[ teyp ]
/ teɪp /
a long, narrow strip of linen, cotton, or the like, used for tying garments, binding seams or carpets, etc.
a long, narrow strip of paper, metal, etc.
verb (used with object), taped, tap·ing.
verb (used without object), taped, tap·ing.
to record something on magnetic tape.
Origin of tape
before 1000; Middle English; unexplained variant of tappe, Old English tæppe strip (of cloth), literally, part torn off; akin to Middle Low German teppen to tear, pluck
tape·less, adjectivetape·like, adjectivepre·tape, verb (used with object), pre·taped, pre·tap·ing.re·tape, verb (used with object), re·taped, re·tap·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for retape
/ (teɪp) /
a long thin strip, made of cotton, linen, etc, used for binding, fastening, etc
any long narrow strip of cellulose, paper, metal, etc, having similar uses
a string stretched across the track at the end of a race course
military slang, mainly British another word for stripe 1 (def. 3)
verb (mainly tr)
Also: tape-record (also intr) to record (speech, music, etc)
to furnish with tapes
to bind, measure, secure, or wrap with tape
(usually passive) British informal to take stock of (a person or situation); sum uphe's got the job taped
Derived Formstapelike, adjectivetaper, noun
Word Origin for tape
Old English tæppe; related to Old Frisian tapia to pull, Middle Dutch tapen to tear
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Idioms and Phrases with retape
see red tape.
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