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

tape recording, vid, video, videotape

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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

In 2018 the National Election Office ruled thousands of postal votes invalid because the tamper-proof tape on the envelopes had been opened. The Economist, "How Viktor Orban hollowed out Hungary’s democracy," 29 Aug. 2019 Then there's the claim of false light, which is the law's mix-tape of privacy and defamation. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Cardi B Must Face Lawsuit Over Distinctive Tattoo on Album Cover," 23 Aug. 2019 Many of the tapes were worn, their magnetic information lost to time. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Earth's inner core is doing something weird," 19 Aug. 2019 There's audio tape of Manson's recording sessions at famed Gold Star Studios and Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson's home studio - including Manson's now-chilling, nervous-nutso, between-song banter. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Connecting Charles Manson’s music to the murders," 14 Aug. 2019 The tape from Coburn’s final seasons at Westfield is filled with disruptive dominance. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas DT Keondre Coburn ready to step into spotlight," 14 Aug. 2019 The study involved two days of tape-recording children between the ages of four and six. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Study Suggests Doing One Simple Thing Is 'Almost Magical' for Your Child's Brain Development," 2 Aug. 2019 The man who claimed to have caught the animal was holding the three-foot reptile, and there was black tape around its jaws when Chicago park district security responded Saturday night, the police department said in a statement. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "Chicago police are investigating claims of a second alligator caught in a park's lagoon," 28 July 2019 There are, at least so far, no tapes like the ones that came out of Richard Nixon’s office. Joyce White Vance, Time, "This Might Be the Most Important Exchange in the Mueller Testimony," 25 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The network flew Sheila, Becca and Evana to California to tape on the show, which Becca said will air this fall. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s Cecil’s Delicatessen marks 70 years of serving up matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwiches and more," 27 June 2019 The skill in the other bouts will vary, but the 20 fighters expected to tape up their hands and slip on gloves aboard the Midway Museum come from a field of about 60 or 70 candidates, Casillas said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Battle of Badges’ aboard USS Midway Museum raises money for youth boxing program," 14 June 2019 Now tape them into 52 new cards, each one a mosaic of the original cards. Quanta Magazine, "Networks Untangle Malaria’s Deadly Shuffle," 15 Oct. 2015 The Broad City star will tape The Planet Is Burning in Houston Ilana Glazer is back with another big project post-Broad City. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Ilana Glazer is releasing her first stand-up special on Amazon," 11 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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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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