cassette tape

cassette

[kuh-set, ka-]
noun
1.
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.
3.
Photography. a lightproof metal or plastic container for a roll of film, having a single spool for supplying and rewinding the film.

Origin:
1955–60; < French, equivalent to casse box (see case2) + -ette -ette

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cassette (kæˈsɛt)
 
n
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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cassette
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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