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 At the Chelsea production offices, an elevator door opened and there was Bing, magisterial in every respect: a lean, muscular hundred and forty-five pounds and, by the prop department’s tape measure, forty-two inches tall from his forepaws to the top of his skull. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 6 May 2024 One of the few differentiators among tape measures is their ability to extend without collapsing. Matt Jancer, WIRED, 25 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for tape measure 

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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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“Tape measure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tape%20measure. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

tape measure

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

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