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tap meaning and definition

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TAP noun

Definition of tap (noun)

  1. the sound made by a gentle blow
  2. a gentle blow
  3. a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask
  4. a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)
  5. a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads
  6. a plug for a bunghole in a cask
  7. the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information
  8. a light touch or stroke

TAP verb

Definition of tap (verb)

  1. cut a female screw thread with a tap
  2. draw from or dip into to get something
    • "tap one's memory"; "tap a source of money"
  3. strike lightly
    • "He tapped me on the shoulder"
    • synonyms: tip
  4. draw from; make good use of
    • "we must exploit the resources we are given wisely"
    • synonyms: exploit
  5. tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
    • "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"; "Is this hotel room bugged?"
    • synonyms: bug, intercept, wiretap
  6. furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it
    • "tap a cask of wine"
  7. make light, repeated taps on a surface
    • "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"
    • synonyms: knock, pink, rap
  8. walk with a tapping sound
  9. dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes
    • "Glover tapdances better than anybody"
    • synonyms: tapdance
  10. draw (liquor) from a tap
    • "tap beer in a bar"
  11. pierce in order to draw a liquid from
    • "tap a maple tree for its syrup"; "tap a keg of beer"
  12. make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently
    • "Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce"; "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"
    • synonyms: beg, solicit
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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