Meaning of TAP in English


I. noun


bath taps British English

The water coming out of the bath taps was freezing cold.

mixer tap

tap dancing

tap on/at the door (= hit it very gently )

I tapped on the door and opened it.

tap resources (= take them from an area )

Several nations are eager to tap the mineral resources in Antarctica.

tap water (= water that comes out of a tap )

The tap water is not safe to drink.

tap water

tap your feet (= bang them gently on the ground )

She was tapping her feet in time with the music.

turn the handle/knob/key/tap etc

She gently turned the handle of the bedroom door.

turning on the tap

‘I’m thirsty,’ she said, turning on the tap .


I was startled by a light tap at the door.

She gave Mike a drink of water from the tap .

The FBI had put a tap on Mitchell's phone line.

There was a tap at the door.

What are they doing next door? I can't stand this constant tapping on the wall.


A tap on the door sounded above the wind.

A rubber hose-pipe snaked across the yard from the kitchen window, bringing hot water from the tap in the big sink.

For the second time, there was a tentative tap on the door.

I am stopped mid-anecdote by an imperious tap on my shoulder.

The bath looked as if it had been hollowed out of a single lump of the stuff, with monstrous gold dolphins for taps.

There was a tap on the window as Iris passed on her way to the front door of Hawthorn Cottage.

II. verb




Leave for about a minute, then gently tap off any excess glitter.

He tapped gently on the door which was pulled open by Red Nose.

She walked slowly towards the door, tapped gently , then stood back and waited.

So I plucked up my courage and tapped gently on the door.


He cleaned out a pocket and tapped in a nut.

His chip shot came up an inch short and he tapped in for par.


And she descended the stairs and, tapping lightly on the door, turned the handle and went in.

Cops in twos and threes huddle, lightly tap their thighs with night sticks and smile at me with benevolence.

She tapped lightly on the tall, wide, ornately panelled door, then pushed it open and walked in.

Our driver rolled up his window and backed away, lightly tapping the front bumper of the car behind.

He walked towards the door and tapped lightly on it.

Glover lightly tapped his cane, looked off over the yellow lights dancing in the lake.

I thought I'd remove it and, taking a hammer from the toolshed, lightly tapped the offending projection.


He tapped out another cigarette from the packet and lit it with his gold-plated lighter while Blanche read.

She would tap out a cigarette and pretend to smoke it, as if on break.

Having discovered which it is, say it up-to-time at normal speed. Tap out the rhythm of other verses you know.

The sad truth is that this source of power is already nearly tapped out .

Mrs Lowyer turned to look at him and saw him lean forward to tap out the pipe in the ashtray.

Meantime, the city is all but tapped out .

His hand was hard around her waist; his boots tapped out an intricate rhythm like a drum.

McAlister reached for his fork and tapped out a rhythm, a signal, a Morse code.



The payoff is not in the end products so much as in the energy that can be tapped .

Many readers will also be familiar with demonstrations of production of electric power by tapping the energy of winds and tides.

In other words, a random jumble can not spontaneously assemble itself into some orderly structure without tapping some outside energy source.

The answer is simple: it taps the rotational energy of Mars.


His foot tapped the floor in time to the music.

His eyes were riveted to the overhead screen while the heel of his right foot tapped nervously on the floor.

He waited, overtly patient, for her to begin, but underneath the table his foot was tapping noiselessly.

His foot tapped on my carpet.


Shaker gave a loose salute, and the grinning ensign tapped his forehead with a finger.


Carver had tapped keys and up came the data on the Lennox girl.

I watched as he placed a sheet of paper in the roller and began tapping the keys .

We spend loads of time each day tapping keys .


In some circumstances, such partnerships can, in fact, tap the tax-exempt market .

Environmental systems: New consulting group set up to tap growing market for pollution clean-up services and advice.

Generally, records sell better than books, and publishers want to tap into that larger market .

It attracted more retail savings than even the government, which spares no effort to tap the market .

High street banks have been tapping the student market for years, offering undergraduates free overdrafts.

Otherswant to tap into the overseas market .

While tapping the same market , the chains approach the business customer in different ways.


Morton, he realized, spoke with the confidence of the man who tapped the phones .

One eye's cut from the flowered turf: a horse skull, whispering secrets with wind-sighs like tapping on phone wires.


The single most important step towards tapping you potential is establishing specific, realistic, and worthwhile goals.


If Nissan, Toyota and the others fail to tap this source they will still be formidable firms all around the world.

Dole is now expected to tap a new source of campaign financing: the Republican National Committee.

How could booksellers tap this source of data?

In other words, a random jumble can not spontaneously assemble itself into some orderly structure without tapping some outside energy source .

Any bacterium that could tap a different source of food would obviously be very successful and eventually some did.

Skilful questioning of the child can make him tap sources of knowledge he didn't know he had.

If developing countries tap existing sources for money to improve communications, then there may be less cash for other projects.

The dervish gyrating on his axis echoes the rotation of the earth and taps the sources of creative vibration.


It is not hard to see why official inquiries concerning matters like spies or telephone tapping very rarely tell the truth.

Then there is piecemeal reform with an ad hoc tribunal created-the classic instance of this concerns telephone tapping .

Every embassy is being watched, our telephones are being tapped , everyone is on the lookout for you.

But it was also claimed that in the late 1970s certain telephones were tapped irrespective of any industrial dispute.


But whatever his motives, he soon realized that he had tapped a very useful vein of information in Ted Morgan.

Perry taps the needle one last time, taps her arm for veins and injects the syringe into a bruise.

The language also taps a Laurentian vein where mud, blood, heat and simmering violence are mashed together.


Daley read the notes, tapping a pencil on the desk.

Investigators had tapped the drug dealer's phone line.

Is that someone tapping on the door?

It sounded as though something outside was tapping against the window.

Later we realized our phones had been tapped and the police knew everything.

Reinhardt was tapped for the federal bench in 1980 by former President Carter.

She tapped on the window to attract his attention.

The rain forest theme products tap into consumer interest in the environment.

The whole crowd was clapping and tapping their feet to the music.

To continue the research project, the university plans to tap funds primarily from private foundations.

Williams is expected to be tapped as the new director of operations.


Edouard was tapping the table idly with one finger, which Isobel knew was a sign of irritation.

He tapped the cigarette briskly against the packet, placed it negligently between his lips and lit it.

His chip shot came up an inch short and he tapped in for par.

In other cases it was apparent that a new pedestrian population was being tapped as turnover rose markedly on shop opening.

In some circumstances, such partnerships can, in fact, tap the tax-exempt market.

Nor did I telephone Edusha the police might be tapping the line.

She would tap out a cigarette and pretend to smoke it, as if on break.

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