- The definition of a tap is a gentle strumming or striking or an instrument for drawing out liquid.
- An example of a tap is a light strumming of fingers on a desk.
- An example of a tap is a tool for getting beer out of a keg.
- To tap is defined as to strike gently and quickly or to put a hole in something to get liquid out.
- An example of to tap is to lightly strumming a pen on a desk.
- An example of to tap is to get maple syrup out of a tree.
tap definition by Webster's New World
- to strike lightly and rapidly
- to strike something lightly, and often repeatedly, with
- to make or do by tapping: to tap a message with the fingers
- ☆ to choose or designate, as for membership in a club
- to repair (a shoe) by adding a thickness of leather, etc. to the heel or sole
Origin: Middle English tappen ; from Old French taper, probably of echoic origin, originally
- to strike a light, rapid blow or a series of such blows
- to perform a tap dance
- to move with a tapping sound
- a light, rapid blow, or the sound made by it
- the leather, etc. added in tapping a shoe
- a small, metal plate attached to the heel or toe of a shoe, as for tap-dancing
- the act or skill of tap-dancing
- tapper noun
- a device for starting or stopping the flow of liquid in a pipe, barrel, etc.; faucet
- a plug, cork, etc. for stopping a hole in a container holding a liquid
- liquor of a certain kind or quality, as drawn from a certain tap
- the act or an instance of draining liquid, as from a body cavity
- a tool used to cut threads inside a nut, pipe, etc.
- ☆ the act or an instance of wiretapping
- Elec. a place in a circuit where a connection can be made
Origin: Middle English tappe ; from Old English tæppa, akin to Icelandic tappi ; from Indo-European an unverified form dāp- ; from base an unverified form da-, to divide from source tide
- to put a tap or spigot on
- to make a hole in for drawing off liquid: to tap a sugar maple
- to pull out the tap or plug from
- to draw (liquid) from a container, cavity, etc.
- to draw upon; make use of: to tap new resources
- to make a connection with (a water main, electrical circuit, etc.)
- ☆ to make a secret connection with (a telephone line) in order to overhear or record private conversations
- to cut threads on the inner surface of (a nut, pipe, etc.)
- Slang to borrow or get money from
Origin: ME tappen < OE tæppian < the n.
- tapper noun
tap definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb tapped tapped, tap·ping, taps verb, transitive
- To strike gently with a light blow or blows: I tapped you on the shoulder to get your attention.
- To give a light rap with: tap a pencil.
- To produce with a succession of light blows: tap out a rhythm.
- To select, as for membership in an organization; designate. See Synonyms at appoint.
- a. To repair (shoe heels or toes) by applying a thin layer of leather or a substitute material.b. To attach metal plates to (shoe toes or heels).
- To deliver a gentle, light blow or blows.
- To walk making light clicks.
- a. A gentle blow.b. The sound made by such a blow.
- a. A thin layer of leather or a substitute applied to a worn-down shoe heel or toe.b. A metal plate attached to the toe or heel of a shoe, as for tap-dancing.
- Linguistics See flap.
Origin: Middle English tappen, possibly from Old French taper.
- A valve and spout used to regulate delivery of a fluid at the end of a pipe.
- A plug for a bunghole; a spigot.
- a. Liquor drawn from a spigot.b. Liquor of a particular brew, cask, or quality.
- Medicine The removal of fluid from a body cavity: a spinal tap.
- A tool for cutting an internal screw thread.
- A makeshift terminal in an electric circuit.
- A wiretap.
- To furnish with a spigot or tap.
- To pierce in order to draw off liquid: tap a maple tree.
- To draw (liquid) from a vessel or container: tap a new keg of beer.
- Medicine To withdraw fluid from (a body cavity).
- To make a physical connection with or open outlets from: tap a water main.
- a. To wiretap (a telephone).b. To establish an electric connection in (a power line), as to divert current secretly.
- To establish access to or a connection with: tapped a new market for inexpensive books.
- To take advantage of; make use of: tapped voter anger to win the election.
- To cut screw threads in (a collar, socket, or other fitting).
- Informal To ask (a person) for money.
Origin: Middle English tappe, from Old English tǽppa.
tap - Computer Definition
- A temporary physical connection to a metallic circuit. See also bridged tap and circuit.
- A wiretap, or secret temporary connection to a circuit for purposes of monitoring the information being transmitted across it. See also wiretap.
- In Power over Ethernet (PoE), a picker that acts as a splitter, picking off the 48V DC voltage, making it available to the PoE-compliant device at 5V, 6V, or 12V DC, for example. See also DC, PoE, splitter, and voltage.
A popular hackerdom newsletter meaning “Technical Assistance Program.” Before the 1970s, it was known as “The Youth International Party Line.” The publishing partner of Yippie guru Abbie Hoffman—Al Bell—changed the name of the newsletter to TAP—The Hobbyists Newsletter for the Communications Revolution. The newsletter was published in New York City from 1971 until 1984. The premise behind the publication was that phreaking did not hurt anyone because telephone calls emanated from an unlimited reservoir. During the reign of the newsletter, which is no longer in circulation, hackers hoarded the mind-numbingly complex articles on such topics as explosives formulas, electronic sabotage blueprints, and credit card fraud. It was in TAP that peculiar forms of computer underground spelling were implemented, such as substituting “z” for “s,” 0 (zero) for O (the letter) and spelling the word “freak” as “phreak.” The eccentricities introduced decades ago remain in the hacker community today.
Hacker Cheshire Catalyst (a.k.a. Richard Cheshire) was the last editor of TAP. Cheshire says that the title was changed to “Technological Assistance Program” from its original “Technological American Party (TAP)” when the editorial team found it difficult to open a bank account without being a bona fide political party.
See Also: Bell, Al and Hoffman, Abbie Team; Cheshire Calalyst and TAP; Phreaking.
Schell, B.H., Dodge, J.L., with S.S. Moutsatsos. The Hacking of America: Who’s Doing It, Why, and How. Westport, CT: Quorum Books, 2002; The Cheshire Catalyst Home Page. The TAP Newsletter Page. [Online, February 4, 1996.] Cheshire Catalyst’s Website. http://cheshire catalyst.com/tap.html.
(2) To lightly touch a touch-sensitive screen. See double tap for more details.
(3) To press a key on a keypad.
(4) (TAP) (Telocator Alphanumeric Protocol) A paging protocol used to transmit up to a thousand 7-bit characters to an alphanumeric pager. Developed in the early 1980s by the Telocator Paging Association, which later became the Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA), TAP was also known as IXO and PET. TAP is widely used in the U.S. and throughout Europe.
tap - Medical Definition
- To withdraw fluid from a body cavity, as with a trocar and cannula, hollow needle, or catheter.
- To strike lightly with the finger or a hammerlike instrument, as in percussion or to elicit a tendon reflex.
tap - Phrases/Idioms
- in a tapped or open cask (of liquor) and ready to be drawn; on draft
- Informal ready for consideration or action
- Ready to be drawn; in a tapped cask: beer on tap.
- Available for immediate use; ready: extra personnel on tap.