- a long, narrow strip of linen, cotton, or the like, used for tying garments, binding seams or carpets, etc.
- a long, narrow strip of paper, metal, etc.
- a strip of cloth, paper, or plastic with an adhesive surface, used for sealing, binding, or attaching items together; adhesive tape or masking tape.
- tape measure.
- a string stretched across the finishing line in a race and broken by the winning contestant on crossing the line.
- ticker tape.
- magnetic tape.
- a magnetic tape carrying prerecorded sound: a tape of a rock concert.
- to record something on magnetic tape.
Origin of tape
Examples from the Web for taping
During the summer of 2013, I had the pleasure of attending a taping of The Colbert Report.Ashton Kutcher’s History of Idiocy: Ubergate, Brownface, Joe Paterno, and More
November 20, 2014
Trebek has spent four television weeks, in reality four or five days of taping, with her.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
And Cosby showed up on a taping day wearing one of the sweaters.A Full-Length Bill Cosby Portrait: From Track Star to Ugly Sweaters
September 24, 2014
The taping created such a stir that late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had Nathan on to discuss the idea.Nathan Fielder’s Business Theater: ‘Dumb Starbucks’ Wasn’t a Prank
August 4, 2014
The McDaniel campaign originally denied any prior knowledge of the taping.The Strange Tale of the Tea Party Senate Hopeful and the Break-In
May 20, 2014
I would advise no one to attempt the Russian method of taping the jaws while the wolf is held by the seizers.Hunting in Many Lands
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
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
- 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)
- See magnetic tape, ticker tape, paper tape, tape recording
- 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
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.
Idioms and Phrases with taping
see red tape.