tape

noun
\ ˈtāp \

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

Over time, a lot of the insider must-haves in case of an emergency—like the fashion tape and sweat protectors that stylists carry in their kits—have become available to the public, thanks to brands like Hollywood Fashion Secrets. Ana Colón, Glamour, "8 Red Carpet Fashion Hacks Celebrity Stylists Swear By," 18 Jan. 2019 Ditch the packing tape and boxes this week, and spend your time getting all of your official documents in order. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Weekly Moving Checklist for a Smooth, Stress-Free Transition," 5 Dec. 2018 Flooding destroyed his home, including not only his piano but also his recording equipment, some album master tapes and his extensive archive of live recordings and Braille music manuscripts. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Henry Butler, Quintessential New Orleans Pianist, Is Dead at 69," 4 July 2018 Still, police tape and flexible fencing were still up on its new Boardwalk stairways. Amy S. Rosenberg, Philly.com, "Two new Atlantic City casinos open doors a day early," 27 June 2018 Hours after the shooting, police had blocked off streets near the facility with caution tape and squad cars. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Resident of Long Beach care facility held in fatal shooting of firefighter," 26 June 2018 After an extensive search, the leak was finally found and plugged with tape and gauze, and the air pressure inside the station has been stabilized. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Russia: The ISS Air Leak May Have Been Sabotage," 4 Sep. 2018 The shooting happened around 3:20 a.m. and the area around Davis Square Park has been sealed off with crime tape. CBS News, "ATF agent shot in head in Chicago, sparking manhunt," 4 May 2018 Back in October 2016, women incensed by Trump’s Access Hollywood tape organized a boycott on Trump family businesses, dubbed #GrabYourWallet, which heavily targeted the Ivanka Trump label. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Lobel plans to tape the first episode at the New England Cannabis Convention, which will be at the Hynes Convention Center on March 24 and 25. Meredith Goldstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Bob Lobel plans to host a podcast about pot," 11 Mar. 2018 Stuff the gloves with newspaper and tape them to the arms. A.c. Shilton, Popular Mechanics, "This DIY Halloween Monster Is a Perfect Project That's Good To Make With Kids Too," 22 Oct. 2018 There's no need to staple or tape the underlayment to the subfloor. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips for Installing Laminate Flooring," 26 Jan. 2017 Kelly had also lined up a job at WLVI-TV, and he was supposed to tape his first show July 14. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Four decades have passed since five men were found dead at the Blackfriars Pub in Boston," 12 July 2018 Politico first reported the efforts made by record-keeping officials in the Trump administration to tape back together papers Trump destroyed. Sarah Westwood, CNN, "Ex-WH aide says he was tasked with taping together Trump's torn-up papers," 11 June 2018 The event will tape Saturday, July 14, at the Hollywood Palladium in Southern California. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Cybill Shepherd to roast Bruce Willis," 28 June 2018 Lartey, his colleague Reginald Young Jr., a senior records management analyst, and other staffers in the records department would have to take pieces of paper of all different sizes sent from the White House and painstakingly tape them together. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, "Ex-WH aides describe 'adult puzzle' of taping up Trump's torn-up documents," 12 June 2018 When Kimberly Elkins needed relief from chronic pain, her fiancé, Aaron Rost, would tape a fentanyl patch to her chest or upper arm. Rosa Goldensohn, Anchorage Daily News, "They shared drugs. Someone died. Who is responsible?," 25 May 2018

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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 \

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 \

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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