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tab 1

 (tăb)
n.
1. A projection, flap, or short strip attached to an object to facilitate opening, handling, or identification.
2. A small, usually decorative flap or tongue on a garment.
3. A small auxiliary airfoil that is attached to a larger one and that helps stabilize an aircraft.
4. A pull-tab.
tr.v. tabbed, tab·bing, tabs
To supply with a tab or tabs.

[Origin unknown.]

tab 2

 (tăb)
n.
1. Informal
a. A bill or check, such as one for a meal in a restaurant.
b. Cost; price: The tab for upgrading the computers would be high.
2. A tabulator on a typewriter.
3. Computers
a. A key on a computer keyboard that, when pressed, inserts a special ASCII character used for formatting text, as in indenting a line or block of text.
b. This special ASCII character.
intr.v. tabbed, tab·bing, tabs
To press the tab on a typewriter or computer keyboard: Tab over to the next column.
Idiom:
keep tabs on Informal
To observe carefully over time: Let's keep tabs on expenditures.

[Short for tablet or tabulation. Sense 2, short for tabulator.]

tab 3

 (tăb) Informal
n.
A tabloid.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.keep tabs on - keep a record on or watch attentively; "The government keeps tabs on the dissidents"
keep an eye on, watch over, watch, observe, follow - follow with the eyes or the mind; "Keep an eye on the baby, please!"; "The world is watching Sarajevo"; "She followed the men with the binoculars"