tap·ping | \ˈta-piŋ \

Definition of tapping 

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

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No real physical activity is taking place other than the frantic, rhythmic tapping of thumbs on the controller. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Fortnite and high school athletes: Moeller, New Richmond coaches face off in debate.," 11 July 2018 Last call is at 9 p.m. Visitors can listen to local live music Friday and Saturday nights from 5 to 8 p.m. and at Wednesday night keg tappings. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's where you can grab a drink in Milwaukee's southwest suburbs this week," 14 May 2018 For San Mateo County, that meant tapping into a network of administrators, law enforcement officials, teachers, family members of students who had experienced mental health issues, and current and former students who suffered from depression. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "San Mateo County schools step up suicide prevention efforts," 18 June 2018 The skinny: Savor the tastes of over 150 Illinois craft beers while partaking in a variety of tapping and sampling events in Chicago and around the state. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago festivals this week: Memorial Day Parade, Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest, Bike the Drive," 23 May 2018 That will require tapping into a line that is more than 200 feet to the west of the building, Fields said. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Parishioners 'still standing' after legal fight; Markham church celebrates opening," 20 May 2018 All their tapping points in the Fairview program are internal in the US. Fox News, "Did an administration infiltrate the opposition's campaign?," 26 May 2018 And Rutte used the occasion to stress the importance of a controversial Dutch intelligence law from June 2017 that would allow the government to conduct large-scale, untargeted tapping of Internet traffic. Max Smeets, Washington Post, "The Netherlands just revealed its cybercapacity. So what does that mean?," 8 Feb. 2018 The traditional tapping of the keg will be at 7 p.m. Saturday. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Summer brings festivals and fairs to the Lake County region," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of tapping

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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