Definition of paper tape in English:

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paper tape

Pronunciation: /ˈpāpər ˌtāp/

noun

1Paper in the form of a long narrow strip.
Example sentences
  • Dad would carefully cut the ends and then everyone would package the cigarettes in bundles of ten, secured with paper tape: 10 cigarettes, 30 yen.
  • Use paper tape or a nonadherent dressing on frail skin and gently remove it.
  • The surgeon will apply some sterile paper tape to support the eyelids after surgery, which is normally removed after three to five days.
1.1Paper in the form of a long narrow strip with holes punched in it, used in older computer systems for conveying data or instructions.
Example sentences
  • A 35-year veteran of General Mills, he started as a computer operator working with punch cards and paper tape.
  • With glowing valves and copious amounts of paper tape the Met Office finally embraced the computer age in 1959 and purchased a Ferranti Mercury, which was nicknamed Meteor.
  • About the same time I was told that the paper tape as a means of computer input was dead.

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Syllabification: pa·per tape

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