verb (used with object), taped, tap·ing.

verb (used without object), taped, tap·ing.

to record something on magnetic tape.

Origin of tape

before 1000; Middle English; unexplained variant of tappe, Old English tæppe strip (of cloth), literally, part torn off; akin to Middle Low German teppen to tear, pluck
Related formstape·less, adjectivetape·like, adjectivepre·tape, verb (used with object), pre·taped, pre·tap·ing.re·tape, verb (used with object), re·taped, re·tap·ing.un·taped, adjective
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Examples from the Web for taping

Contemporary Examples of taping

Historical Examples of taping

  • I would advise no one to attempt the Russian method of taping the jaws while the wolf is held by the seizers.

  • Box sextant, used as giving angular accuracy to any of the foregoing; most useful with taping, and in following.

  • Lifting and carrying and shoving; cornering and taping and lacing—it seemed as though the afternoon would never wear to an end.

    The Long Day

    Dorothy Richardson

  • Scotty spent the time on a small repair job, taping up the neoprene gasoline hoses that carried fuel to the houseboat motors.

    The Flying Stingaree

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • In Lockley's state of mind, the taping took away all authority from the voices.

    Operation Terror

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

British Dictionary definitions for taping



a long thin strip, made of cotton, linen, etc, used for binding, fastening, etc
any long narrow strip of cellulose, paper, metal, etc, having similar uses
a string stretched across the track at the end of a race course
military slang, mainly British another word for stripe 1 (def. 3)

verb (mainly tr)

Also: tape-record (also intr) to record (speech, music, etc)
to furnish with tapes
to bind, measure, secure, or wrap with tape
(usually passive) British informal to take stock of (a person or situation); sum uphe's got the job taped
Derived Formstapelike, adjectivetaper, noun

Word Origin for tape

Old English tæppe; related to Old Frisian tapia to pull, Middle Dutch tapen to tear
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Word Origin and History for taping



Old English tæppe "narrow strip of cloth used for tying, measuring, etc.," of uncertain origin, perhaps a back-formation from Latin tapete "carpet." The original short vowel became long in Middle English.

Tape recorder "device for recording sound on magnetic tape" first attested 1932; from earlier meaning "device for recording data on ticker tape" (1892), from tape in the sense of "paper strip of a printer" (1884). Tape-measure is attested from 1873; tape-delay is from 1968.



c.1600, from tape (n.); meaning "to make a tape recording" is from 1950. Related: Taped; taping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with taping


see red tape.

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