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Dictionary Definition



1 the sound made by a gentle blow [syn: pat, rap]
2 a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask [syn: water faucet, water tap, spigot, hydrant]
3 a gentle blow [syn: rap, strike]
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 [syn: spigot]
7 the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information [syn: wiretap]
8 a light touch or stroke [syn: pat, dab]


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" [syn: tip]
4 draw from; make good use of; "we must exploit the resources we are given wisely" [syn: 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?" [syn: 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 make light, repeated taps on a surface; "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently" [syn: rap, knock, pink]
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" [syn: 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" [syn: solicit, beg] [also: tapping, tapped]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /tæp/
  • Rhymes with: -æp

Etymology 1

tæppa = *tappo tappe


  1. A device used to dispense liquids.
    We don't have bottled water, you'll have to get it from the tap.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
device to dispense liquid
device to cut internal threads
connection of a system to the main distribution

Etymology 2

Old English tæppian


  1. To furnish with taps.
  2. on tap: To have something available; to open (a keg) with a tap.
    We have draft beer on tap.
  3. To access a resource or object.
    When he ran out of money, he decided to tap into his trust fund.
  4. To draw off liquid from a vessel
    He tapped a new barrel of beer.
  5. To place a listening or recording device on a telephone or wired connection
    They can't tap the phone without a warrant.
  6. To intercept a communication without authority.
    He was known to tap Cable TV and satellite dishes.
  7. In the context of "mechanical": To cut an internal screw thread.
    Tap an M3 thread all the way through the hole.
  8. To have sexual intercourse with.
    I would tap that hot girl over there. or, more informally, I'd tap that
furnish with taps
have "on tap"
access a resource or object
draw off liquid from a vessel
place a listening device
intercept communication
make an internal thread
  • ttbc German: mit einem Hahn versehen, anzapfen; abzapfen; (Telefonate) abhören, (Ressourcen) erschließen; (Vorräte) anbrechen

Etymology 3

Middle English tappe


  1. 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.
  2. To make a sharp noise.
    The tree, swaying in the breeze, began to tap on the window pane.
touch something, often repeatedly
make a sharp noise


  1. A repeated touching of one's hands, foot or other body part.
    When Steve felt a tap on his shoulder, he turned around.




Extensive Definition

Tap may refer to:
TAP may stand for:
tap in Czech: TAP
tap in Danish: Tap
tap in German: Tap
tap in French: TAP
tap in Italian: TAP
tap in Dutch: Tap
tap in Japanese: TAP

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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