taps

[ taps ]
/ tæps /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Military.

a signal by bugle or drum, sounded at night as an order to extinguish all lights, and sometimes performed as a postlude to a military funeral.

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Origin of taps

1815–25, Americanism; probably tap(too), variant of tattoo1 + -s3

Definition for taps (2 of 3)

tap1
[ 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM tap

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

Definition for taps (3 of 3)

tap2
[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM tap

tap·pa·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for taps (1 of 4)

taps
/ (tæps) /

noun (functioning as singular)

mainly US
  1. (in army camps, etc) a signal given on a bugle, drum, etc, indicating that lights are to be put out
  2. any similar signal, as at a military funeral
(in the Guide movement) a closing song sung at an evening camp fire or at the end of a meeting

Word Origin for taps

C19: from tap 1

British Dictionary definitions for taps (2 of 4)

tap1
/ (tæp) /

verb taps, tapping or tapped

noun

See also taps

Derived forms of tap

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 taps (3 of 4)

tap2
/ (tæp) /

noun

verb taps, tapping or tapped (tr)

Derived forms of tap

tappable, adjective

Word Origin for tap

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

British Dictionary definitions for taps (4 of 4)

tap3
/ (tæp) /

noun, verb

a Scot word for top 1
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Medical definitions for taps

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 taps

tap

see on tap.

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