a long, narrow strip of linen, cotton, or the like, used for tying garments, binding seams or carpets, etc.
a long, narrow strip of paper, metal, etc.
a strip of cloth, paper, or plastic with an adhesive surface, used for sealing, binding, or attaching items together; adhesive tape or masking tape.
a string stretched across the finishing line in a race and broken by the winning contestant on crossing the line.
a magnetic tape carrying prerecorded sound: a tape of a rock concert.
verb (used with object), taped, taping.
to furnish with a tape or tapes.
to tie up, bind, or attach with tape.
to measure with or as if with a tape measure.
to record or prerecord on magnetic tape.
verb (used without object), taped, taping.
to record something on magnetic tape.

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

tapeless, adjective
tapelike, adjective
pretape, verb (used with object), pretaped, pretaping.
retape, verb (used with object), retaped, retaping.
untaped, adjective
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tape (teɪp)
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.  slang chiefly (Brit) military another word for stripe
5.  magnetic tape ticker tape paper tape See tape recording
6.  (also intr) Also: tape-record to record (speech, music, etc)
7.  to furnish with tapes
8.  to bind, measure, secure, or wrap with tape
9.  informal (Brit) (usually passive) to take stock of (a person or situation); sum up: he's got the job taped
[Old English tæppe; related to Old Frisian tapia to pull, Middle Dutch tapen to tear]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. tæppe "narrow strip of cloth used for tying, measuring, etc.," of uncertain origin, perhaps a back-formation from L. tapete "carpet." The original short vowel became long in M.E. The verb is from 1609; meaning "to make a tape recording" is from 1950. 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.
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Example sentences for tapes
Some of the tapes featured hidden previews at the end after the credits.
There were two tapes in total released for the uk market in pal format.
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