tapping

1
[ tap-ing ]
/ ˈtæp ɪŋ /

noun

the act of a person or thing that taps or strikes lightly.
the sound produced by this.

Origin of tapping

1
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at tap1, -ing1

Definition for tapping (2 of 4)

tapping

2
[ tap-ing ]
/ ˈtæp ɪŋ /

noun

the act of tapping casks, telephone conversations, etc.
something that is drawn by tapping.

Origin of tapping

2
First recorded in 1590–1600; tap2 + -ing1

Definition for tapping (3 of 4)

tap

1
[ tap ]
/ tæp /

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

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

noun

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 forms

tap·pa·ble, adjectiveun·tap·pa·ble, adjective

Definition for tapping (4 of 4)

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 forms

tap·pa·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tapping (1 of 3)

tap

1
/ (tæp) /

verb taps, tapping or tapped

noun

See also taps

Derived Forms

tappable, 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

British Dictionary definitions for tapping (2 of 3)

tap

2
/ (tæp) /

noun

verb taps, tapping or tapped (tr)

Derived Forms

tappable, adjective

Word Origin for tap

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

British Dictionary definitions for tapping (3 of 3)

tap

3
/ (tæp) /

noun, verb

a Scot word for top 1
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Medicine definitions for tapping

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 tapping

tap


see on tap.

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