Meaning of TAP in English


I. ˈtap noun

Etymology: Middle English tappe, from Old English tæppa; akin to Old High German zapho tap

Date: before 12th century


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


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

- on tap

II. transitive verb

( tapped ; tap·ping )

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


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 tap s 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

• tap·per noun

- tap into

III. verb

( tapped ; tap·ping )

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

• tap·per noun

IV. noun

Date: 14th century


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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.