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 The demand that generated all that blue tape has compelled Bandit to look beyond San Antonio with a food truck coming soon to Floresville, according to Bandit’s social media. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Among San Antonio’s best barbecue restaurants are 3 new places that opened in the last year," 7 Jan. 2021 Search and rescue volunteers from Bethel, Tuluksak and Akiachak marked the open area with willows and blue reflective tape on Monday, the group wrote. Anchorage Daily News, "Search continues in Southwest Alaska after two snowmachiners fall through ice," 5 Jan. 2021 Dennis arranged for the Credibility Gap, a comedy group on Reprise Records, to appear at a tape trade show, which would help promote the group to retailers and wholesalers. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Warner Bros. Records Sales 'Giant' Lou Dennis Dies at 87," 4 Jan. 2021 Weather sealing tape won't turn brittle and peel off when exposed to cold for several months. Matt Jancer, Wired, "Gear and Tips to Winter-Proof Your Home and Stay Warm," 3 Jan. 2021 Shortly after, the footage shows Detweiler getting into her car and then putting up police tape. NBC News, "Ohio police gave Andre Hill no aid for several minutes, bodycam footage shows," 1 Jan. 2021 It at one point had been covered with white paper and tape. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Ellis County judge is suspect in vandalism of segregation-era ‘negroes’ sign in courthouse," 31 Dec. 2020 Powell removes tape from the foam board insulation that shielded his trailer from the winter cold. Washington Post, "Six portraits from a year defined by loss," 30 Dec. 2020 Chara stepped up in the play and threw a pass that took a fortunate bounce onto Krejci’s tape. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Zdeno Chara, a towering presence in Boston for 14 seasons, is leaving the Bruins," 30 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But, their best tip is this: Create an inventory list of everything in the box and tape it to the outside of the bin. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "The Women Behind Netflix's 'The Home Edit' Share Their Best Holiday Organizational Tips," 20 Dec. 2020 Lucca, who was on the show for four years, attended high school in Clarkston during those years and headed off to Orlando to tape the show during summers. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "How a local guy got to be a Mouseketeer," 6 Dec. 2020 Classical musicians have a noble tradition of rerecording scores as technology advances—from acoustic to electric, mono to stereo, disc to tape. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "‘Wilhelm Kempff Edition’ Review: A Classical Colossus," 15 Dec. 2020 File each end to round off the corners, and clamp or tape the ends to your metal work surface [1]. Nick Moreau, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Gift: A Copper Bracelet for That Special Someone," 5 Dec. 2020 In a typical workweek, Trebek would tape up to five shows every Tuesday and Wednesday, arriving at the studio around 9 a.m. and heading back to his Studio City home a little after 6 p.m. Steve Marble, Los Angeles Times, "Alex Trebek, ‘Jeopardy!’ host and trivia master, dies at 80," 8 Nov. 2020 On November 12, Matthew Perry confirmed the reunion will tape in March 2021. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Courteney Cox Just Recreated That Friends Thanksgiving Turkey Head Scene," 27 Nov. 2020 Brown came into the Metroplex earlier this month to tape a performance from AT&T Stadium to be played on the video board at Thursday’s halftime. David Moore, Dallas News, "Is Kane Brown Dak’s doppelganger? ‘I get that all the time,’ says Prescott," 26 Nov. 2020 Wrap the body of the angel around into a cone shape; tape the seem together. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, "Top Your Tree with This Dolly Parton Angel," 25 Nov. 2020

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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

17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Tape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tape. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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