Definitions for ticker tape
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the ribbon of paper on which a ticker prints quotations or news.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Telegraphy and Telephony
Origin of ticker tape:
a continuous thin ribbon of paper on which stock quotes are written
Paper tape on which a stock ticker, news ticker or similar device would print incoming information.
Ticker tape was the earliest digital electronic communications medium, transmitting stock price information over telegraph lines, in use between around 1870 through 1970. It consisted of a paper strip which ran through a machine called a stock ticker, which printed abbreviated company names as alphabetic symbols followed by numeric stock transaction price and volume information. The term "ticker" came from the sound made by the machine as it printed. Paper ticker tape started to become obsolete in the 1960s, as television and computers were increasingly used to transmit financial information. The concept of the stock ticker lives on, however, in the scrolling electronic tickers seen on brokerage walls and on financial television networks. Ticker tape was invented in 1867 by Edward A. Calahan, an employee of the American Telegraph Company.
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