• Short for tabulator.
  • A form of musical notation indicating fingering rather than the pitch of notes, commonly used for stringed instruments.
  • (informal) A tablet, especially one containing illicit drugs.
  • (slang) Credit account, e.g., in a shop or bar.

    "Put this round on my tab, will you, barman."

  • (Geordie and Mackem) cigarette.

    "Giv'is a tab man!"

  • (colloquial) A tabloid newspaper.
  • (by extension, graphical user interface) A navigational widget, resembling a physical tab, for switching between documents or sets of controls.
  • (informal) A restaurant bill.
  • (computing) A space character ( ) that extends to the next aligned column, traditionally used for tabulation.
  • (Britain, slang) A student of Cambridge University.
  • A small flap or strip of material attached to something, for holding, manipulation, identification, etc.
  • (British Army, military slang) A fast march or run with full kit.


  • (computing) To use the Tab key on a computer or typewriter to navigate the screen or page.
  • Mark with a tab.
  • Short for tabulate.

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