tap

4 ENTRIES FOUND:

1tap

noun \ˈtap\

Definition of TAP

1
a :  a plug for a hole (as in a cask) :  spigot
b :  a device consisting of a spout and valve attached to the end of a pipe to control the flow of a fluid :  faucet
2
a :  a liquor drawn through a tap
b :  the procedure of removing fluid (as from a body cavity)
3
:  a tool for forming an internal screw thread
4
:  an intermediate point in an electric circuit where a connection may be made
5
:  wiretap
on tap
1
:  ready to be drawn from a large container (as a cask or keg) <ale on tap>
2
:  broached or furnished with a tap
3
:  on hand :  available <services instantly on tap — Hugh Dwan>
4
:  coming up <other matches on tap — H. W. Wind>

Origin of TAP

Middle English tappe, from Old English tæppa; akin to Old High German zapho tap
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

finish, gimlet, mull, sake, setup, sommelier, syllabub, vintner, wassail

Rhymes with TAP

2tap

transitive verb
tappedtap·ping

Definition of TAP

1
:  to let out or cause to flow by piercing or by drawing a plug from the containing vessel <tap wine from a cask>
2
a :  to pierce so as to let out or draw off a fluid <tap maple trees>
b :  to draw out, from, or upon <tap new sources of revenue> <the story taps powerful emotions>
3
:  to cut in on (as a telephone or radio signal) to get information
4
:  to form an internal screw thread in by means of a tap
5
:  to get money from as a loan or gift
6
:  to connect (a street gas or water main) with a local supply
tap·per noun
tap into
:  to make a strong or advantageous connection with <trying to tap into a new market>

First Known Use of TAP

15th century

3tap

verb
tappedtap·ping

Definition of TAP

transitive verb
1
:  to strike lightly especially with a slight sound
2
:  to give a light blow with <tap a pencil on the table>
3
:  to bring about by repeated light blows <tap out a story on the typewriter>
4
:  to repair by putting a tap on
5
:  select, designate <was tapped for police commissioner>; specifically :  to elect to membership (as in a fraternity)
intransitive verb
1
:  to strike a light audible blow :  rap
2
:  to walk with light audible steps
3
:  tap-dance
tap·per noun

Origin of TAP

Middle English tappen, from Old French taper to strike with the flat of the hand, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German tāpe paw, blow dealt with the paw
First Known Use: 13th century

4tap

noun

Definition of TAP

1
a :  a light usually audible blow; also :  its sound
b :  one of several usually rapid drumbeats on a snare drum
2
:  half sole
3
:  a small metal plate for the sole or heel of a shoe
4
:  tap dance 1
5
:  flap 7

First Known Use of TAP

14th century

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