tape

[teyp]

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for untaped

tape

noun

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 untaped

tape

n.

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.

tape

v.

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 untaped

tape

see red tape.

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