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noun [countable] table pronunciation in American English /ˈteɪb(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    a piece of furniture that consists of a flat surface held above the floor, usually by legs
    the kitchen/dining room table
    They sat around a long table in the conference room.
    1. a.
      a table in a restaurant
      You’d better call in advance to reserve a table for six.
      Ask for a table by the window.
    2. b.
      the people sitting at a table
      The whole table broke into applause.
  2. 2
    a way of showing detailed pieces of information, especially facts or numbers, by arranging them in rows and lines across and down a page
    Table 6 shows that the number of murders decreased by 30% during the last ten years.
    1. b.
      a multiplication table
      Have you learned your multiplication tables yet?


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