Wiretap meaning

wīr'tăp'
An act of secretly listening to or recording a person's telephone or Internet conversations, often as part of a police investigation.
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A device that is connected to a communications circuit in a concealed fashion in order to enable a wiretap.
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To listen to or record in secret (a conversation carried on over a telephone line or other communications channel), often as part of a police investigation.
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To wiretap the conversations on (a telephone line or other communications channel), often as part of a police investigation.
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To wiretap the conversations of (a person) or the communications devices in (a place).
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To connect a concealed listening or recording device to (a telephone line).
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To tap (a telephone wire, etc.) to get information secretly or underhandedly.
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The act or an instance of wiretapping.
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A device used in wiretapping.
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Of or relating to wiretapping.
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The listening in of any wire or oral communication by use of electronic or mechanical means; generally illegal where both parties to the communication are unaware of the wiretap. Unauthorized use or possession of wiretap devices is prohibited under state and federal law.
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The act of placing an electronic device to listen in on oral communications. See also bugging, and pen register.
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In historical terms, a temporary physical connection secretly placed on a metallic circuit in order to monitor the information being transmitted across it. In contemporary terms, a wiretap need not be a physical connection on a circuit, but can take many forms, including the interception of a radio signal. In the United States and many other countries, wiretaps are illegal unless authorized by court order, or perhaps the order of a federal agency or of the executive branch of government in times of war or in the interests of national security. See also eavesdrop and Echelon.
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A concealed device connected to a telephone or other communications system that allows a third party to listen or record conversations.
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The act of installing such a device.
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To install or to use such a device.
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Origin of wiretap