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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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 Track, however, is one of those sports where everyone can line up, regardless of classification, and show who is best, based on the clock or tape measure. Nick Daschel | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "What if Oregon had an all-classification state track and field meet? Here are the winners," 22 May 2018 The vast majority of students today are not even taught to read a standard tape measure. Amanda Walker, AL.com, "To all the boys who don't feel smart on paper," 23 Apr. 2018 Word to the wise: Don't come to his home with a tape measure or home decorator in tow just yet. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Do you have the perfect NCAA bracket? It might win you a $587,000 Wauwatosa home," 14 Mar. 2018 There’s no clock, no scale or tape measure to account for it. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Shaquem Griffin shows his heart is off the charts at NFL scouting combine," 4 Mar. 2018 On a recent day, Laskow dipped a tape measure into the water at the end of the dock of the University Boathouse. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Clogged with muck, shallow Schuylkill is putting rowing, regattas at risk," 13 Apr. 2018 Most parenting skills can be measured with a stop watch or a tape measure, although there's still some room for artistic flair. James Breakwell, Indianapolis Star, "Xploding Unicorn: Parenting Olympics would judge you with cold, hard numbers," 4 Apr. 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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