• (British, America) IPA: /teɪ̯p/, [tʰeɪ̯p]


  1. Flexible material in a roll with a sticky surface on one or both sides; adhesive tape.
    Hand me some tape. I need to fix a tear in this paper.
  2. Thin and flat paper, plastic or similar flexible material, usually produced in the form of a roll.
    After the party there was tape all over the place.
  3. Finishing tape, stretched across a track to mark the end of a race.
    Jones broke the tape in 47.77 seconds, a new world record.
  4. Magnetic or optical recording media in a roll; videotape or audio tape.
    Did you get that on tape?
  5. (informal, by extension) Any video or audio recording, regardless of the method used to produce it.
    • 2018, Susan Edelman, New York Post, 18 Aug 2018
      “It was one of the most severe beatings they’ve seen on tape,” an FDNY insider said, recalling the reaction by brass who viewed video of the bloody fisticuffs.
  6. (informal) An unthinking, patterned response triggered by a particular stimulus.
    Old couples will sometimes play tapes at each other during a fight.
  7. (trading, from ticker tape) The series of prices at which a financial instrument trades.
    Don’t fight the tape.
  8. (ice hockey) The wrapping of the primary puck-handling surface of a hockey stick
    His pass was right on the tape.
  9. (printing, historical) A strong flexible band rotating on pulleys for directing the sheets in a printing machine.
Translations Verb

tape (tapes, present participle taping; past and past participle taped)

  1. To bind with adhesive tape.
    Be sure to tape your parcel securely before posting it.
  2. To record, particularly onto magnetic tape.
    You shouldn’t have said that. The microphone was on and we were taping.
  3. (informal, passive) To understand, figure out.
    I've finally got this thing taped.
Related terms
  • roll tape
  • tape off
Translations Translations
  • Russian: записывать
  • Spanish: grabar

This text is extracted from the Wiktionary and it is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license | Terms and conditions | Privacy policy 0.003
Offline English dictionary