Tap



verb (used with object), tapped, tapping.
1.
to strike with a light but audible blow or blows; hit with repeated, slight blows:
He tapped the door twice.
2.
to make, put, etc., by tapping:
to tap a nail into a wall.
3.
to strike (the fingers, a foot, a pencil, etc.) upon or against something, especially with repeated light blows:
Stop tapping your feet!
4.
Basketball. to strike (a ball in the air) in the direction of a teammate or of the basket.
5.
to enter information or produce copy by tapping on a keyboard:
to tap data into a computer; to tap out a magazine article.
6.
to add a thickness of leather to the sole or heel of (a boot or shoe), as in repairing.
verb (used without object), tapped, tapping.
7.
to strike lightly but audibly, as to attract attention.
8.
to strike light blows.
9.
to tap-dance.
noun
10.
a light but audible blow:
a tap on the shoulder.
11.
the sound made by this.
12.
a piece of metal attached to the toe or heel of a shoe, as for reinforcement or for making the tapping of a dancer more audible.
13.
Basketball. an act or instance of tapping the ball:
Hanson got the tap from our center, who, 6prime;9″ tall, couldn’t lose a jump ball.
14.
a thickness of leather added to the sole or heel of a boot or shoe, as in repairing.
noun
1.
a cylindrical stick, long plug, or stopper for closing an opening through which liquid is drawn, as in a cask; spigot.
2.
a faucet or cock.
3.
the liquor drawn through a particular tap.
4.
British. a taphouse or taproom.
5.
a tool for cutting screw threads into the cylindrical surface of a round opening.
6.
Surgery. the withdrawal of fluid:
spinal tap.
7.
a hole made in tapping, as one in a pipe to furnish connection for a branch pipe.
8.
Electricity. a connection brought out of a winding at some point between its extremities, for controlling the voltage ratio.
9.
Informal. an act or instance of wiretapping.
10.
Archaic. a particular kind or quality of drink.
verb (used with object), tapped, tapping.
11.
to draw liquid from (a vessel or container).
12.
to draw off (liquid) by removing or opening a tap or by piercing a container.
13.
to draw the tap or plug from or pierce (a cask or other container).
14.
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.
15.
to connect into secretly so as to receive the message or signal being transmitted:
to tap a telephone wire or telephone.
16.
to furnish (a cask, container, pipe, etc.) with a tap.
17.
to cut a screw thread into the surface of (an opening).
18.
to open outlets from (power lines, highways, pipes, etc.).
Verb phrases
19.
tap into, Informal. to gain access to; become friendly with:
The candidate tapped into some wealthy supporters.
20.
tap off, to remove (liquid, molten metal, etc.) from a keg, furnace, or the like:
to tap off slag from a blast furnace.
Idioms
21.
on tap,

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
1.
to strike (something) lightly and usually repeatedly: to tap the table, to tap on the table
2.
(transitive) to produce by striking in this way: to tap a rhythm
3.
(transitive) to strike lightly with (something): to tap one’s finger on the desk
4.
(intransitive) to walk with a tapping sound: she tapped across the floor
5.
(transitive) to attach metal or leather reinforcing pieces to (the toe or heel of a shoe)
noun
6.
a light blow or knock, or the sound made by it
7.
the metal piece attached to the toe or heel of a shoe used for tap-dancing
8.
short for tap-dancing See tap-dancing
9.
(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
noun
1.
a valve by which a fluid flow from a pipe can be controlled by opening and closing an orifice US and Canadian name faucet
2.
a stopper to plug a cask or barrel and enable the contents to be drawn out in a controlled flow
3.
a particular quality of alcoholic drink, esp when contained in casks: an excellent tap
4.
(Brit) short for taproom
5.
the surgical withdrawal of fluid from a bodily cavity: a spinal tap
6.
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)
7.
(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
8.
(stock exchange)

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

9.
a concealed listening or recording device connected to a telephone or telegraph wire for the purpose of obtaining information secretly
10.
on tap

(informal) ready for immediate use
(of drinks) on draught

verb (transitive) taps, tapping, tapped
11.
to furnish with a tap
12.
to draw off with or as if with a tap
13.
to cut into (a tree) and draw off sap from it
14.
(Brit, informal) to ask or beg (someone) for money: he tapped me for a fiver
15.

to connect a tap to (a telephone or telegraph wire)
to listen in secret to (a telephone message, etc) by means of a tap

16.
to make a connection to (a pipe, drain, etc)
17.
to cut a female screw thread in (an object or material) by use of a tap
18.
to withdraw (fluid) from (a bodily cavity)
19.
(informal) (of a sports team or an employer) to make an illicit attempt to recruit (a player or employee bound by an existing contract)
noun, verb
1.
a Scot word for top1

tap (tāp)
n.
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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Telocator Alphanumeric Protocol

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1.
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2.
Technical Assistance Program
3.
Trans-Alaskan Pipeline
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