Definition of tape measure in US English:

tape measure


  • A length of tape or thin flexible metal, marked at intervals for measuring.

    • ‘The college electrician came round today brandishing plans and a tape measure.’
    • ‘A flexible tape measure is the only tool to accurately measure the human body's curves and contours.’
    • ‘Instead, use a tape measure or a piece of clothing to judge weight loss.’
    • ‘Note his weight and height, and measure his neck size, using a tape measure if possible, although accurate shirt size will suffice.’
    • ‘There's no point in getting a tape measure and measuring myself because in two weeks my dimensions will have changed one way or the other.’
    • ‘Neck circumference and waist and hip girth were measured using a tape measure.’
    • ‘I overcame this problem by taking a tape measure with me, unpacking some curtains and measuring them against the known size of the window.’
    • ‘For the purpose of scale, the tape measure shown in some of the photos is extended to exactly 18 inches.’
    • ‘Use a yardstick or steel tape measure, never a cloth tape measure.’
    • ‘Measure yourself first with a tape measure, your bust, waist, and hips, over your undergarments.’
    • ‘You could also measure the circumference with a cloth tape measure and divide it by 3.14 to determine the diameter.’
    • ‘For initial assessment and serial examination, the size of the mass may be measured using calipers or a tape measure.’
    • ‘Height and weight were measured in stocking feel on a flat surface, using a tape measure and a portable scale, respectively.’
    • ‘Admission officers end up walking around local streets with a tape measure.’
    • ‘But if that exercise doesn't float your boat you could use a set of scales, a tape measure and a calculator instead and calculate your Body Mass Index.’
    • ‘Suddenly when I wasn't looking (my gaze had drifted over to the lingerie section) he had whipped his tape measure out and measured my waist!’
    • ‘Who measured the distance from Earth to Mars and did they have to make sure the tape measure was rigid?’
    • ‘We used bathroom scales and a tape measure to obtain their weight and height.’
    • ‘One would think the simplest way to determine the size of an item would be to break out the old tape measure and measure it… right?’
    • ‘Use a steel tape measure to measure the length of your frame on both sides of the door and across the top.’
    system, standard, units, scale
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tape measure

/ˈteɪp ˌmɛʒər//ˈtāp ˌmeZHər/