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Definition of tape noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] a long, narrow strip of material with a sticky substance on one side that is used for sticking things together adhesive tape see also insulating tape, insulating tape, masking tape, Scotch tape™
  2. 2[uncountable] a long, narrow strip of magnetic material that is used for recording sounds, pictures, or information see also magnetic tape, videotape
  3. 3[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.
  4. 4[countable] a long, narrow strip of material that is stretched across the place where a race will finish the finishing tape
  5. 5[countable] = tape measure
  6. 6[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
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: tape