from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A usually silver adhesive tape made of cloth mesh coated with a waterproof material, originally designed for sealing heating and air-conditioning ducts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A generally gray waterproof tape used for many purposes, and possessing nearly mythic status in American culture. It is no longer used for constructing duct-work, as building codes require more advanced products.
  • v. To use duct tape in order to tape one object to another.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a wide silvery adhesive tape intended to seal joints in sheet metal duct work but having many other uses


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  • After a couple of false starts, which had them chasing Chet the huge shaving-cream-covered cat around the loft, they discovered the value of duct tape as a grooming tool.

    You Suck

  • Desiderata nodded, trying to wind the end of the duct tape around her hair.

    Futures Imperfect

  • I saw two people with strips around their sleeves and one with dreadlocks and a bowler had a wide band of duct tape wrapped around his neck like the ones the French had worn during the ├á la victime fad after the Revolution.

    Futures Imperfect

  • First we had to wrap them up in duct tape and garbage bags to protect them from the sun, then get them down the hill from the Bay Bridge in the garden cart, which was totally physically hard, and not like taking X and dancing or playing DDR all night, more like work.

    You Suck

  • "I couldn't get the duct tape off," she said forlornly, holding up one of the still-wrapped hair strands.

    Futures Imperfect

  • Franklin Ward sat down in an old brown recliner, the vinyl repaired with duct tape on the right armrest.

    The Debt Collector

  • Flip's clone was at the desk, wearing a duct tape headband and an i brand.

    Futures Imperfect

  • I looked at Desiderata, who was trailing a long ragged end of duct tape from the hair wrap.

    Futures Imperfect

  • "Completely fashion-impaired," she said, and flounced out in her duct tape and upside-down down.

    Futures Imperfect

  • An industrialsize roll of duct tape in his hand, he encircled the outside to secure the nail heads so the points angled slightly down on the inside.

    Strategic Engagement


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