An abacus is denoted primarily a square tablet of any description, and was hence employed in the following significations: 1. A table, or side-board, chiefly used for the display of gold and silver cups, and other kinds of caluable and ornamental utensils. The use of abaci was first introduced at Rome from Asia Minor after the victories of Cn. Manlius Vulso, B.C. 187, and their introduction was regarded as one of the marks of the growing luxury of the age; 2. A draught-board or chess-board; 3. A board used by mathematicians for drawing diagrams, and by arithmeticians for the purposes of calculation; 4. In architecture, the flat square stone which constituted the highest member of a column, being placed immediately under te architrave.

Abacus

An abacus is denoted primarily a square tablet of any description, and was hence employed in the following…

A decorative arm chair with a desk.

Arm Chair

A decorative arm chair with a desk.

"The Backgammon Table" — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Backgammon

"The Backgammon Table" — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

"Backgammon, a game played by two persons upon a table or board made for the purpose, with pieces or men, dice-boxes, and dice. The table is in two parts, on which are twenty-four black and white spaces called points. Each player has fifteen men of different colors for the purpose of distinction. The movements of the men are made in accordance with the numbers turned up by the dice. It is said to have been invented in the tenth century." -Vaughan, 1906

Backgammon Board

"Backgammon, a game played by two persons upon a table or board made for the purpose, with pieces or…

"The Roman people reclined at their meals. On each couch there were commonly three persons. They lay with the upper part of the body reclined on the left arm, the head a little raised, the back supported by cushions and the limbs stretched out at full length, or a little bent; the feet of the first behind the back of the second, and his feet behind the back of the third, with a pillow between each. When they ate, they raised themselves on their elbow, and made use of the right hand. A banqueting-room generally contained three couches, holding nine guests, and, from the number of couches, was called <em>riclinium</em>. The following representation of such a room is from one at Pomopeii. In the centre is a pedestal to receive the table." &mdash; Anthon, 1891

Banqueting room

"The Roman people reclined at their meals. On each couch there were commonly three persons. They lay…

Bed and table at Pompeii (from wall painting).

Bed and Table

Bed and table at Pompeii (from wall painting).

Boy reading at table.

Boy reading

Boy reading at table.

"The loaves of the ancients were generally circular, and more or less flat. The following cut represents some found in a bakehouse at Pompeii." &mdash; Anthon, 1891

Circular bread

"The loaves of the ancients were generally circular, and more or less flat. The following cut represents…

A homemade buffet made from an old kitchen table.

Homemade Buffet

A homemade buffet made from an old kitchen table.

An illustration of a butter-worker.

Butter-Worker

An illustration of a butter-worker.

The Renaissance candelabrum capital is made out of marble and terminates with a plate or table on top. It is intended for candles.

Renaissance Candelabrum Capital

The Renaissance candelabrum capital is made out of marble and terminates with a plate or table on top.…

The Roman candelabrum capital is made out of marble and terminates with a plate or table on top.

Roman Candelabrum Capital

The Roman candelabrum capital is made out of marble and terminates with a plate or table on top.

A cartoon of three people, two men and one woman, sitting at a table.

Cartoon of Three People Sitting at a Table

A cartoon of three people, two men and one woman, sitting at a table.

An illustration of a group of people surrounding a casino table.

Casino

An illustration of a group of people surrounding a casino table.

This is a stationary chair attached to a desk.

Chair and Desk

This is a stationary chair attached to a desk.

"The game of chess, or draughts."

Egyptian chess

"The game of chess, or draughts."

Children at a table

Children

Children at a table

An illustration of a group of children sitting at a table.

Children at Table

An illustration of a group of children sitting at a table.

A table leg designed by Thomas Chippendale. This table leg has a "cabriole" style.

Chippendale Table Leg 1

A table leg designed by Thomas Chippendale. This table leg has a "cabriole" style.

A table leg designed by Thomas Chippendale. The table leg has a taper leg style.

Chippendale Table Leg 2

A table leg designed by Thomas Chippendale. The table leg has a taper leg style.

A table leg designed by Thomas Chippendale. This table leg has a "cabriole" leg style.

Chippendale Table Leg 3

A table leg designed by Thomas Chippendale. This table leg has a "cabriole" leg style.

A cliff is a slope perpendicular to a raised section of land.

Cliff

A cliff is a slope perpendicular to a raised section of land.

The table and chair used at the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Table and Chair Used at the Signing of the Declaration of Independence

The table and chair used at the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

An old-fashioned desk.

Desk

An old-fashioned desk.

A table with a sloping top.

Desk

A table with a sloping top.

A desk is a piece of furniture similar to a table and often used in an office setting for reading, writing, or use of a computer. This desk has multiple level drawers to store office supplies and papers.

Multi Level Desk

A desk is a piece of furniture similar to a table and often used in an office setting for reading, writing,…

A piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments.

Multiple Purpose Desk

A piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments.

This prayer desk is used for private prayer. It is more prevalent in European churches.

Prayer Desk

This prayer desk is used for private prayer. It is more prevalent in European churches.

