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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

taptæp(v.; n.)tapped, tap•ping

  1. (v.t.)to strike with a light but audible blow.

  2. to make, put, etc., by tapping:

    to tap a nail into a wall.

  3. to strike (the fingers, a foot, a pencil, etc.) upon or against something, esp. with repeated light blows.

  4. to add a metal or leather piece to the sole or heel of (a boot or shoe).

    Category: Clothing

  5. (v.i.)to strike lightly but audibly.

  6. to strike light blows.

  7. to tap-dance.

  8. (n.)a light but audible blow.

  9. the sound made by this.

  10. a piece of metal attached to the toe or heel of a shoe.

    Category: Clothing

  11. a thickness of leather added to the sole or heel of a boot or shoe, as in repairing.

    Category: Clothing

Origin of tap:

1175–1225; ME tappen, alter. of early ME teppen, prob. imit.


taptæp(n.; v.)tapped, tap•ping.

  1. (n.)a cylindrical plug or stopper for closing an opening through which liquid is drawn, as in a cask; spigot.

  2. a faucet or cock.

    Category: Building Trades

  3. the liquor drawn through a particular tap.

  4. a connection made at an intermediate point on an electrical circuit or device.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  5. an act or instance of wiretapping.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Telegraphy and Telephony, Informal

  6. the surgical withdrawal of fluid:

    spinal tap.

    Category: Surgery

  7. a tool for cutting screw threads into the cylindrical surface of a round opening.

    Category: Building Trades

  8. a hole made in tapping, as one in a pipe to furnish connection for a branch pipe.

    Category: Building Trades

  9. (v.t.)to draw liquid from (a vessel or container).

  10. to draw off (liquid), as by removing a tap or piercing a container.

  11. to draw the tap from or pierce (a cask or other container).

  12. to draw upon; begin to use:

    to tap one's resources.

  13. to connect into secretly so as to receive what is being transmitted: to tap a telephone.

    Category: Telegraphy and Telephony

  14. to furnish (a cask, pipe, etc.) with a tap.

    Category: Building Trades

  15. to cut a screw thread into the surface of (an opening).

    Category: Building Trades

  16. to open outlets from (power lines, highways, pipes, etc.).

    Category: Civil Engineering

  17. tap off, to remove (liquid, molten metal, etc.) from a keg, furnace, or the like.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Metallurgy

Idioms for tap:

  1. on tap, ready to be drawn and served, as liquor from a cask. furnished with a tap or cock, as a barrel of liquor. ready for immediate use; available.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

Origin of tap:

bef. 1050; (n.) ME tappe, OE tæppa, c. MD, MLG tap, OHG zapho, ON tappi; (v.) ME tappen, OE tæppian


Princeton's WordNet

  1. pat, rap, tap(noun)

    the sound made by a gentle blow

  2. rap, strike, tap(noun)

    a gentle blow

  3. water faucet, water tap, tap, hydrant(noun)

    a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask

  4. tap(noun)

    a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)

  5. tap(noun)

    a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads

  6. tap, spigot(noun)

    a plug for a bunghole in a cask

  7. wiretap, tap(noun)

    the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information

  8. tap, pat, dab(verb)

    a light touch or stroke

  9. tap(verb)

    cut a female screw thread with a tap

  10. tap(verb)

    draw from or dip into to get something

    "tap one's memory"; "tap a source of money"

  11. tap, tip(verb)

    strike lightly

    "He tapped me on the shoulder"

  12. exploit, tap(verb)

    draw from; make good use of

    "we must exploit the resources we are given wisely"

  13. wiretap, tap, intercept, bug(verb)

    tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information

    "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"; "Is this hotel room bugged?"

  14. tap(verb)

    furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it

    "tap a cask of wine"

  15. tap, rap, knock, pink(verb)

    make light, repeated taps on a surface

    "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"

  16. tap(verb)

    walk with a tapping sound

  17. tapdance, tap(verb)

    dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes

    "Glover tapdances better than anybody"

  18. tap(verb)

    draw (liquor) from a tap

    "tap beer in a bar"

  19. tap(verb)

    pierce in order to draw a liquid from

    "tap a maple tree for its syrup"; "tap a keg of beer"

  20. solicit, beg, tap(verb)

    make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently

    "Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce"; "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tap(verb)æp

    to touch or knock sth with light, short hits

    Someone was tapping at the window.; He tapped her on the shoulder.

  2. tapæp

    to use or take from a supply of sth

    The company plans to tap a younger market to increase sales.

  3. tapæp

    to secretly listen to sb's telephone conversation using an electronic device; = bug

    He suspected his calls were being tapped.

  4. tap(noun)æp

    a short light knock or touch

    She gave the nail a last tap with the hammer.

  5. tapæp

    a device that controls the flow of liquid from a pipe

    beer flowing from the open tap

  6. tapæp

    a faucet

  7. tapæp

    freely available

    information on tap via the Internet

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tap(verb)

    to strike with a slight or gentle blow; to touch gently; to rap lightly; to pat; as, to tap one with the hand or a cane

  2. Tap(verb)

    to put a new sole or heel on; as, to tap shoes

  3. Tap(noun)

    a gentle or slight blow; a light rap; a pat

  4. Tap(noun)

    a piece of leather fastened upon the bottom of a boot or shoe in repairing or renewing the sole or heel

  5. Tap(noun)

    a signal, by drum or trumpet, for extinguishing all lights in soldiers' quarters and retiring to bed, -- usually given about a quarter of an hour after tattoo

  6. Tap(verb)

    to strike a gentle blow

  7. Tap(noun)

    a hole or pipe through which liquor is drawn

  8. Tap(noun)

    a plug or spile for stopping a hole pierced in a cask, or the like; a faucet

  9. Tap(noun)

    liquor drawn through a tap; hence, a certain kind or quality of liquor; as, a liquor of the same tap

  10. Tap(noun)

    a place where liquor is drawn for drinking; a taproom; a bar

  11. Tap(noun)

    a tool for forming an internal screw, as in a nut, consisting of a hardened steel male screw grooved longitudinally so as to have cutting edges

  12. Tap(verb)

    to pierce so as to let out, or draw off, a fluid; as, to tap a cask, a tree, a tumor, etc

  13. Tap(verb)

    hence, to draw from (anything) in any analogous way; as, to tap telegraph wires for the purpose of intercepting information; to tap the treasury

  14. Tap(verb)

    to draw, or cause to flow, by piercing

  15. Tap(verb)

    to form an internal screw in (anything) by means of a tool called a tap; as, to tap a nut


  1. Tap

    A tap is a valve controlling release of liquids or gas.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TAP' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3598

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TAP' in Nouns Frequency: #2191

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TAP' in Verbs Frequency: #683

Anagrams of TAP

  1. APT, ap't, apt, apt., ATP, Pat, pat, PTA

Translations for TAP

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to start using (a source, supply etc)

The country has many rich resources that have not been tapped.

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