9. Digital Technology.
    1. (in a web browser window or in a spreadsheet or other application) a page displayed by clicking on or selecting a user interface element that resembles a paper tab:The third tab in the spreadsheet list expenses.
    2. the display of this user interface element:I have too many tabs open in my browser right now.
  10. Theater.
    1. a small, often narrow, drop curtain, for masking part of the stage.
    2. tableau curtain.
  11. Aeronautics. a small airfoil hinged to the rear portion of a control surface, as to an elevator, aileron, or rudder.Compare trim tab.

verb (used with object), tabbed, tab·bing.

  1. to furnish or ornament with a tab or tabs.
  2. to name or designate.

verb (used without object), tabbed, tab·bing.

  1. to operate the tab function on a typewriter or computer.

Idioms

  1. keep tabs/tab on, Informal. to keep an account of; check on; observe: The police kept tabs on the suspect’s activities.

noun

  1. a small flap of material, esp one on a garment for decoration or for fastening to a button
  2. any similar flap, such as a piece of paper attached to a file for identification
  3. a small auxiliary aerofoil on the trailing edge of a rudder, aileron, or elevator, etc, to assist in the control of the aircraft in flightSee also trim tab
  4. British military the insignia on the collar of a staff officer
  5. mainly US and Canadian a bill, esp one for a meal or drinks
  6. Scot and Northern English dialect a cigarette
  7. keep tabs on informal to keep a watchful eye on

verb tabs, tabbing or tabbed

  1. (tr) to supply (files, clothing, etc) with a tab or tabs

noun

  1. short for tabulator, tablet
  2. slang a portion of a drug, esp LSD or ecstasy

abbreviation for

  1. typhoid-paratyphoid A and B (vaccine)
  2. Australian and NZ Totalizator Agency Board

n.1“small flap,” c.1600, possibly a dialectal word, of uncertain origin. Often interchangeable with tag (n.1). Cf. also Middle English tab “strap or string” (mid-15c.), Norwegian dialectal tave “piece of cloth, rag.” n.2“account, bill, check,” 1888, American English colloquial, probably a shortened form of tabulation or of tablet in the sense of “a sheet for writing on.” Figurative phrase keep a tab on is recorded from 1890. n.31961, 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. v.“to designate, label,” 1924, perhaps an alteration of tag (v.2). Related: Tabbed; tabbing. see keep tabs on.

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