- 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.
- a strip of cloth, paper, or plastic with an adhesive surface, used for sealing, binding, or attaching items together; adhesive tape or masking tape.
- tape measure.
- a string stretched across the finishing line in a race and broken by the winning contestant on crossing the line.
- ticker tape.
- magnetic tape.
- a magnetic tape carrying prerecorded sound: a tape of a rock concert.
- to record something on magnetic tape.
Origin of tape
- 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)
- See magnetic tape, ticker tape, paper tape, tape recording
- 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
Word Origin for tape
Old English tæppe "narrow strip of cloth used for tying, measuring, etc.," of uncertain origin, perhaps a back-formation from Latin tapete "carpet." The original short vowel became long in Middle English.
Tape recorder "device for recording sound on magnetic tape" first attested 1932; from earlier meaning "device for recording data on ticker tape" (1892), from tape in the sense of "paper strip of a printer" (1884). Tape-measure is attested from 1873; tape-delay is from 1968.
c.1600, from tape (n.); meaning "to make a tape recording" is from 1950. Related: Taped; taping.
see red tape.