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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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Examples from the Web for tape-measure
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  • We have been putting our tape-measure about it, and find it forty-three inches in girth; and for shapely beauty it has no equal.

    Palmetto-Leaves Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • But the brisk, courteous person with the dividers and tape-measure is reassuring.

    The Perfect Gentleman Ralph Bergengren
  • Augustus Meredith, no less than George, blushed for the tape-measure daily.

    The Art of Letters Robert Lynd
  • "A tape-measure I had in my pocket," replied she, smiling affably the while (sensation).

    Fanny Goes to War Pat Beauchamp
  • The cabinet was empty, for four respectable looking men went up and examined it, and one even measured it with a tape-measure.

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Mrs. McMurray arrived with a tape-measure, a pencil, and a notebook.

    The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke
  • Already he had out his tape-measure and sketch-book, making observations and recording measurements.

  • He saw the great London road like a tape-measure unfolded from the gilded case that was London.

    The Passionate Elopement Compton Mackenzie
  • In her hand she held a tape-measure and an official diagram of a tennis-court.

  • The sick-berth steward then proceeded to put a tape-measure round his body, just under the armpits, compassing his chest.

    Young Tom Bowling J.C. Hutcheson
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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