a cylindrical stick, long plug, or stopper for closing an opening through which liquid is drawn, as in a cask; spigot.
a faucet or cock.
the liquor drawn through a particular tap.
British. a taphouse or taproom.
a tool for cutting screw threads into the cylindrical surface of a round opening.
Surgery. the withdrawal of fluid:
a hole made in tapping, as one in a pipe to furnish connection for a branch pipe.
Electricity. a connection brought out of a winding at some point between its extremities, for controlling the voltage ratio.
Informal. an act or instance of wiretapping.
Archaic. a particular kind or quality of drink.
verb (used with object), tapped, tapping.
to draw liquid from (a vessel or container).
to draw off (liquid) by removing or opening a tap or by piercing a container.
to draw the tap or plug from or pierce (a cask or other container).
to penetrate, open up, reach into, etc., for the purpose of using something or drawing something off; begin to use:
to tap one’s resources.
to connect into secretly so as to receive the message or signal being transmitted:
to tap a telephone wire or telephone.
to furnish (a cask, container, pipe, etc.) with a tap.
to cut a screw thread into the surface of (an opening).
to open outlets from (power lines, highways, pipes, etc.).
tap into, Informal. to gain access to; become friendly with:
The candidate tapped into some wealthy supporters.
tap off, to remove (liquid, molten metal, etc.) from a keg, furnace, or the like:
to tap off slag from a blast furnace.
ready to be drawn and served, as liquor from a cask.
furnished with a tap or cock, as a barrel containing liquor.
Informal. ready for immediate use; available:
There are numerous other projects on tap.
verb taps, tapping, tapped
to strike (something) lightly and usually repeatedly: to tap the table, to tap on the table
(transitive) to produce by striking in this way: to tap a rhythm
(transitive) to strike lightly with (something): to tap one’s finger on the desk
(intransitive) to walk with a tapping sound: she tapped across the floor
(transitive) to attach metal or leather reinforcing pieces to (the toe or heel of a shoe)
a light blow or knock, or the sound made by it
the metal piece attached to the toe or heel of a shoe used for tap-dancing
short for tap-dancing See tap-dancing
(phonetics) the contact made between the tip of the tongue and the alveolar ridge as the tongue is flicked upwards in the execution of a flap or vibrates rapidly in the execution of a trill or roll
a valve by which a fluid flow from a pipe can be controlled by opening and closing an orifice US and Canadian name faucet
a stopper to plug a cask or barrel and enable the contents to be drawn out in a controlled flow
a particular quality of alcoholic drink, esp when contained in casks: an excellent tap
(Brit) short for taproom
the surgical withdrawal of fluid from a bodily cavity: a spinal tap
Also called screw tap. a tool for cutting female screw threads, consisting of a threaded steel cylinder with longitudinal grooves forming cutting edges Compare die2 (sense 2)
(electronics, mainly US & Canadian) a connection made at some point between the end terminals of an inductor, resistor, or some other component Usual Brit name tapping
an issue of a government security released slowly onto the market when its market price reaches a predetermined level
(as modifier): tap stock, tap issue
a concealed listening or recording device connected to a telephone or telegraph wire for the purpose of obtaining information secretly
(informal) ready for immediate use
(of drinks) on draught
verb (transitive) taps, tapping, tapped
to furnish with a tap
to draw off with or as if with a tap
to cut into (a tree) and draw off sap from it
(Brit, informal) to ask or beg (someone) for money: he tapped me for a fiver
to connect a tap to (a telephone or telegraph wire)
to listen in secret to (a telephone message, etc) by means of a tap
to make a connection to (a pipe, drain, etc)
to cut a female screw thread in (an object or material) by use of a tap
to withdraw (fluid) from (a bodily cavity)
(informal) (of a sports team or an employer) to make an illicit attempt to recruit (a player or employee bound by an existing contract)
a Scot word for top1
The removal of fluid from a body cavity. v. tapped, tap·ping, taps
To withdraw fluid from a body cavity, as with a trocar and cannula, hollow needle, or catheter.
To strike lightly with the finger or a hammerlike instrument, as in percussion or to elicit a tendon reflex.
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noun 1. a food substance prepared from cassava in granular, flake, pellet (pearl tapioca) or flour form, used in puddings, as a thickener, etc. noun 1. a beadlike starch obtained from cassava root, used in cooking as a thickening agent, esp in puddings
[tap-ee-oh-kuh-plant, -plahnt] /ˌtæp iˈoʊ kəˌplænt, -ˌplɑnt/ noun 1. the cassava, Manihot esculenta.
noun 1. snow pellets.
- Tapioca tea
noun See bubble tea See pearl tea