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tape

[teyp] /teɪp/
noun
1.
a long, narrow strip of linen, cotton, or the like, used for tying garments, binding seams or carpets, etc.
2.
a long, narrow strip of paper, metal, etc.
3.
a strip of cloth, paper, or plastic with an adhesive surface, used for sealing, binding, or attaching items together; adhesive tape or masking tape.
5.
a string stretched across the finishing line in a race and broken by the winning contestant on crossing the line.
8.
a magnetic tape carrying prerecorded sound:
a tape of a rock concert.
verb (used with object), taped, taping.
9.
to furnish with a tape or tapes.
10.
to tie up, bind, or attach with tape.
11.
to measure with or as if with a tape measure.
12.
to record or prerecord on magnetic tape.
verb (used without object), taped, taping.
13.
to record something on magnetic tape.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; unexplained variant of tappe, Old English tæppe strip (of cloth), literally, part torn off; akin to Middle Low German teppen to tear, pluck
Related forms
tapeless, adjective
tapelike, adjective
pretape, verb (used with object), pretaped, pretaping.
retape, verb (used with object), retaped, retaping.
untaped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tape's

tape

/teɪp/
noun
1.
a long thin strip, made of cotton, linen, etc, used for binding, fastening, etc
2.
any long narrow strip of cellulose, paper, metal, etc, having similar uses
3.
a string stretched across the track at the end of a race course
4.
(military, slang, mainly Brit) another word for stripe1 (sense 3)
verb (mainly transitive)
6.
(also intransitive) Also tape-record. to record (speech, music, etc)
7.
to furnish with tapes
8.
to bind, measure, secure, or wrap with tape
9.
(usually passive) (Brit, informal) to take stock of (a person or situation); sum up: he's got the job taped
Derived Forms
tapelike, adjective
taper, noun
Word Origin
Old English tæppe; related to Old Frisian tapia to pull, Middle Dutch tapen to tear
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Word Origin and History for tape's

tape

n.

Old English tæppe "narrow strip of cloth used for tying, measuring, etc.," of uncertain origin, perhaps a back-formation from Latin tapete "carpet." The original short vowel became long in Middle English.

Tape recorder "device for recording sound on magnetic tape" first attested 1932; from earlier meaning "device for recording data on ticker tape" (1892), from tape in the sense of "paper strip of a printer" (1884). Tape-measure is attested from 1873; tape-delay is from 1968.

v.

c.1600, from tape (n.); meaning "to make a tape recording" is from 1950. Related: Taped; taping.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tape's

tap dance

verb phrase

To improvise, tergiversate, etc, in order to hide one's ignorance: I didn't read the poop sheet, so I had to tap dance when the question came (1970s+ Army)


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Idioms and Phrases with tape's

tape

see: red tape
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