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Topic: RECORDING

Language: Old English
Origin: tæppe

tape

1 noun
     
tape1 S3 W3
1TD

for recording

a) [uncountable]TCR narrow plastic material covered with a special magnetic substance, on which you can record sounds, pictures, or computer information
on tape (=recorded on tape)
We've got the film on tape.
I hate hearing my voice on tape.
b) [countable]TCR a special plastic box containing a length of tape that you can record sound on [= cassette]:
I'll listen to the tape tomorrow.
William lent me some of his Beatles tapes.
tape of
We played a tape of African music and began dancing.
Bring me a blank tape and I'll record it for you.
c) TCR [countable] a special plastic box containing a length of tape that you can record sound and pictures on [= videotape]
2

sticky material

[uncountable]D a narrow length of plastic that is sticky on one side and is used to stick things together [= Sellotape BrE; = Scotch tape AmE]
a photo stuck to the wall with tape
3

thin piece of material

[uncountable and countable]DT a long thin piece of plastic or cloth used for purposes such as marking out an area of ground or tying things together:
Crime-scene tape marked out the position of the murdered man.
4

the tape

DS a string stretched out across the finishing line in a race and broken by the winner
5

for measuring

[countable]TZ a tape measure
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