tape

noun
\ ˈtāp How to pronounce tape (audio) \

Definition of tape

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a narrow flexible strip or band: such as
3 : a string or ribbon stretched breast-high above the finish line of a race
4 : a narrow woven fabric

tape

verb
taped; taping

Definition of tape (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to fasten, tie, bind, cover, or support with tape
2 : to record on tape and especially magnetic tape tape an interview

intransitive verb

: to record something on tape and especially magnetic tape

Definition of tape (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : recorded on tape tape music
2 : intended for use with recording (such as magnetic) tape a tape cartridge

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Examples of tape in a Sentence

Noun His eyeglasses are held together with tape. The show was recorded on tape. I was listening to a tape in the car. She stuck a tape in the VCR. Verb She taped a note to the refrigerator. I taped the box shut. The show is taped before a live audience.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hatch then says that, days before he was scheduled to fly to Fiji, where the show tapes, he was cut from the lineup. Alex Rees, Time, "Survivor's New Season Brings Back Many of the Show's Most Influential Winners. Where Is Original Champion Richard Hatch?," 12 Feb. 2020 In a case of clear, serious criminal conduct, for example, if a president refused to turn over material evidence — e.g., if Nixon had destroyed rather than surrendered the tapes — that would warrant impeachment. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "In Impeachment’s Obstruction Dispute, Dissembling by Both Sides," 24 Jan. 2020 Use the extra-strong double-sided tape to adhere the center of one wall plate to the flat top of each of the plungers on the two helping syringes. Scientific American, "Lift a Large Load Using Liquids," 23 Jan. 2020 The tape has both Imperial and Metric measurements along the top and bottom, with 0.065-inch intervals. Popular Science, "Moving out? Tape measures to help set up your new space," 10 Jan. 2020 The files have also spawned this series, as well as a podcast, in which Bolles tells his own story through audio from the tapes. AZCentral.com, "Don Bolles files: The scheme to let racehorses choose winners in a state lottery," 12 Dec. 2019 With a few pieces of tape, a stop sign was altered so a deep learning system mistook it for a speed limit. Gary Marcus, STAT, "Advancing AI in health care: It’s all about trust," 23 Oct. 2019 Walker is a 3-star recruit, according to 247Sports Composite rankings, but flashes athleticism on tape and is listed at a stout 6-3, 230 pounds. Dallas News, "Breaking down Oklahoma’s recruiting class: Sooners’ best signee, diamond in the rough, and overall grade," 5 Feb. 2020 Sometimes Elizabeth listens to books on tape to pass the time. 4:15 p.m. Gabrielle Farrell, refinery29.com, "5 Days On The Campaign Trail With Elizabeth Warren’s Press Secretary," 30 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb How to Paint Walls Use painter’s tape to tape off all trimwork, outlets, and other permanent structures. Chelsea Evers, Country Living, "Here's How to Paint a Wall, Including all the Materials You'll Need," 12 Dec. 2019 Yeah, that's probably a pretty good incentive not to tape conversations. NBC News, "Transcript: Party Lines," 4 Nov. 2019 Yes, anyone with basic motor skills can tape a banana to the wall. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The $120,000 Art Basel Banana, Explained," 10 Dec. 2019 High ankle sprains, in general, are more feared than low ankle sprains and are harder to tape/support for return to play. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mahomes aggravates high ankle sprain; prognosis still better than for Barkley, Green," 7 Oct. 2019 Trebek continued to tape episodes for season 35, which featured James Holzhauer's remarkable run while undergoing treatment in the spring. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "Alex Trebek Returning to 'Jeopardy!' Five Months After Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis," 29 Aug. 2019 Staff who handle records have had to retrieve the burn bags from the residence, put the papers out on a table and tape them back together to preserve them as official presidential records, this person said. Washington Post, "Anatomy of the phone call now imperiling Trump’s presidency," 12 Oct. 2019 Staff who handle records have had to retrieve the burn bags from the residence, put the papers out on a table and tape them back together to preserve them as official presidential records, this person said. Anchorage Daily News, "Anatomy of the phone call now imperiling Trump’s presidency," 12 Oct. 2019 Take the other two cups and tape them together with their tops facing each other. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Train Wheel Science," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tape

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1609, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tape

Noun

Middle English, from Old English tæppe

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Time Traveler for tape

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The first known use of tape was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tape. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for tape

tape

noun
How to pronounce tape (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long, narrow piece of material that is sticky on one side and that is used to stick things together or to cover or repair something
: a thin piece of plastic that is coated with magnetic material on which information (such as sound or television images) may be stored
: something recorded on tape

tape

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tape (Entry 2 of 2)

: to attach (something) using sticky tape
: to fasten, tie, or cover (something) with tape
: to record (something) on magnetic tape

tape

noun
\ ˈtāp How to pronounce tape (audio) \

Kids Definition of tape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a narrow strip of material that is sticky on one side and is used to stick one thing to another
5 : a narrow band of cloth or plastic He broke the tape and won the race.

tape

verb
taped; taping

Kids Definition of tape (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to fasten, cover, or hold up with sticky tape
2 : to make a recording of She taped their conversation.

tape

noun
\ ˈtāp How to pronounce tape (audio) \

Medical Definition of tape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a narrow band of woven fabric especially : adhesive tape
taped; taping

Medical Definition of tape (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten, tie, bind, cover, or support with tape and especially adhesive tape

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