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 for magnetic tape
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Magnetic \Mag*net"ic\, Magnetical \Mag*net"ic*al\, a. [L.
     magneticus: cf. F. magn['e]tique.]
     1. Pertaining to the magnet; possessing the properties of the
        magnet, or corresponding properties; as, a magnetic bar of
        iron; a magnetic needle.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Of or pertaining to, or characterized by, the earth's
        magnetism; as, the magnetic north; the magnetic meridian.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. Capable of becoming a magnet; susceptible to magnetism;
        as, the magnetic metals.
        [1913 Webster]
     4. Endowed with extraordinary personal power to excite the
        feelings and to win the affections; attractive; inducing
        [1913 Webster]
              She that had all magnetic force alone. --Donne.
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     5. Having, susceptible to, or induced by, animal magnetism,
        so called; hypnotic; as, a magnetic sleep. See
        Magnetism. [Archaic]
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
     Magnetic amplitude, attraction, dip, induction, etc.
        See under Amplitude, Attraction, etc.
     Magnetic battery, a combination of bar or horseshoe magnets
        with the like poles adjacent, so as to act together with
        great power.
     Magnetic compensator, a contrivance connected with a ship's
        compass for compensating or neutralizing the effect of the
        iron of the ship upon the needle.
     Magnetic curves, curves indicating lines of magnetic force,
        as in the arrangement of iron filings between the poles of
        a powerful magnet.
     Magnetic elements.
        (a) (Chem. Physics) Those elements, as iron, nickel,
            cobalt, chromium, manganese, etc., which are capable
            or becoming magnetic.
        (b) (Physics) In respect to terrestrial magnetism, the
            declination, inclination, and intensity.
        (c) See under Element.
     Magnetic fluid, the hypothetical fluid whose existence was
        formerly assumed in the explanations of the phenomena of
        magnetism; -- no longer considered a meaningful concept.
     Magnetic iron, or Magnetic iron ore. (Min.) Same as
     Magnetic needle, a slender bar of steel, magnetized and
        suspended at its center on a sharp-pointed pivot, or by a
        delicate fiber, so that it may take freely the direction
        of the magnetic meridian. It constitutes the essential
        part of a compass, such as the mariner's and the
     Magnetic poles, the two points in the opposite polar
        regions of the earth at which the direction of the dipping
        needle is vertical.
     Magnetic pyrites. See Pyrrhotite.
     Magnetic storm (Terrestrial Physics), a disturbance of the
        earth's magnetic force characterized by great and sudden
     magnetic tape (Electronics), a ribbon of plastic material
        to which is affixed a thin layer of powder of a material
        which can be magnetized, such as ferrite. Such tapes are
        used in various electronic devices to record fluctuating
        voltages, which can be used to represent sounds, images,
        or binary data. Devices such as audio casette recorders,
        videocasette recorders, and computer data storage devices
        use magnetic tape as an inexpensive medium to store data.
        Different magnetically susceptible materials are used in
        such tapes.
     Magnetic telegraph, a telegraph acting by means of a
        magnet. See Telegraph.
        [1913 Webster + PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  magnetic tape \magnetic tape\ n.
     A long thin plastic ribbon coated with iron oxide or other
     ferromagnetic material, used to record audio or video signals
     digital data in the form of small magnetized regions on the
     tape; it is a common digital data storage medium for computer
     Syn: mag tape, tape.
          [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  magnetic tape
      n 1: 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" [syn: magnetic tape,
           mag tape, tape]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  41 Moby Thesaurus words for "magnetic tape":
     Flexowriter typewriter, Teleplotter, alphabetical printer,
     bulletin board, card, catalog card, digital graph plotter, disc,
     file, filing card, film, hard copy, index card, library catalog,
     magnetic recorder, microcard, microcards, microdot, microfiche,
     microfilm, motion-picture film, oscillograph recorder,
     oscilloscope, phonograph record, platter, printout, punch cards,
     punched tape, reader, readout, recorder, relay register,
     scoreboard, scorecard, scoresheet, slip, tape, tape reader,
     teletypewriter, ticker tape, videotape

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  magnetic tape
      (Or "magtape", "tape" - paper tape is now
     obsolete) A data storage medium consisting of a magnetisable
     oxide coating on a thin plastic strip, commonly used for
     backup and archiving.
     Early industry-standard magnetic tape was half an inch wide
     and wound on removable reels 10.5 inches in diameter.
     Different lengths were available with 2400 feet and 4800 feet
     being common.  DECtape was a variation on this "{round
     In modern magnetic tape systems the reels are much smaller and
     are fixed inside a cartridge to protect the tape and for
     ease of handling ("{square tape" - though it's really
     rectangular).  Cartridge formats include QIC, DAT, and
     Tape is read and written on a tape drive (or "deck") which
     winds the tape from one reel to the other causing it to move
     past a read/write head.  Early tape had seven parallel tracks
     of data along the length of the tape allowing six bit
     characters plus parity written across the tape.  A typical
     recording density was 556 characters per inch.  The tape had
     reflective marks near its end which signaled beginning of tape
     (BOT) and end of tape (EOT) to the hardware.
     Data is written to tape in blocks with inter-block gaps
     between them.  Each block is typically written in a single
     operation with the tape running continuously during the write.
     The larger the block the larger the data buffer required in
     order to supply or receive the data written to or read from
     the tape.  The smaller the block the more tape is wasted as
     inter-block gaps.  Several logical records may be combined
     into one physical block to reduce wastage ("{blocked
     records").  Finding a certain block on the tape generally
     involved reading sequentially from the beginning, in contrast
     to magnetic disks.  Tape is not suitable for random
     access.  The exception to this is that some systems allow
     tape marks to be written which can be detected while winding
     the tape forward or rewinding it at high speed.  These are
     typically used to separate logical files on a tape.
     Most tape drives now include some kind of data compression.
     There are several algorithms which provide similar results:
     LZ+(most),+IDRC+({Exabyte">LZ (most), IDRC ({Exabyte), ALDC ({IBM}, QIC) and
     DLZ1+({DLT">DLZ1 ({DLT).
     See also cut a tape, flap, Group Code Recording,
     spool, macrotape, microtape, Non Return to Zero
     Inverted, Phase Encoded.

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