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  • n  the sound made by a gentle blow
  • n  a gentle blow
  • n  a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask
  • n  a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)
  • n  a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads
  • n  a plug for a bunghole in a cask
  • n  the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information
  • n  a light touch or stroke
  • v  cut a female screw thread with a tap
  • v  draw from or dip into to get something
    tap one's memory
    tap a source of money
  • v  strike lightly
    He tapped me on the shoulder
  • v  draw from; make good use of
  • v  tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
    The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy
  • v  furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it
    tap a cask of wine
  • v  make light, repeated taps on a surface
    he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently
  • v  walk with a tapping sound
  • v  dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes
    Glover tapdances better than anybody
  • v  draw (liquor) from a tap
    tap beer in a bar
  • v  pierce in order to draw a liquid from
    tap a maple tree for its syrup
    tap a keg of beer
  • v  make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently

  • It runs on hydrogen extracted from plain tap water using the solar-powered Hydrogen Station, below, and can travel more than 300 ft.
  • The Lotus Sanitizing System turns ordinary tap water into superoxygenated water that kills microbes and removes toxins.
  • Besides following them, bugging them, wiretapping them and digging through their trash, the FBI got the goods on the alleged CIA mole and his wife by conducting.
News & Articles


  • Jacques Rogge in CNN
    I have no problem with him doing a show,Rogge said in an interview with three international news agency reporters. "I think he should show more respect for his competitors and shake hands, give a tap on the shoulder to the other ones...
  • Barack Obama in San Francisco Chronicle
    When you have not just one but a series of attempts to tap into people's personal records, that's a problem not just for me but for how our government functions,Obama told reporters in Portland, Ore., where he was campaigning. "I expect a...
  • Steve Lowery in AFP
    I putted obviously really well to shoot nine-under,Lowery said. "But the last nine holes I made all the putts, seven birdies there on the last nine. Some of them were tap-ins, but some of them were pretty good."

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