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tap

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verb \ˈtap\

Definition of tap

tapped

;

tapping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike lightly especially with a slight sound

  3. 2 :  to give a light blow with tap a pencil on the table

  4. 3 :  to bring about by repeated light blows tap out a story on the typewriter

  5. 4 :  to repair by putting a tap on

  6. 5 :  select, designate was tapped for police commissioner; specifically :  to elect to membership (as in a fraternity)

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to strike a light audible blow :  rap

  9. 2 :  to walk with light audible steps

  10. 3 :  tap-dance

tapper

noun

Origin and Etymology 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

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tap

noun

Definition of tap

  1. 1a :  a light usually audible blow; also :  its soundb :  one of several usually rapid drumbeats on a snare drum

  2. 2 :  a small metal plate for the sole or heel of a shoe

  3. 3 :  tap dance 1

  4. 4 :  half sole

  5. 5 :  flap 7

14th Century

First Known Use of tap

14th century


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tap

noun

Definition of tap

  1. 1a :  a plug for a hole (as in a cask) :  spigotb :  a device consisting of a spout and valve attached to the end of a pipe to control the flow of a fluid :  faucet

  2. 2a :  a liquor drawn through a tapb :  the procedure of removing fluid (as from a body cavity)

  3. 3 :  wiretap

  4. 4 :  a tool for forming an internal screw thread

  5. 5 :  an intermediate point in an electric circuit where a connection may be made

on tap

  1. 1 :  ready to be drawn from a large container (such as a cask or keg) ale on tap

  2. 2 :  broached or furnished with a tap

  3. 3 :  on hand :  available services instantly on tap — Hugh Dwan

  4. 4 :  coming up other matches on tap — H. W. Wind

Origin and Etymology of tap

Middle English tappe, from Old English tæppa; akin to Old High German zapho tap


First Known Use: before 12th century


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tap

verb

Definition of tap

tapped

;

tapping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to let out or cause to flow by piercing or by drawing a plug from the containing vessel tap wine from a cask

  3. 2a :  to pierce so as to let out or draw off a fluid tap maple treesb :  to draw out, from, or upon tap new sources of revenue the story taps powerful emotions

  4. 3 :  to cut in on (something, such as a telephone or radio signal) to get information

  5. 4 :  to form an internal screw thread in by means of a tap

  6. 5 :  to get money from as a loan or gift

  7. 6 :  to connect (a street gas or water main) with a local supply

tapper

noun

tap into

  1. :  to make a strong or advantageous connection with trying to tap into a new market

15th Century

First Known Use of tap

15th century



TAP Defined for Kids

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tap

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verb \ˈtap\

Definition of tap for Students

tapped

;

tapping

  1. :  to hit lightly

tapper

noun

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tap

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noun

Definition of tap for Students

  1. :  a light blow or its sound There was a tap at the window.


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tap

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noun

Definition of tap for Students

on tap

  1. :  coming up What's on tap for the weekend?


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tap

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verb

Definition of tap for Students

tapped

;

tapping

  1. 1 :  to let out or cause to flow by making a hole or by pulling out a plug He tapped water from a barrel.

  2. 2 :  to make a hole in to draw off a liquid We tap maple trees for sap.

  3. 3 :  to draw from or upon I tapped the last of my savings.

  4. 4 :  to connect into (a telephone wire) to listen secretly

tapper

noun

Medical Dictionary

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tap

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noun \ˈtap\

Medical Definition of tap

  1. :  the procedure of removing fluid (as from a body cavity)—see lumbar puncture


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tap

transitive verb

Medical Definition of tap

tapped

;

tapping

  1. :  to pierce so as to let out or draw off a fluid tap the spine for a specimen of cerebrospinal fluid


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tap

transitive verb

Medical Definition of tap

tapped

;

tapping

  1. :  to strike lightly especially with a slight sound


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tap

noun

Medical Definition of tap

  1. :  a light usually audible blow; also :  its sound



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