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)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web At the front of the store, the boy found a section with Scotch tape and notebooks and pencils and pens and masking tape. Kate Dicamillo, Harper’s Magazine , 9 Nov. 2022 Stone, who wore a ring of masking tape around her wrist like a giant bangle, flitted through the rooms, giving hugs. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 4 Nov. 2022 This dollar store Halloween wreath starts with a roll of masking tape—and a pair of hands! Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Oct. 2022 Nothing says back-to-school like a fresh box of crayons — cut out squiggly pieces of masking tape and carefully paint over each piece in black to recreate the iconic Crayola motif on your nails. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 29 Sep. 2022 Wrap the wire, including any sharp ends, with masking tape. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 14 Sep. 2022 Cut a piece of red masking tape and attach for nose. Blair Donovan, Country Living, 12 Aug. 2022 To take it a step further, put masking tape on the floor to mark where the bin will go. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 21 July 2022 Cut the rubber band and slowly peel the masking tape off to remove the foil. Maria Sabella, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of masking tape was in 1936

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Cite this Entry

“Masking tape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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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