tape measure


noun

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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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
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