tap

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English tæppa, from Proto-Germanic *tappô.

Noun[edit]

A tap.

tap (plural taps)

  1. A tapering cylindrical pin or peg used to stop the vent in a cask; a spigot.
  2. A device used to dispense liquids.
    We don't have bottled water; you'll have to get it from the tap.
  3. Liquor drawn through a tap; hence, a certain kind or quality of liquor.
    a liquor of the same tap
  4. A place where liquor is drawn for drinking; a taproom; a bar.
  5. (mechanics) A device used to cut an internal screw thread. (External screw threads are cut with a die.)
    We drilled a hole and then cut the threads with the proper tap to match the valve's thread.
  6. A connection made to an electrical or fluid conductor without breaking it.
    The system was barely keeping pressure due to all of the ill-advised taps along its length.
  7. An interception of communication by authority.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Old English tæppian

Verb[edit]

tap (third-person singular simple present taps, present participle tapping, simple past and past participle tapped)

  1. To furnish with taps.
  2. To draw off liquid from a vessel.
    He tapped a new barrel of beer.
  3. To place a listening or recording device on a telephone or wired connection. [from 19th c.]
    They can't tap the phone without a warrant.
  4. To intercept a communication without authority.
    He was known to tap cable television
  5. (mechanical) To cut an internal screw thread.
    Tap an M3 thread all the way through the hole.
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Noun[edit]

tap (plural taps)

  1. Device used to listen in secretly on telephone calls. [from 20th c.]

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English tappen, teppen, from Old French tapper, taper (to tap), of Germanic origin, from Old Frankish *tappōn, *dabbōn (to strike) or from Middle Low German tappen, tapen ("to tap, rap, strike"); both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *dab- (to strike), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰAbʰ- (to beat, strike, stun, be speechless). Related to German tappen (to grope, fumble), Icelandic tappa, tapsa, tæpta (to tap). Related to dab.

Verb[edit]

tap (third-person singular simple present taps, present participle tapping, simple past and past participle tapped)

  1. To strike lightly. [from early 13th c.]
  2. To touch one's finger, foot, or other body parts on a surface (usually) repeatedly.
    He was so nervous he began to tap his fingers on the table.
    She tapped her companion on the back to indicate that she was ready to go.
    Lydia tapped Jim on the shoulder to get his attention.
  3. To make a sharp noise.
    The tree, swaying in the breeze, began to tap on the window pane.
  4. To designate for some duty or for membership, as in 'a tap on the shoulder'. [from mid-20th c.]
  5. (slang, transitive) To have sexual intercourse with.
    I would tap that hot girl over there.
    I'd tap that.
  6. (combat sports) To submit to an opponent by tapping one's hand repeatedly.
  7. (combat sports, transitive) To force (an opponent) to submit.
    • 2000 October 14, "K®Æz¥ k ° †€°" (username), "Kimo Tapped Sakuraba", in alt.ufc, Usenet:
      Hard to believe Kimo [Leopoldo] used a triangle choke to tap [Kazushi] Sak[uraba], but 4 years can make a difference.
    • 2003 April 2, "Eddie" (username), "I Tapped Somebody!", in rec.martial-arts, Usenet:
      Just started bjj [=Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu] couple of months ago and i finally tapped someone!!! WOOOHOO! The guy i tapped has been traiing a few more months than me, outweighs me by at least 30 pounds, and is in great shape from the army.
    • 2004 April 7, "Araxen" (username), "Re: UFC vs. Boxing", in rec.sport.boxing, Usenet:
      [Genki] Sudo weighed 1/4 of what Butterbean [=Eric Esch] weighs and he still tapped Butterbean.
  8. To put a new sole or heel on.
    to tap shoes
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Noun[edit]

tap (plural taps)

  1. A gentle or slight blow; a light rap; a pat.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Addison to this entry?)
    When Steve felt a tap on his shoulder, he turned around.
  2. (computing) The act of touching a touch screen.
  3. A piece of leather fastened upon the bottom of a boot or shoe in repairing or renewing the sole or heel; a heeltap.
  4. (military) 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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wilhelm to this entry?)

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tap m (plural taps)

  1. tap, spigot

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch tappe (closing pin, stopper), from Old Dutch *tappo, from Proto-Germanic *tappô.

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tap m (plural tappen, diminutive tapje n)

  1. tap

Usage notes[edit]

Although this term can be used to mean a tap from which water flows, this usage is rare; the more common term is kraan. It is most commonly used to refer to a beer tap.

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From tapa (to lose).

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tap n (genitive singular taps, nominative plural töp)

  1. loss, damage
    Búðin er rekin með tapi.
    The store is run at a loss.

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tap

  1. rafsi of stapa.

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tap n

  1. loss

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