• 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."

  • (trading, from ticker tape) The series of prices at which a financial instrument trades.

    "Don’t fight the tape."

  • 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."

  • Unthinking, patterned response triggered by a particular stimulus

    "Old couples sometimes will play tapes at each other during a fight."

  • 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."

  • Magnetic or optical recording media in a roll; videotape or audio tape.

    "Did you get that on tape?"

  • (ice hockey) The wrapping of the primary puck-handling surface of a hockey stick

    "His pass was right on the tape."


  • To record, particularly onto magnetic tape.

    "You shouldn’t have said that. The microphone was on and we were taping."

  • To bind with adhesive tape.

    "Can you tape that together, please?"

  • (informal, passive) To understand, figure out.

    "I've finally got this thing taped."

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