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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Also, be sure to also use the tapping block when striking the ends of the planks to close up the end-butt joints. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips for Installing Laminate Flooring," 26 Jan. 2017 Her light tapping, done to help stimulate lymphatic drainage and reduce puffiness, almost put me to sleep. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Why I Flew All the Way to Paris for a Tata Harper Facial," 13 Sep. 2018 Enforcement efforts fed government spying—the tapping of telephone wires, search without warrant. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "‘Liberated Spirits’ Review: When Alcohol Was a Women’s Issue," 25 Oct. 2018 Capital Brewery celebrates the tapping of its Blonde Doppelbock during this festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 24. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Birkie, Bockfest and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 18 Feb. 2018 Now, there is drilling and tapping of subterranean petroleum lakes in ways they never could have dreamed before. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "What happened to coal," 21 Aug. 2018 Special tappings will occur every half-hour throughout the evening, although the brewers have yet to announce exactly what brews will be on hand. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do in Chicago this weekend," 11 Jan. 2018 And while all that double-tapping is certainly fun for followers, some new data has revealed that many stars are making serious bank off their 'gram habits. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Reportedly Makes $1 Million on Each Sponsored Instagram Post," 26 July 2018 Those tappings will happen every hour while supplies last. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Tap tracker: Winter seasonal tappings from Goose Island, Half Acre and Founders," 30 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of tapping

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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