• Man reading ticker tape
    Man reading ticker tape
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Étape A public storehouse.
    • Étape In Russia, a prison or stockade for the confinement of prisoners in transit.
    • Étape (Mil) Supplies issued to troops on the march;
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  • Carl Zwanzig
    Carl Zwanzig
    “Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together.”
  • James L. Hayes
    James L. Hayes
    “Endless meetings, sloppy communications and red tape steal the entrepreneur's time.”
  • J. Mccabe
    J. Mccabe
    “A bureaucrat is a person who cuts red tape sideways.”
  • Guideposts
    “When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.”
  • Richard M. Nixon
    “I was under medication when I made the decision not to burn the tapes.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Little other than a red tape Talking-machine, and unhappy Bag of Parliamentary Eloquence.”


Red tape - This is a negative term for the official paperwork and bureaucracy that we have to deal with.
Tale of the tape - This idiom is used when comparing things, especially in sports; it comes from boxing where the fighters would be measured with a tape measure before a fight.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. Cf. Staple a mart


In literature:

Hovan did leave him time to study the first-contact tape and read the daily news summaries the Supreme had delivered as promised.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
Emperor Barton, do your records include twentieth-century entertainment tapes?
"Zeta Exchange" by Ann Wilson
Sew a loop of tape to one corner.
"Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet" by Anonymous
We saw the first transmission of this from the tape at the Pentagon.
"The Machine That Saved The World" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Undoubtedly, there'd be a spare recording of the tape he himself was making.
"Citadel" by Algirdas Jonas Budrys
Got the preset tapes installed and checked?
"Next Door, Next World" by Robert Donald Locke
The ticker clicks a sort of death-watch as the merciless tape, without hitch or let up, reels off destruction.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
In marking up for sewing on tapes, two marks will be necessary for each tape.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
Always use tapes narrower than the orifice of the cavity; they are preferable to rolls or ropes.
"Tin Foil and Its Combinations for Filling Teeth" by Henry L. Ambler
It was heavy, about as heavy as a tape-recorder ought to be.
"My Shipmate--Columbus" by Stephen Wilder
The soldered joint is then covered with rubber tape, and over this ordinary friction tape is wound on.
"Electricity for the farm" by Frederick Irving Anderson
Abruptly the droning stopped and a tape unravelled out of the side of the machine.
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg
As we are here for the deuce knows how long, the beloved army red tape and routine is coming into vogue again.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
The eternal tape line!
"The Dominant Dollar" by Will Lillibridge
But the thing's urgent, and there's red-tape!
"The Red Triangle" by Arthur Morrison
To do this, first tack on to it (as explained on page 251) a frame of strong tape.
"Art in Needlework" by Lewis F. Day
Meta punched in the last setting, and the course tape began to chunk out of the case.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Here a tape and there a wire had been carefully changed, but always the hoop kept its original form.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
Tape, as if he suspected some lurking irony beneath the bland innocence of his words.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
Then he set up the instruction tapes to make the miniature contacts.
"The Junkmakers" by Albert R. Teichner

In poetry:

He saw the School Close, sunny and green,
The runner beside him, the stand by the parapet wall,
The distant tape, and the crowd roaring between,
His own name over all.
"He Fell Among Thieves" by Sir Henry Newbolt
Love, like a runner in the marathon,
Had reached the tape but yet had lost all breath.
My love had lost the spirit and the soul
And body, lacking spirit, fell to death.
""I buried love and doomed myself to be..."" by Konstantin Simonov
"The doctors have belabor'd me
With potion and with pill:
My hours of life are counted,
O man of tape and quill!
Sit down and mend a pen or two,
I want to make my will.
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Here an old grey scholar stands.
His brooding eyes - That hold long vistas without end
Of caravans and trees and roads,
And cities dwindling in remembrance - Bend mostly on his tapes and thread.
"The Ghetto" by Lola Ridge
We are with France by bonds no seal
Of the stamped wax and tape can make,
Bonds no surprise of ambushed steel
With sneering devil's laughter break;
Nor need we any plighted speech
For our deep concord, each with each.
"We Are With France" by Richard Le Gallienne
The collar caught with honest tape when fleeting studs had gone;
The suit that said good-bye to cut the day he put it on;
The handsome stock the sisters built, the tassels on the hat,
The stout umbrella in the hand of manly Father Pat.
"Vale` - Father Pat" by John O Brien

