Latin. n. Writing tablet, picture, painting, (pl.) records. Board, plank, gaming board, painted panel.
- n. pl. Tabulæ. A table; a tablet. (Zool.) One of the transverse plants found in the calicles of certain corals and hydroids. Tabula rasa, a smoothed tablet; hence, figuratively, the mind in its earliest state, before receiving impressions from without;
- a term used by Hobbes, Locke, and others, in maintaining a theory opposed to the doctrine of innate ideas. In civil law. Contracts and written instruments of all kinds, especially wills. So called because originally written on tablets and with wax.