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table (2 chiefly, and 3 only, in fig. context)
1. one or both of the stone tablets containing the ten commandments Meas. I. ii. 9 “scraped one” [commandment] “out of the ,” R3 I. iv. 205 “in the table of his law” (Ff “Table”).
2. writing tablet, memorandum book (cf. TABLEBOOK) Gent. II. vii. 3 “thee, Who art the wherein all my thoughts Are . . . character'd,” Ham. I. v. 98 “from the of my memory” ; esp. pl. 2H4 II. iv. 289 “his master's old t-s, . . . his counsel-keeper,” IV. i. 201, Troil. IV. v. 60 “unclasp the t-s of their thoughts,” Ham. I. v. 107, Cym. III. ii. 39 “young Cupid's t-s” (=love-letters), Sonn. cxxii. 1, 12
3. board or flat surface on which a picture is painted All'sW. I. i. 107 “draw His arched brows . . . In our heart's ,” John II. i. 503 “Drawn in the flattering table of her eye,” Sonn. xxiv. 2.
4. (in palmistry) quadrangle formed by four main lines in the palm of the hand Mer.V. II. i. 174.
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