[kuh-set, ka-]
Also called cassette tape. a compact case containing a length of magnetic tape that runs between two small reels: used for recording or playback in a tape recorder or cassette deck and by some small computer systems to store programs and data. Compare microcassette, minicassette.
Photography. a lightproof metal or plastic container for a roll of film, having a single spool for supplying and rewinding the film.

1955–60; < French, equivalent to casse box (see case2) + -ette -ette Unabridged
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cassette (kæˈsɛt)
1.  a.  a plastic container for magnetic tape, as one inserted into a tape deck
 b.  (as modifier): a cassette recorder
2.  photog another term for cartridge
3.  films a container for film used to facilitate the loading of a camera or projector, esp when the film is used in the form of a loop
4.  the injection of genes from one species into the fertilized egg of another species
[C18: from French: little box; see case²]

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Word Origin & History

1793, "little box," from Fr. cassette, from M.Fr. casset, dim. of Norm.-Fr. casse "box" (see case (2)). Meaning "magnetic tape recorder cartridge" is from 1960.
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in audio and video recording, flat, rectangular container made of plastic or lightweight metal that holds magnetic tape for audio or video recording and replay. A tape cassette is designed so that it can be inserted in a recorder and used immediately; it eliminates the need to thread a portion of the tape manually before starting the recorder. In a cassette the tape begins on a feed reel at one side and moves along guides through the record-playback mechanism, after which it passes on to the take-up reel on the opposite side.

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