duct tape

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Usage notes[edit]

Possibly a corruption of duck tape due to the relative obscurity of the term duck (woven fabric) as opposed to duck (water bird). As the two terms duct tape and duck tape are pronounced practically identically except in careful speech, either may be used. Note, however, that Duck tape is a registered trade mark.


duct tape (uncountable)

  1. 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.
    Son, it’s time you learned to use the family duct tape.



duct tape

  1. (transitive) To use duct tape in order to tape one object to another.
    The government tells us we can protect against a chemical attack by duct taping the windows.


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