duct tape

\ ˈdək(t)- How to pronounce duct tape (audio) \

Definition of duct tape

: a wide cloth adhesive tape originally designed for sealing joints in heating or air-conditioning ducts

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duct-tape \ ˈdək(t)-​ How to pronounce duct-tape (audio) \ transitive verb

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According to the Charlotte Observer, flight attendants were able to restrain Harriott in the first-class section with duct tape and zip ties. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Woman on flight from Texas to North Carolina stormed cockpit, restrained with zip ties and duct tape," 2 Feb. 2018 Later, detectives went to the store, where surveillance video showed Gonsalez buying the duct tape. Ian Cummings, kansascity, "Young mother bound with duct tape, shot in head with toddler nearby: Murder charge," 9 Jan. 2018 Attach sticker paper along edge of frame, or layer over the duct tape to create a graphic design. Sarah Newell, Seventeen, "10 DIY Dorm Decor Hacks That Even Lazy Girls Can Do," 19 June 2017 Whatever happened to Caylee and whether or not her mom was involved, I will be forever haunted by that picture of the duct tape with the little glittery heart sticker over the mouth. Redbook, "Why Does Casey Anthony's Not Guilty Verdict Make ME Feel Less Safe?," 6 July 2011 Set the straightedge on the mark, and secure it with two strips of duct tape. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Cut Glass," 11 Feb. 2019 In his work as director of paper and photograph conservation at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Massachusetts, Michael Lee has seen duct tape and Scotch tape adhered to important documents. National Geographic, "Tape Is Ruining Priceless Art. This New Gel Can Fix It.," 23 May 2018 Originally designed for the military, this tape is said to be 100 times stronger than duct tape, making it the perfect long-term solution to the kinds of breaks, tears and cracks that no ordinary repair adhesive can conquer. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Incredible Repair Tape is 100 Times Stronger Than Duct Tape," 2 May 2018 Friedman also suggests duct tape to wrap your ankles, a backpack for gorilla tracking, a camera (have a telephoto lens, and be aware flash photography is not allowed while gorilla tracking) and other electronics. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "African Safari 101: What to Pack (And What to Leave Behind)," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of duct tape

1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of duct tape was in 1973

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English Language Learners Definition of duct tape

: a wide, sticky, and usually silver tape that is made of cloth and that is used especially to repair things

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Kids Definition of duct tape

: a wide sticky usually silver tape made of cloth

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