tapping

noun
tap·​ping | \ ˈta-piŋ How to pronounce tapping (audio) \

Definition of tapping

: the act, process, or means by which something is tapped

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Usually for 15-minute increments—often a number of them, over time—and then sometimes for the rest of the day, when the extra tapping becomes a nuisance. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "I Tried to Limit My Screen Time," 5 Sep. 2019 There is more meanness to his tapping into the Losers’ troubles, and their nightmarish excursions feel much more embedded in the story. Nick Romano, EW.com, "It Chapter Two," 3 Sep. 2019 For most of us, the clickety clack of a manual typewriter — or the gentler tapping of the IBM Selectric — are but memories, or something seen only in movies. Katherine Roth, Twin Cities, "Clickety clack, let’s look back: Typewriters return," 14 July 2019 Every few minutes, the intensity increases and the vibration alternates with a tapping during the resting phase. Paige Stables, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Emsculpt? The Low-Down on the Magic Machine That Tones Muscles In a Flash," 22 July 2019 Judging will kick off Friday, Aug. 16, about 6 p.m. at Prost with a ceremonial keg tapping of Prost Edition Pilsner, a beer brew for the event by Craftwerk Brewing, Bitburger’s experimental brewery. Andre Meunier, oregonlive.com, "Oregon beer this week: Prost’s pilsner throwdown, Portland Brewing’s 2nd ‘weird’ release, plus events," 9 Aug. 2019 Waving Through a Window’ Evan voices his search for belonging with this toe-tapping, heart-wrenching solo, as the orchestration crescendoes toward a striking climax. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, "New to ‘Dear Evan Hansen’? Start with these standout songs.," 31 July 2019 For most of us, the clickety clack of a manual typewriter — or the gentler tapping of the IBM Selectric — are but memories, or something seen only in movies. Katherine Roth, Twin Cities, "Clickety clack, let’s look back: Typewriters return," 14 July 2019 For most of us, the clickety clack of a manual typewriter — or the gentler tapping of the IBM Selectric — are but memories, or something seen only in movies. Katherine Roth, Twin Cities, "Clickety clack, let’s look back: Typewriters return," 14 July 2019

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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