Tape measure

Tape measure
   This flexible tool was introduced in 1820 by Joseph Courts and is designed to accurately figure body measurements. Initially the British and Americans favored inches, while the French used the metric system. Today most tape measures contain both.

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  • tape measure — tape measures N COUNT A tape measure is a strip of metal, plastic, or cloth which has numbers marked on it and is used for measuring …   English dictionary

  • tape measure — ► NOUN ▪ a length of tape marked at graded intervals for measuring …   English terms dictionary

  • tape measure — [tāplīn΄] a tape with marks in inches, feet, centimeters, meters, etc. for measuring: also tapeline [tāplīn΄] n …   English World dictionary

  • tape measure — tape .measure n a long narrow band of cloth or steel, marked with centimetres, feet etc, used for measuring something …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tape measure — tape ,measure noun count a tool for measuring things that consists of a long narrow piece of cloth, soft plastic, or thin metal with numbers on it …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Tape measure — plastic tape measure (metric) Self retracting tape measure (imperial) …   Wikipedia

  • tape measure — noun 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 • Syn: ↑tape, ↑tapeline • Hypernyms: ↑measuring instrument,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tape measure — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms tape measure : singular tape measure plural tape measures a tool for measuring things that consists of a long narrow piece of cloth, soft plastic, or thin metal with numbers on it …   English dictionary

  • tape measure — matavimo juosta statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. measuring tape; tape measure vok. Bandmaß, n; Meßband, n rus. мерная лента, f; рулетка, f pranc. mesure à ruban, f; mètre à ruban, m; ruban à mesurer, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • tape measure — tape′ meas ure n. bui wam 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 [[t]ˈteɪpˌlaɪn[/t]] • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • tape measure — Synonyms and related words: Mystik tape, Scotch tape, adhesive tape, band, bandage, batten, belt, cellophane tape, cloth tape, fascia, fillet, friction tape, girdle, lath, ligula, ligule, list, masking tape, plank, plastic tape, ribband, ribbon,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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