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Etymology 1

First attested 1607, of uncertain origin.

Noun

tab (plural tabs)

  1. A small flap or strip of material attached to something, for holding, manipulation, identification, etc.
  2. (slang) An ear.
  3. (by extension, graphical user interface) A navigational widget, resembling a physical tab, for switching between documents or sets of controls.
  4. (graphical user interface) The page or form associated with such a navigational widget.
  5. (informal) A tablet, especially one containing illicit drugs.
  6. (British Army, military slang) A fast march or run with full kit.
Verb

tab (third-person singular simple present tabs, present participle tabbing, simple past and past participle tabbed)

  1. To affix with tabs; to label.

Etymology 2

Apocopation (shortening) of (variously) tabulate, tabulator, or tabulation.

Noun

tab (plural tabs)

  1. (informal, chiefly Canada, US) A restaurant bill.
  2. (informal, chiefly Canada, US) Credit account, e.g., in a shop or bar; slate
  3. (computing) A space character that extends to the next aligned column, traditionally used for tabulation.
Verb

tab (third-person singular simple present tabs, present participle tabbing, simple past and past participle tabbed)

  1. (computing) To use the Tab key on a computer to advance the cursor or move the input focus, or on a typewriter to advance the carriage.

Etymology 3

Likely to have been formed by clipping the Geordie pronunciation of the word tobacco or alternatively from the brand name Ogden's Tabs.

Noun

tab (plural tabs)

  1. (Britain, regional, Geordie and Mackem) cigarette.

Etymology 4

Clipping of tablature

Noun

tab (plural tabs)

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

Etymology 5

Clipping of Cantab, from Cantabrigian, from Latin Cantabrigia (“Cambridge”).

Noun

tab (plural tabs)

  1. (British slang) A student of Cambridge University.

Etymology 6

Clipping of tabloid.

Noun

tab (plural tabs)

  1. (colloquial) A tabloid newspaper.

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