This writing table is designed in a French style. It is inlaid with tulip wood in flowers and scrolls.

Writing Desk

This writing table is designed in a French style. It is inlaid with tulip wood in flowers and scrolls.

The diamond is cut to show the stone's brilliance, creating different parts to the cut: table, crown, girdle, pavilion, culet.

Diamond Cut

The diamond is cut to show the stone's brilliance, creating different parts to the cut: table, crown,…

"The 'Byron' dining room. Georgian furniture. &mdash;Kinne, 1920

Byron dining room

"The 'Byron' dining room. Georgian furniture. —Kinne, 1920

An illustration of two men and a woman sitting at a table eating dinner.

Dinner

An illustration of two men and a woman sitting at a table eating dinner.

Albrecht Meyer on right sketches plants for the <I>De Historia Stirpium</I> published in 1542. Heinrich F&uuml;llmaurer, on left, transfers the drawings to wood blocks.

Two Men Drawing

Albrecht Meyer on right sketches plants for the De Historia Stirpium published in 1542. Heinrich Füllmaurer,…

"The Russians drink more tea perhaps than any other people. The tea is served in glass tumblers, with two or three lump of sugar and a slice of lemon, but without milk." &mdash;Carpenter, 1902

Drinking tea

"The Russians drink more tea perhaps than any other people. The tea is served in glass tumblers, with…

"So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen." Esther 7:1 ASV
<p>King Xerxes and Esther sit on a couch together. Xerxes holds his royal scepter.

Esther Hosts a Banquet for King Xerxes and Haman

"So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen." Esther 7:1 ASV King Xerxes and Esther…

An extra large and heavy extension table. Made of oak, richly carved and polished.

Extension Table

An extra large and heavy extension table. Made of oak, richly carved and polished.

An illustration of a family, consisting of a father, mother and child, sitting around a table.

Family at Table

An illustration of a family, consisting of a father, mother and child, sitting around a table.

An illustration of a family sitting around a table.

Family at Table

An illustration of a family sitting around a table.

An illustration of a family reading a newspaper together around the table.

Family Reading Paper

An illustration of a family reading a newspaper together around the table.

A family sitting around the table with children on the floor and in the parent's lap.

family Sitting Around a Table

A family sitting around the table with children on the floor and in the parent's lap.

Fiddler at a table

Fiddler

Fiddler at a table

"Why no one should spit on floors or sidewalks and why flies should be kept away from food." &mdash;Davison, 1910

Flies outside window

"Why no one should spit on floors or sidewalks and why flies should be kept away from food." —Davison,…

"There were on the breakfast table only a cornstarch pudding, a puny corn-ball, a muffin, some dandelions, a flat pickle, a sharp apple-pie, a tin plate, and iron spoon." -Trowbridge, 1866

Food Rebus

"There were on the breakfast table only a cornstarch pudding, a puny corn-ball, a muffin, some dandelions,…

Girl ironing on a table in silhouette.

Girl ironing

Girl ironing on a table in silhouette.

An illustration of a young girl placing books in a pile on a table.

Girl Placing Books on Table

An illustration of a young girl placing books in a pile on a table.

A young girl playing store with a simple table made of barrels and a plank of wood.

Girl playing store

A young girl playing store with a simple table made of barrels and a plank of wood.

An illustration of a girl playing with a cat on top of a table and kittens playing underneath.

Girl Playing with a Cat on Table

An illustration of a girl playing with a cat on top of a table and kittens playing underneath.

Girls eating apples.

Girls Eating

Girls eating apples.

A group of ancient Greek around a stone table.

Gathering of Greeks

A group of ancient Greek around a stone table.

The engraved illustration of The Grief of Hannah, from the Cologne bible.

The Grief of Hannah

The engraved illustration of The Grief of Hannah, from the Cologne bible.

An illustration of a group of men and women sitting around table.

Group Sitting Around Table

An illustration of a group of men and women sitting around table.

A side-table designed by George Hepplewhite.

Hepplewhite Table

A side-table designed by George Hepplewhite.

An illustration of a king and queen sitting the head of a large table surrounded by people.

King & Queen Sitting at Table

An illustration of a king and queen sitting the head of a large table surrounded by people.

"Part of Lapidary's Mill. A, upper summer (cut through); B, lower summer (cut through); C, spindle; D, pulley; E, lap; F, table (cut through); g, g, wooden blocks, adjusted by means of wedges." &mdash;The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Lapidary's Mill

"Part of Lapidary's Mill. A, upper summer (cut through); B, lower summer (cut through); C, spindle;…

The table on which General Lee signed the surrender.

General Lee's Table

The table on which General Lee signed the surrender.

A rectangular library table made out of oak.

Library Table

A rectangular library table made out of oak.

A parlor or library table made out of mahogany.

Library Table

A parlor or library table made out of mahogany.

Magician sitting at table.

Magician

Magician sitting at table.

Man sitting at a table by the fireplace.

Man

Man sitting at a table by the fireplace.

An illustration of a man and woman talking at a table.

Man and Woman Talking at Table

An illustration of a man and woman talking at a table.