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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

God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

I would imagine that if you could understand Morse code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy.
Mitch Hedberg

There are uses to adversity, and they don't reveal themselves until tested. Whether it's serious illness, financial hardship, or the simple constraint of parents who speak limited English, difficulty can tap unexpected strengths.
Sonia Sotomayor

Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.
John F. Kennedy
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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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