What does tap mean?

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

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"

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.

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.]

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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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Haris naeem dhoraji:

    Coffee black, water tap, whisky neat.

  2. Paton Walsh:

    Always pack a towel and don't drink tap water, anywhere.

  3. Diego Machuca:

    Not over that. There's too much work involved just for tap-and-go.

  4. Nick Berning:

    We want to build an operation that she could tap into if she wants to run.

  5. Daniel Levy:

    There's no secret pot of money Mr. Caspersen has access to and can tap into.

Images & Illustrations of tap

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Translations for tap

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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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