1. the sound made by a gentle blow
2. a gentle blow
3. a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask
Similar word(s): hydrant
4. a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)
Definition categories: man–made, plate
5. a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads
Definition categories: man–made, tool
6. a plug for a bunghole in a cask
Similar word(s): spigot
7. the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information
Similar word(s): wiretap
8. a light touch or stroke
Sentences with tap as a noun:
- We don't have bottled water; you'll have to get it from the tap.
- a liquor of the same tap
- We drilled a hole and then cut the threads with the proper tap to match the valve's thread.
- The system was barely keeping pressure due to all of the ill-advised taps along its length.
1. cut a female screw thread with a tap
2. draw from or dip into to get something
- tap one's memory
- tap a source of money
3. strike lightly
- He tapped me on the shoulder
Similar word(s): tip
4. draw from; make good use of
Similar word(s): exploit
5. tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
- The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy
6. furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it
- tap a cask of wine
7. make light, repeated taps on a surface
- he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently
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
- Glover tapdances better than anybody
Similar word(s): tapdance
10. draw (liquor) from a tap
- tap beer in a bar
11. pierce in order to draw a liquid from
- tap a maple tree for its syrup
- tap a keg of beer
12. make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently
Sentences with tap as a verb:
- If we tap the maple trees, we can get maple syrup!
- He tapped a new barrel of beer.
- They can't tap the phone without a warrant.
- He was known to tap cable television
- Tap an M3 thread all the way through the hole.
- 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.
- The tree, swaying in the breeze, began to tap on the window pane.
- to tap shoes