masking tape

noun
mask·​ing tape | \ ˈma-skiŋ- How to pronounce masking tape (audio) \

Definition of masking tape

: 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 Use the funnel to pour the eight ounce mixture into containers, then affix the strips of marked masking tape (or adhesive labels) to identify the bottles' contents. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Can't get your hands on hand sanitizer? Make your own," 3 Apr. 2020 Rip a 20-degree bevel into a 24-inch piece of scrap, and apply masking tape to the angled side. Ted Kilcommons, Popular Mechanics, "This Modern Adirondack Chair Is a Great Woodworking Challenge," 18 July 2020 The signs pointing to closed areas of the park — the medical post, for instance — had been hastily covered with masking tape. Bill Donahue, Washington Post, "For the Olympics, poor communities in host cities are regularly displaced. For the Rio 2016 games, one village’s resistance sparked a global question: Should they be abolished?," 6 July 2020 Rectangles for each resident were marked with masking tape on the floor. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "A Window Onto an American Nightmare," 25 May 2020 An armchair near the window was cordoned off for a time with masking tape, and more strips stretched over and around other chairs nearby, taut like tightropes over their neighboring tabletops. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "Amid Pandemic, Finding Normalcy in the Abnormal," 19 May 2020 Indoors: The Labyrinth Society has instructions on making a Chartres labyrinth with masking tape on a patio, cement or indoors on vinyl or ceramic tile, terrazzo or short-nap commercial-grade carpeting. oregonlive, "Mow a design in your lawn for World Labyrinth Day, stay calm during the coronavirus pandemic," 28 Apr. 2020 To get started, place masking tape alongside every edge of the bottom panel of wood on the front of your rack. Popular Science, "The cheapest way to build your own wine rack," 18 Apr. 2020 On Thursday, volunteers with knives, rulers and masking tape gathered at the headquarters of Providence St. Joseph Health to cobble together face shields for the system’s thousands of caregivers. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "‘At War With No Ammo’: Doctors Say Shortage of Protective Gear Is Dire," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of masking tape

1936, in the meaning defined above

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31 Aug 2020

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“Masking tape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masking%20tape. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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masking tape

noun
How to pronounce masking tape (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of masking tape

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

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