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tape measure

a long, flexible strip or ribbon, as of cloth or metal, marked with subdivisions of the foot or meter and used for measuring.
Also called tapeline
[teyp-lahyn] /ˈteɪpˌlaɪn/ (Show IPA)
Origin of tape measure
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But it was not around their uncle that the tape measure went, it was around Bob!

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts Roy Rutherford Bailey
  • Because his tongue is a tape measure, and he has to measure his words!

    The Royal Book of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • But I was as serious as the face of nature; and proceeded at once to get out my tape measure.

    Great Possessions David Grayson
  • He was on his knees, measuring the well leg with a tape measure from the haircloth trunk.

    Ross Grant Tenderfoot John Garland
  • The tape measure should completely encircle the thorax in a horizontal plane passing through the mammary papillæ.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
  • As he spoke, he whipped a tape measure and a large round magnifying glass from his pocket.

    A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • If you frequently find your tape measure mislaid, try this plan, and thus prevent the long searching that interrupts your sewing.

  • Within ten minutes, much laying-on of the tape measure had produced a startling result.

    Murder at Bridge Anne Austin
  • Calling two of his seamen below Dave produced a tape measure.

  • Pass a tape measure around the head over the hair where the hat is to rest and add two inches to this measure.

    Make Your Own Hats Gene Allen Martin
British Dictionary definitions for tape measure

tape measure

a tape or length of metal marked off in inches, centimetres, etc, used principally for measuring and fitting garments Also called (esp US) tapeline
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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