What does tap mean?

Definitions for tap

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tap.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pat, rap, tapnoun

    the sound made by a gentle blow

  2. rap, strike, tapnoun

    a gentle blow

  3. water faucet, water tap, tap, hydrantnoun

    a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask

  4. tapnoun

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

  5. tapnoun

    a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads

  6. tap, spigotnoun

    a plug for a bunghole in a cask

  7. wiretap, tapnoun

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

  8. tap, pat, dabverb

    a light touch or stroke

  9. tapverb

    cut a female screw thread with a tap

  10. tapverb

    draw from or dip into to get something

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

  11. tap, tipverb

    strike lightly

    "He tapped me on the shoulder"

  12. exploit, tapverb

    draw from; make good use of

    "we must exploit the resources we are given wisely"

  13. wiretap, tap, intercept, bugverb

    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. tapverb

    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, pinkverb

    make light, repeated taps on a surface

    "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"

  16. tapverb

    walk with a tapping sound

  17. tapdance, tapverb

    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. tapverb

    draw (liquor) from a tap

    "tap beer in a bar"

  19. tapverb

    pierce in order to draw a liquid from

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

  20. solicit, beg, tapverb

    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"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tapverb

    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. Tapverb

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

  3. Tapnoun

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

  4. Tapnoun

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

  5. Tapnoun

    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. Tapverb

    to strike a gentle blow

  7. Tapnoun

    a hole or pipe through which liquor is drawn

  8. Tapnoun

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

  9. Tapnoun

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

  10. Tapnoun

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

  11. Tapnoun

    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. Tapverb

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

  13. Tapverb

    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. Tapverb

    to draw, or cause to flow, by piercing

  15. Tapverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tap

    tap, n. a gentle blow or touch, esp. with something small: a signal with a drum to put lights out.—v.t. to strike lightly, touch gently.—v.i. to give a gentle knock:—pr.p. tap′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. tapped. [O. Fr. tapper—Low Ger. tappen.]

  2. Tap

    tap, n. a Scotch form of top.

  3. Tap

    tap, n. an Indian malarial fever. [Hind.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. tap

    A gentle blow on the drum.

Editors Contribution

  1. tap

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles to regulate, provide and control a flow of water or liquid.

    The kitchen tap works efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 2, 2020  

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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 for tap »

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tap in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of tap in a Sentence

  1. Transport Secretary Sergio Monteiro:

    We finally have a competitive environment in the TAP privatisation process ... even though the company is facing many difficulties.

  2. Tim Murtaugh:

    The President enjoys unprecedented support from Republicans across the country, candidates up and down the ballot know the way to be successful as a Republican is to tap into the enthusiasm behind him.

  3. Marc Benioff:

    I didn't realize until this morning that Jack Dorsey was not going to support it, the question is how much is Jack Dorsey giving back to our public hospitals and schools and to our homeless programs. The only way we're going to make our city better is if we tap the incredible wealth that it's generating.

  4. Robbie Smith:

    We need to look at all the ways we are not understanding the fate of plastic, recycling is terrible, even in the US. Countries are facing up to the reality, but they are not ready to turn off the tap. Read more: Greenland is melting in a heatwave. That's everyone's problem.

  5. Alexander Navarro:

    Lots of elected officials as well as public health officers were telling people to wear masks as part of their civic duty, they were trying to tap into this idea that if you couldn't be over there fighting alongside our boys overseas, you could be doing your part here on the home front.

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  • يَتَنَصَّت, حنفية, صنبورArabic
  • кранBelarusian
  • кранBulgarian
  • tap, aixetaCatalan, Valencian
  • kohoutek, závitník, kohoutCzech
  • tapWelsh
  • vandhaneDanish
  • Armatur, Zapfen, Kran, abzapfen, Spund, Gewindeschneider, abhören, anzapfen, Wasserhahn, Mischbatterie, Hahn, ZapfhahnGerman
  • βρύσηGreek
  • kranoEsperanto
  • canilla, llave, grifo, machuelo, tapón, intervenir, dar golpecitosSpanish
  • kraanEstonian
  • شیرPersian
  • hyväkseen, taputtaa, haaroitus, tappi, kierteitystappi, valuttaa, kopauttaa, salakuunnella, puikottaa, hana, naputtaa, käyttää, naputella, verottaa, laskea, napauttaa, napautus, vesihana, kosketusFinnish
  • robinet, bouchon, taper, dérivation, taraud, tarauder, tirerFrench
  • billaGalician
  • ברזHebrew
  • csap, vízcsapHungarian
  • ծորակArmenian
  • hani, kraniIcelandic
  • rubinettoItalian
  • 蛇口Japanese
  • ក្បាលម៉ាស៊ីនទឹកKhmer
  • 수도꼭지Korean
  • henef, zembere, henîfe, henefî, mislikKurdish
  • čiaupasLithuanian
  • наточува, чука, точи, тапка, допира, чешма, славина, тропкаMacedonian
  • avlyttingNorwegian
  • tappen, tikken, meeluisteren, kraan, afluisteren, aftappen, draadtappenDutch
  • avlyttingNorwegian Nynorsk
  • tappe, kran, tappekran, avlytteNorwegian
  • kurek, spuszczać płyn, napoczynać, stuknąć, gwintować, gwintownik, zawór, kran, zawór główny, wykorzystywać, klepnąć, podsłuchiwać, założyć podsłuchPolish
  • bica, torneira, torno, espichoPortuguese
  • кран, отпайка, ответвление, затычка, отвод, пробка, метчикRussian
  • slavina, славинаSerbo-Croatian
  • kohútik, stočiť, stiahnuť, odposluch, odpočúvanieSlovak
  • pipaSlovene
  • duqAlbanian
  • tapp, kran, avledning, gängtappSwedish
  • mferejiSwahili
  • ก๊อกน้ำThai
  • gizlice dinlemek, musluk, musluk takmakTurkish
  • кранUkrainian
  • vòiVietnamese
  • flapilönVolapük
  • cråneWalloon

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