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Noun: tap  tap
  1. A faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask
    - water faucet [N. Amer], water tap, hydrant
     
  2. A light touch or stroke
    - pat, dab
     
  3. A regulator for controlling the flow of a liquid from a reservoir
    "She scalded her hands when she turned on the tap and hot water came out";
    - faucet [N. Amer], spigot
     
  4. The sound made by a gentle blow
    - pat, rap
     
  5. A gentle blow
    - rap, strike
     
  6. (dancing) a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)
     
  7. A tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads
     
  8. A plug for a bunghole in a cask
    - spigot
     
  9. The act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information
    - wiretap
Verb: tap (tapped,tapping)  tap
  1. Strike lightly
    "He tapped me on the shoulder";
    - tip
     
  2. Make light, repeated taps on a surface
    "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently";
    - rap, knock, pink
     
  3. Draw from or dip into to get something
    "tap one's memory"; "tap a source of money"
     
  4. Draw from; make good use of
    "we must tap the resources we are given wisely";
    - exploit
     
  5. Secretly listen in on a communication channel (esp. a telephone) in order to get information
    "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy";
    - wiretap, intercept, bug
     
  6. Furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it
    "tap a cask of wine"
     
  7. Walk with a tapping sound
     
  8. Draw (liquor) from a tap
    "tap beer in a bar";
    - pull [Brit, informal]
     
  9. Pierce in order to draw a liquid from
    "tap a maple tree for its syrup"; "tap a keg of beer"
     
  10. [informal] Ask for or obtain money or information from someone
     
  11. Cut a female screw thread with a tap
     
  12. Dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes
    "Glover taps better than anybody";
    - tapdance

Derived forms: tapping, tapped, taps

Type of: apply, blow, bump, cut, dance, draw, draw off, earwig [Brit, informal], eavesdrop, employ, furnish, go, investigating, investigation, listen in, pierce, plate, plug, plumbing fixture, provide, regulator, render, sound, stopper, stopple, strike, supply, take out, tool, touch, touching, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe, use, utilise [Brit], utilize, walk, withdraw

Part of: barrel, cask

Encyclopedia: Tap, Azerbaijan