Definitions for magnetic tape

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

magnet′ic tape′(n.)

  1. a ribbon of material coated with a substance sensitive to electromagnetic impulses and used to record sound, images, or data.

    Category: Hi-Fi and Audio

    Ref: Compare audiotape, videotape.

Origin of magnetic tape:

1935–40

Princeton's WordNet

  1. magnetic tape, mag tape, tape(noun)

    memory device consisting of a long thin plastic strip coated with iron oxide; used to record audio or video signals or to store computer information

    "he took along a dozen tapes to record the interview"

Wiktionary

  1. magnetic tape(Noun)

    A type of (usually) acrylic tape with a fine coating of magnetically sensitive material on one side, used for recording audio and other data.

Freebase

  1. Magnetic tape

    Magnetic tape is a medium for magnetic recording, made of a thin magnetizable coating on a long, narrow strip of plastic film. It was developed in Germany, based on magnetic wire recording. Devices that record and play back audio and video using magnetic tape are tape recorders and video tape recorders. A device that stores computer data on magnetic tape is a tape drive. Magnetic tape revolutionized broadcast and recording. When all radio was live, it allowed programming to be recorded. At a time when gramophone records were recorded in one take, it allowed recordings to be made in multiple parts, which were then mixed and edited with tolerable loss in quality. It is a key technology in early computer development, allowing unparalleled amounts of data to be mechanically created, stored for long periods, and to be rapidly accessed. Nowadays other technologies can perform the functions of magnetic tape. In many cases these technologies are replacing tape. Despite this, innovation in the technology continues and tape is still used. Over years, magnetic tape can suffer from deterioration called sticky-shed syndrome. Caused by absorption of moisture into the binder of the tape, it can render the tape unusable.

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