• WordNet 3.6
    • n tab a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet
    • n tab 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","the filing cards were organized by cards having indexed tabs"
    • n tab the key on a typewriter or a word processor that causes a tabulation
    • n tab sensationalist journalism
    • n tab the bill in a restaurant "he asked the waiter for the check"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tab a bill or check for some purchase, as in a restaurant; as, the salesman will pick up the tab .
    • Tab A border of lace or other material, worn on the inner front edge of ladies' bonnets.
    • Tab 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.
    • Tab A loop for pulling or lifting something.
    • Tab A loose pendent part of a lady's garment; esp., one of a series of pendent squares forming an edge or border.
    • Tab 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.
    • Tab A tag. See Tag, 2.
    • Tab The flap or latchet of a shoe fastened with a string or a buckle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tab A game something like backgammon, popular in Egypt and Palestine, played with four sticks.
    • n tab A small flap, strap, or strip of some material made fast to an object at one end or side, and either free or fastened at the other when in use, as in a garment; a tag. Specifically— A flap, strap, or latchet of a shoe.
    • n tab Check; account: as, to keep tab on one.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tab tab a small tag, flap, or strap, forming an appendage of something: reckoning, tally, check.
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Keep tabs on someone - If you keep tabs on someone, you check, watch and keep a close eye on what they are doing.
Pick up the tab - A person who pays for everyone picks up the tab.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Etymol. uncertain


In literature:

Let the tab remember for you.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
Drove round the town, and then with Tom and Tab to Old Sukhur and the bazaars.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
These silk tabs are an insignia of Canadian life.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
The nose was but a tab of flesh.
"The Red Hell of Jupiter" by Paul Ernst
They enlisted in Boston, and they've kept pretty close tabs on each other ever since.
"The Camerons of Highboro" by Beth B. Gilchrist
What agency conveys medicinal substances and ointments into the system when tabbed on the skin?
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
The elastics were clean gone, and his feet would have come out at every step had not, luckily, the tabs remained.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
It is reported from Pampanga and is called "tab-tabin" in Zambales.
"Philippine Mats" by Hugo H. Miller
Come, Tab, down with you.
"Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1." by Samuel Warren
Micheli, p. 213, Tab.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride

In poetry:

We dream of honour, and we get along.
Fate winged me, in the person of a cab
and your stance on the sand.
Think it across, in freezing wind: withstand
my blistered wish: flop, there, to his blind song
who pick up the tab.
"Dream Song 42: O journeyer, deaf in the mould, insane" by John Berryman
gar ishq kiyaa hai tab kyaa hai, kyuN shaad nahiN aabaad nahiiN
jo jaan liye bin Tal na sake, ye aisii bhii uftaad nahiiN
ye baat to tum bhii maanoge, vo Qais nahiiN Farhad nahiiN
kyaa hijr ka daruu mushkil hai, kyaa vasl ke nusKhe yaad nahiiN
"Ye baateN jhuuTii baateN haiN" by Ibne Insha

In news:

Sandy's Insured -Loss Tab: Up to $20 Billion.
White House Tabs Retired Intelligence Officer to Head TSA.
2 Wristbands Keep Tabs on Fitness.
As President Barack Obama weighs major shifts in strategy in the deteriorating mission in Afghanistan, the Senate on Tuesday passed a bill bringing the total US tab for that war to about $300 billion.
They paid the tab for a massive group of emotional journalists.
Keep Tabs on Your Home with iPhone Surveillance App.
Keep tabs on team projects and other to-do lists with the help of Weave.
Is the Government Using Cameras to Keep Tabs on Atlanta Residents.
Bill Cochran's Outdoors: Yes, Virginia does keep tabs on trophy deer -- has done so for 73 years.
How to Keep Tabs on Strikes in Europe.
Plus, efforts to keep tabs on the Border Patrol.
Keep tabs on your blood pressure.
Holtzman plans to keep tabs on known criminals when he becomes acting Hagerstown police chief.
Why does Apple keep tabs on you.
Keep Tabs on Your UPS.

In science:

Note that during the determination of the list of arguments for every Z function, a certain internal numbering scheme is applied, for details see Tab. 12.
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Z5() sets the arguments for the four vector boson vertex, see Tab. 14.
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However, a detailed list of every method can be found in Tab. 16.
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All other methods calculate a multiple boson vertex directly, see Tab. 17.
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The basic building blocks for the construction of specific channels have been listed already in Tab. 4.
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