First attested 1607, of uncertain origin.
A small flap or strip of material attached to something, for holding, manipulation, identification, etc.
* 1993 , Irvine Welsh: Trainspotting , p 333:
(by extension, graphical user interface) A navigational widget for switching between sets of controls or documents.
(label) A tablet, especially one containing illicit drugs.
A fast march or run with full kit.
- He pulls off his belt, cursing as the studs catch in the tabs of his jeans.
Mark with a tab.
(computing) To use the Tab key on a computer or typewriter to navigate the screen or page.
* 2010 , Chris Anderson, Pro Business Applications with Silverlight 4 (page 210)
Short for tabulate.
- You can prevent a control from getting the focus when the user is tabbing between controls by settings its IsTabStop property to False.
* keep tabs on
Apocopation (shortening) of tabulation.
(informal) A restaurant bill.
(slang) Credit account, e.g., in a shop or bar.
Short for tabulator.
(computing) A space character ((tab)) that extends to the next aligned column, traditionally used for tabulation.
- Put this round on my tab , will you, barman.
* pick up the tab
Likely to have been formed by clipping the Geordie pronunciation of the word or alternatively from the brand name Ogden's Tabs .
(Geordie and Mackem) cigarette.
- Giv'is a tab man!
Shortening of tablature.
A form of musical notation indicating fingering rather than the pitch of notes, commonly used for stringed instruments.
Derived from the Latin Cantabrigia (often shortened to Cantab.).
(rfv-sense)(slang) A student of Cambridge University.
(label) A tabloid newspaper.
* 1999 , George H. Douglas,
The Golden Age of the Newspaper, p. 229:
* 2010 , Robert Lusetich,
Unplayable: An Inside Account of Tiger's Most Tumultuous Season:
Anything that encircles the neck.
#The part of an upper garment (shirt, jacket, etc.) that fits around the neck and throat, especially if sewn from a separate piece of fabric.
#*:It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. He wore shepherd's plaid trousers and the swallow-tail coat of the day, with a figured muslin cravat wound about his wide-spread collar .
The Mirror and the Lamp
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#A decorative band or other fabric around the neckline.
#A chain worn around the neck.
#A similar detachable item.
#A coloured ring round the neck of a bird or mammal.
#A band or chain around an animal's neck, used to restrain and/or identify it.
#A part of harness designed to distribute the load around the shoulders of a draft animal.
A piece of meat from the neck of an animal.
(lb) Any encircling device or structure.
#(lb) A physical lockout device to prevent operation of a mechanical signal lever.
#(lb) A ring or cincture.
#(lb) A collar beam.
#(lb) A curb, or a horizontal timbering, around the mouth of a shaft.
(lb) Of or pertaining to a certain category of professions as symbolized by typical clothing.
(lb) The neck or line of junction between the root of a plant and its stem.
A ringlike part of a mollusk in connection with the esophagus.
(lb) An eye formed in the bight or bend of a shroud or stay to go over the masthead; also, a rope to which certain parts of rigging, as dead-eyes, are secured.
* bottle collar
* change collars
* choke collar
* collar stud
* collared lizard
* dog collar
* equity collar
* Eton collar
* feel someone's collar
* flea collar
* floatation collar
* head collar
* hot under the collar
* interest rate collar
* mandarin collar
* Peter Pan collar
* rain collar
* Roman collar
* sailor collar
* shawl collar
* storm collar
* Vandyke collar
* white-collar crime
* wing collar
To grab or seize by the collar or neck.
To place a collar on, to fit with one.
To seize, capture or detain.
To preempt, control stringently and exclusively.
(law enforcement) To arrest.
(figuratively) To bind in conversation.
- Collar and leash aggressive dogs.
To roll up (beef or other meat) and bind it with string preparatory to cooking.
(BDSM) To bind a submissive to a dominant under specific conditions or obligations.
- I managed to collar Fred in the office for an hour.