masking tape

mask·​ing tape | \ ˈmas-kiŋ- \

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)

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Designer Joel Alvarez has a creative (and, erm, kind of painful looking) solution for you: Just cover yourself with masking tape! Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Models Wore Bikinis Made of Metallic Masking Tape on the Runway at Swim Week," 18 July 2018 At the placemat nearest the photo, where on his final visit home Tyler might have eaten breakfast, there’s a Priority Mail envelope sealed with masking tape. Greg Bishop,, "A College QB's Suicide. A Family's Search for Answers.," 26 June 2018 The name of the last occupant is scrawled in pen on a piece of masking tape outside the doorway. Bill Plaschke,, "What's the magic behind six Kentucky Derby winners? This horse caretaker from rural Mexico prepares horses for stardom," 4 June 2018 Remember the nameless elderly man Cunanan seduced and then very nearly smothered with masking tape in last week's episode? Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace Episode 3 Spotlights Andrew Cunanan's Less Famous Victims," 1 Feb. 2018 Warning: cover your pets' ears and put masking tape on the window panes. Fox News, "Conway on Trump's pro-life agenda, North Korea and trade," 23 May 2018 The Moore High School sophomore even brought one of her textbooks for show-and-tell: a tattered 12-year-old history book held together by masking tape. Omar Villafranca, CBS News, "Teachers in Oklahoma, Kentucky go on strike, demanding higher wages," 2 Apr. 2018 At the Virgin Galactic office building, masking tape marks the carpet floors, perhaps in anticipation of future furniture arrangements. Ingrid Burrington, The Atlantic, "New Mexico’s Sad Bet on Space Exploration," 2 Mar. 2018 This belt which may or may not be made of masking tape. 2. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Prom Dress Fails That'll Make You Cringe," 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of masking tape

1936, in the meaning defined above

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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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