a program-controlled device that reads data from or writes data on a magnetic tape which moves past a read-write head.
(computing) a device for reading from or writing to magnetic tape
- Tape echo
noun 1. a means of delaying the repeat of a sound by adjusting the time lapse between the recording and playback heads of a tape recorder Also called tape slap
noun 1. the process of putting the various segments of a master video or audio tape into a predetermined sequence: usually done electronically.
noun 1. a freshwater plant, Vallisneria spiralis, that has long, ribbonlike leaves and grows under water. noun 1. any of several submerged freshwater plants of the genus Vallisneria, esp V. spiralis, of warm temperate regions, having ribbon-like leaves: family Hydrocharitaceae
- Tape head
hardware The electromagnetic component in a magnetic tape drive which reads and writes magnetic tape as it passes over it. Tape heads need to be cleaned periodically to remove the oxide particles which accumulate on them and can lead to errors. (1997-03-12)