masking tape


mask·​ing tape ˈma-skiŋ- How to pronounce masking tape (audio)
: a tape with adhesive on one side that has a variety of uses (as to cover a surface when painting near it)

Examples of masking tape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Apply a long strip of masking tape down the center. Amanda Kingloff, Parents, 2 Feb. 2024 In an Arizona facility, inspectors reported that staff had covered the door alarm speaker and controls with masking tape. Steven Rich, Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2023 The studio around her was cluttered with gear—vintage pianos, pedalboards with incoherent scribbles on strips of masking tape—belonging to the Decemberists, who had been there for months, working on a forthcoming album. Hanif Abdurraqib, The New Yorker, 5 Jan. 2024 Tape down the card with masking tape around the edges. Rachelle Doorley, Parents, 16 Aug. 2023 The only difference is that the one on the right side has masking tape covering the side of the can, but not the very top. Rhett Allain, WIRED, 25 Aug. 2023 That’s where the masking tape and hot glue came in. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2023 The tiled floor was missing some teeth and masking tape was holding some other bits in place. Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2023 Two editors stood far off to the side, while the others used masking tape to cover the logos on the award-contending rods. Ryan Chelius, Field & Stream, 3 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of masking tape was in 1936

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“Masking tape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

masking tape

: a tape that is sticky on one side and that has many uses (as to cover an area when painting near it)
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