tap

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: tap

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strike lightly
a gentle blow
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walk with a tapping sound
a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)
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pierce in order to draw a liquid from
a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask
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tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information
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a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads
cut a female screw thread with a tap
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: tap
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v strike lightly

“He tapped me on the shoulder”
Synonyms:
tip
Types:
percuss
strike or tap firmly
Type of:
strike
deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

v make light, repeated taps on a surface

“he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently”
Synonyms:
knock, pink, rap
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

n a gentle blow

Synonyms:
rap, strike
Type of:
blow, bump
an impact (as from a collision)

n a light touch or stroke

Synonyms:
dab, pat
Type of:
touch, touching
the act of putting two things together with no space between them

n the sound made by a gentle blow

Synonyms:
pat, rap
Types:
pitter-patter
a series of rapid tapping sounds
Type of:
sound
the sudden occurrence of an audible event
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v walk with a tapping sound

Type of:
walk
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

v dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes

Synonyms:
tapdance
Type of:
dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance

n a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)

Type of:
plate
a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic
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v pierce in order to draw a liquid from

tap a maple tree for its syrup”
tap a keg of beer”
Type of:
pierce
make a hole into

v furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it

tap a cask of wine”
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

v draw (liquor) from a tap

tap beer in a bar”
Type of:
draw, take out
take liquid out of a container or well

v draw from; make good use of

Synonyms:
exploit
Types:
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maximise, maximize
make the most of
harness
exploit the power of
mine
get from the earth by excavation
quarry
extract (something such as stones) from or as if from a quarry
overexploit
exploit excessively
commercialize
exploit for maximal profit, usually by sacrificing quality
milk
exploit as much as possible
strip mine, surface mine, surface-mine
extract (ore) from a strip-mine
Type of:
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

v draw from or dip into to get something

tap one's memory”
tap a source of money”
Type of:
draw, draw off, take out, withdraw
remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)

v make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently

Synonyms:
beg, solicit
Types:
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quest
seek alms, as for religious purposes
canvas, canvass
solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
buttonhole, lobby
detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors
circularize
canvass by using a questionnaire
Type of:
bespeak, call for, quest, request
express the need or desire for; ask for

n a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask

Synonyms:
hydrant, water faucet, water tap
Type of:
faucet, spigot
a regulator for controlling the flow of a liquid from a reservoir
plumbing fixture
a fixture for the distribution and use of water in a building

n a plug for a bunghole in a cask

Synonyms:
spigot
Type of:
plug, stopper, stopple
blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly
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v tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information

“The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy”
Synonyms:
bug, intercept, wiretap
Type of:
eavesdrop, listen in
listen without the speaker's knowledge

n the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information

Synonyms:
wiretap
Type of:
investigating, investigation
the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
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n a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads

Type of:
tool
an implement used in the practice of a vocation

v cut a female screw thread with a tap

Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument
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