Tap meaning

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To select, as for membership in an organization; designate.
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To strike gently with a light blow or blows.

I tapped you on the shoulder to get your attention.

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To produce with a succession of light blows.

Tap out a rhythm.

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To walk making light clicks.
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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.

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To deliver a gentle, light blow or blows.
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To walk making light clicks.
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To strike gently with a light blow or blows.

I tapped you on the shoulder to get your attention.

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To give a light rap with.

Tap a pencil.

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To produce with a succession of light blows.

Tap out a rhythm.

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To deliver a gentle, light blow or blows.
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A valve and spout used to regulate delivery of a fluid at the end of a pipe.
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A plug for a bunghole; a spigot.
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(medicine) The removal of fluid from a body cavity.

A spinal tap.

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A tool for cutting an internal screw thread.
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A makeshift terminal in an electric circuit.
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A wiretap.
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To furnish with a spigot or tap.
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To pierce in order to draw off liquid.

Tap a maple tree.

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To draw (liquid) from a vessel or container.

Tap a new keg of beer.

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(medicine) To withdraw fluid from (a body cavity).
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To make a physical connection with or open outlets from.

Tap a water main.

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To establish access to or a connection with.

Tapped a new market for inexpensive books.

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To take advantage of; make use of.

Tapped voter anger to win the election.

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To touch one's finger, foot, or other body parts on a surface (usually) repeatedly.

He was so nervous he began to tap his fingers on the table.

She tapped her companion on the back to indicate that she was ready to go.

Lydia tapped Jim on the shoulder to get his attention.

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To select, as for membership in an organization; designate.
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To cut screw threads in (a collar, socket, or other fitting).
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(informal) To ask (a person) for money.
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A valve and spout used to regulate delivery of a fluid at the end of a pipe.
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A plug for a bunghole; a spigot.
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(medicine) The removal of fluid from a body cavity.

A spinal tap.

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A tool for cutting an internal screw thread.
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A makeshift terminal in an electric circuit.
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A wiretap.
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To furnish with a spigot or tap.
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To pierce in order to draw off liquid.

Tap a maple tree.

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To draw (liquid) from a vessel or container.

Tap a new keg of beer.

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(medicine) To withdraw fluid from (a body cavity).
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To make a physical connection with or open outlets from.

Tap a water main.

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To establish access to or a connection with.

Tapped a new market for inexpensive books.

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To take advantage of; make use of.

Tapped voter anger to win the election.

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To cut screw threads in (a collar, socket, or other fitting).
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(informal) To ask (a person) for money.
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To strike lightly and rapidly.
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To strike something lightly, and often repeatedly, with.
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To make or do by tapping.

To tap a message with the fingers.

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To choose or designate, as for membership in a club.
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To repair (a shoe) by adding a thickness of leather, etc. to the heel or sole.
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To strike a light, rapid blow or a series of such blows.
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To perform a tap dance.
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To move with a tapping sound.
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A light, rapid blow, or the sound made by it.
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The leather, etc. added in tapping a shoe.
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A device for starting or stopping the flow of liquid in a pipe, barrel, etc.; faucet.
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A plug, cork, etc. for stopping a hole in a container holding a liquid.
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Liquor of a certain kind or quality, as drawn from a certain tap.
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The act or an instance of draining liquid, as from a body cavity.
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A tool used to cut threads inside a nut, pipe, etc.
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The act or an instance of wiretapping.
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(elec.) A place in a circuit where a connection can be made.
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To put a tap or spigot on.
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To make a hole in for drawing off liquid.

To tap a sugar maple.

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To pull out the tap or plug from.
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To draw (liquid) from a container, cavity, etc.
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To draw upon; make use of.

To tap new resources.

