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Tabilling, Tabling, vbl. n. Also: taibling, -ine, tabuling, tableing, tafflin. [Late ME and e.m.E. tabulyng (c1450), tabling (1553).]

1. The action of Tabill v. 2. b. An instance of this, a list. 1514 Acta Conc. Publ. Aff. 15.
All materis till have plaice eftir the ordour and taibling quhar it was left of befor
1517 Acta Conc. MS XXX 114a.
1528 Blackfriars Perth 194.
We will proceid and minister justice in the said mater … notwithstanding ony continuatioun, diet, or tabilling of uthir summonds
1532 Acts Sederunt i 8.
In sic materis quhilkis requiris na tabilling
1549 Breadalbane Doc. No. 68.
The rasyng of the forsayd summondis of spowillȝe and tabling of the samin befor the lordis of consall
b. 1676 Conv. Burghs III 669.
The convention finds the 36 article of the agreement altered, and the words following insert, viz., according to the old list and tafflin of which a coppie to be delivered to the conservator … they declaire that instead thereof the words following are to be insert, viz., according to the table in Sir Patrick Drumonds tyme

2. The action of Tabill v. 3. c1555 Edinb. Hammermen 3.
That euery master … instruct & teche thar prenteis & seruandis that thai be manerit bayth in word & deyd bayth in thar tabilling & on the gat & all vther parties necessare as thar masteris will ansuer
1639 Rec. Kirk Scotl. 261.
Mr. James Scott was deposed for … disobedience to the presbytrie, tableing, converseing with excommunicat Papists [etc.]

3. The provision of food. Cf. Tabil(l n. 6. 1658 Glasg. Univ. Mun. III 547.
The said William sall undertake the tabling of the masteres and bursares … for this next ensuing year … and that he sall keep three distinct tables, one for the masters, one for the bursars of theologie, and another for the bursars in philosophie

4. Coping-stone(s). Cf. Tabill-stane n. Also attrib. 1589 St. A. B. Ct. 17 Sept.
To putt wp sufficient tabling langis the wall abone baythe the saidis inner housis quhairby the ruif thairoff mey be sufficiently valter thicht
1698 Foulis Acc. Bk. 244.
To the slatters lads for dighting the spouts and tabling 5 s.
attrib. 1616 Edinb. B. Rec. VI 379.
For nyne chapter heidis at 13 s. 4 d. the peice, 6 li. … for ane lang taibline staine to thame, 16li.

5. Material for table-cloths. 1673 Leith Customs 17a.
145 ells of napkins of Damaske [£5 5 s.], 22 ells 8 & ½ of tabling ditto [£4 10 s.]

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