videotape

noun
vid·​eo·​tape | \ ˈvi-dē-ō-ˌtāp How to pronounce videotape (audio) \

Definition of videotape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a recording of visual images and sound (as of a television production) made on magnetic tape also : the magnetic tape used for such a recording

videotape

verb
videotaped; videotaping; videotapes

Definition of videotape (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make a videotape of videotape a show

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Synonyms for videotape

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of videotape in a Sentence

Noun I watched the movie on videotape. watched a videotape of her daughter's first ballet recital Verb They videotaped the baby's first steps.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During his first presidential campaign, a videotape was publicized in which Trump bragged about grabbing women's vaginas. Debra Hale-shelton, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | DEBRA HALE-SHELTON: An end in sight for hypocrisy and cruelty," 7 Dec. 2020 Scouts typically see the same players on the same circuits and rely heavily on videotape and performance data. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, "MLB's diversity problem hits new low: There was one Black player in the World Series," 27 Nov. 2020 The ball caromed in for a score, but videotape indicated that Mr. Maradona had actually punched it in with his left fist. Liz Clarke, Washington Post, "Diego Maradona, inscrutable soccer star and Argentine legend, dies at 60," 25 Nov. 2020 Also displayed were newspaper clippings and videotape from Joseph’s days as a local high school football player, before poor grades cut short a promising future on the field. Marc Freeman, sun-sentinel.com, "Killer sent to death row for murdering mom and 11-year-old girl," 19 Nov. 2020 Fearing the police would trace gift cards bought anonymously at a California Safeway, Gilbert contrived to keep them from seeing any store videotape of the eBay worker buying the cards, the U.S. says. Janelle Lawrence, Bloomberg.com, "Macabre EBay Case Sees Second Ex-Police Captain Plead Guilty," 29 Oct. 2020 Scientists widely agree that the brain does not record memories like a videotape, contrary to what police hypnotists often tell subjects. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, "Hypnosis helped put this Texan on death row, his lawyers say. The Supreme Court could soon decide his fate," 9 Sep. 2020 The videotape of surviving such a tragedy brought tears to many in attendance. cleveland, "Remnant of World Trade Center receives a place of honor: Olmsted Dates and Data," 2 Nov. 2020 Hence, auditions were conducted virtually via videotape, and the student directors turned to Zoom, iMovie and Google Docs to brainstorm and ultimately create a digital production. Karen Ann Cullotta, chicagotribune.com, "New Trier High School students refuse to let pandemic cancel fall variety show, a tradition for more than 80 years," 25 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That's why throwers videotape their practices and matches, examining them for the tiniest flaw, all in hopes of earning an oversized championship medal. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Three Minnesotans will compete at World Axe Throwing Championships," 3 Dec. 2020 The judge said there’s no constitutional right to photograph or videotape the ballot-counting process. Erik Larson, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Loses Nevada Suit to Halt Ballot Count in Observer Suit," 2 Nov. 2020 Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, told the New York Times that Pennsylvania law does not allow poll watchers to videotape voters at drop boxes. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Trump campaign put on notice after videotaping Philadelphia voters at ballot boxes," 22 Oct. 2020 Bobby enjoyed himself afterwards, taking out his iPhone to videotape his two sons, while they were being interviewed by a TV station. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Casteel holds off Queen Creek before energized crowd to improve to 3-0," 17 Oct. 2020 Upon her release, Sibil began to videotape herself and their six children, all sons, in an act of devotion and faith. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Time,” Reviewed: A Vital and Passionate Documentary About a Family’s Confrontation with Carceral Injustice," 16 Oct. 2020 In some states, Republicans are training volunteers to watch and videotape the activity at drop boxes, according to a recent Reuters report. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Election poll watchers suddenly are in the spotlight. Here’s what they’re allowed to do," 11 Oct. 2020 Drozd ended up standing outside, behind one of the open doors and attempted to videotape through a glass pane a police struggle with a young Black man inside. oregonlive, "Federal mistrial declared after hung jury in civil case against Portland police sergeant," 10 Oct. 2020 In November 2016, Posobiec was ejected from Comet Pizza for trying to videotape a child’s birthday party. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Cruz engages in flame war with ‘Hellboy,’ in tweetstorm that spotlights peddler of ‘Pizzagate’ hoax," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of videotape

Noun

1953, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of videotape was in 1953

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11 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Videotape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/videotape. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for videotape

videotape

noun
How to pronounce videotape (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of videotape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: tape on which movies, television shows, etc., can be recorded
: a movie, TV program, etc., that is recorded on videotape

videotape

verb

English Language Learners Definition of videotape (Entry 2 of 2)

: to record (someone or something) on videotape

videotape

noun
vid·​eo·​tape | \ ˈvi-dē-ō-ˌtāp How to pronounce videotape (audio) \

Kids Definition of videotape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a recording of visual images and sound (as of a television production) made on magnetic tape
2 : the magnetic tape used for such a recording

videotape

verb
videotaped; videotaping

Kids Definition of videotape (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a videotape of

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