Definition of tape noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//teɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//teɪp//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] a long narrow strip of magnetic material that is used for recording sounds, pictures or information see also magnetic tape, videotape
  2. 2  [countable] a cassette that contains sounds, or sounds and pictures, that have been recorded a blank tape (= a tape that has nothing recorded on it) I lent her my Bob Marley tapes. Police seized various books and tapes.
  3. 3  [uncountable] a long narrow strip of material with a sticky substance on one side that is used for sticking things together adhesive/sticky tape see also insulating tape, masking tape, Scotch tape™, Sellotape™
  4. 4[countable, uncountable] a narrow strip of material that is used for tying things together or as a label The papers were in a pile, tied together with a tape. see also red tape, ticker tape
  5. 5[countable] a long narrow strip of material that is stretched across the place where a race will finish the finishing tape
  6. 6[countable] = tape measure
  7. Word OriginOld English tæppa, tæppe; perhaps related to Middle Low German teppen ‘pluck, tear’.Extra examples Fit the carpet using double-sided tape. I got the whole concert on tape. I made another tape to play in the car. I sealed up the package with strong adhesive tape. Most companies already create tape backups and archives. Police are examining the incident, which was captured on tape. Someone had deliberately erased the tapes. The court heard that Ellis sold pirated tapes of Hollywood blockbusters. The data is stored on the magnetic tape. The panel released audio tapes of the attack. The singer was miming to a pre-recorded tape. The tape contained damning evidence. Use a steel tape measure to measure the dimensions of the room. What does this tape have on it? a compilation tape featuring new Irish bands a reel-to-reel tape player an adhesive tape dispenser bootleg tapes of Hollywood blockbusters her look of triumph as she broke the finishing tape tape loops of the same spoken phrase
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