1. [ verb ] cut a female screw thread with a tap
Related terms: cut
2. [ noun ] the sound made by a gentle blow
Synonyms: rap pat
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"

Related terms: withdraw
4. [ verb ] strike lightly
Synonyms: tip

"He tapped me on the shoulder"

Related terms: strike percuss pat tapper
5. [ verb ] draw from; make good use of
Synonyms: exploit

"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
Synonyms: beg solicit

"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"

Related terms: draw
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
Synonyms: wiretap
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
Synonyms: spigot
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
Synonyms: tapdance

"Glover tapdances better than anybody"

Related terms: dance
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"

Related terms: pierce
17. [ noun ] a gentle blow
Synonyms: strike rap
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"

Related terms: supply
19. [ noun ] a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads
Related terms: tool
20. [ noun ] a light touch or stroke
Synonyms: dab pat
Related terms: touch chuck dab
Similar spelling:   Tapp