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

Examples of tapping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This has led to producers throughout the state tapping and cooking sap anywhere from a couple weeks to two months early. Drew Dawson, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 Maple tapping has been an Indigenous peoples practice this time of year for thousands of years. Frank Vaisvilas, Journal Sentinel, 8 Mar. 2024 Instead, Grande’s tidy vocal staccato is the musical mechanism most worth paying attention to — a beautifully breathy phrasing tactic that evokes the tapping of brakes. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2024 After its first tapping this week at Narrative Fermentations, First City Lager will be available at Cash Only by this weekend and should soon be at Oak & Rye in Los Gatos, Taplands in Santa Clara and other locals as production ramps up. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, 5 Mar. 2024 Also in the city, the Philadelphia MLK Association held its annual tapping of the Liberty Bell on Independence Mall, and the National Constitution Center offered free admission with a slate of civil rights era events and a school supply drive. Jeffrey Collins, Twin Cities, 15 Jan. 2024 That’s why the sounds of crunching and plunking and tapping are so heavily amplified, and also one of the reasons acrylic (and, to a lesser extent, glass) containers—hard, unyielding, cacophonous when thumped—are such a ubiquitous tool of the trade. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 8 Jan. 2024 The official release party at Atlas’s Half Street brewpub includes the tapping of just-off-the-line kegs of Precious One, as well as unlimited draft beer, house wine and cocktails. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2024 Once the physical action of tapping is triggered, Snell explains, a prominent animation shows and, as such, nothing happens accidentally. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023

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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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“Tapping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tapping. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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