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Definitions of tap

  1. To touch or strike gently. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. To apply leather to (the heel of a shoe) in repair. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To put a new sole or heel on; as, to tap shoes. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To pierce so as to let out, or draw off, a fluid; as, to tap a cask, a tree, a tumor, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Hence, to draw from (anything) in any analogous way; as, to tap telegraph wires for the purpose of intercepting information; to tap the treasury. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To draw, or cause to flow, by piercing. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To form an internal screw in (anything) by means of a tool called a tap; as, to tap a nut. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To strike with something small: to touch gently. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. To strike lightly; pierce, as anything containing fluid. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. To draw liquid from, through an opening. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To strike a gentle blow. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. To strike a light blow. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. To give a gentle knock:-pr.p. tapping; pa.t. and pa.p. tapped. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. make light, repeated taps on a surface; "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it; "tap a cask of wine" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. cut a female screw thread with a tap Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. draw (liquor) from a tap; "tap beer in a bar" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes; "Glover tapdances better than anybody" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  23. To pierce or broach a cask; to open a cask and draw liquor; to pierce for letting out fluid; to box or bore into. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. To strike with something small; to strike a gentle blow; to touch lightly. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. To pierce for letting out a fluid; to pierce or broach, as a cask; to box or bore into. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. Tapping. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. the sound made by a gentle blow Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  28. a plug for a bunghole in a cask Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  29. a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  30. a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  31. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  32. strike lightly; "He tapped me on the shoulder" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  33. pierce in order to draw a liquid from; "tap a maple tree for its syrup"; "tap a keg of beer" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  34. walk with a tapping sound Wordnet Dictionary DB
  35. draw from or dip into to get something; "tap one's memory"; "tap a source of money" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  36. A gentle or slight blow; a light rap; a pat. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. A hole or pipe through which liquor is drawn. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. A plug or spile for stopping a hole pierced in a cask, or the like; a faucet. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. Liquor drawn through a tap; hence, a certain kind or quality of liquor; as, a liquor of the same tap. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. A place where liquor is drawn for drinking; a taproom; a bar. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. 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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  44. A gentle blow or touch, esp. with something small. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  45. A hole or short pipe through which liquor is drawn: a place where liquor is drawn. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  46. A light blow; pipe for drawing liquid; spile; place where liquor is drawn. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  47. A faucet by means of which liquid may be drawn, as from a cask. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  48. A gentle or playful blow. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  49. Leather put upon the heel of a shoe. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  50. A gentle blow; a slight blow with a small thing. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  51. A spile or pipe for drawing liquor from a cask. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  52. A piece of leather fastened upon the bottom of a boot or shoe in repairing or renewing the sole or heel. Webster Dictionary DB
  53. A gentle blow; a slight stroke. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  54. 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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  55. Tapped. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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
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