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

  • noun A tape of cloth, paper, or steel marked off in a linear scale, as of inches or centimeters, for taking measurements.

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  • noun A graduated ribbon of cloth, plastic or metal used for measuring lengths.

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  • noun measuring instrument consisting of a narrow strip (cloth or metal) marked in inches or centimeters and used for measuring lengths


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