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Latin. n. Counting-board; side-board; slab table; panel; square stone on top of column; small table for cruets, credence.

 - Shelf or niche near an altar for Eucharist elements.

 - A table or tray strewn with sand, anciently used for drawing, calculating, etc.

 - A calculating table or frame; an instrument for performing arithmetical calculations by balls sliding on wires, or counters in grooves, the lowest line representing units, the second line, tens, etc. It is still employed in China. 

 - In architecture: (a) The uppermost member or division of the capital of a column, immediately under the architrave. (b) A tablet, panel, or compartment in ornamented or mosaic work. A board, tray, or table, divided into perforated compartments, for holding cups, bottles, or the like; a kind of cupboard, buffet, or sideboard.

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