What is tape?

  • (noun): 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.
    Synonyms: magnetic tape, mag tape
    See also — Additional definitions below


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

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Sampler (musical Instrument) - Historical Overview
... SP-1200 Prior to computer memory-based samplers, musicians used tape replay keyboards, which store recordings on analog tape ... When a key is pressed the tape head contacts the tape and plays a sound ... but such systems were expensive and heavy due to the multiple tape mechanisms involved, and the range of the instrument was limited to three octaves at ...
Electrical Tape - Varieties
... A wide variety of electrical tapes is available some for highly specialized purposes ... Electricians generally use only black tape for insulation purposes ... (In fact, the coloured tape is referred to as "phasing tape".) This is done on large wire which is available only in black insulation ...
Electrical Tape - History
... The original electrical insulating tape was made of cloth tape impregnated with Chatterton's compound, an adhesive material manufactured using Gutta-percha ... This type of tape was often used to insulate soldered splices on knob and tube wiring ... of the vinyl film an oily quality and degrading every tape adhesive known ...
Hot Metal Typesetting - Types of Typesetting - Monotype
... with the ability of the Composition Caster to cast loose type using a paper tape operated automatic casting machine ... The paper tape would be first generated on a keyboard and then used to cast the type, the tape could be stored for future casting for subsequent editions ...
Electrical Tape
... Electrical tape (or insulating tape) is a type of pressure-sensitive tape used to insulate electrical wires and other material that conduct electricity ... Electrical tape for class H insulation is made of fiberglass cloth ...

More definitions of "tape":

  • (noun): The finishing line for a foot race.
    Example: "He broke the tape in record time"
  • (noun): A recording made on magnetic tape.
    Example: "The several recordings were combined on a master tape"
    Synonyms: tape recording, taping
  • (noun): Measuring instrument consisting of a narrow strip (cloth or metal) marked in inches or centimeters and used for measuring lengths.
    Example: "The carpenter should have used his tape measure"
    Synonyms: tapeline, tape measure
  • (verb): Record on videotape.
    Synonyms: videotape
  • (verb): Fasten or attach with tape.
    Example: "Tape the shipping label to the box"
  • (noun): A long thin piece of cloth or paper as used for binding or fastening.
    Example: "He used a piece of tape for a belt"; "he wrapped a tape around the package"
  • (verb): Register electronically.
    Synonyms: record

Famous quotes containing the word tape:

    I could buy one
    Tape and get another free. I accept- Ed the deal, paid for one tape and
    Chose a free one. But since I’ve been
    Repeatedly billed for my free tape.
    John Ashbery (b. 1927)

    We shall see but little way if we require to understand what we see. How few things can a man measure with the tape of his understanding! How many greater things might he be seeing in the meanwhile!
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)