magnetic tape


Definition of magnetic tape

: a thin ribbon (as of plastic) coated with a magnetic material on which information (such as sound or television images) may be stored

Examples of magnetic tape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most simplistic requires you to use tape, known as barrier tape, boundary tape, or just magnetic tape. Popular Science, "Best robot mops: Shine your floors without lifting a finger," 15 Mar. 2021 Ottens, who engineered the concept of magnetic tape players and compact discs (CDs), passed away at his home on Sunday in Duizel, the Netherlands. al, "Cassette tape inventor Lou Ottens dead at 94," 12 Mar. 2021 With blank cassettes, listeners could record their favorite songs from the radio or from vinyl records, creating the first mix tapes — on literal magnetic tape — decades before digital playlists were shared on streaming services such as Spotify. Washington Post, "Lou Ottens, who invented the cassette tape and pioneered the CD, dies at 94," 11 Mar. 2021 The whirr of spooling magnetic tape is more likely to evoke feelings of nostalgia than technological awe. The Economist, "Magnetic tape has a surprisingly promising future," 15 Dec. 2020 Almost every computer in history has had two separate forms of memory: volatile RAM and more permanent, but harder to access nonvolatile storage, which includes anything from punch cards and magnetic tape to hard drives and flash memory. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Battery-Free, Energy-Harvesting Perpetual Machines: The Weird Future of Computing," 3 Oct. 2020 It's been nearly 60 years since magnetic tape overcame punch cards as the primary mode for data storage, bringing about a revolution in personal computing. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "DNA Is Millions of Times More Efficient Than Your Computer's Hard Drive," 25 July 2020 Long-term storage was left to mediums like magnetic tape and punch cards. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Microsoft Stored an Entire Superman Movie on a Piece of Glass," 4 Nov. 2019 German engineer Fritz Pfleumer created magnetic tape—the precursor to cassettes—in 1928. Eleanor Cummins, Popular Science, "Humans have been recording sound since before they could play it back," 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of magnetic tape

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Magnetic tape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of magnetic tape

: a thin plastic tape that is coated with magnetic material on which information (such as sound or television images) may be stored

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Kids Definition of magnetic tape

: a thin ribbon of plastic coated with a magnetic material on which information (as sound) may be stored

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