Dictionary.com

tape measure

[ teyp-mezh-er ]
/ ˈteɪp ˌmɛʒ ər /
Save This Word!

noun
Also called tape·line [teyp-lahyn] /ˈteɪpˌlaɪn/ . a long, flexible strip or ribbon, as of cloth or metal, marked with subdivisions of the foot or meter and used for measuring.
adjective
Also tape-meas·ure. Baseball. (of a hit) having traveled so remarkably far that the distance, usually only estimated, is worth noting: This kid’s got so much power, even his foul balls are tape-measure shots.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON "WAS" VS. "WERE"!
Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Origin of tape measure

First recorded in 1835–45 for def. 1, and in 1950–55 for def. 2
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use tape measure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tape measure

tape measure

noun
a tape or length of metal marked off in inches, centimetres, etc, used principally for measuring and fitting garmentsAlso called (esp US): tapeline
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK