tap

1
[ tap ]
/ tæp /

verb (used with object), tapped, tap·ping.

verb (used without object), tapped, tap·ping.

noun


Nearby words

  1. taoiseach,
  2. taoism,
  3. taonga,
  4. taormina,
  5. taos,
  6. tap bell,
  7. tap bolt,
  8. tap dance,
  9. tap dancer,
  10. tap dancing

Origin of tap

1
1175–1225; (v.) Middle English tappen, variant of early Middle English teppen, probably imitative; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.

Related formstap·pa·ble, adjectiveun·tap·pa·ble, adjective

tap

2
[ tap ]
/ tæp /

noun

verb (used with object), tapped, tap·ping.

Verb Phrases

tap into, Informal. to gain access to; become friendly with: The candidate tapped into some wealthy supporters.
tap off, to remove (liquid, molten metal, etc.) from a keg, furnace, or the like: to tap off slag from a blast furnace.

Origin of tap

2
before 1050; (noun) Middle English tappe, Old English tæppa; cognate with Dutch tap, Old High German zapfo, Old Norse tappi; (v.) Middle English tappen, Old English tæppian; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch tappen, German zapfen, Old Norse tappa

Related formstap·pa·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tap

tap

1
/ (tæp) /

verb taps, tapping or tapped

noun

See also taps

Derived Formstappable, adjective

Word Origin for tap

C13 tappen, probably from Old French taper, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Low German tappen to pluck, Swedish dialect täpa to tap

noun

verb taps, tapping or tapped (tr)

Derived Formstappable, adjective

Word Origin for tap

Old English tæppa; related to Old Norse tappi tap, Old High German zapfo

noun, verb

a Scot word for top 1
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Word Origin and History for tap
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Medicine definitions for tap

tap

[ tăp ]

n.

The removal of fluid from a body cavity.

v.

To withdraw fluid from a body cavity, as with a trocar and cannula, hollow needle, or catheter.
To strike lightly with the finger or a hammerlike instrument, as in percussion or to elicit a tendon reflex.

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Idioms and Phrases with tap

tap

see on tap.

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