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Living pictures; an amusement which groups of persons in proper dresses, in a darkened room, represent some interesting scene described by authors.

TA'BLE-BED, n. [table and bed.]

A bed in the form of a table.

TA'BLE-BEER, n. [table and beer.]

Beer for the table, or for common use; small beer.


A small bell to be used at table for calling servants.

TA'BLE-BOOK, n. [table and book.]

A book on which anything is engraved or written without ink. Put into your table-book whatever you judge worthy. Dryden.

TA'BLE-CLOTH, n. [table and cloth.]

A cloth for covering a table, particularly for spreading on a table before the dishes are set for meals.

TA'BLED, pp.

Formed into a table.

TABLE-DHOTE, n. [Table d'hote; täbl dōt; Fr.]

A common table for guests; an ordinary.

TA'BLE-LAND, n. [table and land.]

Elevated flat land.

TA'BLE-MAN, n. [table and man.]

A man at draughts; a piece of wood. Bacon.


One who boards. Ainsworth.

TA'BLES, n. [plur.]

A board used for backgammon.


  1. A small table or flat surface.
  2. Something flat on which to write, paint, draw or engrave. Through all Greece the young gentlemen learned to design on tablets of boxen wood. Dryden. The pillar'd marble, and the tablet brass. Prior.
  3. A medicine in a square form. Tablets of arsenic were formerly worn as a preservative against the plague. Bacon. A solid kind of electuary or confection, made of dry ingredients, usually with sugar, and formed into little flat squares; called also lozenge and troche. Cyc.

TA'BLE-TALK, n. [table and talk.]

Conversation at table or at meals. He improves by the table-talk. Guardian.


  1. A forming into tables; a setting down in order.
  2. The letting of one timber into another by alternate scores or projections, as in ship-building. Cyc.
  3. In sail-making, a broad hem made on the skirts of sails by turning over the edge of the canvas, and sewing it down. Cyc.

TA'BLING, ppr.

Boarding; forming into a table; letting one timber into another by scores.

TA-BOO', n.

In the isles of the Pacific, a word denoting prohibition or religious interdict, which is of great force among the inhabitants.

TA-BOO', v.t.

To forbid, or to forbid the use of; to interdict approach or use; as, to taboo the ground set apart as a sanctuary for criminals. Tabooed ground is held sacred and inviolable.

TA'BOR, n. [W. tabwrz; Ir. tabar; Old Fr. tabour. This in some languages, is written tambour, and timbrel. The atabal of the Spaniards is probably of the same family. It is probably named from striking, beating; Eng. tap, Gr. τυπτω, Syr. ܛܒܠ tabal, Ar. طَبَحَ tabaa. Class Db, No. 28.]

A small drum used as an accompaniment to a pipe or fife. Cyc.

TA'BOR, v.i.

  1. To strike lightly and frequently. Her maids shall lead her as with the voice of doves, taboring upon their breasts. Nah. ii.
  2. To play on a tabor or little drum.


One who beats the tabor. Shak.

TA'BOR-ET, n. [from tabor.]

A small tabor. Spectator.

TAB'OR-IN, or TAB'OR-INE, n. [Fr. tabourin; from tabor.]

A tabor; a small drum. Shak.

TAB'OU-RET, n. [Fr.]

A convex seat without arms or back, made of gilt wood, cushioned and stuffed, covered with silk cloth, and ornamented with silk lace, fringe, tassels, &c.


A taborer. [Obs.] Spenser.