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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).

Tabill, Table, v. Also: tabbill. P.p. also: tabulat(e, -it, tablitt. [Late ME and e.m.E. table (c1450), tabyll (1457-8), tabull (1553), tabulate (1656), F. tabler, med. L. tabulāre, late L. tabulāt- ppl. stem of tabulāre; Tabil(l n.]

1. tr. To pave or tile with (of) (precious, etc.) stones. 1460 Hay Alex. 6976.
All the flure with iasper and cassidone Was tablit
1619 Garden Elphinstoun 1949.
A statelie structure … Whiche hes a tempill tabulat Of polisht stones and squair

2. To tabulate, list, record in a list. a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 468 (Asl.).
Of truble the teynd I can nocht table [Arund. tabbill] That we incure be wicious warians
1520 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 202.
Tavernaris that hes brocht vp ony wyne fra Leith … vnmaid and tabillit … that the samyn be had done agane to Leith incontinent, thair to be tabillit amangis the laif of the wyne
1550 Elgin Rec. I 105.
That the baillies call the chaplanis of the kirk and put ordour to tham … and that thay tabill certane honest men for gadering of Sanct Gelis lycht
1652 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 132.
In the mater of regulating the customes, reported that he had tabled the samen, bot culd get nothing done till baillie Jaffrayes comptis wer maid

b. To enter (a person, summons, etc.) on the roll of matters to be dealt with in a court. 1503–4 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. lxi.
[Proclamation with advice of council, continuing the session to Oct. 8, when persons are to] wate apon the said day as thai sall be than tabulit
1511 Bk. Old Edinb. C. XI 107.
[According to the arrangement by counties, cases from south of Forth are coming up,] tabulit apon the tolbuith dure, [to be followed by actions from some northern shires]
1515–16 Acta Conc. MS XXVII 180.
The … summondis was nowthir tabbillit nor put on the dur be ane tikkat
1532 Acts Sederunt i 7.
That the said summondis sa tikkatit or tabulit to be thre dayis on the tolbuth dur befor the calling therof
1565 Edinb. Univ. MS La.iii.388a, 13b.
The tabular tabilland the samyn gevis how and ticket thairof to call the mater
c1575 Balfour Pract. 291.
c1630 Hope Minor Practicks (1726) 5.
If the principal cause be of that nature, which requires to be tabulate, there can be no protestation granted upon the copy, till the copy be tabled
a1633 Hope Major Pract. II 242.
At the first institutione of the session all causes … wer tabulat in ane table

3. intr., also reflex. To sit at a table to eat or, esp., drink. 1604 Dundonald Par. Rec. 59.
He tuik ane standing drink … bot denyit that he sat dovn or tabillit with thame
1650 Kingarth Par. Rec. 25.
It being represented to the Session that vpon the Saboth day comeing from the church some goes in other houses … to drink and sitts downe and tables therat … the Session ordaines that no oslerwife … shall sell any drink or suffer any sitt at table vpon the Saboth day except … ane standing drink a pynt if there be 3 or 4 and a quart if ther be many, they not tableing, and that vnder the paine of 40 s. and two Sundayes standing
reflex. 1655 Cramond Ch. Grange 22.
That diverse persones did frequent the taverns on the Sabboth afternoon and tabling themselves ther did often drink drunk

4. tr. To finish with a flat surface. 1575 Cal. Sc. P. V 197.
[I have also sent with the bearer some little rubies to be] tabled

5. To supply with a coping stone. (Tabil(l n. 11.) 1623 Rec. Univ. Aberd. 282.
The … south gavell to be tablitt and poyntit with frie steane

6. To submit (a matter) for discussion. 1655 Fraser-Mackintosh Lett. Two Cent. 64.
We are very confident the business once tabled, will not bide great tosting
1655 Peebles B. Rec. II 32.
Whosoever … shall not be attentive to what is or shallbe tabled, shall submit himself in the counsellis will
1681 Lauder Observes 38.
The affair was so tabled before the Parliament, that no inferior judicatory in England could meddle with it
1697 Penninghame Par. Rec. I 10.
[Because] this affair … cannot be ended before the session they appoynt that it be tabled again before the presbytery

7. Of a person: To be boarded (with someone). 1666-74 Fraser Polichron. 84.
The Master of Lovat, then tabled with the monks in the monastery
1666-74 Fraser Polichron. 274.
The Master of Lovat, … is sent to the University of Aberdeen, and his uncle convoyes him thither to see him well setled in the colledge, and honorably tabled according to his degree and qualety

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