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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Without laying blueprints atop each other or whipping out a tape measure, here are five ways Galaxy’s Edge West and Galaxy’s Edge East are different. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge designed with subtle differences in its 2 versions," 27 Aug. 2019 Alas, his tape measure also revealed that the coach is more than 80 inches wide. David Brooks, BostonGlobe.com, "A historic Concord carriage finds a new home in New Hampshire," 26 Aug. 2019 At 2:47 Eastern time on July 23, the big moment came—four cobalt-alloy booms extended like a tape measure, pulling with them four triangular Mylar sails. Robert Z. Pearlman, Scientific American, "Solar Sailing Success: Planetary Society Deploys LightSail 2," 23 July 2019 Spurred by this front page story earlier in the week, an inspector showed up at Gottesman’s property on Tuesday with a tape measure to assess the curb cut. Stephen Rex Brown, chicagotribune.com, "A New York billionaire cut the curb in front of his mansion, scaring off cars and creating a parking space for himself on a crowded street," 12 July 2019 The spot on the road appeared to be marked with a foam drink cup from Circle K, and officers took measurements with a tape measure set in the roadway. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Tempe police continue investigating fatal self-driving Uber crash 16 months later," 10 July 2019 Typically, Pugh would be wielding a tape measure or drill when installing art. Deborah Vankin, latimes.com, "Eggs are being fried as art at the Hammer Museum. Let's see what's cooking," 9 July 2019 The job of climbing the tropics’ tallest trees with a tape measure falls to Unding Jami, an arborist and research assistant with the South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership. Unding Jami, National Geographic, "The world's tallest known tropical tree has been found—and climbed," 3 Apr. 2019 The Cardinals started quickly with a pair of tape measure home runs by Jose Martinez (his eighth) and Paul Goldschmidt (his 14th) against Giants starter and loser Drew Pomeranz (2-9). Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Giants road magic nowhere to be found in home loss to Cardinals," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of tape measure

1845, in the meaning defined above

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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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