tape

Tape is a sticky strip of material you can use for fastening paper or other light objects. You can use a piece of tape to tape a "Keep Out" sign to your bedroom door.

A long strip marked with inches or centimeters is a measuring tape, and this is actually the earliest meaning of the word tape. It evolved to be used for many narrow strips, like the tape a marathon runner breaks through at the finish line, the crime scene tape that police use to mark off an area, or the tape you use for recording sound or video.

Primary Meanings of tape

1.
nv
a long thin piece of cloth or paper as used for binding or fastening
fasten or attach with tape
2.
nv
memory device consisting of a long thin plastic strip coated with iron oxide; used to record audio or video signals or to store computer information
record on videotape
Full Definitions of tape
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n a long thin piece of cloth or paper as used for binding or fastening

“he used a piece of tape for a belt”
“he wrapped a tape around the package”
Types:
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adhesive tape
tape coated with adhesive
inkle
a linen tape used for trimming as a decoration
webbing
a narrow closely woven tape; used in upholstery or for seat belts
Scotch tape, Sellotape, cellulose tape
transparent or semitransparent adhesive tape (trade names Scotch tape and Sellotape) used for sealing or attaching or mending
duct tape
a wide silvery adhesive tape intended to seal joints in sheet metal duct work but having many other uses
friction tape, insulating tape
a water-resistant adhesive tape used to insulate exposed electrical conductors
masking paper, masking tape
adhesive tape used to cover the part of a surface that should not be painted
adhesive plaster, plaster, sticking plaster
adhesive tape used in dressing wounds
Type of:
slip, strip
artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material

n the finishing line for a foot race

“he broke the tape in record time”
Type of:
finish line, finishing line
a line indicating the location of the finish of a race

n measuring instrument consisting of a narrow strip (cloth or metal) marked in inches or centimeters and used for measuring lengths

“the carpenter should have used his tape measure”
Synonyms:
tape measure, tapeline
Type of:
measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system
instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something

v fasten or attach with tape

tape the shipping label to the box”
Types:
scotch tape, sellotape
fasten or attach with sellotape
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached
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n memory device consisting of a long thin plastic strip coated with iron oxide; used to record audio or video signals or to store computer information

“he took along a dozen tapes to record the interview”
Synonyms:
mag tape, magnetic tape
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audiotape
magnetic tape for use in recording sound
cassette tape
a cassette that contains magnetic tape
magnetic stripe
a short strip of magnetic tape attached to a credit card or debit card; it contains data that will tell a reading device who you are and what your account number is, etc.
videotape
a relatively wide magnetic tape for use in recording visual images and associated sound
Type of:
memory device, storage device
a device that preserves information for retrieval

n a recording made on magnetic tape

“the several recordings were combined on a master tape
Synonyms:
tape recording, taping
Types:
audiotape
a tape recording of sound
videotape
a video recording made on magnetic tape
DAT, digital audiotape
a digital tape recording of sound
Type of:
recording
a storage device on which information (sounds or images) have been recorded

v record on videotape

Synonyms:
videotape
Type of:
enter, put down, record
make a record of; set down in permanent form

v register electronically

Synonyms:
record
Antonyms:
delete, erase
wipe out digitally or magnetically recorded information
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save, write
record data on a computer
tape record
record with a tape recorder
prerecord
record before presentation, as of a broadcast
cut
record a performance on (a medium)
cut
make a recording of
overwrite
write new data on top of existing data and thus erase the previously existing data
Type of:
enter, put down, record
make a record of; set down in permanent form

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