\ ˈtaps How to pronounce taps (audio) \

Definition of taps

: the last bugle call at night blown as a signal that lights are to be put out also : a similar call blown at military funerals and memorial services

Examples of taps in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Opt for one with an intuitive, easy-to-navigate design that gives you the ability to accomplish your tasks with just a few taps on the screen. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "The best monogram machine of 2020," 9 Sep. 2020 With electronic controls, switches and levers can become buttons or touchscreen taps. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "Does Anyone Know How to Put This Thing in Drive?," 5 Sep. 2020 Popular in homes throughout the 1990s, the sandy neutral taps into a nostalgic desire for past comforts. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "PPG Just Announced Its 2021 Palette of the Year and Beige Is Officially Back," 1 Sep. 2020 In Calcasieu Parish, where Lake Charles is located, parish spokesman Tom Hoefer said water had not been flowing from taps in many areas, and the entire area was still without power. Adam Klotz, Fox News, "Extreme heat in areas of Texas, Louisiana still powerless after Laura; severe storm threat for Plains," 31 Aug. 2020 After a few taps of the screen to opt into this tracing, the app essentially vanished. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 tracking apps, supported by Apple and Google, begin showing up in app stores," 25 Aug. 2020 Beer flows from a dozen taps, and recently he was getting set to pour a holiday ale. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Eighty-Three Brewery settling in to Akron’s East End (photos, video)," 6 Nov. 2019 The water caused lead to be released from old pipes and into kitchen taps, bathrooms and water heaters. Ed White, Detroit Free Press, "Judge rules that feds can be sued for failures in Flint water crisis," 27 Aug. 2020 Repeat 10 times, and then move to the right of the chair and do 10 side lunges with glute taps to the left. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, "This 5-minute midday workout will get you out of your chair," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of taps

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for taps

probably alteration of earlier taptoo tattoo — more at tattoo entry 3

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14 Sep 2020

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“Taps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taps. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce taps (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of taps

US, military : a song played on a bugle at military funerals and at night as a signal for soldiers to go to bed


noun plural
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Kids Definition of taps

: the last bugle call at night blown as a signal to put out the lights
Hint: Taps can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.

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