- a strong, narrow, woven strip of cotton, linen, etc. used to bind seams in garments, tie bundles, etc.
- a narrow strip or band of steel, paper, etc.
- a strip of cloth stretched between posts above the finishing line of a race
- tape measure
- adhesive tape, friction tape, magnetic tape, ticker tape, etc.
Origin of tapeMiddle English ; from Old English tæppe, a fillet, akin to tæppa: see tap
- to put tape on or around, as for binding or tying
- to measure by using a tape measure
- to record (sound, video material, computer data, etc.) on magnetic tape
- a. A continuous narrow, flexible strip of cloth, metal, paper, or plastic, such as adhesive tape, magnetic tape, or ticker tape.b. A narrow strip of strong woven fabric, as that used in sewing or bookbinding.c. A string stretched across the finish line of a racetrack to be broken by the winner.
- a. A length, reel, or cassette of magnetic tape.b. A recording made on magnetic tape.
- A tape measure.
verbtaped, tap·ing, tapes
- To fasten, secure, strengthen, or wrap with a tape: taped the box so that it wouldn't fall apart.
- To record (sounds or pictures) on magnetic tape or other electronic storage medium: The reporter taped the interview.
- To measure with a tape measure.
Origin of tapeMiddle English, strip of cloth, from Old English *tæppe or *tæppa (attested only in the plural tæppan).
- Flexible material in a roll with a sticky surface on one or both sides, adhesive tape.
- Hand me some tape. I need to fix a tear in this paper.
- Magnetic or optical recording media in a roll, video tape or audio tape.
- Did you get that on tape?
- Unthinking, patterned response triggered by a particular stimulus
- Old couples sometimes will play tapes at each other during a fight.
- Thin and flat paper, plastic or similar flexible material, usually produced in the form of a roll.
- After the party there was tape all over the place.
- (trading, from ticker tape) The series of prices at which a financial instrument trades.
- Don't fight the tape.
- (ice hockey) The wrapping of the primary puck-handling surface of hockey stick
- His pass was right on the tape.
(third-person singular simple present tapes, present participle taping, simple past and past participle taped)
- To bind with adhesive tape.
- Can you tape that together, please?
- To record, particularly onto magnetic tape.
- You shouldn't have said that. The microphone was on and we were taping.
- (informal, passive) To understand, figure out.
- I've finally got this thing taped.
Old English tÃ¦ppe.