[ vid-ee-oh-teyp ]
/ ˈvɪd i oʊˌteɪp /


magnetic tape on which the electronic impulses produced by the video and audio portions of a television program, motion picture, etc., are recorded (distinguished from audiotape).

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

to record (programs, etc.) on videotape.

Nearby words

  1. videophile,
  2. videophone,
  3. videoplay,
  4. videoporn,
  5. videorecorder,
  6. videotape recorder,
  7. videotex,
  8. videotext,
  9. vidette,
  10. videvdat

Origin of videotape

Related formsvid·e·o·tap·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for video tape

video tape


magnetic tape used mainly for recording the vision and sound signals of a television programme or film for subsequent transmission

verb video-tape

to record (a programme, film, etc) on video tape
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Word Origin and History for video tape



1953, from video + tape (n.). The verb is 1958, from the noun. Related: Videotaped; videotaping.

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