Definition of paper tape in English:

paper tape


mass noun
  • 1Paper in the form of a long, narrow strip.

    • ‘Use paper tape or a nonadherent dressing on frail skin and gently remove it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We sell a black paper tape for around $5 a roll that people have used to hold the camera door shut.’
    • ‘One has paper tape along the edge of the slit that you peel off to expose an adhesive and press the edges together.’
    • ‘The surgeon will apply some sterile paper tape to support the eyelids after surgery, which is normally removed after three to five days.’
    1. 1.1 Paper tape with holes punched in it, used in older computer systems for conveying data or instructions.
      • ‘Turing's approach was to image a machine that would automatically perform mathematical functions in binary on a paper tape of infinite length divided into squares.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The distinguishing feature of the M - 134 - A is that it took the bits of a paper tape as input, and used that input to control the movement of rotors, and these rotors then encrypted a character in the basic fashion of a Hebern machine.’
      • ‘A 35-year veteran of General Mills, he started as a computer operator working with punch cards and paper tape.’