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

tape

adjective

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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Synonyms for tape

Synonyms: Noun

tape recording, vid, video, videotape

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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

Late in the second set, she was visited by a trainer, who applied extra tape to the ankle. baltimoresun.com, "Chasing eighth Wimbledon title, Serena Williams beats Alison Riske to reach semis," 9 July 2019 Late in the second set, she was visited by a trainer, who applied extra tape to the ankle. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Serena Williams dispatches Alison Riske to reach semifinals once again," 9 July 2019 Wahl noted Rapinoe was wearing tape on her right hamstring Monday at practice. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Megan Rapinoe Misses England Semifinal Due to Hamstring Injury, Expects to Be Fit for Final," 2 July 2019 Nancy Wheeler Portrayed by Natalia Dyer, Mike's sister made a secret tape to expose sinister activity at Hawkins National Laboratory. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "The story so far: Catch up with 10 Hawkins, Indiana, favorites before 'Stranger Things 3'," 2 July 2019 Innovations like the 1981 Walkman II -- barely bigger than a cassette tape -- and the 1984 Discman helped Sony stay on top of the portable music world. Cnn Staff, CNN, "Happy 40th birthday, Walkman," 1 July 2019 When auditions for the show opened this year in Dallas, her parents sent in an audition tape. John Wenzel, The Know, "Colorado dancer’s “So You Think You Can Dance” audition has been 14 years in the making," 28 June 2019 Reason for optimism: This isn't a guy who spent his high school career beating up on players half his size, putting together a highlight tape filled with body slams and wreckage. Nicholas Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: OL Trente Jones could be versatile, starter one day," 20 June 2019 CDs have replaced tapes and soon will be superseded by MP3s. Tom Titus, latimes.com, "On Theater: ‘The Beat’ goes pro at Vanguard," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Other outlets may tape Saturday’s proceedings, which run all day in the capital city of Columbia, but may not broadcast anything until three hours after its afternoon conclusion. Washington Post, "MSNBC deal with South Carolina Dems rankles media," 19 June 2019 The network flew Sheila, Becca and Evana to California to tape on the show, which Becca said will air this fall. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s Cecil’s Delicatessen marks 70 years of serving up matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwiches and more," 27 June 2019 The skill in the other bouts will vary, but the 20 fighters expected to tape up their hands and slip on gloves aboard the Midway Museum come from a field of about 60 or 70 candidates, Casillas said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Battle of Badges’ aboard USS Midway Museum raises money for youth boxing program," 14 June 2019 Now tape them into 52 new cards, each one a mosaic of the original cards. Quanta Magazine, "Networks Untangle Malaria’s Deadly Shuffle," 15 Oct. 2015 The Broad City star will tape The Planet Is Burning in Houston Ilana Glazer is back with another big project post-Broad City. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Ilana Glazer is releasing her first stand-up special on Amazon," 11 June 2019 Fox's Laura Ingraham will tape an interview with POTUS in Normandy on Thursday. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Pew Research Center finds widespread agreement about the 'made-up news' malady," 6 June 2019 In the video posted by makeup artist Merrell Hollis, the 54-year-old host is seen getting ready to tape the episode, casually flaunting a diamond floral ring on her right hand. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Wendy Williams Fans Think She Shaded Husband Kevin Hunter in Cryptic Instagram Post," 12 Apr. 2019 To help speed up delivery, Columbia suggested a live album and sent a mobile studio to several tour venues to tape material. Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills’ Review: A Classic Album’s Untold Story," 20 Nov. 2018

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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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tape

noun

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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