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Meaning & Definition of Tap in English

English

Tap

/tæp/

noun

1. The sound made by a gentle blow

    synonym:
  • pat
  • ,
  • rap
  • ,
  • tap

2. A gentle blow

    synonym:
  • rap
  • ,
  • strike
  • ,
  • tap

3. A faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask

    synonym:
  • water faucet
  • ,
  • water tap
  • ,
  • tap
  • ,
  • hydrant

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

    synonym:
  • tap

5. A tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads

    synonym:
  • tap

6. A plug for a bunghole in a cask

    synonym:
  • tap
  • ,
  • spigot

7. The act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information

    synonym:
  • wiretap
  • ,
  • tap

8. A light touch or stroke

    synonym:
  • tap
  • ,
  • pat
  • ,
  • dab

verb

1. Cut a female screw thread with a tap

    synonym:
  • tap

2. Draw from or dip into to get something

  • "Tap one's memory"
  • "Tap a source of money"
    synonym:
  • tap

3. Strike lightly

  • "He tapped me on the shoulder"
    synonym:
  • tap
  • ,
  • tip

4. Draw from

  • Make good use of
  • "We must exploit the resources we are given wisely"
    synonym:
  • exploit
  • ,
  • tap

5. 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?"
    synonym:
  • wiretap
  • ,
  • tap
  • ,
  • intercept
  • ,
  • bug

6. Furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it

  • "Tap a cask of wine"
    synonym:
  • tap

7. Make light, repeated taps on a surface

  • "He was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"
    synonym:
  • tap
  • ,
  • rap
  • ,
  • knock
  • ,
  • pink

8. Walk with a tapping sound

    synonym:
  • tap

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

  • "Glover tapdances better than anybody"
    synonym:
  • tapdance
  • ,
  • tap

10. Draw (liquor) from a tap

  • "Tap beer in a bar"
    synonym:
  • tap

11. Pierce in order to draw a liquid from

  • "Tap a maple tree for its syrup"
  • "Tap a keg of beer"
    synonym:
  • tap

12. 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"
    synonym:
  • solicit
  • ,
  • beg
  • ,
  • tap

Examples of using

There's a chance that tap water may contain harmful substances like chlorine and lead.