from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A device that reads data stored on magnetic tape and writes data onto the tape for storage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun computing, archaic A cassette drive.
  • noun computing, archaic A reel-to-reel tape machine for computers.
  • noun computing A tape cartridge interface for computers that reads and/or writes to a tape.
  • noun A drive mechanism that is used to traverse a tape.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a mechanism that transports magnetic tape across the read/write heads of a tape playback/recorder


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