wiretap
wiretap wiretap n. the act or event of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information surreptitiously. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • wiretap — wire·tap 1 / wīr ˌtap/ vb tapped, tap·ping vi: to engage in wiretapping had probable cause to wiretap vt: to interpret through wiretapping a wiretapped telephone conversation; also: to connect to the telephone line of for the purpose of… …   Law dictionary

  • wiretap — v. t. to tap[5] (a telephone or telegraph line) to get information surreptitiously; also, to obtain or record (information) by use of a wiretap. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wiretap — ☆ wiretap [wīr′tap΄ ] vi., vt. wiretapped, wiretapping to tap (a telephone wire, etc.) to get information secretly or underhandedly n. 1. the act or an instance of wiretapping 2. a device used in wiretapping adj. of or relating to wiretapping… …   English World dictionary

  • wiretap — /wuyeur tap /, n., v., wiretapped, wiretapping, adj. n. 1. an act or instance of tapping telephone or telegraph wires for evidence or other information. v.t. 2. to obtain (information, evidence, etc.) by tapping telephone or telegraph wires: to… …   Universalium

  • wiretap — I UK [ˈwaɪə(r)ˌtæp] / US [ˈwaɪrˌtæp] noun [countable] Word forms wiretap : singular wiretap plural wiretaps mainly American a) a piece of equipment that secretly lets telephone conversations be heard or recorded b) an occasion when a wiretap is… …   English dictionary

  • wiretap — wire|tap1 [ waır,tæp ] noun count a piece of equipment that secretly lets telephone conversations be heard or recorded a. an occasion when a wiretap is used wiretap wire|tap 2 [ waır,tæp ] verb intransitive or transitive to connect a special… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wiretap — wire•tap [[t]ˈwaɪərˌtæp[/t]] n. v. tapped, tap•ping 1) tgp an act or instance of tapping telephone or telegraph wires for evidence or other information 2) tgp to listen in on by means of a wiretap: to wiretap a conversation[/ex] 3) tgp to tap… …   From formal English to slang

  • wiretap — [[t]wa͟ɪ͟ə(r)tæp[/t]] wiretaps, wiretapping, wiretapped also wire tap VERB If someone wiretaps your telephone, they attach a special device to the line so that they can secretly listen to your conversations. [AM] [V n] The coach said his club had …   English dictionary

  • wiretap — verb (T) to secretly listen to other people s telephone conversations, by fixing something to the wires of their phone wiretap noun (C) wiretapping noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • wiretap — I. Date: 1904 intransitive verb to tap a telephone or telegraph wire in order to get information transitive verb to tap the telephone of II. noun Date: 1948 1. the act or an instance of wiretapping 2. an electrical connection for wiretapping …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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