• Man reading ticker tape
    Man reading ticker tape
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tape register electronically "They recorded her singing"
    • v tape record on videotape
    • v tape fasten or attach with tape "tape the shipping label to the box"
    • n tape 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"
    • n tape 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"
    • n tape a recording made on magnetic tape "the several recordings were combined on a master tape"
    • n tape 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"
    • n tape the finishing line for a foot race "he broke the tape in record time"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Post-It Notes, which are adhesive notes, were invented while looking for a way to improve the acrylate adhesive found in tapes
    • Tape A narrow fillet or band of cotton or linen; a narrow woven fabric used for strings and the like; as, curtains tied with tape .
    • Tape A tapeline; also, a metallic ribbon so marked as to serve as a tapeline; as, a steel tape .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you put a piece of scotch tape on an inflated balloon, then stick it with a small pin or needle, it won't pop.
    • n tape A measuring-tape which has one or more flexible wires woven into its length so that stretching may be prevented when the tape is used out of doors in wet weather. The steel tape has replaced this.
    • n tape A band of linen; an ornamental fillet or piece.
    • n tape A narrow strip of linen or of cotton, white or dyed of different colors, used as string for tying up papers, etc., or sewed to articles of apparel, to keep them in position, give strength, etc.
    • n tape A narrow, flexible band of any strong fabric, rotating on pulleys, which presses and guides the movement of sheets in a printing-machine or paper-folding machine.
    • n tape In telegraphy, the strip of paper used in a printing telegraph-instrument.
    • n tape A tape-line; a tape-measure.
    • n tape A long narrow fillet or band of metal or mineral: as, a corundum tape.
    • n tape Red tape. See the phrase below.
    • n tape A tapeworm.
    • n tape Spirituous or fermented drink.
    • n tape Hence— The transaction of public business as if it consisted essentially in the making, indorsing, taping, and filing of papers in regular routine; excessive attention to formality and routine without regard to the right of the government or of the parties concerned to a reasonably speedy conclusion of the case.
    • tape To furnish with tape or tapes; attach tape to; tie up with tape; in bookbinding, to join the sections of (a book) by bands of tape.
    • tape To draw out as tape; extend.
    • n tape A mole.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The little bits of paper left over when holes are punched in data cards or tape are called Chad.
    • n Tape tāp a narrow fillet or band of woven work, used for strings, &c.: a strong flexible band rotating on pulleys for directing the sheets in a printing-machine: the strip of paper used in a printing-telegraph instrument, &c.:
    • v.t Tape to furnish, or tie up, with tape: to extend
    • n Tape tāp (slang) liquor
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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
AS. tæppe, a fillet. Cf. Tapestry Tippet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tæppe, a fillet—L. tapete—Gr. tapēs.


In literature:

He turned the shoes over, made some measurements with a marked tape, and looked minutely at the bottoms.
"The Woman in Black" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Telt had some of his instruments open on the chart table and was examining a tape with a pocket magnifier when Brion entered.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
If it's an ordinary government deal, you know how many light-years of red tape are involved.
"Security" by Poul William Anderson
My father sent in a verbal tape report.
"Mezzerow Loves Company" by Floyd L. Wallace
Finally, he poked the activator bar, and watched as the machine spat out tape.
"The Players" by Everett B. Cole
Then the general motioned to the clerk seated in the corner by a tape recorder.
"Warning from the Stars" by Ron Cocking
In this case Mrs. Smiley cannot reach the table with her knees and her feet secured by tape nailed to the bookcase.
"The Shadow World" by Hamlin Garland
They have the date of their manufacture, 1789, and the initials of the weaver, and have linen tapes woven in at each side.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Calling two of his seamen below Dave produced a tape measure.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
Kweiros reached into the compartment, to take out several tape reels.
"Indirection" by Everett B. Cole

In poetry:

That dandy trim the Bodkin slim
Danced with Miss Tape-measure,
But he stepped on her trail, and she called him "a whale,"
And that put an end to their pleasure.
"The Needle and Thread" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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
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:

Kassette Klub, Polk, Teenage Disco Bloodbath, YDLMIER Tapes, Topshelf.
Kassette Klub, Polk, Teenage Disco Bloodbath , YDLMIER Tapes, Topshelf.
When building a boat, cardboard and duct tape are not the first supplies you reach for.
Bill Saxton, manager of the Wasatch Brew Pub, blocks off the entrance with caution tape after an early morning fire in Park City on Friday, Nov 9, 2012.
Washington Post columnist David Broder speaks during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios August 10, 2008 in Washington, DC.
Violent Internet cafe robberies on tape.
The buckling seawall is draped with caution tape.
Archives Releases More Watergate Tapes.
Dogs' OL Burnette gets answer he was hoping for with taped marriage proposal.
That heavily taped right elbow isn't getting any better.
Show To Be Taped For CPTV.
Be ready to deal with huge bureaucracies and lots of red tape.
Years again, when I was hosting the Children's Miracle Network Telethon, we used to travel to Disneyland in California each year to attend classes and tape our promos.
Duck tape, duct tape Category: Photos.
Born of WWII necessity, duct tape is the Swiss army knife of tape.

In science:

Note that we put no restriction on the running time or the space used on the first t tapes of an (r, s, t )-bounded Turing machine.
Randomized Computations on Large Data Sets: Tight Lower Bounds
Instead of tapes (as a Turing machine), an NLM operates on t lists.
Randomized Computations on Large Data Sets: Tight Lower Bounds
The new string w that is written in the tape cells consists of the current state a, the content of the list cells read before the transition, and the nondeterministic choice c.
Randomized Computations on Large Data Sets: Tight Lower Bounds
Let r, s : N → N, t ∈ N, and let T = (Q, S, D, q0 , F, Facc) be an (r, s, t )-bounded NTM with a total number of t+u tapes and with {2, #} ⊆ S.
Randomized Computations on Large Data Sets: Tight Lower Bounds
The lists of M represent the external memory tapes of T .
Randomized Computations on Large Data Sets: Tight Lower Bounds