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microtape in Technology

hardware, storage
/mi:'kroh-tayp/ Occasionally used to mean a DECtape, as opposed to a macrotape.
Apparently the term "microtape" was actually the official term used within DEC for these tapes until someone coined the word "DECtape", which, of course, sounded sexier to the marketroids. Another version of the story holds that someone discovered a conflict with another company's "microtape" trademark.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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  • From the half open lid of a microtape compartment something long and dark projected, beating the air feebly.

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  • Dane picked up the microtape he had brought with him and went on down the corridor to return it.

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