duct tape


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Loosen the hose clamps (a.k.a. ring clamps or screw clamps) or remove the duct tape holding the ducting between the machine and the wall. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 8 Aug. 2022 Encryption has become the duct tape of cybersecurity. James Beecham, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Anderson says the surveillance video police showed her shows a Code 3 Security guard removing the duct tape over the lens. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, 4 June 2021 Pull out the duct tape, gas up the taxi squad and keep Triple-A El Paso on speed dial. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2021 Consider the following when choosing the right duct tape for your next job. The Editors, Field & Stream, 11 Nov. 2020 The former comes in handy for Kenji, who — having extricated one of his fingers from the duct tape — uses his powers to tear the can apart and wields its shards like a knife to free himself. Nick Schager, EW.com, 4 Sep. 2020 Authorities arrested a woman accused of binding her Tinder date's limbs with duct tape and holding him captive at knifepoint at her Colorado apartment. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 6 Oct. 2022 Hosh and Booth were dressed in white bee suits and wearing three-layers of disposable gloves with their wrists and ankles wrapped in duct tape to close any opening in sleeves and pant legs. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 12 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of duct tape was in 1973

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Cite this Entry

“Duct tape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duct%20tape. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

duct tape


: a wide cloth adhesive tape
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