I. noun Etymology: Middle English tappe, from Old English tæppa; akin to Old High German zapho tap Date: before 12th century 1. a. a plug for a hole (as in a cask) ; spigot b. a device consisting of a spout and valve attached to the end of a pipe to control the flow of a fluid ; faucet 2. a. a liquor drawn through a tap b. the procedure of removing fluid (as from a body cavity) 3. a tool for forming an internal screw thread 4. an intermediate point in an electric circuit where a connection may be made 5. wiretap II. transitive verb (tapped; tapping) Date: 15th century 1. to let out or cause to flow by piercing or by drawing a plug from the containing vessel <
tap wine from a cask
2. a. to pierce so as to let out or draw off a fluid <
tap maple trees
b. to draw out, from, or upon <
tap new sources of revenue
the story taps powerful emotions
3. to cut in on (as a telephone or radio signal) to get information 4. to form an internal screw thread in by means of a tap 5. to get money from as a loan or gift 6. to connect (a street gas or water main) with a local supply • tapper noun III. verb (tapped; tapping) Etymology: Middle English tappen, from Old French taper to strike with the flat of the hand, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German tāpe paw, blow dealt with the paw Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to strike lightly especially with a slight sound 2. to give a light blow with <
tap a pencil on the table
3. to bring about by repeated light blows <
tap out a story on the typewriter
4. to repair by putting a tap on 5. select, designate <
was tapped for police commissioner
; specifically to elect to membership (as in a fraternity) intransitive verb 1. to strike a light audible blow ; rap 2. to walk with light audible steps 3. tap-dance • tapper noun IV. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. a light usually audible blow; also its sound b. one of several usually rapid drumbeats on a snare drum 2. half sole 3. a small metal plate for the sole or heel of a shoe 4. tap dance 1 5. flap 7

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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