Etymology
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tape (n.)

Old English tæppe "narrow strip of cloth used for tying, measuring, etc.," of uncertain origin; perhaps [Klein] a back-formation from Latin tapete "cloth, carpet," compare also Old Frisian tapia, Middle Low German tapen "to pull, pluck, tear." The original short vowel became long in Middle English.

Adhesive tape is from 1885; also in early use sometimes friction tape. 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-record (v.) is from 1950. Tape-measure is attested from 1873; tape-delay is from 1968.

tape (v.)

c. 1600, "furnish with tape," from tape (n.). Meaning "attach with adhesive tape" is from 1932; meaning "to make a tape recording" is from 1950. Related: Taped; taping.

updated on October 14, 2021

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Definitions of tape from WordNet
1
tape (n.)
a long thin piece of cloth or paper as used for binding or fastening;
he wrapped a tape around the package
he used a piece of tape for a belt
tape (n.)
a recording made on magnetic tape;
the several recordings were combined on a master tape
Synonyms: tape recording / taping
tape (n.)
the finishing line for a foot race;
he broke the tape in record time
tape (n.)
measuring instrument consisting of a narrow strip (cloth or metal) marked in inches or centimeters and used for measuring lengths;
the carpenter should have used his tape measure
Synonyms: tapeline / tape measure
tape (n.)
memory device consisting of a long thin plastic strip coated with iron oxide; used to record audio or video signals or to store computer information;
he took along a dozen tapes to record the interview
Synonyms: magnetic tape / mag tape
2
tape (v.)
fasten or attach with tape;
tape the shipping label to the box
tape (v.)
record on videotape;
Synonyms: videotape
tape (v.)
register electronically;
Synonyms: record
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