tape measure


a long, flexible strip or ribbon, as of cloth or metal, marked with subdivisions of the foot or meter and used for measuring.

Nearby words

  1. tape drive,
  2. tape echo,
  3. tape editing,
  4. tape grass,
  5. tape machine,
  6. tape player,
  7. tape recorder,
  8. tape recording,
  9. tape slap,
  10. tape streamer

Origin of tape measure

First recorded in 1835–45

Also called tape·line [teyp-lahyn] /ˈteɪpˌlaɪn/.

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British Dictionary definitions for tape measure

tape measure


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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