- a long, flexible strip or ribbon, as of cloth or metal, marked with subdivisions of the foot or meter and used for measuring.
Origin of tape measure
First recorded in 1835–45
Also called tape·line [teyp-lahyn] /ˈteɪpˌlaɪn/.
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Examples from the Web for tape measure
But the brisk, courteous person with the dividers and tape-measure is reassuring.The Perfect Gentleman
The tape-measure, of course, was a most essential part of the outfit.Our Pirate Hoard
Thomas A. Janvier
This can be done with sufficient accuracy by the use of a tape-measure.Voice Production in Singing and Speaking
Augustus Meredith, no less than George, blushed for the tape-measure daily.The Art of Letters
"A tape-measure I had in my pocket," replied she, smiling affably the while (sensation).Fanny Goes to War
- a tape or length of metal marked off in inches, centimetres, etc, used principally for measuring and fitting garmentsAlso called (esp US): tapeline
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