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 South Bend Tribune SOUTH BEND — Five games into what still looks on tape to be an All-American-type season, Notre Dame senior rover Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has been credited with a total of 21 tackles. Eric Hansen, The Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football's playoff potential showing up in numbers that matter," 27 Oct. 2020 In August, a video captured a police officer shooting a Black man, Jacob Blake, seven times in the back—among the most egregious of such incidents yet caught on tape—and the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, erupted in protest and rioting. David Bromwich, Harper's Magazine, "Is America Ungovernable?," 27 Oct. 2020 Musico made numerous statements on tape that will later be introduced as evidence, Townsend said. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer kidnap plot: possible citizen's arrest mentioned in March, prosecutor says," 24 Oct. 2020 Queen had 12 tackles last week against Washington, including a sensational one-handed throw-down on the goal line, a play Burrow no doubt saw on tape more than once. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Bengals vs. Ravens live stream (10/11): How to watch Burrow vs. Jackson online, TV, time," 11 Oct. 2020 But those who’ve watched Burrow on tape do not see a player daunted by the constant pressure. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens prepare for first matchup with Bengals QB Joe Burrow: ‘He just doesn’t feel like a rookie’," 9 Oct. 2020 The album’s idiosyncrasies — dogs barking (five canine collaborators are credited), body parts and pieces of furniture retooled as percussion instruments, mistakes caught on tape and left there — gesture to its homespun origins. New York Times, "7 Things to Do This Weekend," 8 Oct. 2020 Can thread any needle, showing touch on delicate saucers or firing crisp feeds on the tape as needed. Kyle Woodlief, USA TODAY, "NHL draft 2020: First-round picks, scouting reports of the players selected," 6 Oct. 2020 The victim is a 4-year-old boy who authorities say Jordan assaulted with a belt and a tape. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Montgomery grandmother charged with felony child abuse," 1 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The team was pleased to welcome back its student managers Monday, alleviating the need to have players and other staffers tape ankles and fill essential practice roles. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Might UCLA alter its tight end heavy offense? Chip Kelly says no," 12 Oct. 2020 Jeff Zeleny reported Tuesday night that Trump did tape a video earlier in the evening. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "What Trump and Fox News said about medical records transparency in 2016," 7 Oct. 2020 Rather than the array of in-person performances that have drawn thousands to Midtown Detroit in July, the fest would tape a lineup of artists for a broadcast event in the fall. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Don Was and Concert of Colors shake it up as culture-blending fest moves to TV and radio," 4 Oct. 2020 Podcast producers weren’t inspired to tape another episode because of the news per se. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Starved for time and privacy, India’s women are finding refuge in podcasts," 30 Sep. 2020 News and getting her hair and makeup done before going into the studio to tape that day's show. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "Giuliana Rancic Reassures Breast Cancer Survivors There's a Light at the End of the Tunnel," 23 Sep. 2020 The unscripted special is set to tape on September 10th, the date the show first premiered in 1990, and will air on around Thanksgiving, according to a press release. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, ""Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" mansion will be available on Airbnb," 14 Sep. 2020 Glover and the other series’ writers have completed the scripts for Seasons 3 and 4, with plans to tape them back to back. Lynn Elber, USA TODAY, "FX's 'Atlanta' is the latest victim of COVID-19, as virus delays filming of 2 seasons until 2021," 11 Sep. 2020 Pearson said PragerU flew him to Los Angeles in August to tape the show, which uses animation to tell the story of the terrorist attacks and the aftermath. al, "Remembering 9/11: UA freshman hosts PragerU video," 11 Sep. 2020

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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

31 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tape. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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