1. A slab or plaque, as of stone or ivory, with a surface that is intended for or bears an inscription.
a. A thin sheet or leaf, used as a writing surface.
b. A set of such leaves fastened together, as in a book.
c. A pad of writing paper glued together along one edge.
d. A lightweight, portable computer having a touchscreen as the method by which data is input.
3. A small flat pellet of medication to be taken orally.
4. A small flat cake of a prepared substance, such as soap.
tr.v. tab·let·ed, tab·let·ing, tab·lets
1. To inscribe on a tablet.
2. To form into a tablet.
[Middle English tablette, from Old French tablete, diminutive of table, table; see TABLE.]
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