tap

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See also: țap, tập, TAP, and táp

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tæp/, [tʰæp]
  • (South Wales) IPA(key): /tɐːp/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æp

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English tappe, from Old English tæppa, from Proto-Germanic *tappô. The verb is from Middle English tappen, from Old English tæppian, from Proto-Germanic *tappōną, from the noun.

Noun[edit]

tap (plural taps)

  1. A tapering cylindrical pin or peg used to stop the vent in a cask.
    Synonym: spigot
  2. A device used to dispense liquids.
    Synonyms: faucet, handle, spigot, spout
    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.
    Synonyms: taproom, 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.
  8. A device used to listen in secretly on telephone calls. [from 20th c.]
  9. (medicine, informal) A procedure that removes fluid from a body cavity.
    Synonym: paracentesis
    abdominal tap
    pleural tap
    spinal tap
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Verb[edit]

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

  1. To furnish with taps.
    If we tap the maple trees, we can get maple syrup!
  2. To draw off liquid from a vessel.
    He tapped a new barrel of beer.
  3. To deplete, especially of a liquid via a tap; to tap out.
  4. To exploit.
    Businesses are trying to tap the youth market.
  5. 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.
    • 1973, Chacal, written by Frederick Forsyth (book); Kenneth Ross (screenplay):
      Minister: There is one thing: how did you know whose telephone to tap? / Lebel: I didn't, so I tapped all of them.
  6. To intercept a communication without authority.
    Synonym: eavesdrop
    He was known to tap cable television.
  7. (mechanical) To cut an internal screw thread.
    Tap an M3 thread all the way through the hole.
  8. (card games, board games) To turn or flip a card or playing piece to remind players that it has already been used that turn (by analogy to "tapping," in the sense of drawing on to the point of temporary exhaustion, the resources or abilities represented by the card).
    • 1957, Diane Brewster as Samantha Crawford, “According to Hoyle”, in Maverick:
      I think there's an expression in poker. I'll tap you, Mr. Maverick.
  9. (informal) To cadge, borrow or beg.
    I tried to tap a cigarette off him, but he wouldn't give me one.
  10. (medicine, informal) To drain off fluid by paracentesis.
  11. To advance someone for a post or job, or for membership of a club.
    Trump interviewed Mueller for FBI job day before he was tapped for special counsel.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English tappen, teppen, from Old French tapper, taper (to tap), of Germanic origin, from 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.]
    She tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention.
  2. To touch one's finger, foot, or other body parts on a surface (usually) repeatedly.
    Synonyms: hit, patter, pound, rap, strike; see also Thesaurus:hit
    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.
    Synonyms: hit, bang, ping, rap
    The tree, swaying in the breeze, began to tap on the window pane.
  4. (graphical user interface) To operate an electronic device (e.g. a mobile phone) by tapping a specific place on its (capacitive or other) touch screen.
    Coordinate term: click
    • 2010, Bove, Tony, iPod & iTunes For Dummies, John Wiley & Sons, page 302:
      Tap the Save Image button to save the picture in your iPod touch or iPhone photo library (in the Saved Images album) or tap Cancel to cancel.
  5. To designate for some duty or for membership, as in 'a tap on the shoulder'. [from mid-20th c.]
  6. (slang, vulgar, transitive) To have sexual intercourse with.
    Synonyms: go to bed with, hit, sleep with, wap; see also Thesaurus:copulate with
    I would tap that hot girl over there.
    I'd tap that.
    • 2007, Ed Westwick as Chuck Bass, “Pilot”, in Gossip Girl:
      What we're entitled to is a house in the Hamptons. Maybe a perscription drug problem. But happiness does not seem to be on the menu so smoke up and seal the deal with Blair because you're also entitled to tap that ass.
  7. (combat sports) To submit to an opponent by tapping one's hand repeatedly.
    Synonym: tap out
  8. (combat sports, transitive) To force (an opponent) to submit.
    Synonym: tap out
    • 2000 October 14, "K®Æz¥ k ° †€°" (username), “Kimo Tapped Sakuraba”, in alt.ufc, Usenet[1]:
      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[2]:
      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[3]:
      [Genki] Sudo weighed 1/4 of what Butterbean [=Eric Esch] weighs and he still tapped Butterbean.
  9. 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. (dance) Ellipsis of tap dance.
  3. (computing, graphical user interface) The act of touching a touch screen.
    Coordinate term: click
  4. A piece of leather fastened upon the bottom of a boot or shoe in repairing or renewing the sole or heel.
    Synonym: heeltap
  5. (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 1881, Thomas Wilhelm, "A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer" to this entry?)
  6. (phonetics) A consonant sound made by a single muscle contraction, such as the sound [ɾ] in the standard American English pronunciation of body.
    Synonym: flap
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Etymology 3[edit]

Hindi [Term?]

Noun[edit]

tap

  1. An Indian malarial fever.

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Onomatopoeic.

Noun[edit]

tap

  1. struck, hit

Catalan[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tap m (plural taps)

  1. tap, spigot

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Danish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Danish tapp.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtap/, [ˈtˢɑb̥]

Noun[edit]

tap c (singular definite tappen, plural indefinite tappe or tapper)

  1. (mechanics) protruding component of a device
  2. (anatomy) cone cell
  3. (informal) penis
  4. (erotic literature) clitoris
    • 2014, Hans Otto Jørgensen, Ove gasser op: Udvalgte noveller, Gyldendal A/S (→ISBN)
      Hun kælede for hullet med spidsen, krængede lapperne yderligere, og så fandeme kom også dér tappen til syne.
    • 2014, 2016, Christian Møgeltoft, Uskyld, Lindhardt og Ringhof (→ISBN)
      Da hans tunge fandt den lille hårde tap, klynkede hun som et barn, der bliver slået.

Inflection[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Acronym of teknisk-administrativt personale.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtap/, [ˈtˢɑb̥]

Noun[edit]

tap c (singular definite tap'en, plural indefinite tap'er)

  1. member of technical and administrative staff

Inflection[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

Verb[edit]

tap

  1. imperative of tappe

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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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Descendants[edit]

  • Afrikaans: tap

Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From tapa (to lose).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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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K'iche'[edit]

Noun[edit]

tap

  1. (Classical K'iche') crab

Lashi[edit]

Verb[edit]

tap

  1. make something burn
  2. make something stick

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Middle English[edit]

Verb[edit]

tap

  1. Alternative form of tappen (to touch gently)

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tap n (definite singular tapet, indefinite plural tap, definite plural tapa or tapene)

  1. (a) loss

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tap n (definite singular tapet, indefinite plural tap, definite plural tapa)

  1. (a) loss, defeat

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Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

tap m (uncountable)

  1. tap, tap dancing