- Also called cassette tape. a compact case containing a length of magnetic tape that runs between two small reels: used for recording or playback of audio or video in a tape recorder, cassette deck, video camera, or VCR, and for storage of data by some small computer systems.See also audiocassette, videocassette.
- Photography. a lightproof metal or plastic container for a roll of film, having a single spool for supplying and rewinding the film.
- a replaceable or refillable cartridge in a typewriter or printer that contains the ribbon or ink.
- a case or tray in a printer or copier that holds the paper.
Origin of cassette
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- a plastic container for magnetic tape, as one inserted into a tape deck
- (as modifier)a cassette recorder
- photog another term for cartridge (def. 5)
- films a container for film used to facilitate the loading of a camera or projector, esp when the film is used in the form of a loop
- the injection of genes from one species into the fertilized egg of another species
C18: from French: little box; see case ²
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Word Origin and History for cassette-tape
1793, "little box," from French cassette, from Middle French casset, diminutive of Old North French casse "box" (see case (n.2)). Meaning "magnetic tape recorder cartridge" is from 1960.
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