a ribbon of material, usually with a plastic base, coated on one side (single tape) or both sides (double tape) with a substance containing iron oxide, to make it sensitive to impulses from an electromagnet: used to record sound, images, data, etc.
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Also called electromagnetic tape, tape.
Origin of magnetic tape
First recorded in 1935–40
Words nearby magnetic tape
Definition for electromagnetic tape (2 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for electromagnetic tape
a long narrow plastic or metal strip coated or impregnated with a ferromagnetic material such as iron oxide, used to record sound or video signals or to store information in computersSometimes (informal) shortened to: mag tape
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Scientific definitions for electromagnetic tape
A plastic tape coated with iron oxide for use in magnetic recording.
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Cultural definitions for electromagnetic tape
A device for storing information, in which signals are recorded by lining up small bits of magnetic materials in the coating on the tape. Ordinary tape recorders use magnetic tape.
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