1600–10; most senses of unknown origin;in def 7 short for tabulator; in def 10 short for tableau; in defs 4, 15 short for table (Source: dictionary.com)
Late Middle English perhaps related to tag. (Source: lexico.com)
Early 20th century short for tabulator. (Source: lexico.com)
1960s abbreviation. (Source: lexico.com)
1920s abbreviation. (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Tabbing
a small flap, strap, loop, or similar appendage, as on a garment, used for pulling, hanging, or decoration.
a tag or label.
a small projection from a card, paper, or folder, used as an aid in filing.
Informal. a bill, as for a meal in a restaurant; check.
a small piece attached or intended to be attached, as to an automobile license plate.
a small flap or tongue of material used to seal or close the opening of a container.
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.
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.
Digital Technology. (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. the display of this user interface element:I have too many tabs open in my browser right now.
Theater. a small, often narrow, drop curtain, for masking part of the stage. tableau curtain.
Aeronautics. a small airfoil hinged to the rear portion of a control surface, as to an elevator, aileron, or rudder.Compare trim tab.
a small flap of material, esp one on a garment for decoration or for fastening to a button
any similar flap, such as a piece of paper attached to a file for identification
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
British military the insignia on the collar of a staff officer
mainly US and Canadian a bill, esp one for a meal or drinks
Scot and Northern English dialect a cigarette
keep tabs on informal to keep a watchful eye on
short for tabulator, tablet
slang a portion of a drug, esp LSD or ecstasy
verb (used with object)
to furnish or ornament with a tab or tabs.
to name or designate.
verb (used without object)
to operate the tab function on a typewriter or computer.
(tr) to supply (files, clothing, etc) with a tab or tabs
typhoid-paratyphoid A and B (vaccine)
Australian and NZ Totalizator Agency Board
A small flap or strip of material attached to or projecting from something, used to hold, fasten, or manipulate it, or for identification and information.
A second or further document or page that can be opened on a spreadsheet or web browser.
A restaurant bill.
A facility in a word-processing program, or a device on a keyboard, for advancing to a sequence of set positions in tabular work.
A tablet, especially one containing an illicit drug.
A tabloid newspaper.
Mark or identify with a projecting piece of material.
Use the tab key on a computer or typewriter keyboard.
Totalizator Agency Board.
Typhoid–paratyphoid A and B vaccine.
: a short projecting device: such as
: a small flap or loop by which something may be grasped or pulled
: a projection from a card used as an aid in filing
: a small insert, addition, or remnant
: appendage, extension
: a small auxiliary airfoil hinged to a control surface (such as a trailing edge) to help stabilize an airplane in flight — see airplane illustration
: close surveillance : watch keep tabs on trends
: a creditor's statement : bill, check
: cost the tab for the new program
: a key on a keyboard that indents text by a preset amount