In news:

Alleged counterfeiter caught on tape, Miss.
Crime scene tape blocks off the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo.
RUSSIAN is one of several languages children can get to know through Teach Me Tapes, foreign-language kits produced by a Minneapolis company of the same name.
For stubborn cartridge bottom bracket squeaks, use Teflon tape on the threads.
Ray Odierno shaved the comedian's head – under orders from President Obama – during one of four shows of the Colbert Report taped on location in Baghdad.
No criminality found on ACORN tapes.
He'll tape "The Tonight Show" tonight in Los Angeles, and vote tomorrow in Chicago.
Quick and easy way of making curve tape.
Tseng prescribes meds to undercover agent - caught on tape.
Again using tape as a guide, Ron cut out a rectangular section in the hood that will be used as a scoop.
Now here's a ribbon cutting event that even typically skeptical small-business owners can get behind: The federal government is cutting reams and reams of red tape.
Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj picked up the most trophies at the BET Hip Hop Awards, taped in Atlanta on October 1, which finally aired last night.
An agent said a photo of Elian Gonzalez bearing the words "Kick me" was taped to a box in the Miami district office.
To solve the problem, I built this tape dispenser that holds a variety of tape widths and types.
Blue tape, RED tape and Big Sunday wrap-up at the YMCA as The Handy Hazzan installs the final vinyl.

In science:

The signals were then one-bit digitized every 0.25 ms and recorded on magnetic tape for processing and analysis.
Radio Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds
The start time of each observation was recorded and was synchronized with an observatory time standard, and data were usually recorded on magnetic tape.
Radio Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds
Instead we define an input as that part of the input tape which the machine has read when it halts.
Algorithmic Chaos
We define K (x) similarly as above, with reference to a universal prefix machine that first reads 1n0 from the input tape and then simulates prefix machine n on the rest of the input.
Algorithmic Chaos
Two counters can simulate a tape, and therefore a two-counter machine is as powerful as a Turing machine.
Generalized Counters and Reversal Complexity
The tape head is now 1-way, and the counter is queried only on reading “$”.
Generalized Counters and Reversal Complexity
It yields a flnal background rate to tape of 5 Hz.
The CMS High Level Trigger
Our model is based on a standard multi-tape Turing machine.
Randomized Computations on Large Data Sets: Tight Lower Bounds
Some of the tapes of the machine, among them the input tape, represent the external memory.
Randomized Computations on Large Data Sets: Tight Lower Bounds
The remaining tapes of the Turing machine represent the internal memory.
Randomized Computations on Large Data Sets: Tight Lower Bounds
In other words (Theorem 8(a)), the multiset equality problem belongs to co-RST(2, O(log N ), 1). • When using nondeterministic machines, then (multi)set equality and checksort can be solved with three sequential scans on two external memory tapes and internal memory of size O(log N ).
Randomized Computations on Large Data Sets: Tight Lower Bounds
However, in bounded reversal Turing machines, the number of head reversals is limited on all tapes, whereas in our model there is no such restriction on the internal memory tapes.
Randomized Computations on Large Data Sets: Tight Lower Bounds
We note that their notion of external memory Turing machines signi ficantly differs from ours, as t heir machines only have a single external memory tape and process inputs that consist of a constant number m of input strings.
Randomized Computations on Large Data Sets: Tight Lower Bounds
In we studied those classes where only a single external memory tape is available and used methods from communication complexity to obtain lower bounds for these classes.
Randomized Computations on Large Data Sets: Tight Lower Bounds
As our basic model of computation, we use standard multi-tape nondeterministic Turing machines (NTMs, for short); cf., e.g., .
Randomized Computations on Large Data Sets: Tight Lower Bounds