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TAP (tapped, tapping)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tap mean? 

TAP (noun)
  The noun TAP has 8 senses:

1. the sound made by a gentle blow
2. a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask
3. a gentle blow
4. a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)
5. a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads
6. a plug for a bunghole in a cask
7. the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information
8. a light touch or stroke

  Familiarity information: TAP used as a noun is common.


TAP (verb)
  The verb TAP has 12 senses:

1. cut a female screw thread with a tap
2. draw from or dip into to get something
3. strike lightly
4. draw from; make good use of
5. tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
6. furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it
7. make light, repeated taps on a surface
8. walk with a tapping sound
9. dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes
10. draw (liquor) from a tap
11. pierce in order to draw a liquid from
12. make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently

  Familiarity information: TAP used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


TAP (noun)


Sense 1tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The sound made by a gentle blow

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

pat; tap; rap

Hypernyms ("tap" is a kind of...):

sound (the sudden occurrence of an audible event)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tap"):

pitter-patter (a series of rapid tapping sounds)


Sense 2tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

hydrant; water tap; water faucet; tap

Hypernyms ("tap" is a kind 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)


Sense 3tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A gentle blow

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

rap; tap; strike

Hypernyms ("tap" is a kind of...):

blow; bump (an impact (as from a collision))


Sense 4tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("tap" is a kind of...):

plate (a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic)

Domain category:

dance; dancing; saltation; terpsichore (taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music)


Sense 5tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("tap" is a kind of...):

tool (an implement used in the practice of a vocation)


Sense 6tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A plug for a bunghole in a cask

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

spigot; tap

Hypernyms ("tap" is a kind of...):

plug; stopper; stopple (blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly)

Holonyms ("tap" is a part of...):

barrel; cask (a cylindrical container that holds liquids)


Sense 7tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

wiretap; tap

Hypernyms ("tap" is a kind of...):

investigating; investigation (the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically)


Sense 8tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A light touch or stroke

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

dab; pat; tap

Hypernyms ("tap" is a kind of...):

touch; touching (the act of putting two things together with no space between them)


TAP (verb)


Sense 1tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cut a female screw thread with a tap

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "tap" is one way to...):

cut (separate with or as if with an instrument)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Draw from or dip into to get something

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context examples:

tap one's memory / tap a source of money

Hypernyms (to "tap" is one way to...):

draw; draw off; take out; withdraw (remove (a commodity) from (a supply source))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Strike lightly

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

tap; tip

Context example:

He tapped me on the shoulder

Hypernyms (to "tap" is one way to...):

strike (deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "tap"):

percuss (strike or tap firmly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 4tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Draw from; make good use of

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

exploit; tap

Context example:

we must exploit the resources we are given wisely

Hypernyms (to "tap" is one way to...):

apply; employ; use; utilise; utilize (put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "tap"):

milk (exploit as much as possible)

commercialize (exploit for maximal profit, usually by sacrificing quality)

overexploit (exploit excessively)

quarry (extract (something such as stones) from or as if from a quarry)

mine (get from the earth by excavation)

harness (exploit the power of)

maximise; maximize (make the most of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

wiretap; bug; intercept; tap

Context examples:

The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy / Is this hotel room bugged?

Hypernyms (to "tap" is one way to...):

eavesdrop; listen in (listen without the speaker's knowledge)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

tap a cask of wine

Hypernyms (to "tap" is one way to...):

furnish; provide; render; supply (provide or furnish with)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 7tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make light, repeated taps on a surface

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

pink; rap; knock; tap

Context example:

he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently

Hypernyms (to "tap" is one way to...):

go; sound (make a certain noise or sound)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 8tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Walk with a tapping sound

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "tap" is one way to...):

walk (use one's feet to advance; advance by steps)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

The children tap to the playground


Sense 9tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

tapdance; tap

Context example:

Glover tapdances better than anybody

Hypernyms (to "tap" is one way to...):

dance; trip the light fantastic; trip the light fantastic toe (move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue tap


Sense 10tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Draw (liquor) from a tap

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

tap beer in a bar

Hypernyms (to "tap" is one way to...):

draw; take out (take liquid out of a container or well)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 11tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pierce in order to draw a liquid from

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context examples:

tap a maple tree for its syrup / tap a keg of beer

Hypernyms (to "tap" is one way to...):

pierce (make a hole into)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 12tap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

solicit; beg; tap

Context examples:

Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce / My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities

Hypernyms (to "tap" is one way to...):

bespeak; call for; quest; request (express the need or desire for; ask for)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "tap"):

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)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something from somebody


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