ticker tape


: the paper ribbon on which a telegraphic ticker prints off its information

Examples of ticker tape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web History of rolling the oak trees at Toomer's Corner The tradition of covering Toomer's Corner in toilet paper has been an Auburn staple for decades, said to have begun when nearby drugstore, Toomer's Drugs, would throw ticker tape from telegraphs on powerlines when word was received of an away win. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2023 This weekday web, laced together by telephone, ticker tape, elevator, subway, and commuter train, made the modern city make sense. Curbed, 4 Jan. 2023 At noon the next day, Baltimore paraded the Orioles through town for 100,000 screaming followers as ticker tape and confetti rained down on the caravan of antique cars carrying the players. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 2 Aug. 2023 Anyone interested in World War II will be fascinated by the extensive collection of artifacts (like the ticker tape with the happy news), photos, and video. Rick Steves, Chicago Tribune, 13 June 2023 That has been true since the Giants rode down Montgomery Street under falling ticker tape on April 14, 1958, as hundreds of thousands turned out to welcome them and see the best player in baseball, Willie Mays. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Mar. 2023 Streets were papered with ticker tape, shredded phone books and tissue streamers. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 20 Oct. 2020 Brooks’s collection; interspersed with the images are short poems, sometimes just a line or two, that look like ticker tape from a ghostly world and read like messages in bottles cast out to sea by an emotionally marooned person with a surfeit of longing, hoping for love. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, 19 Dec. 2022 But the enduring memories of this pandemic season will be less about basketball than of nasal swabs, wiped out games and mostly absent fans, and for the moment in time when the fig leaf that cloaked the exploitation of big-time college athletes fluttered to the ground like ticker tape. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ticker tape was in 1895

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“Ticker tape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ticker%20tape. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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ticker tape

: the paper ribbon on which a telegraphic ticker prints
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