tape measure

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Origin of tape measure

First recorded in 1835–45
Also called tape·line [teyp-lahyn] /ˈteɪpˌlaɪn/.
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Related Words for tape measure

tape

Examples from the Web for tape measure

Historical Examples of tape measure

  • But the brisk, courteous person with the dividers and tape-measure is reassuring.

    The Perfect Gentleman

    Ralph Bergengren

  • 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.

  • Augustus Meredith, no less than George, blushed for the tape-measure daily.

  • "A tape-measure I had in my pocket," replied she, smiling affably the while (sensation).

    Fanny Goes to War

    Pat Beauchamp


British Dictionary definitions for tape measure

tape measure

noun
  1. 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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