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

Examples of tape measure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Restaurant hosts and hostesses shall be required — this can be done through reconciliation, via a 99 percent tax on eateries that fail to comply — to measure every incoming customer’s waist and hips with a tape measure. Kyle Smith, National Review, 12 Aug. 2021 Start by measuring your waist as instructed above, then place the tape measure on your hips at the widest part of your buttocks (as viewed from the side in a mirror). Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021 What puts the Wauconda catcher on a different level, however, has nothing to do with tape measure blasts or a canon-like right arm. Steve Reaven, chicagotribune.com, 8 July 2021 Using the studs as the sides of your bookshelf, mark the bookshelf opening on the wall with a level, a tape measure, and a straight edge. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 8 May 2021 Those classes had often been a student's first introduction to a power tool or tape measure, and an important feeder into construction work. Vanessa Yurkevich, CNN, 8 July 2021 Her client lies on the floor with all the braids laid straight out and a tape measure right beside the hair. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 16 June 2021 Of course, your dad already has a tape measure in the junk drawer or toolbox. Dave Johnson, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Available in six sizes ranging from six feet to 30 feet, this custom tape measure is the perfect gift for the dad that’s forever measuring things. Rebecca Norris, USA TODAY, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of tape measure

1845, in the meaning defined above

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18 Aug 2021

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“Tape measure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tape%20measure. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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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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