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

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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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 With webs as their guide, the team developed a new type of tape that works in environments with high levels of moisture, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Double-Sided Tape Inspired by Spiderwebs Could Revolutionize Surgery," 1 Nov. 2019 In laboratories across the world, physicists rushed out to buy their own rolls of tape and pull apart slices of graphene. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "A Physics Magic Trick: Take 2 Sheets of Carbon and Twist," 30 Oct. 2019 Winter and spring offer the grippiest rock, but that iconic grit will also chew the flesh right off your fingers, so pack plenty of tape and antibiotic ointment. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, "The Ultimate Joshua Tree National Park Travel Guide," 28 Oct. 2019 But the family's lawyer said just look at the tape. CBS News, "New video sheds light on deadly Fresno police shooting of unarmed teen suspect as he fled," 24 Oct. 2019 By now, five or six of the scouts had evaluated Brown, either in person or on tape. Oliver Staley, Quartz at Work, "How the NFL separates good from great when evaluating talent," 24 Oct. 2019 That was all the older runner needed to power down the homestretch, leaning for a victory at the tape. Los Angeles Times, "Hurdles champion Dalilah Muhammad is ‘a tiger walking alone in the jungle’," 18 Oct. 2019 The Rebel Kitchen is housed in four gazebos customised with various pieces of tarpaulin and lots of gaffa tape. The Economist, "How to feed a protest movement: cooking with Extinction Rebellion," 18 Oct. 2019 Boone-Doty said on the tape, according to The Washington Post. Fox News, "Chicago jury convicts gangbanger who executed 9-year-old in revenge killing," 4 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Staff who handle records have had to retrieve the burn bags from the residence, put the papers out on a table and tape them back together to preserve them as official presidential records, this person said. Washington Post, "Anatomy of the phone call now imperiling Trump’s presidency," 12 Oct. 2019 Staff who handle records have had to retrieve the burn bags from the residence, put the papers out on a table and tape them back together to preserve them as official presidential records, this person said. Anchorage Daily News, "Anatomy of the phone call now imperiling Trump’s presidency," 12 Oct. 2019 Take the other two cups and tape them together with their tops facing each other. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Train Wheel Science," 12 Sep. 2019 Steinberg's co-host for Promoter 101 is Luke Pierce and the two will tape their final show in October at the IEBA conference in Nashville. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Promoter 101 Podcast Creates Merch Line to Benefit MusiCares," 28 Aug. 2019 In May, the network flew three family members from Cecil’s — owner Sheila Leventhal, her daughter Becca Kvasnik and granddaughter Evana — to California to tape the show. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Cecil’s Deli to be featured in first episode of new Food Network show," 16 Aug. 2019 For good measure, extra tardigrades were stuck to tape that that was attached to the library. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A Crashed Spacecraft Might Have Put Earth’s Most Indestructible Organisms on the Moon," 8 Aug. 2019 Umpires allowed the right-hander to go to the clubhouse so trainers could tape the toe and insert a pad in his shoe to reduce friction, causing a five-minute delay. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "Angels survive a couple of scares to Jaime Barria and Luke Bard in loss," 4 Aug. 2019 Other outlets may tape Saturday’s proceedings, which run all day in the capital city of Columbia, but may not broadcast anything until three hours after its afternoon conclusion. Washington Post, "MSNBC deal with South Carolina Dems rankles media," 19 June 2019

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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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Time Traveler for tape

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

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Last Updated

17 Nov 2019

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“Tape.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taped. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for tape

tape

noun
How to pronounce tape (audio)

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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