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  1. tap
    IPA[tap]
  2. noun

    • 1. a device by which a flow of liquid or gas from a pipe or container can be controlled.

    • 2. an electrical connection made to some point between the end terminals of a transformer coil or other component.

    • 3. a device connected to a telephone used for listening secretly to someone's conversations.

      Synonym : listening device, wiretap, wire, bug, bugging device, hidden microphone, receiver
    • 4. an act of listening secretly to someone's telephone conversation.

    • 5. an instrument for cutting a threaded hole in a material.

    • 6. a taproom.

    verb

    • 1. draw liquid through the tap or spout of (a cask, barrel, or other container):

      bragging of tests they had aced and kegs they had tapped
      Synonym : draw liquid from, drain, bleed, milk, broach, open, pierce, puncture
    • 2. draw (liquid) from a cask, barrel, or other container:

      the butlers were tapping new ale
      Synonym : pour (out), draw off, siphon off, pump out, decant, extract, withdraw, remove
    • 3. draw sap from (a tree) by cutting into it.

    • 4. exploit or draw a supply from (a resource):

      clients from industry seeking to tap Philadelphia's resources of expertise these magazines have tapped into a target market of consumers
      Synonym : draw on, exploit, milk, make use of, put to use, use, utilize, open up, mine, turn to account
    • 5. obtain money or information from (someone):

      he considered whom he could tap for information
    • 6. connect a device to (a telephone) so that conversation can be listened to secretly:

      the telephones were tapped by the state security police
      Synonym : listen in on/to, wiretap, eavesdrop on, spy on, monitor, overhear, bug, snoop on, get on record
    • 7. cut a thread in (something) to accept a screw.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: tap, plural noun: taps

    • v.: verb: tap, 3rd person present: taps, gerund or present participle: tapping, past tense: tapped, past participle: tapped

  4. Phrase

    • verb

      strike (someone or something) with a quick light blow or blows:

      strike (something) against something else with a quick light blow or blows:

    • noun

      a quick light blow, or the sound of such a blow.

      tap dancing.

    • noun

      a device by which a flow of liquid or gas from a pipe or container can be controlled:

      an electrical connection made to some point between the end terminals of a transformer coil or other component.

    • verb

      draw liquid through the tap or spout of (a cask, barrel, or other container):

      draw (liquid) from a cask, barrel, or other container:

    • verb

      strike with a quick light blow or blows:

      strike (something) against something else with a quick light blow or blows:

    • noun

      a quick light blow, or the sound of such a blow:

      tap dancing:

    • noun

      the action of striking against something with a quick light blow or blows, or a sound made in this way:
    • noun

      an electrical connection made to some point between the end terminals of a transformer coil or other component.
    • noun

      an electrical connection made to some point between the end terminals of a transformer coil or other component.
    • noun

      the action of striking against something with a quick light blow or blows, or a sound made in this way:
    • noun

      a dance performed wearing shoes fitted with metal taps, characterized by rhythmical tapping of the toes and heels.
    • verb

      perform a tap dance:
    • noun

      a removal of fluid from the spine in the lower back through a hollow needle, usually done for diagnostic purposes.
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