Tab vs Collar - What's the difference?

tab | collar |

As nouns the difference between tab and collar

is that tab is a key on computer keyboards while collar is anything that encircles the neck.

As a verb collar is

to grab or seize by the collar or neck.



Etymology 1

First attested 1607, of uncertain origin.


(en noun)
  • A small flap or strip of material attached to something, for holding, manipulation, identification, etc.
  • * 1993 , Irvine Welsh: Trainspotting , p 333:
  • He pulls off his belt, cursing as the studs catch in the tabs of his jeans.
  • (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.
  • Verb

  • 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)
  • You can prevent a control from getting the focus when the user is tabbing between controls by settings its IsTabStop property to False.
  • Short for tabulate.
  • Derived terms
    * keep tabs on * tabbed

    Etymology 2

    Apocopation (shortening) of tabulation.


    (en noun)
  • (informal) A restaurant bill.
  • (slang) Credit account, e.g., in a shop or bar.
  • Put this round on my tab , will you, barman.
  • Short for tabulator.
  • (computing) A space character ((tab)) that extends to the next aligned column, traditionally used for tabulation.
  • Derived terms
    * pick up the tab

    Etymology 3

    Likely to have been formed by clipping the Geordie pronunciation of the word or alternatively from the brand name Ogden's Tabs .


    (en noun)
  • (Geordie and Mackem) cigarette.
  • Giv'is a tab man!



    Etymology 4

    Shortening of tablature.


    (en noun)
  • A form of musical notation indicating fingering rather than the pitch of notes, commonly used for stringed instruments.
  • Etymology 5

    Derived from the Latin Cantabrigia (often shortened to Cantab.).


  • (rfv-sense)(slang) A student of Cambridge University.
  • Etymology 6


    (en noun)
  • (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:
  • Anagrams

    * * * * English clippings ----




    (en noun)
  • 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 .
  • #*, chapter=5
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars , and red neckbands.}}
  • #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.
  • #:(Raymond)
  • (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.
  • :(Gray)
  • 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.
  • Derived terms

    * blue-collar * bottle collar * brass-collar * change collars * choke collar * collar stud * collarbone * 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 * pink-collar * rain collar * Roman collar * sailor collar * shawl collar * storm collar * Vandyke collar * white-collar * white-collar crime * wing collar


    (en verb)
  • To grab or seize by the collar or neck.
  • To place a collar on, to fit with one.
  • Collar and leash aggressive dogs.
  • To seize, capture or detain.
  • To preempt, control stringently and exclusively.
  • (law enforcement) To arrest.
  • (figuratively) To bind in conversation.
  • I managed to collar Fred in the office for an hour.
  • 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.
  • Derived terms

    * collaring