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To cut threads on the inner surface of (a nut, pipe, etc.)
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(slang) To borrow or get money from.
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To use, draw upon, make a connection with, etc.
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The removal of fluid from a body cavity.
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To withdraw fluid from a body cavity, as with a trocar and cannula, hollow needle, or catheter.
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To strike lightly with the finger or a hammerlike instrument, as in percussion or to elicit a tendon reflex.
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(1) In communications, a connecting point on a line. For example, a wire tap is where a recording device is attached to a telephone line. See transceiver and bridged tap.
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A temporary physical connection to a metallic circuit. See also bridged tap and circuit.
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A wiretap, or secret temporary connection to a circuit for purposes of monitoring the information being transmitted across it. See also wiretap.
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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.
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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. 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.
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A tapering cylindrical pin or peg used to stop the vent in a cask; a spigot.
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We don't have bottled water; you'll have to get it from the tap.

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Liquor drawn through a tap; hence, a certain kind or quality of liquor.

A liquor of the same tap.

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A place where liquor is drawn for drinking; a taproom; a bar.
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(mechanics) A device used to cut an internal screw thread. (External screw threads are cut with a die.)

We drilled a hole and then cut the threads with the proper tap to match the valve's thread.

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A connection made to an electrical or fluid conductor without breaking it.

The system was barely keeping pressure due to all of the ill-advised taps along its length.

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An interception of communication by authority.
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To furnish with taps.
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To draw off liquid from a vessel.

He tapped a new barrel of beer.

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To place a listening or recording device on a telephone or wired connection. [from 19th c.]

They can't tap the phone without a warrant.

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He was known to tap cable television.

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(mechanical) To cut an internal screw thread.

Tap an M3 thread all the way through the hole.

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Device used to listen in secretly on telephone calls. [from 20th c.]
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To strike lightly. [from early 13th c.]
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The tree, swaying in the breeze, began to tap on the window pane.

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To designate for some duty or for membership, as in 'a tap on the shoulder'. [from mid-20th c.]
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(slang) To have sexual intercourse with.

I would tap that hot girl over there.

I'd tap that.

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(combat sports) To submit to an opponent by tapping one's hand repeatedly.
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(combat sports) To force (an opponent) to submit.
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To put a new sole or heel on.

To tap shoes.

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A gentle or slight blow; a light rap; a pat.

When Steve felt a tap on his shoulder, he turned around.

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(computing) The act of touching a touch screen.
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A piece of leather fastened upon the bottom of a boot or shoe in repairing or renewing the sole or heel; a heeltap.
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(military) A signal, by drum or trumpet, for extinguishing all lights in soldiers' quarters and retiring to bed; usually given about a quarter of an hour after tattoo.

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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.

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To give a light rap with.

Tap a pencil.

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on tap
  • Ready to be drawn; in a tapped cask:
    Beer on tap.
  • Available for immediate use; ready:
    Extra personnel on tap.
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on tap
  • Ready to be drawn; in a tapped cask:
    Beer on tap.
  • Available for immediate use; ready:
    Extra personnel on tap.
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on tap
  • in a tapped or open cask (of liquor) and ready to be drawn; on draft
  • ready for consideration or action
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of tap

  • Middle English tappe from Old English tæppa tapered peg used as a stopper German Zapfen pine cone, stopper and perhaps also to Sanskrit stabakaḥ bouquet, bunch (perhaps originally referring to a bunch of grass that could be used as a stopper)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English tappe from Old English tæppa tapered peg used as a stopper German Zapfen pine cone, stopper and perhaps also to Sanskrit stabakaḥ bouquet, bunch (perhaps originally referring to a bunch of grass that could be used as a stopper)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English tappen from Old French taper of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English tappen from Old French taper of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English tappen, teppen, from Old French tapper, taper (“to tap"), of Germanic origin, from Old Frankish *tappōn, *dabbōn (“to strike") or from Middle Low German tappen, tapen ("to tap, rap, strike"); both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *dab- (“to strike"), from Proto-Indo-European *dÊ°AbÊ°- (“to beat, strike, stun, be speechless"). Related to German tappen (“to grope, fumble"), Icelandic tappa, tapsa, tæpta (“to tap"). Related to dab.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English tæppa, from Proto-Germanic *tappô.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English tæppian

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