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Definitions of tap

  1. 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"
  2. 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?"
  3. a light touch or stroke
  4. draw from; make good use of ( resources)
  5. make light, repeated taps on a surface; " he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"
  6. the sound made by a gentle blow
  7. a plug for a bunghole in a cask
  8. furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it; " tap a cask of wine"
  9. a tool for cutting female ( internal) screw threads
  10. a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe ( as in tap dancing)
  11. cut a female screw thread with a tap
  12. draw ( liquor) from a tap; " tap beer in a bar"
  13. dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes; " Glover tapdances better than anybody"
  14. the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information
  15. 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"
  16. strike lightly; " He tapped me on the shoulder"
  17. pierce in order to draw a liquid from; " tap a maple tree for its syrup"; " tap a keg of beer"
  18. walk with a tapping sound
  19. draw from or dip into to get something; " tap one's memory"; " tap a source of money"
  20. 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.
  21. To put a new sole or heel on; as, to tap shoes.
  22. A gentle or slight blow; a light rap; a pat.
  23. To strike a gentle blow.
  24. A hole or pipe through which liquor is drawn.
  25. A plug or spile for stopping a hole pierced in a cask, or the like; a faucet.
  26. Liquor drawn through a tap; hence, a certain kind or quality of liquor; as, a liquor of the same tap.
  27. A place where liquor is drawn for drinking; a taproom; a bar.
  28. 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.
  29. To pierce so as to let out, or draw off, a fluid; as, to tap a cask, a tree, a tumor, etc.
  30. Hence, to draw from ( anything) in any analogous way; as, to tap telegraph wires for the purpose of intercepting information; to tap the treasury.
  31. To draw, or cause to flow, by piercing.
  32. To form an internal screw in ( anything) by means of a tool called a tap; as, to tap a nut.
  33. 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.
  34. To strike or touch lightly; to give a light stroke or touch with; put a new sole or heel on; as, to tap shoes; make an outlet from; as, to tap a barrel; bore into in order to draw something out, as a tree for its sap; hence, to draw out of, as information.
  35. To strike a light blow.
  36. A gentle blow or touch; pat; pipe through which liquor is drawn from a cask; faucet for drawing water; a piece of leather nailed or sewed on the bottom of a boot or shoe in repairing; a tool for cutting screw threads on an inner surface.
  37. Tapped.
  38. Tapping.
  39. A gentle blow or touch, esp. with something small.
  40. To strike with something small: to touch gently.
  41. To give a gentle knock:- pr. p. tapping; pa. t. and pa. p. tapped.
  42. A hole or short pipe through which liquor is drawn: a place where liquor is drawn.
  43. To pierce, so as to let out fluid: to open a cask and draw off liquor: to broach a vessel:- pr. p. tapping; pa. t. and pa. p. tapped.
  44. A light blow; pipe for drawing liquid; spile; place where liquor is drawn.
  45. To strike lightly; pierce, as anything containing fluid.
  46. To draw liquid from, through an opening.
  47. A faucet by means of which liquid may be drawn, as from a cask.
  48. To touch or strike gently.
  49. To apply leather to ( the heel of a shoe) in repair.
  50. A gentle or playful blow.
  51. Leather put upon the heel of a shoe.
  52. A gentle blow; a slight blow with a small thing.
  53. A spile or pipe for drawing liquor from a cask.
  54. To pierce or broach a cask; to open a cask and draw liquor; to pierce for letting out fluid; to box or bore into.
  55. A piece of leather fastened upon the bottom of a boot or shoe in repairing or renewing the sole or heel.
  56. To strike with something small; to strike a gentle blow; to touch lightly.
  57. A gentle blow; a slight stroke.
  58. To pierce for letting out a fluid; to pierce or broach, as a cask; to box or bore into.
  59. A hole or pipe through which liquor is drawn; a plug or spill for stopping a hole pierced in a cask; a place in a public- house or tavern where liquor is drawn for drinking; a conical screw made of hardened steel, and grooved, for cutting internal threads in nuts and the like.

Usage examples for tap

  1. Sympathy was not readily on tap in Riley's nature. – The Rangeland Avenger by Max Brand
  2. I waited on the porch and saw Max tap the safe. – Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers
  3. They have them on tap there. – Tom Swift and his Wizard Camera or, Thrilling Adventures while taking Moving Pictures by Victor Appleton
  4. Naturally he turned off the tap. – The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
  5. Clark made a signal, and at the tap of a drum, Beverley shook the ropes loose and began to lower the British colors. – Alice of Old Vincennes by Maurice Thompson
  6. No call came, but presently steps were heard outside- a tap on the door of the room which led directly to the open. – A Son of the Hills by Harriet T. Comstock
  7. Of a sudden he sat up stiffly, at the sound of a tap- tap on the window- pane behind him. – Major Vigoureux by A. T. Quiller-Couch
  8. Ever since that time, whenever we hear a little tap- tapping in the tree city, we know that it is the poor Woodpecker digging at the dusty wood, as the Lord said she should do. – The Curious Book of Birds by Abbie Farwell Brown
  9. She had not been ten minutes in her room when there was a tap at the door, and Blanche entered. – Belles and Ringers by Hawley Smart
  10. In another minute nine o'clock struck, and a gentle tap at the door called them both back into the world again. – Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes
  11. Come ower the tap o' the hill, Or roun' the neuk o' the hill, For I want ye sair the nicht. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  12. A tap at the door aroused him from his day- dream. – The Fortunate Youth by William J. Locke
  13. When rest was over, we washed and dressed, and then Mrs. Harry asked for clay to make a water- tap for her house. – The Child Under Eight by E.R. Murray and Henrietta Brown Smith
  14. While she sat absorbed over it, in deep and painful thought evidently, there came a tap at the door; then it opened, and her nephew came in. – A Terrible Secret by May Agnes Fleming
  15. In answer to her tap, Judith said, " Come in." – Throckmorton by Molly Elliot Seawell
  16. But now the moon is on tap again, and the roads lighted. – Vailima-Letters by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  17. But now there is a tap at the door, and his servant says: " Telegram from England, sir." – A Heart-Song of To-day by Annie Gregg Savigny
  18. I was roused by a gentle tap on my shoulder from behind Charlotte's chair. – Maria The Wrongs of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
  19. And then came a gentle tap upon my door. – The Spy in Black by J. Storer Clouston
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