tape measure


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Brunner subsequently appears in the neighbor’s driveway with a tape measure. jsonline.com, 16 Nov. 2022 This 57-piece tool set has all the essentials; from screwdrivers and wrenches to a tape measure and even a box cutter, your home will never have any loose nuts and bolts to worry about. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 15 Nov. 2022 Researchers from the Atlantic Naturalist Association and the Azores University for biometrical and morphological data inspected the body of the fish using a tape measure to determine its length. Glenn Garner, Peoplemag, 21 Oct. 2022 Patients and their doctors can use a simple tool to assess this risk: the tape measure. Julie Appleby, NBC News, 8 Oct. 2022 Nowadays, many rugs are sold in various sizes and shapes, so consider using a tape measure to determine which size will best suit your space. Rebecca Norris, Peoplemag, 4 Oct. 2022 Insert a tape measure into the hole, hook the end onto the edge of the ice, and take the measurement. Whitney Spivey, Outside Online, 29 Jan. 2013 There's a lot to like about this auto-lock metric tape measure from Stanley. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 18 Sep. 2022 Use a tape measure to verify the size of the pegboard. Timothy Dale, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tape measure was in 1845

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Cite this Entry

“Tape measure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tape%20measure. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

tape measure

: a tape marked off in units (as inches or centimeters) and used for measuring

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