Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tape-measure or tape-line.
“Put a ruler/measuring-tape against the wall, step on it with your heel against the wall, let your foot settle in and measure the length to your longest toe.”
“The life — the one fragile life — that had been used as a measuring-tape of time by law, was in danger of being frayed away.”
“Having no measuring-tape with me, I stripped a ribbon of bark from a hickory sapling, carried it around the animal's body at the largest part, and marked it.”
“Mr. Colt rode off to his squad, and none too soon; for the men, startled by Mr. Isidore's sudden onslaught of authority and the explosive language in which he ordered them hither and thither, cursing one for his slowness with the measuring-tape, taking another by the shoulders and pushing him into position, began to show signs of mutiny.”
“Thorndyke had seen them, too, and already his measuring-tape was in his hand.”
“Thorndyke produced from his bag a small folding camera, a telescopic tripod, a surveyor's measuring-tape, a boxwood scale, and a sketch-block.”
“Even Mrs. Williams had appreciated that Wilbur and her literary superiority put them above and beyond the application of any snobbish, artificial, social measuring-tape.”
“But what most attracted her eye was a small flagstone turned up in the middle of the floor, a heap of earth beside it, and a measuring-tape.”
“The life -- the one fragile life -- that had been used as a measuring-tape of time by law, was in danger of being frayed away.”
“Is a contemptible little two-foot measuring-tape to be applied to such an action as that? ”
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