Tap - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |tæp|  American pronunciation of the word tap
Brit.  |tæp|  British pronunciation of the word tap


- the sound made by a gentle blow (syn: pat, rap)
- a gentle blow (syn: rap, strike)
- a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask (syn: hydrant)
- a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)
- a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads
- a plug for a bunghole in a cask (syn: spigot)
- the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information
- a light touch or stroke (syn: dab, pat)


- cut a female screw thread with a tap
- draw from or dip into to get something
tap one's memory
tap a source of money
- strike lightly (syn: tip)
He tapped me on the shoulder
- draw from; make good use of (syn: exploit)
- tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information (syn: bug, intercept)
The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy
- furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it
tap a cask of wine
- make light, repeated taps on a surface (syn: knock, pink, rap)
he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently
- walk with a tapping sound
- dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes
Glover tapdances better than anybody
- draw (liquor) from a tap
tap beer in a bar
- pierce in order to draw a liquid from
tap a maple tree for its syrup
tap a keg of beer
- make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently (syn: beg, solicit)

Extra examples

This tap of beer was too bitter.

Sentiment wasn't his tap.

Telephone taps were played on tape recorders in court.

Your shoes want tapping.

He was tapped for an exclusive Senior Society.

Tap water (=water that comes out of a tap) is usually heavily treated with chemicals.

She went into the bathroom and turned on the taps.

I washed my hands under the kitchen tap.

She felt a tap on her shoulder.

There was a tap at the door.

The police had put a tap on his phone line.

He turned as someone tapped him on the shoulder.

I went up and tapped on the window.

Mark tapped his fingers on the tabletop impatiently.

She tapped ash from her cigarette.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: tap
he/she/it: taps
present participle: tapping
past tense: tapped
past participle: tapped
singular: tap
plural: taps
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