tape

noun
\ˈtāp \

Definition of tape 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a narrow flexible strip or band: such as

a : adhesive tape

b : magnetic tape also : cassette sense 2b

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

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 block of two- and three-flats was quiet after the shooting, with a small crime scene cordoned off in yellow tape on the south side of the sidewalk. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "10 people shot, 1 fatally, in 6 hours in Chicago," 14 July 2018 Yellow caution tape was set up around the cobblestone circle where the birds had hunkered down. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Nesting Bird Nearly Derailed a Canadian Music Festival," 28 June 2018 With the west branch out of its banks in downtown Naperville, yellow police tape cordoned off entrances to the Riverwalk because walkways are submerged under inches of floodwater. Rafael Guerrero, Naperville Sun, "East branch of DuPage River under flood warning; Naperville Riverwalk flooded," 22 June 2018 Yellow tape crossed Essex at 79th Street and farther south on the block, creating a crime scene within the larger perimeter. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "Man in custody after exchanging gunfire with police in South Chicago," 14 July 2018 Austrian filmmaker Ruth Beckermann picked up a magnetic-tape video camera for the very first time in May 1986 as a young protester and budding documentarian on the streets of Vienna. Jessica Zack, SFChronicle.com, "Unflinching looks at Austria’s past, Kurt Waldheim at Jewish Film Festival," 10 July 2018 Strong, waterproof tape Water Towels Preparation Find a workspace that can withstand water spills. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Floating with a Swim Bladder," 5 July 2018 Deep breaths and calming music or meditation tapes can help (a crying or fussy baby in the backseat can add to his stress). Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Husband and wife disagree over work-life balance," 29 June 2018 Check out Trevon Duval's NBA Draft tape right here! Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "He was NBA-bound, then 'fell off the face of the earth.' Could Hornets take a chance?," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kelly had also lined up a job at WLVI-TV, and he was supposed to tape his first show July 14. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Four decades have passed since five men were found dead at the Blackfriars Pub in Boston," 12 July 2018 Politico first reported the efforts made by record-keeping officials in the Trump administration to tape back together papers Trump destroyed. Sarah Westwood, CNN, "Ex-WH aide says he was tasked with taping together Trump's torn-up papers," 11 June 2018 The event will tape Saturday, July 14, at the Hollywood Palladium in Southern California. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Cybill Shepherd to roast Bruce Willis," 28 June 2018 Lartey, his colleague Reginald Young Jr., a senior records management analyst, and other staffers in the records department would have to take pieces of paper of all different sizes sent from the White House and painstakingly tape them together. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, "Ex-WH aides describe 'adult puzzle' of taping up Trump's torn-up documents," 12 June 2018 When Kimberly Elkins needed relief from chronic pain, her fiancé, Aaron Rost, would tape a fentanyl patch to her chest or upper arm. Rosa Goldensohn, Anchorage Daily News, "They shared drugs. Someone died. Who is responsible?," 25 May 2018 On filming day, Harris had a prior engagement and had to tape her scenes without an audience. Marc Freeman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Seinfeld' Finale at 20: Hidden Tales From the Vault of a Comedian's Bizarro World," 13 May 2018 The training staff in the locker room who tape the players together, literally. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Eddie Olczyk goes from cancer to busiest man in showbiz," 3 May 2018 Initially, Scott had no plans to allow camera crews to tape his vows. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Property Brother Drew Scott On The Moment He Knew Linda Phan Was The One," 2 May 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 \

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 \

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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