Definitions for: Tap

[n] a light touch or stroke
[n] a plug for a bunghole in a cask
[n] a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads
[n] a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)
[n] a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask
[n] the sound made by a gentle blow
[n] a gentle blow
[v] make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently; "Henry IV solcited the Pope for a divorce"; "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"
[v] draw from; make good use of (resources)
[v] strike lightly; "He tapped me on the shoulder"
[v] cut a female screw thread with a tap
[v] pierce in order to draw a liquid from; "tap a maple tree for its syrup"; "tap a keg of beer"
[v] draw (liquor) from a tap; "tap beer in a bar"
[v] dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes; "Glover tapdances better than anybody"
[v] walk with a tapping sound
[v] make light, repeated taps on a surface; "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"
[v] 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?"
[v] draw from or dip into to get something; "tap one's memory"; "tap a source of money"
[v] furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it; "tap a cask of wine"

Webster (1913) Definition: Tap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tapped; p. pr. & vb. n.
Tapping.] [F. taper to strike; of Teutonic origin; cf.
dial. G. tapp, tapps, a blow, tappe a paw, fist, G. tappen to
1. 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

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

Tap, n. [Cf. F. tape. See Tap to strike.]
1. A gentle or slight blow; a light rap; a pat. --Addison.

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

3. pl. (Mil.) 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.

Tap, v. i.
To strike a gentle blow.

Tap, n. [AS. t[ae]ppa, akin to D. tap, G. zapfen, OHG.
zapfo, Dan. tap, Sw. tapp, Icel. tappi. Cf. Tampion,
1. A hole or pipe through which liquor is drawn.

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

3. Liquor drawn through a tap; hence, a certain kind or
quality of liquor; as, a liquor of the same tap. [Colloq.]

4. A place where liquor is drawn for drinking; a taproom; a
bar. [Colloq.]

5. (Mech.) 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.

On tap.
(a) Ready to be drawn; as, ale on tap.
(b) Broached, or furnished with a tap; as, a barrel on

Plug tap (Mech.), a screw-cutting tap with a slightly
tapering end.

Tap bolt, a bolt with a head on one end and a thread on the
other end, to be screwed into some fixed part, instead of
passing through the part and receiving a nut. See Illust.
under Bolt.

Tap cinder (Metal.), the slag of a puddling furnace.

Tap, v. t.
1. To pierce so as to let out, or draw off, a fluid; as, to
tap a cask, a tree, a tumor, etc.

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

3. To draw, or cause to flow, by piercing. --Shak.

He has been tapping his liquors. --Addison.

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

Synonyms: beg, bug, dab, exploit, hydrant, intercept, knock, pat, pat, pink, rap, rap, solicit, spigot, strike, tapdance, water faucet, water tap, wiretap

See Also: apply, barrel, bespeak, blow, bump, buttonhole, call for, canvas, canvass, cask, commercialize, cut, dance, draw, draw, draw off, eavesdrop, employ, faucet, furnish, go, listen in, lobby, maximise, maximize, milk, mine, overexploit, percuss, pierce, pitter-patter, plate, plug, plumbing fixture, provide, quarry, quest, render, request, sound, sound, stopper, stopple, strike, supply, take out, take out, tool, touch, touching, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe, use, utilise, utilize, walk, withdraw

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