verb (used with object), tapped, tapping.
to strike with a light but audible blow or blows; hit with repeated, slight blows:
He tapped the door twice.
to make, put, etc., by tapping:
to tap a nail into a wall.
to strike (the fingers, a foot, a pencil, etc.) upon or against something, especially with repeated light blows:
Stop tapping your feet!
Basketball. to strike (a ball in the air) in the direction of a teammate or of the basket.
to enter information or produce copy by tapping on a keyboard:
to tap data into a computer; to tap out a magazine article.
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.
to strike lightly but audibly, as to attract attention.
to strike light blows.
a light but audible blow:
a tap on the shoulder.
the sound made by this.
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.
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.
a thickness of leather added to the sole or heel of a boot or shoe, as in repairing.
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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adjective out of money or another resources, such as energy tap someone for something
noun 1. a person or thing that taps or strikes lightly. 2. a telegraph key. noun 1. a person or thing that taps, as trees for the sap or juice, a blast furnace, cask, or other container for their contents, etc. 2. a person who cuts screw threads into the surface of a circular opening, […]
noun, Machinery. 1. a sliding rod, intermittently struck by a cam, for moving another part, as a valve. noun 1. a mechanical part that reciprocates to receive or transmit intermittent motion, esp the part of an internal-combustion engine that transmits motion from the camshaft to the push rods or valves
noun 1. self-tapping screw. self-tapping screw [self-tap-ing] /ˈsɛlfˌtæp ɪŋ/ noun 1. a screw designed to tap its corresponding female thread as it is driven.