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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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Examples from the web for taping
  • Students set up another free speech wall, this time taping over any language that could be deemed offensive.
  • Capture the multi-country adventure taping proof that you were in two different countries on the same day.
  • The show never gets past the first couple hours of taping after the first group is called names by the second group.
  • Put the drawings together in a visible place, by taping them to the wall or laying them together on a tabletop.
  • Street protests about scandalous official behaviour, revealed by the taping of conversations in his office, have fizzled.
  • taping into crust will cool some of the rocks surrounding it which might pose a problem in its self.
  • He's missed only one day of taping in twenty-six years, and that was because he'd been in a major car accident.
  • Audience reactions at the taping sessions have been ecstatic.
  • He solved it by taping greetings from his family and describing their plans for the holiday.
  • You're likely to lose one or two in a single taping.
British Dictionary definitions for taping

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 taping

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 taping

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 taping

tape

see: red tape
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