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1 a long thin piece of cloth or paper as used for binding or fastening; "he used a piece of tape for a belt"; "he wrapped a tape around the package"
2 a recording made on magnetic tape; "the several recordings were combined on a master tape" [syn: tape recording, taping]
3 the finishing line for a foot race; "he broke the tape in record time"
4 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" [syn: tapeline, tape measure]
5 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" [syn: magnetic tape, mag tape]


1 fasten or attach with tape; "tape the shipping label to the box"
2 record on videotape [syn: videotape]
3 register electronically; "They recorded her singing" [syn: record] [ant: erase]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English tæppe



  1. 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.
  2. Magnetic or optical recording media in a roll, video tape or audio tape.
    Did you get that on tape?
  3. Unthinking, patterned response triggered by a particular stimulus
    Old couples sometimes will play tapes at each other during a fight.
  4. 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.
  5. (trading, from ticker tape) The series of prices at which a financial instrument trades.
    Don’t fight the tape.
  6. The wrapping of the primary puck-handling surface of hockey stick
    His pass was right on the tape.
flexible material with a sticky surface
video or audiocassette tape, adhesive tape


  1. To bind with adhesive tape.
    Can you tape that together, please?
  2. To record, particularly onto magnetic tape.
    You shouldn’t have said that. The microphone was on and we were taping.

Related terms




  • lang=fr|/tap/
  • SAMPA: /tap/


  1. a gentle touch
  2. a pat






no-noun-reg-m tap
  1. Alternative spelling of teip

Verb 1

  1. to lose

Verb 2

  1. Alternative spelling of teipe

Extensive Definition

Tape refers to a strip of long, thin and narrow matter, usually rolled up. Most commonly, it refers to:

Recording media

Adhesive tapes

  • Water activated or gummed tape
    • Gummed paper tape
    • Reinforced gummed tape
  • Heat activated tape
  • Drywall tape is paper, cloth, or mesh - sometimes with an adhesive

Other usages

tape in Spanish: Cinta
tape in French: Ruban
tape in Japanese: テープ
tape in Korean: 테이프
tape in Polish: Taśma
tape in Portuguese: Fita
tape in Simple English: Tape
tape in Swedish: Tejp

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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