American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- 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.
- n. measuring instrument consisting of a narrow strip (cloth or metal) marked in inches or centimeters and used for measuring lengths
“At tree No. 129, de Britez takes out a tape measure and unspools it around the trunk.”
“We measure the biomass of these trees and their carbon sequestration," de Britez says as a ranger picks up the other end of the tape measure and writes down No. 129's stats.”
“Balthazzar took out his tape measure and slid it around her waist, and chest, and even her upper arms, and shook his head.”
“Young Lapointe took notes solemnly while Janvier unrolled his steel tape measure and called off figures.”
“Sketching floor plans on the back of a pizza box, he paced the living room, tape measure in hand.”
“English and Negrone brought a tape measure and camera and walked around the scene, snapping pictures and measuring the gangways and garage and distances from the alley.”
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