Definition of digital audiotape in US English:

digital audiotape

(also DAT)


  • Magnetic tape which is used to make digital sound recordings of very high quality.

    • ‘I used it to restore the entire directory from DAT (digital audiotape), which took about 20 minutes.’
    • ‘Unitary currents were recorded using a RK - 300 patch-clamp amplifier with a 10 - G feedback resistance and stored on digital audiotape.’
    • ‘There's a way of thinking about digital videotape in the same way that you would think about digital audiotape, and a lot of contemporary musicians will use distortion as a characteristic of the music they're making.’
    • ‘The information in the messenger RNAs can be converted into a form of DNA called complementary DNA or cDNA - kind of like copying a music CD to digital audiotape; same information, just in a different form.’


digital audiotape

/ˈdɪdʒɪdl ˈɔdioʊˌteɪp//ˈdijidl ˈôdēōˌtāp/