tape measure


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tape measure

n.
A tape of cloth, paper, or steel marked off in a linear scale, as of inches or centimeters, for taking measurements. Also called tapeline.

tape measure

n
(Knitting & Sewing) a tape or length of metal marked off in inches, centimetres, etc, used principally for measuring and fitting garments. Also called (esp US): tapeline

tape′ meas`ure


n.
a long, flexible strip or ribbon, as of cloth or metal, marked with subdivisions of the foot or meter and used for measuring. Also called tape•line (ˈteɪpˌlaɪn)
[1835–45]
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Noun1.tape measure - measuring instrument consisting of a narrow strip (cloth or metal) marked in inches or centimeters and used for measuring lengthstape measure - 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"
measuring device, measuring instrument, measuring system - instrument that shows the extent or amount or quantity or degree of something
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As he spoke, he whipped a tape measure and a large round magnifying glass from his pocket.
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Dona Rita described amusingly how she had to stand in the middle of her room while Rose walked around her with a tape measure noting the figures down on a small piece of paper which was then sent to the maker, who presently returned it with an angry letter stating that those proportions were altogether impossible in any woman.
Driving a peg, with great nicety, into the ground, at the precise spot where the beetle fell, my friend now produced from his pocket a tape measure.
Taking, now, the tape measure from the nearest point of the trunk to the peg, as before, and continuing the extension in a straight line to the distance of fifty feet, a spot was indicated, removed, by several yards, from the point at which we had been digging.
The world of tape measures and calico counters seemed so far away; the interior of his quondam lodgings in a by-street of Islington, so unfamiliar and impossible.
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