tape

noun
\ ˈtāp How to pronounce tape (audio) \

Definition of tape

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a narrow flexible strip or band: such as
3 : a string or ribbon stretched breast-high above the finish line of a race
4 : a narrow woven fabric

tape

verb
taped; taping

Definition of tape (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to fasten, tie, bind, cover, or support with tape
2 : to record on tape and especially magnetic tape tape an interview

intransitive verb

: to record something on tape and especially magnetic tape

tape

adjective

Definition of tape (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : recorded on tape tape music
2 : intended for use with recording (such as magnetic) tape a tape cartridge

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Synonyms for tape

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of tape in a Sentence

Noun His eyeglasses are held together with tape. The show was recorded on tape. I was listening to a tape in the car. She stuck a tape in the VCR. Verb She taped a note to the refrigerator. I taped the box shut. The show is taped before a live audience.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And in one unique instance, a customer bought a VCR that contained a VHS tape of a baby boy taking his first steps and was able to return it to the family using social media. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Goodwill Employee Finds $42,000 Hidden in Donated Sweaters, Returns Money to Owner," 29 Mar. 2021 Excerpts of the audio, distilled from a longer tape, with the man’s voice disguised, are included in the film. New York Times, "Her Film on Sex Assault Depicts Her Own and Fuels a #MeToo Moment," 24 Mar. 2021 Instead of just repeating the beats of a story of a VHS tape that kills people after seven days, Verbinski made his own film and grounded it with a great central performance by Naomi Watts. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 40 Best Movies on Paramount+," 4 Mar. 2021 Use a piece of string or a soft measuring tape to measure the width of your foot by wrapping it around the widest part (the ball of your foot). Popular Science, "Best ice skates: Stay comfortable and in control on the ice," 4 Mar. 2021 One of the guys driving with us had a cassette tape, a series of songs that were not on the same record. Jason Newman, Rolling Stone, "Ian MacKaye Talks ‘Woodstock’ Soundtrack Obsession in New Book Excerpt," 24 Feb. 2021 A few days later, Larson dropped off a script and a cassette tape of him singing all the songs. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "La Vie Boheme: 'Rent' musical celebrates 25th anniversary," 24 Feb. 2021 The Blossoms, Andrews, Lodges, and even Pop Tate get a tape as well. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Prep For the "Riverdale" Season 5 Premiere With This Reminder of What Went Down in Season 4," 20 Jan. 2021 Sorokin, making his NHL debut, allowed five goals on 32 shots in a burn-the-tape, 5-0 loss. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Ailing Ondrej Kase not able to go for Bruins against Islanders," 18 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Forsen, with whom Fulton had collaborated on four previous films, was asked to tape the recording sessions. New York Times, "From Easter Island, a Pianist Emerges," 26 Feb. 2021 This time, the reason for two seasons is simple — producers liked both Katie and Michelle to lead, but Michelle would have hard a time leaving her teaching job to tape March through May, as the Bachelor spin-off generally does. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "What To Expect From The Next Bachelorette Season — & The One After That," 15 Mar. 2021 There are a lot of structural elements to keep track of, and to her credit, Mbue does more than just duct-tape them together. New York Times, "Imbolo Mbue’s ‘How Beautiful We Were’ Exposes the Human Cost of Capital," 8 Mar. 2021 Their children helped tape shiny new quarters to the surveys as a way of thanking consumers in advance for cooperating. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "J. David Power Devised Surveys That Car Makers Couldn’t Ignore," 4 Mar. 2021 Then, tape off the floor, ceiling and any intersecting wall sections. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Whitewash Brick," 16 Mar. 2021 Developed in Japan in 1976, brought to the United States in 1977, and essentially discontinued in 2006 when films stopped converting to tape, this medium brought all kinds of entertainment home. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Comeback of VHS? ‘Fractured’ streaming options spur underground market for the retro media," 21 Feb. 2021 In early 2019, Parris’s agent asked her to self-tape another Marvel audition. Andrea Cuttler, Harper's BAZAAR, "Teyonah Parris Went From Juilliard To Making Marvel Movie History," 12 Jan. 2021 Curl the strip into a larger loop and tape the ends together. Exploratorium, Scientific American, "Loop-the-Loop with a Flying Hoopster," 20 Nov. 2014

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First Known Use of tape

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1609, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tape

Noun

Middle English, from Old English tæppe

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The first known use of tape was before the 12th century

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11 Apr 2021

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

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tape

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long, narrow piece of material that is sticky on one side and that is used to stick things together or to cover or repair something
: a thin piece of plastic that is coated with magnetic material on which information (such as sound or television images) may be stored
: something recorded on tape

tape

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tape (Entry 2 of 2)

: to attach (something) using sticky tape
: to fasten, tie, or cover (something) with tape
: to record (something) on magnetic tape

tape

noun
\ ˈtāp How to pronounce tape (audio) \

Kids Definition of tape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a narrow strip of material that is sticky on one side and is used to stick one thing to another
5 : a narrow band of cloth or plastic He broke the tape and won the race.

tape

verb
taped; taping

Kids Definition of tape (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to fasten, cover, or hold up with sticky tape
2 : to make a recording of She taped their conversation.

tape

noun
\ ˈtāp How to pronounce tape (audio) \

Medical Definition of tape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a narrow band of woven fabric especially : adhesive tape
taped; taping

Medical Definition of tape (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten, tie, bind, cover, or support with tape and especially adhesive tape

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