tape measure


General English

  • noun a measuring tape, a long strip marked in centimetres or inches, used for measuring


  • A steel strip used by builders and surveyors to measure distances, usually graded in feet, tenths, and hundredths of a foot for use insurveying and engineering. Or, graded in feet, inches, and fractions of an inch for use in the building trades. See also tapeline.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a flexible strip of metal or cloth marked with divisions of length


  • noun a metal or plastic ribbon with centimetres and inches marked on it, used to measure how long something is