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Definition of Tap


  1. To strike with a slight or gentle blow; to touch gently; to rap lightly; to pat; as, to tap one with the hand or a cane.
  2. To put a new sole or heel on; as, to tap shoes.
  3. A gentle or slight blow; a light rap; a pat.
  4. A piece of leather fastened upon the bottom of a boot or shoe in repairing or renewing the sole or heel.
  5. A signal, by drum or trumpet, for extinguishing all lights in soldiers' quarters and retiring to bed, -- usually given about a quarter of an hour after tattoo.
  6. To strike a gentle blow.
  7. A hole or pipe through which liquor is drawn.
  8. A plug or spile for stopping a hole pierced in a cask, or the like; a faucet.
  9. Liquor drawn through a tap; hence, a certain kind or quality of liquor; as, a liquor of the same tap.
  10. A place where liquor is drawn for drinking; a taproom; a bar.
  11. A tool for forming an internal screw, as in a nut, consisting of a hardened steel male screw grooved longitudinally so as to have cutting edges.
  12. To pierce so as to let out, or draw off, a fluid; as, to tap a cask, a tree, a tumor, etc.
  13. Hence, to draw from (anything) in any analogous way; as, to tap telegraph wires for the purpose of intercepting information; to tap the treasury.
  14. To draw, or cause to flow, by piercing.
  15. To form an internal screw in (anything) by means of a tool called a tap; as, to tap a nut.

Tap Quotations

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.
Sophia Loren

I firmly believe in prayer. It is possible to reach out and tap the unseen power which gives strength and anchor in time of need.
Ezra Taft Benson

Social networks do best when they tap into one of the seven deadly sins. Facebook is ego. Zynga is sloth. LinkedIn is greed.
Reid Hoffman

I used to look at composing music as problem solving. But as I get older, it's not about problem solving anymore. There are no solutions, because there are no problems. You just turn the tap and it flows out.
John Zorn

Writing is really very easy. Tap a vein and bleed onto the page. Everything else is just technical.
Derrick Jensen
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Tap Translations

tap in Danish is hane
tap in Dutch is aanboren
tap in Finnish is hana
tap in French is robinet, forer, toucher, rencontrer
tap in German is Gewinde schneiden, Anzapfung, anzapfen, abgreifen
tap in Italian is rubinetto, rubinetto
tap in Portuguese is torneira
tap in Spanish is palmadita, grifo
tap in Swedish is tapp, tappa ur, knacka, klapp, klappa, kran
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