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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 When the creations are complete, affix magnetic tape to the backs. Joan Lang, Woman's Day, "Phantom Frames," 9 Sep. 2019 Another is video, which is an electronic method of recording onto various mediums, such as moving magnetic tape. Howard Berry, Quartz, "Was the Moon landing faked? Absolutely not, says a film expert," 18 July 2019 In addition, the regulation also required magnetic tape recorders be retired in favor of solid-state devices, a rule that took effect this January. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why We Need a New Black Box," 7 May 2019 But digital recordings are perishable in their own right — far less stable, in fact, than recordings on magnetic tape. New York Times, "The Day the Music Burned," 11 June 2019 Since its invention in 1928, magnetic tape has played a role in recording all sorts of data. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Strange Machine That Played Paper Instead of Records or Tapes," 12 Apr. 2018 But in order to replace existing silicon chip or magnetic tape storage technologies, DNA is going to have to get a lot cheaper to predictably read, write, and package. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "The Rise of DNA Data Storage," 26 June 2018 Catalog, a company founded by scientists from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, designs systems that store data on manmade versions of microscopic DNA molecules, instead of on bulky magnetic tapes or silicon chips. Hiawatha Bray,, "The next big thing in data storage is actually microscopic," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of magnetic tape

1937, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jan 2020

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“Magnetic tape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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