tapping

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

Definition of tapping

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

Examples of tapping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His frenzied tapping at times added syncopation to the a cappella song fragments. Washington Post, "Enter Nathan Lane and Savion Glover, as Broadway opens its doors for the first time in almost 13 months," 4 Apr. 2021 Dotted throughout the property were several maple trees sporting Bruce’s makeshift tapping equipment: spigots attached to plastic tubing that fed into emptied gallon-sized water jugs. Sally Schwartz, chicagotribune.com, "Column: For some suburban residents, maple tree tapping taps into the pioneer spirit," 15 Mar. 2021 Maple Sugaring Sunday and Pancake Breakfast Party 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Educational programs, tree-tapping, pancakes. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Maple sugaring season is here in Connecticut. How to enjoy it, while socially distancing," 4 Mar. 2021 That means toe-tapping instead of two-stepping because patrons will have to stay seated. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "How to have a rodeo experience in San Antonio even though you can't go to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo at Freeman Coliseum," 9 Feb. 2021 There will be the tapping of fingers on keys sending out a resume for the millionth time this year. Essence, "Finding Joy, Peace And Healing During A Pandemic Christmas," 22 Dec. 2020 But his tapping of Buttigieg muddles that message, if it was ever intended. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden unveils Transportation pick Buttigieg as 'next-generation leader'," 16 Dec. 2020 The tapping of carving knives and the cries of sea gulls are the only sounds accompanying their methodical work. New York Times, "Treasure Washes Up on Venezuela’s Shore, Bringing Gold and Hope to a Village," 12 Dec. 2020 Within a dozen bars there came a dull tapping at my feet, a signal that for many years to come would be an invitation to hunt and fish and be taught the secret places and rites of a West that even then was fast slipping away. Norman Strung, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: Tommy’s Fiddle," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of tapping

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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8 Apr 2021

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“Tapping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tapping. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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