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Tape or Tapes may refer to:


Tape is long, narrow, thin strip of material usually used to stick things together. (see also Ribbon (disambiguation):

Adhesive tapes[edit]

  • Adhesive tape, any of many varieties of backing materials coated with an adhesive
  • Athletic tape, pressure-sensitive tape that holds muscles or bones in certain positions
  • Box-sealing tape, a pressure-sensitive tape used for closing or sealing corrugated fiberboard boxes
  • Copper tape (or slug tape), adhesive-backed copper tape used to keep slugs and snails out of certain areas
  • Double-sided tape, any pressure-sensitive tape that is coated with adhesive on both sides
  • Duct tape, cloth- or scrim-backed pressure-sensitive tape often coated with polyethylene
  • Elastic therapeutic tape
  • Electrical tape, a type of pressure-sensitive tape used to insulate electrical wires and other materials that conduct electricity
  • Filament tape, a pressure-sensitive tape used for several packaging functions
  • Gaffer tape, a strong, tough, cotton cloth pressure-sensitive tape with strong adhesive properties
  • Heat tape, a system used to maintain or raise the temperature of pipes and vessels to protect pipes from freezing or maintain a constant flow temperature
  • Hockey tape, cloth-based self-adhesive tape used by ice hockey, roller hockey, and lacrosse players
  • Masking tape, also known as painter's tape or sticky tape, a type of pressure-sensitive tape made of a thin and easy-to-tear paper, and an easily released pressure-sensitive adhesive
  • Pressure-sensitive tape, adhesive tape that will stick with application pressure, without the need for solvent, heat, or water
  • Scotch Tape, a brand name used for certain pressure-sensitive tapes manufactured by 3M
  • Self-amalgamating tape, a non-tacky silicone-rubber tape which when stretched and wrapped around items amalgamates itself into a strong insulating layer
  • Surgical tape, or medical tape, a form of pressure-sensitive adhesive tape used in medicine and first aid as a bandage to hold a dressing onto a wound
  • Twill tape, a flat twill-woven ribbon of cotton, linen, polyester, or wool used in sewing

Markings or signals[edit]

  • Barricade tape, also known as caution tape or police tap, resilient plastic tape of a signal color to catch the attention of passerby
  • Detectable tape, a tape buried near underground structures to make them visible to utility location devices
  • Flagging (tape), a colored non-adhesive tape used in marking objects

Recording media[edit]

  • Compact Cassette or cassette tape, a magnetic tape recording format for audio recording and playback
  • Digital Audio Tape (DAT), a signal recording and playback medium developed by Sony and introduced in 1987
  • Digital Compact Cassette (DCC), a magnetic tape sound recording format introduced by Philips and Matsushita in late 1992 and marketed as the successor to the standard analog Compact Cassette
  • Digital Tape Format, a magnetic tape data storage format developed by Sony
  • Magnetic tape, a medium for magnetic recording, made of a thin magnetizable coating on a long, narrow strip of plastic film
  • Punched tape or paper tape, a long strip of paper in which holes are punched to store data
  • Reel-to-reel audio tape recording, magnetic tape audio recording in which the recording medium is held on a reel, rather than being contained within a cassette
  • Tape drive, a data storage device that reads and writes data on a magnetic tape
  • Tape recorder, an audio storage device that records and plays back sounds using magnetic tape
    • Tape head, a type of transducer used in tape recorders to convert electrical signals to magnetic fluctuations and vice versa
  • Ticker tape, the earliest digital electronic communications medium, transmitting stock price information over telegraph lines
  • Videotape, a recording of images and sounds on to magnetic tape as opposed to film stock used in filmmaking or random access digital media

Other functions[edit]

  • Barbed tape or razor wire, a mesh of metal strips with sharp edges whose purpose is to prevent passage by humans
  • Bubble Tape, a brand of bubble gum produced by Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
  • Tape (surveying), used in surveying for measuring horizontal, vertical, or slope distances
  • Tape measure, or measuring tape, a flexible form of ruler
  • Thread seal tape, also known as plumber's tape or "Teflon tape", film for use in sealing pipe threads



  • Seb Tape (born 1992), Australian rules footballer

Arts, entertainment, and media[edit]




  • TAPE Inc., a television production company in the Philippines
  • "The Tape", a Seinfeld episode

Other uses[edit]

  • Red tape, a colloquialism for heavy or undesirable bureaucratic process
  • Tapai (also tapay or tape), a traditional fermented food found throughout much of Southeast Asia and parts of East Asia

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