tap·​pet ˈta-pət How to pronounce tappet (audio)
: a lever or projection moved by some other piece (such as a cam) or intended to tap or touch something else to cause a particular motion

Word History


irregular from tap entry 1

First Known Use

1745, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tappet was in 1745

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Cite this Entry

“Tappet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tappet. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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