(noun, verb)


1. the sound made by a gentle blow

Similar word(s): pat, rap

Definition categories: event, sound

2. a gentle blow

Similar word(s): rap, strike

Definition categories: event, blow, bump

3. a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask

Similar word(s): hydrant

Definition categories: man–made, faucet, spigot

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

Definition categories: man–made, plug, stopper, stopple

7. the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information

Similar word(s): wiretap

Definition categories: act, investigating, investigation

8. a light touch or stroke

Similar word(s): dab, pat

Definition categories: act, touch, touching

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

Definition categories: contact, cut

2. draw from or dip into to get something

- tap one's memory

- tap a source of money

Definition categories: possession, draw, withdraw

3. strike lightly

- He tapped me on the shoulder

Similar word(s): tip

Definition categories: contact, strike

4. draw from; make good use of

Similar word(s): exploit

Definition categories: consumption, apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize

5. tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information

- The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy

Similar word(s): bug, intercept, wiretap

Definition categories: perception, eavesdrop

6. furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it

- tap a cask of wine

Definition categories: possession, furnish, provide, render, supply

7. make light, repeated taps on a surface

- he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently

Similar word(s): knock, pink, rap

Definition categories: perception, go, sound

8. walk with a tapping sound

Definition categories: motion, walk

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

Definition categories: motion, dance

10. draw (liquor) from a tap

- tap beer in a bar

Definition categories: motion, draw

11. pierce in order to draw a liquid from

- tap a maple tree for its syrup

- tap a keg of beer

Definition categories: contact, pierce

12. make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently

Similar word(s): beg, solicit

Definition categories: communication, bespeak, quest, request

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