|1.||[ verb ] cut a female screw thread with a tap|
|2.||[ noun ] the sound made by a gentle blow|
|Related terms:||sound pitter-patter dab|
|3.||[ verb ] draw from or dip into to get something|
"tap one's memory" "tap a source of money"
|4.||[ verb ] strike lightly|
"He tapped me on the shoulder"
|Related terms:||strike percuss pat tapper|
|5.||[ verb ] draw from; make good use of|
"we must exploit the resources we are given wisely"
|Related terms:||use mine harness maximize milk commercialize quarry overexploit exploitation|
|6.||[ verb ] tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information|
|Synonyms:||intercept bug wiretap|
"The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy" "Is this hotel room bugged?"
|Related terms:||listen_in bug phone_tapper wiretap|
|7.||[ verb ] 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"
|Related terms:||request lobby quest canvass beggary|
|8.||[ verb ] draw (liquor) from a tap|
"tap beer in a bar"
|9.||[ noun ] (dance) a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)|
|Related terms:||plate dancing|
|10.||[ noun ] the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information|
|Related terms:||investigation wiretap|
|11.||[ noun ] a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask|
|Synonyms:||water_tap spigot hydrant water_faucet|
|Related terms:||faucet plumbing_fixture|
|12.||[ noun ] a plug for a bunghole in a cask|
|Related terms:||plug barrel|
|13.||[ verb ] walk with a tapping sound|
|Related terms:||walk pat|
|14.||[ verb ] (dance) dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes|
"Glover tapdances better than anybody"
|15.||[ verb ] make light, repeated taps on a surface|
|Synonyms:||knock pink rap|
"he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"
|Related terms:||go pat knock tapping|
|16.||[ verb ] pierce in order to draw a liquid from|
"tap a maple tree for its syrup" "tap a keg of beer"
|17.||[ noun ] a gentle blow|
|Related terms:||bump hit rap|
|18.||[ verb ] furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it|
"tap a cask of wine"
|19.||[ noun ] a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads|
|20.||[ noun ] a light touch or stroke|
|Related terms:||touch chuck dab|