tap·​ping ˈta-piŋ How to pronounce tapping (audio)
: the act, process, or means by which something is tapped

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Don't forget to take a break from the toe-tapping and the flashing neon in town to experience the rolling green hills and outdoor adventures just minutes from Lower Broadway. Margaret Littman, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Dec. 2022 Toe tapping isn’t dancing the same way that chewing gum isn’t eating. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2022 Just then, Jung heard a gentle tapping at the window. oregonlive, 4 Dec. 2022 Just then, Jung heard a gentle tapping at the window. Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2022 Upon returning to his family home, the twentysomething lead also discovers his father’s enviable collection of Afro-Funk vinyls – lending this project a toe-tapping beat. Ben Croll, Variety, 18 Nov. 2022 President Biden appeared taken aback Wednesday at multiple reporters suggesting that his tapping into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) was politically motivated with the midterms three weeks away. David Rutz, Fox News, 19 Oct. 2022 Is your feed filled with whispering, finger-tapping or other tinkling sounds? Mythili Devarakonda, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2022 Others have highlighted such mundane actions as walking, skipping, kneeling, or toe-tapping in their works. Charlie Tyson, The Atlantic, 18 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tapping was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tapping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tapping. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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