tape drive


noun Computers.

a program-controlled device that reads data from or writes data on a magnetic tape which moves past a read-write head.

Nearby words

  1. tapajós,
  2. tapas,
  3. tapazole,
  4. tape,
  5. tape deck,
  6. tape echo,
  7. tape editing,
  8. tape grass,
  9. tape machine,
  10. tape measure

Origin of tape drive

First recorded in 1950–55

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British Dictionary definitions for tape drive

tape drive

noun

computing a device for reading from or writing to magnetic tape
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