masking tape

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)

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Its one window had been covered by flattened cardboard boxes held together with masking tape; a single shadeless table lamp glowed in a corner. J. Robert Lennon, The New Yorker, "The Loop," 19 Aug. 2019 Essential tools include 1200- and 2000-grit wet-and-dry sandpaper, an electric sander, masking tape, an air compressor or a spray gun, newspapers for masking off, face masks, safety glasses, and paint thinners. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "How to Paint a Car," 4 Feb. 2019 The Texan then joined Kapouano in going around the house with paper cut-outs and masking tape to plan the exhibit. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "What does San Angelo have that Dallas doesn’t? Here’s how the West Texas town ended up on the global stage," 25 June 2019 Fong’s family operated a wax museum half a block from Fisherman’s Wharf, and the young man would shine props, adjust lighting and remove lint from the figures’ clothing with masking tape wrapped around his hands. Melia Russell,, "As tech takes over city, SF Chamber of Commerce seeks to adapt," 23 June 2019 What do pantyhose, masking tape, gravel, sand, dirt and seed pods have in common? Joanne Davidson, The Denver Post, "Seen: Artist Nengudi honored at Bonfils-Stanton Foundation awards," 5 June 2019 For a gallery wall, cut out craft paper in the size of your various frames and play with your arrangement using masking tape. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "9 Foolproof Tips for Decorating with Art," 13 May 2019 Cut patches from burlap and attach with small masking tape strips. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 Press a layer of masking tape on the cut line to reduce splintering as the blade exits the wood. Tim Layton, Popular Mechanics, "Out Best Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Circular Saw," 14 Mar. 2019

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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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