tape measure


Definition of tape measure

: a narrow strip (as of a limp cloth or steel tape) marked off in units (such as inches or centimeters) for measuring

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Oh, and a tape measure and probably an extra person to help. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Your Deck-Project MVP: String," 23 Nov. 2018 This would have been extremely claustrophobic for all involved (seriously—grab a tape measure, reel it out to 15 inches, and imagine squeezing yourself through an irregular hole about that wide at its widest point). Chris Peterman, Ars Technica, "Risky Thailand cave rescue relied on talent, luck—and on sticking to the rules," 22 July 2018 Of course, anyone with a ticket and tape measure could get the secret numbers. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "You’re Not Getting Bigger, the Airplane Bathroom Is Getting Smaller," 29 Aug. 2018 And don’t forget to bring along a tape measure and the right-sized car. Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, House Beautiful, "5 Flea Markets to Hit Around Philly for the Coolest Furniture," 21 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, Brayden's already demonstrating an interest in construction (or at least in tape measures), like his dad. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Christina El Moussa's Daughter Looks so Much Like Her, It's Flipping Crazy," 9 Aug. 2018 My 16-year-old self flashed through my mind and greeted me with a tape measure wrapped around her body. Sophie Gray, SELF, "My Need for Acceptance Made Me Instagram Famous—Then Sent Me Into a Panic Spiral," 16 July 2018 This would turn Tango's bevy of extra sensors into a virtual tape measure, allowing you to roughly pick any two points in the world and get the distance between them. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google’s AR “Measure” app comes to all ARCore Android phones," 22 June 2018 Stand up straight, exhale (no sucking in that gut!) and with a soft tape measure record your girth an inch or two above your hip bones. New York Times, "The Dangers of Belly Fat," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of tape measure

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tape measure was in 1845

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English Language Learners Definition of tape measure

: a long, thin piece of plastic, cloth, or metal that is marked with units of length (such as inches or centimeters) and that is used for measuring things

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Kids Definition of tape measure

: a flexible piece of material marked off for measuring

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